DISCUSS: New import workflow

Adobe Employee ,
Jun 22, 2021 Jun 22, 2021

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The new import experience in Premiere Pro (Beta) is more visual and focused on your media rather than your project settings. You can now visit multiple locations and select media from them. The workflow can be customized to your needs, but the overriding objective is to help you get your media onto the timeline faster.

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We will be adding more functionality throughout the public beta so check back often to see the progress.  These are some of the things we are working on.  What’s on your list?

  • Import to folder (bin)
  • Copy media on import – like from removable media
  • A more feature rich player to preview clips
  • Ability to select in and out points while importing

 

The media you are seeing at first is the sample media that ships with every install of Premiere Pro.  It’s used in the getting started tutorials.  We will be refreshing this media too.

 

If you want to create an empty project and bring media in after the fact, that’s fine.  Simply don’t select any clips in the import step.  Then you can continue to bring clips in through the finder or with the media browser.

 

More detailed info on the workflows: New import & export in Premiere Pro (Beta)

FAQ: FAQ | New import and export in Premiere Pro (Beta)

 

We want to know what you think about the new Import workflow.  Please join the conversation below.

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Jun 22, 2021 Jun 22, 2021

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Like the idea of being able to import from multiple locations at once.

Would like to be able to select multiple files in the same range with SHIFT+Click or Click+Drag mouse, and not having to click each item.

Font in the import interface is a little too thin to be easily read right now.

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Adobe Employee ,
Jun 22, 2021 Jun 22, 2021

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Thanks for the feedback @Magnus Allgurén. Yes, we certainly plan to add range selection like you describe.  For now we have select all hooked up with command+A / control+A.  On the issue of fonts being too thin . . . is there anything special about your monitor setup like really high resolution?  If you can post a screenshot we can look at it with the designers.

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Contributor ,
Jun 22, 2021 Jun 22, 2021

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Maybe it's me, but it just does not seem to be as legible as the rest of the Premiere interface. Could be that the text is brighter than in the rest of the program, causing a contrast issue? I'm on a Dell U3011 (2560x1600).

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 22, 2021 Jun 22, 2021

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Font on a 4K screen

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E: should read Film

 

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Adobe Employee ,
Jun 22, 2021 Jun 22, 2021

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Hi Ann,  Are you on Mac or Windows?  Windows, I'm guessing? Any scaling in your device settings? Are you running 4k or UHD resolution?  I'll take a look.   Wes

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 23, 2021 Jun 23, 2021

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Hi Wes,

UHD as in 3840x2160 screen, 150% scaled (recommended) and yes Windows 10.

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Explorer ,
Jun 22, 2021 Jun 22, 2021

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I like the Lightroom-like facelift, a lot of my upcoming work at a media company is totally going to include shooting a handful of clips and starting a project with that. Love love love the quick export button. I also like the organization of the multi-format export. Much less cumbersome than getting Media Encoder setup to export a ProRes to one folder and an h.264 exported to Dropbox.

 

If we're getting rid of project and scratch disk settings during new project creation, could we have those settings moved to preferences for "default on creation" settings? If I recall, some of the settings it saves from the previous created project, sometimes not, like it'll save HDR setting but not timecode format so I can see some frustrations there.

 

Drag and drop functionality. Drop files and it brings you to that folder with the item(s) selected.

 

Design wise, it feels a little clunky that the Welcome/Home screen is a window, I kind of wonder if it should just be another full screen if Adobe is going for this newmodality switching. It launches basically full screen and it could be simplified.

