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- Improving speech-to-text analysis with Story
- Organizing projects in Prelude
- Batch renaming with Bridge
- Preparing images for video in Illustrator
- Working with Photoshop files in Premiere Pro
- Round-tripping a soundtrack from Premiere Pro to Audition and back again
- Preparing content for After Effects in Premiere Pro
- Sending work from Premiere Pro to SpeedGrade
- Using Dynamic Link to share sequences between Premiere Pro and Encore
- Using the Media Encoder to output from After Effects
Skill Level Beginner
There are a couple of reasons to use Adobe Bridge to browse your media before you work on it with Premiere Pro. And I must admit that I kind of avoided Bridge for a very long time because I come more from a film and media background that I suppose I do a photographic background. And I was tending to work on my photographs directly in Photoshop, and I guess, I guess what it comes down to is I was pretty lazy. But there are some things that Bridge does very, very well. And you may find particularly if you come from, if you like a print press background, you will already be familiar with Bridge.
And it's an easy way into working with your media. Just one word of warning though, is that Adobe Bridge can't view properly fragmented file types. That's things like P2 or XD cam where the video is in one place and the audio is in another. You just won't be able to view it. But here, for example, I've got some shots that are very simple, straight off a DSLR. It's H264 rag top in a QuickTime movie. It's what I would loosely call a whole media file, where everything's just in one place. And browsing with Bridge is pretty easy, you've got this lovely breadcrumb style browsing mechanism. You can choose your folders and directories, and that's fine. You've got backwards and forwards.
It's all pretty standard browsing controls. What I'm particularly interested to show you though, is these keyword controls and also the massive zoom that you have available. Here, I'm in a Thumbnail view. And you see you've got locking to a grid or you've got thumbnails with information or you've just got a straight list. But take a look at this. If I go into Thumbnail view and click on this Zoom slider, I can just make these absolutely enormous. If I just stretch out a little bit more, there are my thumbnails I'm looking at.
Look at that. So, I can scroll up and down very, very quickly. The interfacing bridge is very responsive and I can quickly zoom through and take a look at my media. Of course, I can't play back in this view in the way that you can in Premiere Pro. But again, it's massive. If I just re-size this a bit, so if I've got my preview monitor a bit largely, you can see again, and this is absolutely huge. If I shrink these thumbnails a little bit, I can now click through and very, very quickly. Then you find something here, I can press the spacebar and play. (NOISE) Great.
So if you want to, you can very quickly look through your media and identify the shots that you want. Again, if you're already familiar with this, this is going to be pretty comfortable territory for you. Unlike Prelude, where you can right-click on a clip and you can chose to send it over to Premiere Pro, you can't do that in Adobe Bridge. But what you can do, if I just re-size this a little bit, you can see Premiere Pro in the background. What you can do is, I'm just holding down the Shift key here to select a number of clips.
You can just drag these straight from Bridge into Premiere Pro. And there you are. The clips are imported, and you're ready to work on them inside of Premiere. But I just want to show you this. This is fantastic. If I toggle back over and go full screen, and I'm going to put this into the List View so you can, you can see the information associated with the clip. At the top here, I've got these little dots that are actually, a star rating. Now as a director I, very much like to use star ratings on set. So at the end of each take, I'll say, that was a three star take, that's a five star take.
And as long as we get at least one four star take for every single angle, I am confident that the editor's going to be able to make something out of what we've shot. Now, you can click to add these star ratings. There you go. I've made that a three star, you see it appears over here as well. And let's go four star for that one. But you can also just hold down the Ctrl or Cmd key and press the numbers 1 to 5. So, this already has a four start, but I change my mind. I'm going to press Ctrl+1 because I'm on a PC.
And there you go, it's updated. Now look at this. If I just drag this out of the way and go over to Premiere Pro, I'm going to press that Grave key, the keyboard shortcut that makes any panel go full screen. And here we go. I've got ratings listed. And those ratings are going to dynamically update. If I toggle back over to Bridge, and I'll just make all of these three star, here we go. Let's just Shift-select and Ctrl or Cmd+3. You see that's all three stars now, I toggle back to Premiere Pro. And I didn't have to export or import or anything like that.
The star ratings have updated. Now you may not have ratings displayed in your Project panel. So, if you go to the panel menu and choose metadata display, and just start typing in the word rating in the top. And perhaps, don't put the apostrophe in there. There you go. It's under the basic category, you can just turn this off and on very easily. Another very, very useful feature in Bridge is that it's fast for you to add keyword metadata to your media, to the clips, before you've imported them into Premiere Pro.
In fact, it'll update retrospectively if you want to. Now, this is not listed as keywords in the metadata display in Premiere Pro, and this catches a lot of people out. If you look under the double Encore, you've got a Subject option. And if you tick that box and click OK, and just scroll over, you'll see here I've now got Subject as a text entry box. And this is a dynamically shared, updatable text entry box for Premiere Pro and for Bridge. I'm going to toggle over to Bridge and go full screen again. I'm just going to select one of these clips, that first one, head and shoulder teacher to cam B.
And you'll see I've got a few keywords already listed here. Let's add another one. I'm going to click the plus sign here and I'm going to type in nature, okay? So, I've got a nature keyword. I'm just going to take the box for this. So that shot now has, you see, no tick, tick. It's got nature assigns a keyword. I'm going to toggle over to Premiere Pro, and boom, there it is. I've got the word Nature listed in that box. And why is that useful? It's useful because you can see it. But it's also useful because I can go to my Quick Filter box here, start typing in the word Nature, and lo and behold, I've got one clip showing up that has that keyword assigned to it. Again, it's not called a keyword in Premiere Pro, it's called a Subject. Again, if I go back to Bridge, let's add that this is an exterior. Okay, toggle back over.
It's updated. See? It's got a semicolon between them. It just does the grammar for you, automatically. If I clear that box, and then maybe here, I'm going to take this let's take this Bridge one shot and let's say this is a nature shot. There we go. That's updated. And then back over in Bridge were are we now? What was it called? Bridge One? Where did I put that? There we go, Bridge One. Now that's got the nature keyword assigned.
And let's see what happens when I go back to Premiere Pro, let's say this one. Let's say this has a, a Bridge in it. Well, it doesn't. But let's say, let's say it does. I've added the word Bridge to a clip. Back in Adobe Bridge, now which one was that? Head and shoulder shot teacher two. Eh, I think that's this one. Here you go. Other keywords, Bridge. So Bridge has identified that we've added metadata in Premiere Pro. And it's automatically created a category for this. And it's added that keyword. And I've, of course, I can just add this to others if I want then I've got to add a bridge, which probably makes a bit more sense for this shot. Back into Premiere Pro, they go to add it.
Hopefully, you can see how convenient this is. And again, what I'm really looking at here is an application that you might use if you're not an Editor, if you're a Director or some other Production Personnel. And you need to find some way of informing the editor as they go about their their work. Perhaps, you're an Assistant Editor and you're bringing in this metadata from various different logs from the shoot. You can pile it into the media using Bridge, or perhaps Prelude for other aspects of this, comments and so on. And it's all going to appear automatically inside of Premiere Pro.
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