Premiere Pro Guru: Organizing Assets
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Premiere Pro Guru: Organizing Assets

with Jason Osder

Video: Understanding the Project panel

Once assets are imported into a Premier Pro project, a lot of Some people like that, but some people hate it.
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  1. 2m 27s
    1. Welcome
    2. What you should know before watching this course
    3. How to use the exercise files
    4. Organization: What works best for you
  2. 10m 13s
    1. The benefits of organizing assets
    2. Updates to modern workflows
      2m 20s
    3. Organizing assets in and out of Adobe Premiere Pro
      1m 47s
    4. The Common Media folder
      5m 9s
  3. 37m 49s
    1. Determining the best import method for your workflow
      1m 49s
    2. The Metalogging workspace
      2m 43s
    3. Using the Media Browser
      3m 59s
    4. Importing footage from a drive
      3m 42s
    5. Importing photos and graphics
      2m 38s
    6. Importing layered Photoshop files
      4m 10s
    7. Importing audio files
      2m 21s
    8. Importing bins with a CSV file
      4m 37s
    9. Browsing and importing Premiere Pro projects
      3m 32s
    10. Importing Final Cut Pro and Avid projects
      6m 41s
    11. Useful keyboard shortcuts for import
      1m 37s
  4. 23m 55s
    1. When to use Bridge
      1m 41s
    2. Creating a collection in Bridge
      3m 27s
    3. Batch renaming in Bridge
      2m 30s
    4. When to use Prelude
      3m 47s
    5. Performing a verified card transfer with Prelude
      6m 32s
    6. Transcoding media with Prelude
      2m 11s
    7. Copying to multiple drives with Prelude
      1m 49s
    8. Moving clips from Prelude to Premiere Pro
      1m 58s
  5. 49m 48s
    1. Essential preferences related to media management
      3m 34s
    2. Logging and pre-editing
      2m 9s
    3. Understanding the Project panel
      4m 51s
    4. Adding metadata in the Project panel
      3m 55s
    5. Sorting and sifting through clips
      3m 29s
    6. Organizing media with labels
      1m 15s
    7. Selecting a label group
      1m 13s
    8. Working with bins
      4m 20s
    9. Clip markers
      4m 28s
    10. Sequence markers
      2m 36s
    11. Marker shortcuts
      1m 52s
    12. Workarounds with markers
      1m 40s
    13. Using the Find command
      3m 7s
    14. Using filters
      2m 2s
    15. Using subclips
      3m 15s
    16. Choosing markers vs. subclips
      1m 41s
    17. Customizing columns
      2m 11s
    18. Useful keyboard shortcuts for organizing and logging
      2m 10s
  6. 10m 55s
    1. Adding markers with Prelude
      6m 1s
    2. Subclipping with Prelude
      1m 49s
    3. Rough cutting with Prelude
      3m 5s
  7. 15m 44s
    1. Understanding metadata
      2m 40s
    2. The Metadata panel
      3m 56s
    3. Customizing headings and displays
      3m 39s
    4. Metadata schema
      1m 57s
    5. The Timecode panel
      1m 33s
    6. Speech analysis
      1m 59s
  8. 33s
    1. Wrapping up

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2h 31m Intermediate Nov 04, 2013

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Organization is key to a successful post-production workflow. This course picks up where the end of your shoot leaves off and before editing begins—when you need to import, organize, and log your footage. Jason Osder shows how to import all different types of assets, from stills to soundtracks, and how to sort and annotate your footage in Adobe Premiere Pro. Plus, learn a few tricks involving Bridge and Prelude (like batch renaming) that will cut your logging time in half.

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Topics include:
  • Using the Media Browser and Metalogging workspace
  • Importing from a drive
  • Importing bins with a CSV file
  • Batch renaming in Bridge
  • Logging and pre-editing footage
  • Using clip makers
  • Working with metadata
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Jason Osder

Understanding the Project panel

Once assets are imported into a Premier Pro project, a lot of the organization you're going to be doing takes place within the project panel. Before we get to all the details, lets just look at how the panel works. I'm here in Premier Pro and I've completed my basic imports. I want to use the Tilde Key. To make the project panel take up the whole screen. Now I just want to take a tour around, and show you some of the different things that you can do here. We're familiar with a lot of these controls from the Media Browser.

It's very similar, but keep in mind that we're now working on media that's been imported as opposed to the Media Browser, which just looks at files, that are on the drive. Like with the media browser, we have list view and we have icons, because we are at the top level here, if I switch to icons, we are only going to see the folder icon which is not that interesting. If I double click I will actually get a bin window up and it mimics the project window but it is just one bin.

Remember we have preferences that will adjust what you get with a double click. In this case, if I want to see thumbnails of this video, I need to go into this window and now I can see the actual thumbnails. I am not a huge fan of thumbnails or these separate windows, so let me show you some different techniques a little later, that will let you see your footage also in list mode. As with the media browser, you can make the icons larger and smaller with this slider, but when you're in list mode, you're only really making these generic icons larger.

Again I'm going to show you some different techniques where you can see a real icon there. Or what I sometimes call a Poster Frame. On the bottom right, we've just got some shortcuts. And these are things you can find in the menus or with keyboard shortcuts. But we have our Search and we have our New Bin. a new item and our trash. But again, these are things you can find in many places, it's just convenient to have them sort of pegged down here right on the project window. Here are all our column heads and in a second I'm going to show you a lot of the power of these, in terms of sorting for different types of media based on the column heads.

You can also do a lot of customization up here, and we're going to look at all of that later. Here I've got search, and it is made more powerful because I can search everything in the project, what's actually visible in open bins, or I can search Text Transcripts. Video files or audio files that actually have transcripted text appended to them. So we can practice searching in a bit. I want to show you one more thing, which is the power up here in the project window.

For instance, here we are looking at what is called the preview area and If I select something, I can preview up here. Some people like that, but some people hate it. So right up here, I can do all of the things we can do with any panel in any Adobe program. I can do some project specific things, but what I really want to show you is that I can show or hide the preview area. That means, that if I want all of the space to look at list view, I don't have to be distracted by that top section.

On the other hand, if it's convenient for me to get a quick peek at what I'm looking at, that's what the preview area is all about. I have list versus icon. We're familiar with that already from the bottom left, but this is actualy one of my favorites. Which is to still be in list mode, but turn on thumbnails. Now you see we have those little tiny thumbnails but the slider still works also. Now we're still in list view with sortability and the ability to see all the metadata.

But we also have a visual cue that's big enough to see of our video. I find that when I'm just scanning visually, I don't really like thumbnail view, because I loose a lot of the information and organization that I like to see, but I do sometimes like these large, picture icons in list view, enabling me to take a quick look at what's available. I can also turn on and off hoverscrub. That's what we've seen previously where we just hover over a clip and scroll through it.

If that's distracting for you, just turn it off. There's a solid overview of the project panel. I wanted to spend some time here cause a lot of the things we're doing for the rest of this chapter are really digging deep into what's possible in terms of organizing in the project panel so it's good to have an overview of where everything is.

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