Taking Advantage of New Proxy Workflows in Premiere Pro CC

by Trent Happel

posted on 06-24-2016

New Media Management features in both Premiere Pro and Media Encoder give you much greater control over the handling of your files during the ingest process, and allow for more flexibility when working with very large media. You can set Premiere Pro to copy media to a specific location on your machine as it imports, and even begin editing immediately while your media copies in the background. If your workflow requires a transcode, you can easily set Premiere Pro or Media Encoder to handle that step for you too.

This release of Premiere Pro also brings support for more native formats than ever including 6K and 8K files from the RED Weapon camera. For times when the media you need to work with is heavier than your system can manage – for example, when you want to work on a lightweight portable device – you can now generate proxies on ingest, automatically associating them with the native full-resolution media. A single click lets you toggle between full-res and proxy.

Ingest: Ingest Settings & Media Browser

The Premiere Pro Media Browser panel allows you to ingest media automatically in the background while you begin editing.

An ingest check box in the Media Browser panel toggles on/off the automatic ingest behavior. A settings button next to it opens the Project Settings dialog, where you can adjust the ingest settings. A similar ingest checkbox in the Project Settings dialog is kept in sync with the Media Browser panel’s setting. When toggled on, users can choose one of 4 following operations to kick off automatically when files get imported into the project. You can continue to edit while the ingest process completes in the background.

a) Copy

Copy – You can copy the media as it is to a new location. For example, this is typically used to transfer camera footage from removable media onto your local hard drive. The transfer path is specified by the Primary Destination option available in Settings. After the media has finished copying, the clips in the project will point to these copies of the files.

b) Transcode

Transcode – You can transcode the media to a new format in a new location. For example, this can be used to transcode original camera footage to a specific format used within a post-production facility. The file path is specified by the Primary Destination option in Settings, and the format is specified by the chosen preset. After the media has been transcoded, the clips in the project point to these transcoded copies of the files.

c) Create Proxies

Create Proxy – Use this option to create and attach proxies to the media. For example, this is typically used to create lower-resolution clips for increased performance during editing, which can be switched back to the original full resolution files for final output. The file path where the proxies are generated is specified by the Proxy Destination option in the settings, and the format is specified by the chosen preset. After proxies have been generated, they are automatically attached to the clips in the project.

d) Copy and Create Proxies

Copy and Create Proxy – This option copies media and creates proxies for them as well, as specified above.

Import preset support

All 4 options come with a set of default presets, which have the file destinations set to ‘Same as Project”. Alternatively, you can also choose a custom destination or your Creative Cloud Files folder, which syncs the files automatically to the cloud. You can also create your own ‘Ingest’ presets using Adobe Media Encoder.

Summary info

The summary gives detailed information on destination path, preset used and preset details.

Specific tips & workflow:

For details on how to create ingest presets, create proxies, attach proxies, reconnect full resolution media, toggle/enable proxies and more visit our full documentation.

Contributing authors: Trent Happel, Matt Stegner, Mike Hogan, Gerry Miller, Vivek Neelamegam, and Ken James

Topics: Video & Audio

Products: Premiere Pro, Creative Cloud