Join Abba Shapiro for an in-depth discussion in this video Importing files and folders, part of Premiere Pro CS6 Essential Training.
Well, now that you have a better understanding of the Adobe Premiere Pro interface and some of the preferences that you may want to adjust, let's go ahead and import some video, so we can start editing. But before we import any video, I have to stress one very important thing when working with Adobe Premiere Pro 6 and importing media. You're never really actually bringing the media into your project file, all you're doing is pointing to where the media is, whether it's on your internal hard drive and attached hard drive or even on a camera card.
Think of it as a shortcut or an alias to where that media is, and the reason this is critical is that if you unplug an external hard drive, or if you unplug the camera card, that media will go off-line because Adobe Premiere Pro won't know where to look because that card is not there anymore, but what's even more dangerous, if you write over that card or you take the media off that attached hard drive, it's gone for good.
So best practice is always take your media and copy it to your internal hard drive or to a media hard drive, and then import that media into Premiere Pro. So it will always live in a local location, and you won't have to worry about losing it. With that said, let's go ahead and import some media. Now as I said earlier, there's lots of ways to drive Adobe Premiere Pro 6, you can use pull down menus, keyboard shortcuts as well as clicking.
You can always go to File, and Import and use it with a pull down menu, and as you can see there is a keyboard shortcut associated with that, on the Macintosh, it's Command+I, on Windows is Ctrl+I, but even simpler, I just like to double-click in the Project pane and that automatically opens up an Import dialog box. Now, the Import dialog box will go back to the last location that you imported footage from.
In this case, it was the Media folder. Now if you are a premium lynda.com subscriber, you will have downloaded the exercise files, and inside that folder there will be a folder called Media. But you can always use your own media and follow along just the same. So if I wanted to say bring in this clip here, Avocados, I can simply select it and click Import, and as you can see the clip appears immediately in my project.
Now importing this way is good, but there's an even a better way to import Media into Premiere Pro and that's using the Media Browser. Now the Media Browser should be directly adjacent to the Project pane. Go ahead and click on the Media Browser, and I'm going to press the Tilde key to enlarge this to full screen. Remember the Tilde key--or some people call it the Grave key--is located in the upper left-hand corner of your keyboard.
Now it's much easier to see my file directory. Once again, I'm working on a Mac, but it works exactly the same way on a Windows machine. Now I have two choices in how I want to review the Media Browser. What we are seeing here is an Icon view, but I can also go down in the lower corner and switch this to a List view. So, for some of you who are used to using file directories, you may want to switch to the List view to navigate to the Media folder that came with the exercise files or to your own media.
I know that my media is located on my desktop, and inside the folder called Exercise Files > Media, and here's a list of all the media that's available in the Media folder. But remember, I said importing wasn't quite as good as using the Media Browser, and this is where it gets really cool. Instead of looking at this as a List view, I'm going to switch back to a Thumbnail view, and what you will see is little picture icons of every single clip that's available to you.
There is also a little slider down here, and I can move that slider from little mountains on the left, to massive mountains on the right, and it actually scales up my images. So, depending on your screen resolution, you may want to move that a little bit to the right, so you can see what's happening in each of these picture icons. But we are not going to stop just there, because sometimes you have no idea what the shot is--for instance, Green Screen Clean. Is there a narrator? Is there not a narrator? Well, Adobe Premiere Pro 6 has something called Hovers Scrub, and I can simply hover my mouse over any of these icons and move it left and right and actually see what happens in that video.
So, as you can see here I can the single light bulb turns on, and in this case I have the CFL light bulb, which also turns on. If I click on any of these images, I actually get a little scrubber bar down here, and I can actually scroll through the video to make sure that's the clip that I want. Now another benefit of the Media Browser is that I can look at a variety of file types. So in this folder we have still images, we have music, I have graphics, I have video, and if I want to find something very quickly, I can click on All Supported File types, and instead of seeing everything, I can say, you know something, I just want to look at my JPEGs because I want to find a specific photograph, and now I'm looking at only the JPEGs that are in that folder.
