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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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All of this organization business is about finding what you're looking for. Well, in fact, there are some powerful tools to do just that. Let's take a look at the powerful Find command inside Premier Pro. I'm here in Premier Pro, and I have my project panel expanded, so I can get a good look at it. And you'd probably notice that you can start a search term right there. And start to filter down into the bins. We'll look at filtering in a second but I want to look at the deeper search that you get either by clicking here or Cmd+F or under the Edit menu for Find.
This brings up a powerful search tool and as it indicates, you can search by multiple parameters. So an example I really like is, you can say that you want the name column to contain maybe a name that's used frequently in the project, David. But then you want to make sure that you've got that good audio and remember we did that work entering in metadata in log note that applied to the audio issues in our footage. So I can say that I also want Log Note Contains good.
And I'm not even concerned, I mean, I don't have to put audio because we're only talking about audio. So if it said good, I know it applies to audio. Also, I don't want it to be case sensitive because I haven't necessarily worked hard to make sure every time it says Good, it's a capital G. Now, I have a choice. Do I want to match all of these parameters? Meaning, I will only get what the intersection of David and Good in Log Node. Or I can choose Any, and that will be like an Or.
It will be Name contains David OR Log note contains good. Both of these are useful, but the one I want is All. That will get me only the clips that have David in the name and good in the log note. Let's hit Find and see what we get. So as you can see, it's identified the first clip that fits our parameters, David in the name and good in the log node. The find window is still up and so I can hit find again and I will go to the next example that fits our parameters.
There it is, and I can see if there's any more with Find one more time. Nope, it looks like there's only two, this one and that one, and if I'm looking for clips with David that have good audio, I've effectively found them. I don't think this is going to be terribly new for people that use nonlinear editors, or computers in general. We know that we can search for things based on their names or their metadata. These strings. And it's called a Boolean search when we add multiple things and and or.
It's a powerful tool that many people are going to be familiar with. I'll just remind you one more time that it's only as good as your metadata, starting with clip names. If those clip names are all letters and numbers, it's no good at all.
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