Join Jeff I. Greenberg for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the Project Manager, part of Migrating from Final Cut Pro 7 to Premiere Pro CC (2014).
- Premiere has a really unique feature for faster outputs, with a little caveat. You have to plan this right from beginning to end. Basically speaking, if you acquire and edit in the same format, say, XDCAM, and output XDCAM, Premiere will give you a feature, a switch, that says, do a fast output, which isn't a compress, it's copy. I'm going to show you an example of this here and talk about a couple of the variations that you can do with it.
So let's take a look at my system. I've specially transcoded three of my clips into XDCAM HD 1080 60i. Now, they were very low quality to start with. I wouldn't recommend you using this unless you were coming from a higher quality. But let's just pretend this was all originally sourced on XDCAM. My sequence is XDCAM, and when I go up to the File menu and I say Export, if I pick XDCAM as an export, that would be OP1a.
That would be the specific XDCAM I'm working at, which happens to be XDCAM HD 35 60i. I have to match, make everything match. What I get is a little magic switch here, which would show up at other times, as well. But because I did everything right, I get the Smart Rendering codec switch. And it means something here. What it means is, all my work, when I go to output it, instead of it just recompressing, will copy. Let's look at the individual pieces for this to work.
I already have a sequence built for you, but I want you to see what's going on. I'm going to create a new sequence. I'm going to pick a sequence that matches my footage, that's XDCAM HD 1080, it's this specific flavor, and I want you to take a look over here on Settings. Under Settings, notice the editing mode matches that, and down here, for the preview format, that's your render files, I have XDCAM HD 35 NTSC. With this being said, with my renders matching my original clip, when I would go to Export ...
I'll just throw those clips onto a timeline. When I would go to Export, as long as I match that for my format in preset, it means it would be absolutely valid and it would just copy that material. Now, you're seeing it here with XDCAM. So this is great, but you may be saying to yourself, "Jeff, I don't have XDCAM, I don't have P2 "and a couple of the other formats, or "DiVis Pro HD, some of the other formats "that this Smart Rendering codec works with." Well, a lot of us are shooting on a variety of cameras and using hardware capture devices, things like the AJA Ki Pro.
There's also a device from Atomos. And they can capture in ProRes and maybe DNxHD. If we can capture directly, or if we transcode it, into, say, ProRes, we could edit in ProRes and output a matching ProRes, and it becomes a file copy. And I just want to show you how to set up a sequence. We'll do it for ProRes here, to match. I'm going to create a new sequence, because there is going to be no preset for this. I'm going to pick some sequence that's familiar, that's similar.
In my case, if I shoot a lot of 24 1080 material, I'm going to just open up a DSLR, 1080p, 24, as a starting point. And then I want to customize this over on Settings by changing the editing mode from DSLR to Custom. This will open up the preview file formats. I'm going to switch this to QuickTime, and I'm going to switch the codec to ProRes 422. Now, in this world, I've got a 1080 ProRes timeline pre-built for me.
I'm assuming that you're editing at 24 in ProRes, that you've got ProRes files. When I have this set up, it's going to be built for me for ProRes. I'm going to go the extra step and say Save Preset. And I'll call this, say, ProRes 1080p24 for Smart Rendering. It's going to appear in my Available Presets, the very bottom, as a custom preset, meaning I can reuse this in the future. I'm going to say Okay.
And when I would go to Export, I'd want to match that. I'd go ahead here and say, File menu. We'll put some clips on it, even though they're the wrong format, in this case. No, keep existing settings, there we go. I'm going to say, take that, go ahead and export it. And I have to make everything match. Let's see if Match Settings work. It did. So the Match Settings button worked. Now, you're not going to see here the word Smart Rendering codec. It does not show up for ProRes.
Or the other codec that this works for is DNxHD. But if you take your workflow from head to tail and you make everything match, reusing your render files is totally acceptable for a super-fast output from Premiere Pro.
- Setting up a new project in Premiere Pro
- Using the Media Browser for better importing
- Importing Final Cut Pro projects and sequences
- Navigating the Timeline
- Editing directly from bins
- Replacing clips
- Using Premiere Pro's Trim mode and JKL trimming
- Adding transitions
- Adjusting clip and track audio levels
- Adding, copying, pasting, and removing effects
- Correcting color
- Creating titles
- Exporting with the Adobe Media Encoder
- Using the Smart Rendering Codec for super-fast exports