Importing and Organizing Media in Premiere

Getting Started

To open Adobe Premiere Pro CC click on the icon on the dock or go up to your Spotlight search bar in the top right corner of the desktop screen and search for it.  Once Premiere opens you will see this window and can select a previous project or start a new project.

*Note: To see a larger version of any image simply click on it and it will open up in a new tab at a higher resolution.

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If you select a new project a Project Settings window will appear.  Select the Scratch Disks tab and make sure you save your project and the Captured Video, Audio and Previews to a permanent location such as an External Hard Drive.  The quickest way to do this is to change the Project Save Location at the bottom of this window by clicking Browse and then setting the above locations to “Same as Project”.  Never save your project to the internal drive of a lab computer as all the information will be wiped when you log out.  Also be sure to give your project a descriptive name before pushing Ok.
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Before Premiere opens it will also ask you to select your initial New Sequence Settings. You can change these later, but at this stage it is best to select the settings that best match the video that you recorded.  If you’re not sure what your settings were you can check the camera you used or open one of your videos in Quicktime and then view the Movie Inspector window in Quicktime to see the format, resolution, & frame rate information.

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Importing files:

In Adobe Premiere there are a few ways to import media files. You can go up to the File Menu and select import, or you can navigate in the Media Browser, in the lower left of the screen by default, to the location of your media.

If your media files are already on your External Hard Drive than either of these options work and you can import them into Premiere. The files will stay where they are on your Hard Drive, but they will now be accessible through the Project tab in Premiere.

If your media files are still on your camera or SD card than you MUST copy them over to your External Hard Drive first before you do anything in Premiere. Depending on the type of camera and settings you used when you recorded your files they may be on the top level of the card as .mp4 or .mov files, but they may also be inside a Private folder on the SD card. In either case it is best to copy the entire contents of the SD card to your External Hard Drive before you import it. We recommend copying it over to a specific folder on your Hard Drive with a descriptive and unique name so you don’t lose track of your media.  For more information about working with media from SD cards see this page on effective File Management Workflows.

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After it is copied over you can then import as in the above instructions and begin working with it.

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Once imported to premiere the file will show up in the bottom left window in the Project tab.  Make sure you rename the files you import with a specific name by right clicking on them so you recognize them.  This will also help you keep them organized.  You can also create Folders (called bins in Premiere) that can help you further organize your Media by date shoot, type of media, quality or any other perimeter that works for your project.

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