In this video, learn how to use the Media Browser to navigate and import media. Also learn how to identify each type of asset—movie, video, audio, image, and sequence—in terms of its icon and label. Additionally, learn about when you might want to transcode your files during the importing process.
- [Instructor] Now that we're a little comfortable with where things are and how things act in the Premiere Pro environment, let's drop back to the beginning and spend this chapter talking all about how we Ingest and organize our media. Then, in the next chapter, we'll start in on all things editing. We'll be going into our main Donut Dynamite project a little bit later in this chapter so we can take advantage of our well organized assets, but to begin with now we need to start in an empty project so that we can really begin with a blank slate.
You can do that by choosing New Project and I'm gonna call this Donut DEMO 2 and that's going into my project folder which is great and I'll say OK. Here I am inside my empty software. Now, in chapter two when I was giving you the basic tour, we brought in our media in a very straight-forward manner. We just double-clicked here in the project panel and then we brought up the browser and then navigated to our media. You can do that, but I want to show you a different way now that gives you a little more flexibility and a little more power to see exactly what you're bringing in and that is using the Media Browser.
I'm gonna press tilde to maximize so we have a little more space and over here on the left is where you're going to start your navigation. You can see that under favorites, I already have desktop which is where my exercise files are. You probably won't, but if you want to set yourself a shortcut, it can help in the future. Just go to local drives and then navigate to your desktop and I'll show you how to set that as a favorite. I'm just gonna burrow in and find my desktop. Let's see, Mac hard drive, Users, and then akennedy and then here is my Desktop.
Whatever you wanna set as a favorite, just select it and then right-click and choose Add to Favorites, and then it gets popped up right up here. I'm going to go into my exercise files. Right now, I'm looking at this in list view. Notice that you do have the option of going back and forth between list and thumbnail view here. If I double-click and go inside Exercise Files and then inside Media, notice that I have my parent folders here and if I go inside to actually look at my clips, which I'll go into Beauty Shots here.
These are no longer just files, but they are little movies. This exactly as it behaves inside of a bin in Premiere Pro. In chapter two, when we were going over hover scrub, again, I'm just hovering over each of these clips. I'm not clicking and dragging. Hover scrub acts the same exact way inside the Media Browser. In addition, you can play clips so just select it and then press spacebar to play. You can also grab the scrubber down here and scrub through like so.
This is a really nice way to tell exactly what the clips are before bringing them in. If you wanna bring in selected clips, you can select and then Command + click, or Control + click on a PC. You can also Shift + click to select clips in a range. You can also lasso and then you just right-click and choose Import. Now, you see here in my main project panel, here are the clips that I've imported from the Media Browser. I'm just going to delete these. Again, I'm not deleting the actual media, I'm just deleting the clips from within Premiere Pro, these pointer files.
I have them all selected, I'll press delete, and I'll go back to my Media Browser. Let's go back to the parent folders. You can climb back through your hierarchy either by coming over here to the navigator and you can climb up through the folders like so, or you can use these arrows right here and just go back and back to where you need to be. I'm gonna go into media and let's bring in these parent folders, and I'll right-click and choose Import.
Here I am back at my project panel and as you can see, here are my parent bins identical to the folder hierarchy that we just saw and then inside there are additional bins, and then finally my clips. Now, what I'd like to do is actually take a closer look at what everything is in terms of icons and labels. Inside my Broll bin, you can see that most of these files are what are called movie files which means they contain both video and audio. We know that by the icon because it has a little lavender filmstrip with a green wav form and the label color is blue.
Again, most of these are movie files. If I take a look inside each of these, I've got movie files pretty much all the way down the board except I believe if I go into this one here, there's a couple that are not movie files. What's the difference? Well, these just don't contain audio. You can see that it's the same lavender filmstrip, but just without the green audio wav form and you can see that these have a purple label.
If I twirl down my music bin, you can see that these are audio files and the icon looks like my little green wav form and these have a green label. I'm gonna go into my Images bin and here are what still images look like. We have a little picture icon and then these come with a pink label. Now, if for any reason you wanna manually change the label color, like if you wanna separate out a select group of clips visually, you can do that.
Say for example, within my Images bin I want my stock images from Adobe Stock to be different color. I'm just going to select those, so I'll click and then Shift + click, and then I'll right-click, and then come to Label and choose another color. How about Magenta? At a glance, it's very easy to see what everything is, but it's also easy to see what it is in a sequence. Let's create a sequence and I wanna show you what I mean. I'm going to press tilde again to minimize and I'm gonna go over to my Assembly workspace so that I can see my assets a little bit better as I'm building my sequence.
You can see here that I have Effect Controls chosen. This happens a lot. Again, you just come over to your double-sided arrow and then choose your project panel and you're back. Let's create a sequence and include each of the assets within the sequence. I'm going to go into my Kitchen Shop bin here and let's grab a couple of movie files and a couple of video-only files. I'm going to just press my backslash key to fit all of this within the timeline view.
A couple things have happened. You see that I have my movie clips, which again are video and audio, and they have the blue label which translates to blue clips here in my sequence. Here you see I have my purple video-only clips in my sequence, which again come from the purple labels here in my project panel. Let's grab a couple of still images. I'll take both stock image as well as just a regular still image and bring those over as well.
I'll go into music and bring this down too. You can see that this is a green clip corresponding with my green label. As you organize everything within your bins in your project panel, that organization is followed as you edit in your sequence. Before I move on, I should mention that I've created a new sequence and that in itself has another icon and label color. Here it is. You can see that this is what the icon looks like, it looks like a sequence, and it has a green label.
I'm just going to rename this and I'm gonna call it Donut Demo Assets and let's bring that back out to the root level here. We'll twirl things up to organize things a bit better. One last thing that I just briefly wanna mention about bringing in media is the notion of transcoding. Sometimes, especially when you're working with files with very large resolution, it is best to transcode the media or convert it to a format that's more optimal for editing before bringing it in.
I'm gonna click on Media Browser once again and I'll press tilde to maximize here. I wanna come to this setting right here, Ingest. We have been bringing our media in without this checked, so again it's not creating new media, it's just pointing to existing media, but if I was to check this box and then open up my Ingest settings, I could come into this menu here and tell Premiere Pro to actually create new media on import. For example, if I chose Transcode, I could then select a preset and choose a format that is more optimal for editing if, for example, I am working with those really large files.
This Apple ProRes 422 is a great editing codec, very popular choice. I could select this and then when I said OK and I brought in my media, it's gonna create those new Apple ProRes 422 files for me to edit with. There are other options in here as well. For example, I can create proxies. You can see that there are a number of preset formats in here as well. This option converts the files to a very low-res format if you need to seriously maximize your performance or hard drive space.
Then, later you can relink to the original high-res format. I am going to just uncheck Ingest for now, because I don't need to transcode or create proxies since my files have already been pretty compressed. I'll cancel here, but if you would like to learn more about this workflow, you can check out the course Premiere Pro Guru, Transcoding Workflows and it takes you through all of that information. Now that we know more about using the Media Browser and performing some basic media management and organization, let's keep going on this topic.
For now, since I'm in my sandbox project, I'll go ahead and just delete everything so that I have an empty project as we keep learning how to import our media.
- What's new in the latest version of Premiere Pro
- Importing media
- Organizing assets into bins
- Editing and trimming video
- Using markers
- Editing audio and multicamera footage
- Working with stills
- Adding effects
- Manipulating clip speed
- Correcting color
- Adding titles
- Sharing and exporting your project