Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video Starting from scratch: Importing media, part of Premiere Pro CC Essential Training (2015).
- Hopefully the first two chapters have given you a good sense of the basics of the Premiere Pro workflow. Now we've been working in the Greyhounds project to put together a basic promo, and so now consider this sort of a reset, where we're gonna start over and work on something else, also on Greyhounds, but this time a documentary, more focused on the rescue process, so we'll be getting deeper and more involved with the entire post-production process as well as the subject matter. And, of course, that starts, as they say, at the beginning. Alright, so if you've been around for the last two chapters, you're well aware that I have my assets here, organized in various bins.
I have my exercise files here, where I've been following along, movie by movie. But I want to show you, in chapter three, I don't have exercise files. And that's because chapter three is all about bringing in and organizing your assets, so I actually want to do that from scratch. So, I'm gonna twirl this up, and we're gonna kinda get this out of the way. In fact, I'm gonna go out one more level, you may already be at this level. You can see that I have both my assets and my exercise files in this parent bin. I'm gonna twirl that up, and let's forget about this now, and start with a blank slate.
So, to prevent confusion, I'm gonna create a new bin. So, I'm gonna right-click, and say New Bin. You could also press Command + B, or Control + B on a PC. And, I'm just gonna call this, Duplicate. So, we're gonna put everything inside of this duplicate bin. Now, in chapter two, we brought in media by just double clicking in the project pane to bring up our navigation browser, and then navigating to the media, selecting it, and then, choosing Import. Alright, so that certainly works. But right now, I'm gonna teach you how to do the same thing, but using the Media Browser inside of Premiere Pro.
So, I'm gonna cancel here. And, I'm gonna come over to my Media Browser tab. If that's not there, you can find it under the Windows menu, and Media Browser, or Shift + 8. You can see here that I've already added my desktop to my favorites. If that's not there, you're going to have to burrow in, go through local drives, then click on whatever drives your media is on, and then you might have to go through, and find, for example, users, and then click on your user, and find desktop, and here would be where you would add it to your Favorite location.
Alright, so wherever your media is, I do recommend adding it to your Favorites, so you don't have to do this burrowing game every time. And the way you do that is to just right-click, and choose Add to Favorites, and then it will always appear right here. You can have as many locations under your favorites as you want. So, I know that my media is right here on my desktop, in my exercise files folder, and I want to talk about why the media browser is useful. First, let me expand this. I'll press "~" And, I'm going to double click on exercise files, and we know that it's inside Greyhound Media, and this should look really familiar.
Here's our bin structure, with all of our assets. And here's the cool thing. When you use the Media Browser, unlike using the traditional import, because this is in Premiere Pro, if I go inside and take a look at Broll, for example. These are now individual movies, as if it was already in a bin. Okay, so I can hover scrub, I can play, I can select just certain clips, so I can click, and then Shift + click arrange. I can Command + click, or Control + click on a PC, certain movies.
And then, whatever I want to bring in, I just right-click, and choose Import, and then that's gonna be brought into my Premiere Pro project. So it's really nice to be able to use the Media Browser in this way, because you're already in the software, and you have all the benefits of working inside bins. But we do actually want to bring in all of the bins, so I'm gonna come back out to Greyhound Media. And, we'll select everything, and then right-click, and choose Import. And it's importing the files. Again, you may remember this window from chapter two.
What do you want me to do with this layered graphic for right now, merge all layers is okay. All the rest of the files should come in without issue. Okay, so it's done. I'm gonna go back to my main project pane tab. And here they all are. So, let's go ahead and just move all of those inside my duplicate bin. Again, this is to avoid confusion, so we don't go inside of our main Greyhounds bin. Alright, so let's take a closer look at what everything is. I'm gonna go inside of my Broll bin, and twirl that down. And then I'll go inside Homestretch Broll, and I want to take a look at icons and label colors.
