Do you have media files that need to be imported from a memory card or a mobile device? You can import those files into your system with Adobe Bridge. How does this work? In this video, Richard Harrington walks you through how use Bridge to import media files form both a memory card and a mobile device.
- Bridge also makes it easy to import material. In this case, I'm going to import from both a memory card, and from a connected smartphone. You can use any camera as well, just make sure you put a card or a camera, and connect it to your computer with the appropriate card reader or cable. Now, inside of Bridge, it's pretty easy. Choose a folder where you'd like to import to. Then, we can actually bring files in. You'll notice here, a button right on top, that says, Get Photos From Camera.
You can also choose File, Import from Device. Both of these will work. The Import from Device command is going to take advantage of the ability here to see things. So, for example, if I unlock my phone, it can actually browse, and find all the images on the phone, making it easy to quickly locate assets that I want to import. There we go.
Now you can use your own device if you'd like, but you see, when I click Download, it's going to store these in my Pictures folder. Or, I can choose where I want this to go. You see that those were transferred and they were put into my Downloads folder. I can also take a look here at individual assets, which can be quite useful.
Now, besides this Import Images from Device, which is great, particularly for things like smartphones, I can also choose File, Get Photos from Camera. This going to take the Photo Downloader, and if it detects that a memory card is attached, you can actually tell it to automatically launch if you'd like. This can be done the first time you launch it, or from your Preferences. I'm going to skip this step, though, and tell it to manually invoke only. Now, it's going to scan for any connected memory cards.
You'll see here that you can also target your phone or a plugged in memory card. This particular one has 48 files. This one has 26. Or, I can go right from the phone, which has a lot of files on it. And you see that it quickly searches through. Now, I'm going to click Stop on the phone for a second. And let's just switch back to the memory card.
And I can choose where these are going to be stored. Just click Choose, and you can navigate to any folder on your drive. Let's go here, and I'll put this into my Importing folder, and I'll just choose right here, and you see that now it's got the target. I can also create sub-folders by date, perhaps the date it was shot, or a custom name, or the date that it was imported. You'll see many different sub-folder structures.
If you want, you can also rename things with additional controls, including Advanced Rename, which allows you to do complex renaming. For example, assigning the name of a project and a date. If you have raw files, you can even convert them to the Adobe DNG format for a digital negative. And erase the card if you want, or save a second copy to another location. You'll see from the Advanced Dialog, you can even be more in control. For example, I can Uncheck All, and be very specific.
Maybe I just want to grab a couple of files, a few JPEGs here from this memory card from an action camera. There we go... and that looks good. When I click Get Media, you see that those assets have transferred and it moves them right into the folder, putting it into a sub-folder, in this case, tagged with the date. This was shot on May 20th, 2017, and it put everything into a corresponding folder.
Now, you can use one of your own memory cards or own devices, but these two commands are quite useful. The ability to say Get Photos from Camera is available on Mac and PC, and it's an Adobe Dialog. If you have any problems importing, you can also use the Import from Device on a Mac, which will allow you to see other types of devices, including shared devices on your network. In any case, this makes it easy to import directly, transferring from the memory card right to your drive, making it a fast import, and the ability to actually rename, and keep things organized.
In this course, Rich Harrington shares a cookbook of Bridge CC tips and techniques, from culling photos to developing raw files to previewing audio and video. Learn how to review photo sessions with rankings, use stacks to organize media from related sources or shoots, manage the Bridge cache for improved performance, use collections to organize content on multiple hard drives, monetize your work by publishing photos to Adobe Stock, process images with Adobe Camera Raw, save Develop settings for future use, set up HDR and panoramic workflows, preview time-lapse photography and motion graphics, automate PDF and website creation with the add-on Output module, and much more.
- Accessing Bridge from other Adobe apps
- Switching workspaces
- Importing images
- Batch renaming files
- Rating and ranking
- Creating collections
- Processing raw files
- Previewing video, audio, and animation
- Creating PDF projects
- Accessing automation