Join Robbie Carman for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Premiere Pro Guru: Lumetri Workflows using SpeedGrade and Direct Link.
- If you're a premium member of the lynda.com online training library, then you have access to the exercise files used in this title. After downloading and unzipping the exercise files, you'll be presented with a folder, this guy right here, called Exercise Files. And you can store this folder in a location of your choosing, but for this title, I'm gonna keep it right here, on my desktop. Just remember, like any other course that you take here on lynda.com, this footage is actually copyright. So just use common sense. You're able to use the footage of course if you have access to the Exercise Files, but please don't distribute it or put it on your own reel, and things like that.
Inside of this folder, you'll find two items: a Premiere Pro project file, and then a folder called Media. Inside of the Media folder is all the media that we'll be using throughout this title. Now, there are also a couple subfolders inside the media folder, and over the course of this title, I'll direct you in several movies to access files, located in these subfolders. Now, the media used in this title comes from a music video shoot for the band, Minimus the Poet, an awesome, folk pop-rock band here in the D.C.-Baltimore area.
And you can check them out at minimusthepoet.com. And we'll be working with a segment of their most recent music video. Now most of the media used for this title is encoded as DNxHD.mxf files, these guys right here, and specifically DNxHD 115. DNxHD is a cross-platform codec, native to Premiere Pro. Meaning, you don't have to download or install anything to playback or create new DNxHD files. The media here in this folder, called Native Workflow, is actually encoded as Apple ProRes LT.
And I'll explain why we can't work with mxf in a native SpeedGrade workflow later in this title. Let me go back one level here, and again let's go ahead and open up the Premiere Pro project file. Now, depending on your configuration, you may get a warning message that says "The last time this project was saved, "it was using the Mercury playback engine "with GPU acceleration". Simply click "OK". The system that I prepared the exercise files on was using a qualified GPU for acceleration.
On your own system, if available, you can configure this acceleration in your project settings. Now, if you've kept the Exercise Files folder intact, or have kept the Premiere Pro project file alongside the Media folder in a location of your choosing, then the media in this project should automatically reconnect, as it's done from right here in this project. Now go ahead and open up one of these sequences. You can see that the media is available, and online. However, if media does not automatically reconnect for you, you'll need to reconnect it using the Missing Media dialog, that is shown when opening up a project with a missing media.
Let me show you how that works. Go ahead and close this Premiere Pro project file, I don't need to save it. Then I'm simply gonna take the Media folder and move it to a different location. Then once again, I'll go ahead and open up the Premiere Pro Project file. This time, when opening up the Premiere Pro project file, I'll be greeted with the Missing Media dialog. So here, in the Missing Media, or Linked Media, dialog, there's just a few options that I want to make sure that we have checked. First, and most importantly, down here is this option, for Relink Others Automatically.
This will make the relinking process easier, by relinking all the files used in this project at once. Additionally over here, it's a good idea to have File Name, and File Extension checked. Next, let's go ahead and simply click Locate. Down here, I want to make sure that this option, for Display Only Exact Name Matches is checked, and then, I'm gonna go over here and open up my drive, then I'm gonna scroll down to my Users folder and then I'll scroll down to Robbie, because that's me, and then I'll go out to my Desktop, scroll down just a little bit more, and there's the Media folder, and hey! There's the file that I was looking for.
Now, this next step is very important. You must make sure that you actually select the file that Premiere Pro is looking for. Simply clicking the Link button, or the OK button down here won't actually work. You'll notice that it's greyed out. You must select the file, and then click Link. So I'll go ahead and do that, I'll select the file, and then click OK. Go ahead and open up one of these sequences, just to make sure that my media is online.
Yep, and everything looks good. Now, be sure to save the project after you do this relinking process, so you don't have to repeat the whole relinking process. Now, here in this project, you'll notice a folder of sequences, that correspond to each chapter and movie in this title. Although, some movies don't have a timeline. And I'll be sure to direct you to which sequence we're using in each movie. If you're not a premium member of the lynda.com online training library, you can still follow along in this title using your own media.
So, let's go ahead and jump into Premier Pro Guru Lumetri workflows, using SpeedGrade and direct link.
- Applying Lumetri look presets to clips and adjustment layers
- Combining presets with other color corrections
- Sending a project from Premiere Pro to SpeedGrade and back again
- Merging clips in the Timeline
- Matching clips
- Using Lumetri looks in Photoshop and After Effects