This video explores the process for importing media from camera cards. You learn about how Premiere Pro handles navigating different types of folder hierarchies, as well as some rules and suggestions for how to organize card-originated media. You also explore how to transcode camera card files so they are optimized for editing in the Premiere environment.
- [Instructor] So we know how to bring in media files to our project if they already exist in a folder on our system, but often the media will becoming in straight from the source, that is from a camera card. So let's take a look at how to do that and just so you know if you're following along with the exercise files we haven't provided camera card media for you, but you can feel free to follow along with your own card and just so you know I'm in a blank project without any media so you can feel free to set one up yourself as well. Now first things first when you're working with camera cards it's usually a good idea to first copy the contents from the camera card to your hard drive.
Then you have a proper backup for your media that you can go back to any time you need it. Now here I have a couple of different camera cards. One I've already copied over to this drive. As you can see here we have quite a few folders and inside each of those is a pretty intricate folder hierarchy, okay and keep on going deeper and deeper and you still never really find any files that you can actually view, but don't worry Premiere Pro will dig in and find exactly what you need.
Here is a camera card that I plugged directly into my system. This is a much less complicated folder hierarchy and I can actually burrow in and see the individual movies. So let's take a look at both of these and to do so I'm going to go over to the media browser and I'm going to press tilde to maximize this and let's take a look at the files on the camera card that I just have plugged in to my system first. That's this one right here. So I'll just double click and go in to this DCIM folder to access my files and here they are.
Right now I'm in list view, but I'm going to go over to thumbnail view and here they are and I can do all the same exact things that I can to clips in my bin. I can hover scrub, I can play these if I want. If I want to bring everything in I can just select all of them and then right click and choose import and so if I head over to my project panel you can see that their they are. However, if you just import files from a camera card there's a problem. If I select this clip and choose Reveal In Finder you can see that it's pointing right back to that camera card so that's not going to work.
The moment I eject my camera card all of those files are going to go offline. If you are going to work with media natively from a camera card that's why you do need to copy it over to a drive first, but in this case what you can do is actually transcode the media. So we would encode to a different codec so that Premiere Pro can work with it and what that does is it creates new media files. So let me delete these which again just deletes the clips within the project not the media itself and I'll go back over to media browser and I want to take a look at my ingest setting.
Now we talked about this just a little bit in the previous movie, but here we're actually going to put it in action. I'm going to select ingest and then I need to come to my ingest settings to tell Premiere Pro exactly what I want it do. So it's going to create new media files, but it needs to know how. So from this list I'm going to choose Transcode and again this is going to convert these files in to a codec that is optimal for editing in Premiere Pro and under preset I'm going to choose Apple ProRes 422 and then I need to tell it where I want these new files to live.
So instead of putting it in the same folder as the project let's choose a location and I'm going to have it go in to my media folder and I'll just create a new folder called Transcoded Assets. Okay, so there we go, I'll choose and okay. Now I could bring in each of these clips or with the transcode option I could actually bring in portions of clips with in and out points. As of this recording the transcode option is the only one that I have that ability to do this for.
I can't do it on copying or proxies, but with transcode I can. So let's go ahead and just bring in a very small portion. I'm going to mark an in by pressing "i" and I'll mark an out just a few seconds later by pressing "o" All right, so I have marked an in and an out and let's go ahead and import that and because I have my ingest option checked it's just going to import that very small section. So I'll right click and choose Import and now I'll head over to my project panel and so here's the clip.
I'm going to Reveal In Finder and as you can see it was placed there in my Transcoded Assets, okay. So now I have a file that is separate from the camera card that it originally came from. All right, I'm going to go back over to my media browser and let's bring in something else. I'm going to go over to the drive where I've already transferred over my camera card and I'm just going to burrow in a few levels here and so here are those files. Again I could not see these video files a the finder level, but Premiere Pro sees them just fine.
I can hover scrub, I can play, and, of course, I can bring these in. So let's go ahead and just bring one in without transcoding. So I'll turn off ingest and I'll right click and choose Import and if I go over to my project panel you can see that here it is, I can load it, I can work with it, and if I Reveal In Finder you can see that it's pointing right there to the original files in this camera card folder hierarchy.
If, however, I choose to transcode it's going to create a new file. So let's again just mark a very short segment. I'll mark an in with "i" and an out with "o" turn on my ingest. My ingest settings are going to remember the very last setting that you put in so again it was a transcode and it's going to that special folder that I set up so I'm in good shape and I'll import that and head back over to my project panel and there's that file.
So I can Reveal In Finder and that should be in my Transcoded Assets folder which it is. Okay, so I've just demoed these techniques with just a few files here to show you the logistics. Normally, you'd be bringing in dozens or hundreds of files, but hopefully it makes sense in terms of how you can technically often link to your camera card media if you've copied over the contents to a drive, but that a transcoded work flow might often be a better option for editing in Premiere Pro.
Now often what I'll do is transcode what I think I'll need, but then I'll keep all of my raw files on the drive in case I need to dig through them and find something that I didn't originally transcode. Now to make this sort of thing possible I want to show you one last thing and it is this little eyeball right here and when I click on it I get a drop down menu where I have a variety of media formats and these are the video formats that Premiere Pro can import and work with without any type of transcoding.
So if I head in to one of these folders you can see that it identifies the type of media that I'm looking at and so I technically wouldn't have to transcode it if I didn't want to, but in general it's just good to be aware of this list because frankly some formats aren't supported natively at all and so you'll need to perform the transcode regardless. All right, so for now I'm actually going to delete my camera card files from this project to make it empty once again and that sets us up well for the next movie when we talk about organizing our assets further.
This is the first part of a two-part series. The second installment explores more intermediate techniques.
- Touring the Premiere Pro interface
- Asset organization and project management
- Basic editing
- Trimming and refining
- Basic audio editing
- Working with stills and graphics
- Basic effects
- Manipulating clip speed
- Using automatic and basic color correction tools
- Working with titles
- Sharing and exporting