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AdobePremiere Pro - Importing Video Files Step 1. After filming, you would take the SD Card out of the Camera, and using a Card Reader transfer the video files from the Camera Memory to the Computer. After plugging your card reader in you would locate your files by following this file path G:\PRIVATE\AVCHD\BDMV\STREAM Obviously it would depend which USB port you plugged the Card Reader into, as this would change the G: to a different letter at the beginning – but if you go to My Computer it should be fairly obvious which drive is your SD Card...

An easy way to remember the file-path of your video clips is P.A.B.S (I’m sorry there’s nothing easier! That is the first letter of each file you should click on; Private, AVCHD, BDMV, STREAM). Alternatively if you click this button and change it to “Details” it will always be the bottom folder you select.


Step 2. After locating your clips, you should then open up another “My Computer” window like so...

Go directly to your D: Drive, and if you haven’t already created your Project Folder – do so now. This should be the same location you store all of your video clips, save your Adobe Premiere Project and everything else related to your group’s coursework. I would try to keep this as organised as possible, so you can clearly see what footage you have shot – and what you have left to shoot. Try to create a folder each time you go on a shoot, and label them so all of your clips are easy to find like above ^^^ The footage we are importing in this example, is all the footage from our imaginary first day of shooting, - so I have created a New Folder titled “Day 1”. Now we drag all the files from the SD Card (Right>>) over and into our designated folders on our D: Drive (<<<Left).

NB: If you import any clips straight from your SD Card into Adobe Premiere, all the work you do on them you will lose when you unplug your Card Reader. SO BE CAREFUL! Make sure all of your clips are on your D:Drive in the right folders before you go any further.


Step 3. Open up your project in Adobe Premiere Pro.

If you are creating a New Project you MUST use the “Project Set Up Guide” or else 100% GARUNTEED you will do the next few steps completely wrong. However, if you are reading this after you correctly set up your project by following the guide – then continue...

To import your clips, go to... File>Import When you get this menu screen, locate your clips by finding your Project Folder on the D: Drive where you just copied them too. Select them all by either dragging over them all with the mouse, or clicking them all individually and holding down the CTRL key. When they are all selected click “Open”.


Step 4. The importing process can take different lengths of time, depending on how large your clips are etc. When the loading bar completes, your clips should appear in this panel to the left.

It is advisable, to organise your clips in Premiere the same way they are organised in your Project Folder on the D: Drive. To do this, click the little folder icon here

This will create a new “Bin”, also known as a Folder. Label this the same as the file location you just imported the clips from, or however you wish the clips to be known in your project so they are easily findable. A few examples are; “Bath Scene” “Ending” “Intro” “Dave Close Ups” “Guitartist Shots”

Now you are ready to begin editing!!

This is also the same way to Import; Photoshop files ( ___.psd) Images ( ___.jpg or

____.bmp) etc

And Audio clips! ( _____.mp3

or

_____.wav ) etc

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