This is a video clip that contains audio. You can see that it's a little filmstrip, with little audio waveform. And that has a blue label. If you ever need to display any of these columns, you can just right-click on this header, and then choose Metadata display, and then twirl down this first category here, and for example, the color here is a label, so you want to make sure that that's checked. Alright, so video and audio attached to a clip looks like that. I'm gonna go to my stack footage, and you can see that this is video only.
You just have a filmstrip, and that has a purple label. If I open up my stills, my images, you can see that this is what a still and image icon looks like, and they have pink labels. If I look inside of my music bin, we just have audio waveform icon here, with a green label. By the way, just as a brief aside, you're gonna have fewer music files in your exercise files than I have here. I will have removed the files that we don't end up using by the time you see this course. And, finally, I do want to show you what a sequence looks like, so I will briefly come up here to my Greyhounds all bin, and inside assets, and sequences, and this is what a sequence icon looks like, and this is a brighter green.
So let me twirl that up, and we're back in duplicate. And I just wanted to show you that because I wanted to point out it's fairly easy to tell at a glance what each of the clips is, so if everything's not organized perfectly like this, then it will help you get organized. Now, if for any reason you want to manually change the label color, or like if you need to separate out a select group of clips visually, then you can select them, so let's say that we want all of the Homestretch Broll to be a different label color, I'll go ahead and click, and then Shift +click, and then you just right-click on the group, and choose Label, and then you would change the label color here.
I'm not gonna do that right now, but it is an available option, and can help you stay organized. So, a couple more things. Right now, I have everything organized in bins, and I'm in list view. If I switch to icon view, down here, and I want to look at the contents within this bin, if I just double click, so I'm just gonna double click here, you can see that it opens in a separate floating window, and if I double click on the Broll bin, this may look like the same window, but you can see that it's actually another floating window, and if I double click here, I have yet another floating window.
So, that could be good, if you have a lot of real estate, you have a double or triple monitor system, you might not mind all these floating windows, but I don't have that much extra room, so I don't want this to happen every time I double click on a bin. Instead, I'd like the contents of my bin to open within the same window. So, we've already covered this, but I didn't tell you why. But now I'm telling you why, I hold down Command, or Control on a PC, and double click, and then I stay in the same window. So as I go through this hierarchy, I'm not opening up all of these separate floating windows.
Now, if I want to change this behavior, I absolutely can. I come up to Premiere Pro, then Preferences, and then General, and then I come down here to Bins. So, by default, double click is now open in new window, so a new floating window, just like we saw. When I hold down Command, or Control on a PC, it opens it in the same window, open in place, and then you can also choose Option, or Alt on a PC, while you double click, and it opens a new separate tab, within the window. So, a lot of people change this to when you double click, it opens it in place, so you can absolutely do that if you want to.
I'm gonna cancel for now. Alright, and now I'm gonna come back out a few levels, and I'm gonna switch back over to list view. Alright, so now we have these redundant or duplicate assets, everything that we just brought in here by practicing importing via the Media Browser, we should also have within this protected bin here, under assets. So, in that sense, I don't actually need this duplicate bin anymore. So, I'm gonna select it, and then press delete on my keyboard. Again, only do this if you're absolutely sure that you've got the correct duplicate files that you brought in in this movie.
You don't want to delete any of the original exercise files. So, I'm just gonna select it, and press delete, and it's gone. It disappears from my project. No actual media was deleted here, don't worry. Just my clips, which are the pointer files within this project. I've still got all my original clips here, so I'm ready to keep editing in this project. And I'll press "~" again to minimize. Alright, so now we're even more familiar with the ways in which to bring in and look at our media. So, let's keep going.
- Editing in Premiere Pro: the fast-track approach
- Setting up a project and a sequence
- Importing and organizing media
- Marking and selecting the best takes from clips
- Performing insert, overwrite, and replace edits
- Trimming, splitting, moving, and deleting clips
- Dynamic linking and round-tripping with other Creative Cloud apps
- Audio editing and mixing
- Recording voice-overs
- Applying transitions, effects, and filters
- Changing clip speed
- Color correction
- Creating titles
- Multicam editing techniques
- Exporting your final project