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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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The Media Browser in Premiere Pro allows you to browse files that are anywhere, on any drive before you actually bring them in to your project. It also facilitates bringing in those files, and looking at a lot of information called metadata, associated with the files. In a lot of ways, it parallels the browser itself, but it has some special features. Let me show you how it works. We're right where we left off in Adobe Premier Pro. Remember I've already set this to our meta logging workspace which reveals the Media Browser.
If you don't prefer that, and you just want to see the window itself. You can always go Window, and Media Browser, or shift + 8 to reveal the window. So here it is down here. We're going to use another one of my favorite techniques, which is the grave key, to bring it up to full screen. Now, on the left is where you browse files, so if I want to get to our exercise files, I'm going to go Home Directory, and then Desktop Exercise files.
Now we're looking at our exercise files and if we go one layer deeper we see our media. We're still drilling down into our exercise files, but eventually we'll see actual footage. There we go. Now, we're looking at actual media. You can see that I've got the name and the file path. But we can also add additional metadata up here, and we'll see that later. So, here we have a mapping of our drives. And, you'll see, this is not a lot different than being in the Finder, itself.
I can switch views, and this is quite important. I'd like a list view to stay organized, but sometimes I do like a thumbnail view, where I can see the pictures. Now once we have thumbnails up, we can change their size with the slider here. And we'll also look at some keyboard shortcuts to do that a little later. And we can also browse through the clip, right there on the screen. You see I'm just mousing back and forth and I get to see what's in the actual content of the clip.
I want to go up a level and look at our photos. Because that will help us see how we can actually filter here. If I don't want to display all of the types, I can display only certain types of media. For instance, if I want to quickly check how many JPEGs I have here, I go down and I just want to show JPEGs. The answer is no JPEGs. All of these images are TIFFs, so when I filter for JPEG, everything goes away. The other feature we have is a search bar.
That's pretty self explanatory, it allows you to search for media by name. So this is an overview of the Media Browser, and it's very easy, once you find what you need, to bring it into your project. Real quick before you go, I want to show you that. So I'm going to shrink down that window, and then any time I navigate to something I want, so let's say I have All Supported Files. I see all of my photos, and anything I want, I can drag straight up to the project panel.
Now I imported one file directly from the Media Browser and into my project. Now I just wanted to show you that I didn't do it in a particularly organized way. I probably would have actually created a bin for photos. But, it is important to realize that anything that can be highlighted here, can simply be dragged into the project or also right click and Import. That's the nature of the Media Browser. You're browsing media on your drives but not in your project and it's very easy to select something and bring it in.
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