 

A very generic suggestion since I don't have any strong ideas. I don't see the Import screen being used all that often after first initial import. Maybe to fill that right-side sidebar out and offer more functionality, we clone other features like "Automate to Sequence" or "create bins by_____" like date or media type

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New Here ,
Jun 23, 2021 Jun 23, 2021

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We are planning to add more functionality to the sidebar on the right. Folder import is definitely a common request.  More info to follow.  Thanks for the feedback - please keep it coming.  🙂

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Adobe Employee ,
Jun 24, 2021 Jun 24, 2021

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Hi Angelo, we haven't gotten rid of New Project and scratch disc locations, we've just removed the requirement of users to deal with that dialog the first thing when they launch Premiere. You can always access the Project or Sequence settings dialogs from within Premiere once you have an open project. We also plan to add access to the Project settings dialog from within Import mode. So it'll be available for those that want to adjust those settings in advance of creating their project.
Yes, our intention with the Home Screen is to make it a seamless part of the application window, like you experience in Photoshop for example.
The Import Settings is kind of bare right now, because we've only finished the New Sequence option, but this column is where we'll be adding additional functionality that is appropriate at the time of import. Francis mentioned a few that we plan to do soon, like New Folder (bin) and Copy media. You can probably imagine what other sorts of actions users may want to apply to files that are being ingested, so please stay tuned for more.

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Participant ,
Jun 22, 2021 Jun 22, 2021

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-Import entire folders into bins (this is how the current import works but is missing here)

-Read sony/panasonic/etc MXF media folder structures and just show clips. (such as XDCAM) Right now have to drill down into the clip folder. 

-Add an option to show all clips within a larger media folder (recursive search) 

-While were on the subject of Sony support during import, can please please please import the full metadata (incl stabilization of the newer cams) and apply a basic lut. Y'all did that with Arri and to an extent RED, but there are many many other cameras people use / shoot LOG with.  

 

Looking good so far! 

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Adobe Employee ,
Jun 24, 2021 Jun 24, 2021

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Hi scrozier, we plan to add functionality to display folder structures as single clips in Import mode, just as we do in the Media Browser. We just haven't gotten to it yet, so please stay tuned.

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Explorer ,
Jun 22, 2021 Jun 22, 2021

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Curiosity got me, I downloaded the beta! Here are my (numerous) New Import Workflow thoughts:

 

Positives:

  • I'm down with the new, Rush-esque visual UI. Unifying project creation + import in a single window/step is great.
  • Love the bottom "fimstrip" to see what clips are going to be imported, and how that persists as you navigate various folders.
  • Speed/responsiveness of loading and closing the new Import window is fantastic.

 

Suggested Additions:

  • Easy access to Premiere Pro's actual Ingest Settings: I see a wonderful spot for it there on the right sidebar, but it's limited to only if a sequence will be made or not. It needs a lot more, specifically: the standard PrPro Project Ingest Settings such as if media will be copied at all, if proxies will be created, etc. If I can control all of that from that right sidebar, that'd be absolutely top-notch.
  • Ability to Undo/Redo adding / clearing of clips.
  • Ability to Shift + Click to add multiple clips at once in List or Grid view.
  • A Select All / Deselect All button or checkbox to quickly add or remove all media in the current folder.
  • Ability to customize (and have the app remember) the columns and column layout for media in List View.
  • Ability to customize (and have the app remember) what info is shown at the bottom of clip icons in Grid View
  • Ability to customize (and have the app remember) what sections are shown in the Left Sidebar (Local, Devices, Network, etc.)
  • Ability to customize (and have the app remember) what is shown under the Local sectional for the Left Sidebar
  • Expand/collapse dropdown for sections in the Left Sidebar.
  • Ability to right-click sources in the Left Sidebar to "Add to Favorites" / "Remove from Favorites"
  • Ability to reorder Favorites
  • Perhaps a way to save common Project Locations in the bottom bar (such as a dropdown to select saved or previously used directories, maybe?)
  • Allow caption/subtitle sidecar files (SRT, TTML, SCC, etc.) to appear and be imported via this workflow.
  • Make "Clear" (when right-clicking an added clip) only clear the ONE clip you right-clicked on, as opposed to all selected clips. Maybe add a "Clear Selected" to accomodate this instead.
  • Add a dropdown under "Create new sequence" to select an existing Sequence Preset to use, in addition to the "Automatic" option.
  • Maybe make sure that the auto-generated Sequence name for "Create Sequence" doesn't automatically populate with the same name as an existing sequence. (Ex. currently it will try to make "Sequence 01" when a "Sequence 01" already exists - resulting in duplicate sequences)
  • Add ability to save your project even while the import panel is open (if it's technically possible).

