Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files and relinking media, part of Learning Premiere Pro CC 2015.
- If you're a premium member of the Lynda.com online training library, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this title. Now, first thing's first. It's important that you know which version of Premiere Pro you've got, so that you're working with the right course, and the right exercise files. This training is for the Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Cloud 2015 version of the software. The application is now upended with the year, so it's a very handy way to check. As you can see, we have 2015, and I'm also running 2014 on the same machine, but this training and these exercise files are for the 2015 version of the software.
So, with that said, once you've downloaded the appropriate exercise files, you'll see that they've been compressed to a .zip file, and when you unzip the file, you'll see a folder called exercise files. If you open up this folder, you'll see two folders inside. Greyhound Media, and Greyhound Project. And I just want to describe these briefly. In the project folder is the actual project file that you'll be working with throughout this course. This contains all of the step by step materials for everything we do. The media folder, on the other hand, contains all of your assets.
So basically, the contents within this project folder points to the contents of this media folder. So they're both very important, and don't seperate them or move anything around. Everything is set up for you with this folder hierarchy in mind. Okay, so let's launch the software to see what it looks like once you open the project. You can either double click on this project file here, or you can launch Premiere Pro first, and then open the project from within the software. I'll launch Premiere Pro to just show you that method now. So, launch Premiere Pro.
And, while this is launching, I just want to mention, that this is a dual platform training. I'll be working on a mac, but because many of you will be working on a PC, I'll be calling out both mac and PC shortcut commands, and we'll have graphic overlays on screen to direct you to the right commands throughout this training. Alright, so right now I'm at a welcome screen, it could be that you come to this tab here, on Getting Started. Make your way over to the Create tab, and if you've already been working in Premiere, you'll of course see some projects under Open Recent here, but to access the project for this course, just click on open, and then navigate to your exercise files.
So they're on my desktop, Exercise Files, and then Greyhound Project, and I'm just going to open up Greyhounds. And it's possible that the first time you open the project, you'll need to link your project files to the media. So I'm going to show you how to do that now. If your files are already linked up, and you're already in the software, just sit tight for a moment, and watch this re-linking process, as you'll certainly need to do this at some point, it's a very common practice. Alright, so here are all of the files that it's listing as offline, and I need to tell Premiere where those files are.
So I'm immediately going to just click on Locate. And now I just need to navigate to the place where I know my media is located. Now when I choose the location to search, I can search an option at any level. For example, if I know that it's in a certain folder, I can click on that folder. So here is my desktop and my Exercise Files folder, I can just click on that, but if I can't narrow it down that much, I can also click on a parent folder, or an entire drive. So while choosing an entire drive is definitely more all-inclusive, it can certainly take a lot longer than if you're able to choose the exact folder where your media resides.
Alright, so bottom line, choose the level that you know for sure your media files are in. So, I know that they're in my Exercise Files folder, and I'm just going to click Search. And then I want to look up here. It's looking for a specific file, alright? It's looking for an interview clip, "challenging but rewarding work". And here it's found it. And I just want to click on this file, and then I'm going to say OK. And a lot of times, that's all you need to do, because of this option right here, ReLink others automatically. Here it looks like it needs a little bit more help, it found the first four, but we need to find this one, so you might need to repeat this process a couple of times until all the new media's brought online.
Alright, so let's again just choose Locate, and I'll click on my Exercise Files folder and search in there, and again, it's found the correct file. Alright, so I'm just going to click on Gray2K, OK, and now it's found the rest of them, all of my media's online. Okay, so it could be that you don't need to re-link any files, sometimes you'll need to just re-link one file, and it'll find the rest, sometimes you'll have to do it a couple of times. Now, inside of the Greyhound getting started project, you'll see an Assets folder, up here at the top, and this contains all of the media for our project, so our B roll, our images, our interviews, our music, and so on.
Below the Assets folder is the Exercise Files folder. And I've set this up so that all you need to do is go into the bin that matches the movie that you're working in. Alright, so if you're in Chapter 2, and you're in the fifth movie of Chapter 2, just twirl down 2.5, and here's everything that I'm going to need for that movie. Here's all the B roll I'm going to need to assemble my sequence in this 2.5 movie, and then I usually have a sequence labeled Pre, and this is how it's going to be at the beginning of the movie, and then I also have a sequence labeled Post, and this is how it looks after we go through all the steps within the movie.
Okay, so that's how pretty much every bin is set up. Okay, and if you don't have access to the Lynda.com exercise files, then you should definitely follow along with your own assets. Alright let's get started.