Join Jason Osder for an in-depth discussion in this video Doing a basic transcoded workflow, part of Premiere Pro Guru: Transcoding Workflows.
- We've been doing a lot of definitions and concepts and I want to do a lot of techniques and tools, but right now let's just transcode something. Let's just do it to do it, so we can see what this process is all about, and we'll keep talking about the whys and the different techniques as we go forward. So, I want to do a very simple transcode and I'm going to use Adobe Prelude, which is a common way to transcode things. So let's go ahead and open Adobe Prelude. The meaning of the word prelude, that is before the story, before the edit, preparing footage to edit.
So that's the type of transcode we're going to do. And I'm just going to totally start from scratch here with New Project. If you've not used Prelude before, you can follow right along here. There's also a lot of instruction on Prelude in the rest of the library. So, a New Project, I'm going to work on the desktop here and I don't like Untitled but we could just say First Transcode. And if you don't have the exercise files you could try this with any video file whatsoever. So, here is our prelude project here, and we've given it a name, but there's nothing in it, so we need to just start by ingesting the footage, which is where we'll have those transcode controls.
So if I go ahead and bring up the Ingest window and then I can navigate to our exercise files. So we need to dig down here into the desktop and we see our exercise files, including the media folder and you'll see that the media folder both has one of our 3D files as well as this AVCHD archive which we can further look at the video in there.
When we're doing an ingest in Prelude, we check what we want to ingest, we are right here and we checked to transfer the clip and we can decide where it's going to go and we're going to look at all these detail commands in a different movie. So I'm just going to stick on the desktop here, at desktop might get a little messy, but at least we'll know where everything is. So we're going to place this new file on the desktop. And then here's the part I really want to point out right now.
You see the word right there, Transcode. So once we check that box in Prelude, there's a lot of implications to that, but for right now let's do it to do it, so we're going to transcode, i.e. change the format and we pick what new format it's going to be. And we're going to talk a lot about these, some of these we have talked about already, but I'm working on the PC, and just for kicks I think I'm going to go ahead and use the older AVI (Uncompressed), and this example would be suited for PC, maybe an older PC, and then also uncompressed will not add quality, we'll talk about that in a bit, but add that uncompressed bit depth.
So we'll go ahead and choose the format to transcode to remember for now. This might not even be the choice you would make in a professional context, but all we're doing for now is just to transcode, changing the format. So we picked a format to change to and we should more or less be set. We said where to put it, we can have a sub-folder, we don't need one, in fact I don't think we need the date, so I'll keep the sub-folder but let's just call it TEST, and once we're all set, we can just click Ingest and this process is going to happen with Adobe Media Encoder and we'll talk about that in a second, why Media Encoder is important.
And there you see our actual transcode happening. Boom! All done already. So, if we get this out of the way, we see our folder called TEST, and we see that we have a brand new AVI file that is completely separate, a whole new file in a different location, and a whole new format, no longer AVCHD, but now in fact an AVI file. And it could be anything, because we changed it.
And in Prelude, you'll see that this is now a clip, and the clip refers to the AVI file, not the original AVCHD file. So, that's a basic transcode. Now to go from here to go into Premiere Pro is no big deal, but I would advise you to check out Premiere Pro Guru Prelude for the prelude workflows. What I wanted to show you here was quite literally checking the box that says transcode, and then when you do that, Encoder gets involved, a re-encode or a transcode happens, in this case we assigned it to AVI, so that's the new type of file that we made.
That's the heart of it. No magic tricks here. Everything about transcoding is making new files in new formats, and from there is what you do with it in terms of a workflow.
- Different kinds of transcoded workflows
- Codecs and formats for shooting
- Important definitions: log, raw, and more
- Using Premiere, Media Encoder, and Prelude for transcoding
- Creating transcoded presets
- Transcoding subclips
- Rendering and replacing clips
- Transcoding at the end of an edit