I can also keyword search so if you're looking at a folder that maybe has JPEGs, but thousands of JPEGs, and you know the name of the JPEG you can actually type it in find it immediately, and then go ahead and import it. Now if I wanted to import just one image, I can select it and the first thing, I would do is I would just simply right- click can say Import, as you see it tells me its importing the files, I'm going to step back into my Project folder, and I can actually see the Media is already here.
But I don't want to bring these in one at a time. I can select a range of clips by lassoing them and import them, or I can bring an entire folder in all at once. I'm going to switch back from JPEG to All Supported Files, and then I'm going to step up to the Parent directory. This may look slightly different on a Windows machine, but you should be used to navigating through your operating system. When I step up, I see the entire Media folder, at which point I can right-click on the entire Media folder and import the media that way.
I can also--if I'm in the List view-- simply grab the Media folder and drag it and put it directly on top of my Project folder, place it anywhere I want, I'll see a hand with plus sign, and simply let go of my mouse. At this point, Adobe Premiere Pro is importing all the files--now when I say importing, remember it is just pointing to where the original media is on your hard drive. Now if you move that media, Premiere Pro will lose its location, and you'll have to reconnect that media.
Now we'll cover that in a later movie. Now you'll notice that because I brought the media in as a folder, it's organized inside of a folder instead of as individual clips at the top level. Now I can simply go back to the List view and reveal the contents of that folder, select any clips that I want and drag them out of the folder to the top level. We'll look at organizing the Project panel in greater detail in an upcoming movie.
Now I want to point out one more thing that's very useful when importing using the media browser. I'm going to go ahead and Delete all of this media because I've actually organized all of this media in separate folders at the finder level. So I'm going to simply Select All and press Delete, which removes the media from my Project file. Now remember, we were pointing to the original media. This doesn't harm the original files on your hard drive in any way. All I'm doing is deleting this shortcut.
Now if we jump back to the Media Browser, and we step out of this folder, I want to point out that I have a folder on my desktop which you don't have, which is called Media Organized. We put all of your media in a single media folder so that it's easier to reconnect the media to the exercise files. But I've organized this in advance because I wanted to show you something really cool. I'm going to go ahead and hide the Premiere Pro interface for one moment to show you the contents of that folder.
On my desktop is the folder called Medial Organized, and if I double-click to open up the contents, you can see I've divided my footage based upon the type of footage it is, B-roll, interviews, shaky footage, things that I want to do speed changes on, my green screen, I've already pre-organized it. And I don't want to have to do this twice so I'm going to go ahead, close this out, switch back to Premiere, and now if I click on this folder for Media Organized and open that up, there is all of my organized folders, I can simply select them all and import them.
So this is awesome. All of my organization is still there, and I don't have to worry about reorganizing my footage after the fact. As a side note, if you're a Windows user, and you're worried about importing QuickTime movies--even if you don't have QuickTime on your operating system-- you can import them into Premiere Pro because it understands all of the standard QuickTime codecs and can play them back without any additional software needing to be downloaded. As you can see, the media browser for importing your footage is a lot more robust than importing footage through the simple Import command.
- Customizing the window layout and the interface
- Importing card-based media
- Capturing media from tape
- Marking and selecting the best takes from clips
- Editing clips into the Timeline
- Performing insert and overwrite edits
- Performing more advanced editing tasks, such as 3-point editing, replace edits, and trimming using ripple and roll edits
- Mixing audio
- Editing more efficiently using markers
- Working with stills and graphics
- Creating speed changes on clips
- Adding transitions and effects
- Creating titles, credit rolls, and lower thirds
- Demonstrating multicamera editing techniques
- Stabilizing shaky footage
- Exporting your final project to the web, mobile devices, and tape