Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video What is Adobe Prelude?, part of Prelude CS6 Workshop.
Adobe Prelude is an ingest and logging application, designed to dramatically speed up the process when your ingesting large quantities of file based footage. It has a beautifully streamlined interface for putting comments and making subclips out of your media, and putting things like Flash Q points on. Here, you can see I've got a list of different kinds of marker. I can put comments on that have a duration, and I can apply metadata changes to multiple clips in a single step.
You can, of course, use your non-linear editor to do these kinds of things, but it's just not as efficient as having a dedicated tool for the purpose. Prelude has a dedicated Ingest panel that behaves a little bit like the Media Browser in Premiere Pro CS6, except it has a whole list of additional options. You'll see here I can look directly inside a Panasonic P2 card. I can view all kinds of different media here I've got on my local hard drives. Or if I've got networked drives, I can use those. Lots and lots of different formats are supported.
And if I choose a clip that I'd like to ingest, I can just tick a box here. And you'll notice that I can hover scope, if I find a bit of media here with a little bit more action here. For example, if I just woft my mouse over the thumbnail here, I'm just, I'm not clicking and dragging and scrubbing, I'm just waving my mouse over the clip. I get a lovely view of the contents of it. And if I want to mark the clip and do a partial ingest, I can do so as well. I can just mark it. In and out marks using my keyboard, and I'm going to get just parts of the media. So, just about any kind of video footage, you can browse with this panel. And if you press the V key or if you click on this box, you can select the clips you want to ingest.
And then, this is when it gets interesting. If I just ingest, Prelude is going to link to the file in it's original location. And I'm just going to create shortcuts to the media inside my Prelude project. And when I add my metadata, it's a little bit different. Instead of adding that metadata to just the clip inside the project, it's actually going to add it to the media files themselves. This is really important because those media files can travel from one application to another, and they're going to bring the metadata with them. All the comments and tags, they're going to flow with the media from application to application. But here's another thing.
If I take this box, I can have Prelude make duplicates of my media at the point of ingest. I just chose the destination, browse for where I want it to go on my hard drive, and either it is just going to copy my media. I can have sub folders if I want automatically for each ingest, or I can have it trans-code as well. And the Adobe Media Encoder does the conversions. So, I have all of my Adobe Media Encoder presets available in here and I can make own. But look at this. If I don't transcode, I can verify as well.
So, Prelude will check that it gets exactly the right file sizes as it transfers the media over from perhaps your original P2 card or even your SD card from your DSLR. I look down here, I've got the option to add addiction locations. So, I can browse and choose, oh, another place on my computer. Let's choose another folder, and again I can transcode to another format if I want to. So what I can do if I, if I really want to is just copy my original full quality media over it the primary destination. I then, perhaps, transcode the second duplicate copy down to a low resolution, either a proxy or maybe I can choose.
Oh, there's so many to choose from. Here we go, Vimeo SD 25 resolution. This is based, again, on my Adobe Media Encoder presets. I might use this duplicate as a proxy within Premiere Pro, or I might just send it up for review and approval. I can pass it over to an FTP server and have someone look it over based on low resolution media. Whatever I choose to do, in fact, I'm not going to copy anything, I'm just going to link to the original media here. I click Ingest and I'm probably going to get an error because I've, here we go, I've already got these clips in my project, so I'll click OK. Once you're inside Prelude, you can very quickly add comments. Here, I just pressed the number 2, start typing to add a comment. Then I can play through.
Now if I press the Spacebar, of course, I'm just going to add a space. But if I press All Space now, it's going to play and then I might mark an out point again with the Alt key, and that's it, I've added a comment to my clip. Now, I can go back maybe to the beginning here, maybe I'll add another little marker here and I'll say, let's start from this point. And that I can maybe drag this handle over and shorten the new comment. Now, these comments I'm adding are actually on the media, and Prelude uses the Adobe XMP system. Which will either add the metadata that I'm creating, it will either ad that to the media file itself.
If it'll take it, so if you're using formats like MXF or QuickTime movies. And if it won't, it'll make a sidecar file that will travel with the media. In either case, it's never going to damage the media itself. I can go right the way through my media very, very quickly, checking out my shots. If I save this clip, that's going to append the metadata on it. Here, I've got another shot go right the way through. I can bring up a Delegated Metadata panel. Let's throw this in here. And with this Metadata panel, I can append the metadata, and again this will flow with the media.
And perhaps most exciting of all, is that I can also make rough cuts. So, I'm going to store this rough cut on my system here. Let's put this in my project file so you can take a look at this later. I'll call this Example Rough Cut, okay? And this is now going to be, here we are, in amongst my media. I'll just tidy up this view a little bit. And now, with this rough cut, I can start to add clips.
Very, very basic. Very, very simple. Nothing too complicated. I'm doing a pretty random job here. But you see, I'm just dragging and dropping in the order I want. And notice that my comments are appearing there, and I'm making a rough cut that allows me to make my intentions to the editor. Now that I've done this, if I want to, I can go to the File menu and I can export my project and all my media. If I choose my project, I can save the sound as Final Cut Pro XML, or I can save it up in a way that is directly accessible by Premiere Pro. But I'm going to show you a shortcut for doing that. If I want to, I can send out the XML file of all of my media with all of my metadata comments.
And if I like, I can make a copy of my media files to whichever location I choose, including an FTP server. And that allows me to prepare all of the media for the edit, putting all the metadata in. And even building out, let's call it an Assembly Edit, of the shots in the approximate order I want. But I've also got Premiere Pro running here in the background. And if I want to, I can just select this content. In fact, let's have all of these. I can right-click and choose Send to Premiere Pro. I'm going to save those changes.
That's fine. And if I look now inside of Premiere Pro, there we go. Here is my Example Rough Cut now converted into a sequence in Premiere Pro. There are my comments, and here are my clips, including the contents of that folder that I had inside of Prelude. Prelude is also highly adaptable, it uses action script to create custom interfaces. So, you need to be a coder, but Adobe have all the information you need to customize the interface. And even to choose customized applications to bring on location and pre-build your metadata during the shoot.
It's very powerful stuff. So, that's just an introduction to Adobe's new Logging and Ingest application, Adobe Prelude. It's included as standard with the Adobe Production Premiere Suite of applications and also with the Adobe Master Collection.
- An overview of the interface
- Useful preferences
- Ingesting media
- Managing media in Prelude
- Adding markers
- Creating rough cuts
- Sharing clips and rough cuts