 

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Adobe Employee ,
Jun 23, 2021 Jun 23, 2021

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Thanks for  the detailed feedback! We will consider all of it. 

We wanted to get this feature out to user very early in the process so there are definitely some areas that need more enhacements.

We have a long list of future improvements and additions and several of the requests that you have made are currently being considered for implementation in future beta releases.  Quick Question - is your list prioritized from the top or not necessarily? If not, could you list the top 5 that are most important to you?

 

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Explorer ,
Jun 23, 2021 Jun 23, 2021

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Hi West,

Thank you for reading and for your response. It's much appreciated. I probably failed to keep it prioritized. I'll just give you my personal top 3, which would be:

 

  1. Additional Ingest Settings (move/copy/proxy/rename/etc.) on the right sidebar. (That would make this new layout an absolute pleasure to use)
  2. A way to select multiple/all clips (Shift + Click / Select All Button)
  3. Customization of shown columns/metadata in Grid & List views.

 

Really nice work on this new workflow, looking forward to seeing it evolve more!

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Jun 23, 2021 Jun 23, 2021

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Oops! Wes. Sorry! (That's what I get for not proof-reading)

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Explorer ,
Jun 22, 2021 Jun 22, 2021

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Hello,

Please see this screenshot (surround in red) :

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In this example, if I select 3 videos, I have the selection at the bottom of the 3 videos.

But in the selection at the bottom, if I try to change the order of the videos I cannot do it (by example if I drag and drop the video "1" to put it after the video "3", I cannot do it).

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Adobe Employee ,
Jun 23, 2021 Jun 23, 2021

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Drag and drop / reordering of items in the Tray is not currently supported. Is this something that you think you would want to do often?  Thank you for the feedback.

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Explorer ,
Jun 23, 2021 Jun 23, 2021

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I think that the import workflow (and the selection tray) is like a draft, where I need to drag and drop / reordering items in the selection tray, if I make a mistake or want to change the order of the videos, before it goes to the timeline. 

Personally I prefer to make the changes inside the import workflow instead of inside the timeline.

Very useful when working with a huge selection of files coming from several places.

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Explorer ,
Jun 22, 2021 Jun 22, 2021

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Hello,

Please see also this screenshot (surround in red) :

import panel.jpg

About the video surrounded in red, I would like to do "I" ("in" point) and "O" ("out" point) in order to select a part of this video (not the entire video), but I cannot do it.

 

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Jun 23, 2021 Jun 23, 2021

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In and Out points are not implemented yet but this is something we are hoping to implement soon.

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Jun 23, 2021 Jun 23, 2021

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Is this a common workflow? To set in/out points on videos when you import them? 

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Jun 23, 2021 Jun 23, 2021

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It is a very useful function. It is like if you make a rough cut before it goes to the timeline.

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Participant ,
Jun 24, 2021 Jun 24, 2021

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Pretty sure that would be an Assembly Edit, not a Rough Cut but I am not sure of the use case.

Why wouldn't you just import the files and then trim them in the Source panel?

Is it so that you can more qickly assemble the trimmed clips into the Sequence like Automate to Sequence does?

 

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Jun 23, 2021 Jun 23, 2021

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No, it is not that common, nor that fast nor intelligent a workflow unless you're importing assets bit by bit.  The best workflow I have found to get through footage quickly that very few people know about is this: https://www.facebook.com/groups/premiereprofeaturerequests/posts/1815031445338841/.  But it isn't perfect because of several shortcomings in Pr.  It would be a lot more useful if Adobe worked on fixing the issues I outline in that post to make that workflow truly perfect versus creating a whole new interface that caters a lot more to beginners than intermediate and advanced editors.

 

Plus the new Import interface will encourage bad editing practices (i.e. dragging in media from any old random place rather than moving or copying it into proper folders next to your project file). 

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