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Adobe Premiere Pro - Advanced Training

What is copy & ingest proxies in Premiere Pro

Daniel Walter Scott

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Hey everyone, in this video we're going to talk about the strange word Ingest, and Ingesting Copy. Basically all it means is, when I drag my raw footage, or import it into my project, automatically, without me right clicking, and doing anything fancy, Media Encoder is going to automatically ingest the footage and make a proxy. We'll also show you that, if you're importing from, say a camera, you can actually copy the file across, onto your local drive, and make a proxy at the same time. Let's talk about ingesting. 

First up let's close the project that we created in the last video. We're going to create a new project. So technically this is where you should talk about ingesting, right at the beginning of a project, you can do it afterwards, I'll show you how. You do this 'New 'Project' window. So we're going to give this a name, this is going to be my ‘Test Project' because I'm not going to-- I'm going to go back to the other one. 

I've got my test project, where is it going to go? I'm going to stick it onto my Desktop, actually no, stick it back in that same folder, and this bit, Ingest Settings, you might not ever have been in here, so click on 'Ingest', and I'm going to say, 'Ingest' these videos. I would like, when you do ingest them, ingesting is a, there's a terrible word, that just means bringing them into Premiere Pro, importing, when I import these, I want you to create a proxy, what kind of proxy? We're going to use h.264. 

Yours is going to be different in here, because you might be on a PC, so you're unlikely to have ProRes, and also, you might be in the future, they change these presets all the time. I'm going to use just for, in this case h.264 low-res proxy, and it's going to put it in the same place as my project. A lot of the same stuff that we looked at before, the difference is, the word ingest, and what happens is, when I click 'OK', nothing really is different, it's when I go to the importing, I'm just going to double click down in my project, I'm going to go back to the 'Exercise Files', 'Tourism Ireland'. Let's bring in the whole folder. 

What did we do before, we did-- I'll just bring in the 'Footage' this time, click 'Import', what's going to happen is, here it is there, Hello guys, it's all there, what's different, what's happening in the background, is that it is busy creating proxies, it's opening up my Media Encoder. So where's Media Encoder? There it is there. They're all being added to it automatically. I'm not doing anything, it's created a proxies folder in there, and eventually it will say something like, well actually, I just normally wait for Media Encoder to do its thing. 

You can be a bit fancier, and right click in this 'Metadata' here, and go to 'Metadata Display', at the top here, type 'proxy', there it is there. I already turned mine on, yours will be off, turn it on, click 'OK', and you can scrub along here, should be somewhere, should be, yours should be at the end, because I've moved mine, where's mine? Come on, there it is, see, offline, wait, attached. This is going to be the last one. 

If this is really important, or you're doing a huge amount, and you can't see Media Enc-- I don't know why you turn it on, it's an advanced class, we're learning advanced stuff, there is a Proxy tab, and you can just drag it along, if it's really important, to the front, they're all attached. So that's the difference, ingesting just means, instead of me right clicking and saying make proxies, is every time I bring something in, just make a proxy based on that preset. So you as the lonely editor, can just work on whatever comes in here, you don't have to worry about kind of doing proxies every single time. 

So a couple of things to consider, when you are doing proxies, the first one is, let's say that I don't do it at that File, New, Project, I always forget, or I didn't know that I need it, because the project's not going to-- I assume it's going to be fine and then the computer starts running slow. So you can do this ingest afterwards. So let's close down this current one, we're all very good about it, let's go back to that original one, where we didn't turn on ingesting in that new window. 

So we did this manually, let's say that we're going to import a bunch more footage, we can turn it on now, by going to 'Project Settings', it's under 'File', and there it is there, 'Project Settings', and General, Scratch Disks, Ingest, we're going to go to 'Ingest'. It opens up that first screen again, back to where we were, but for this one we're going to say, you, you, 'Create Proxies', back to where we were, 'Same as Project', so that's how you can turn it on afterwards. Now if I import footage into my project, it will automatically make those proxies. 

One other thing to consider when you are dealing with proxies, is where they end up. This project here is going to work great, because it's same as project, and my project is saved on my local machine, on my laptop. You might be working off an external drive, or some sort of, like network attached storage, or some sort of fancy hard drive thing, you want to not save it with your project, if you are saving onto that network drive, it is faster for Premiere Pro to read it off the local drive, so you might say, instead of Same as Project, Choose Location, and put it on your 'Documents', or on your 'Desktop', or something that is local to your machine, it'll run faster. 

The last thing that is pretty useful is under here, there's one called Copy and Create Proxies. You can just use Copy, Copy's kind of cool, but let's explore this one here. So we know what proxies are, but Copy and Create Proxies is pretty cool. What it means is, I often-- like I've got my mirrorless camera here, that I do a lot of my recording on, and it's got its own little SD card, so instead of copying it off the SD card to my machine, and then creating proxies, what you can do is, both of those at the same time. There'll be other use cases where you need to copy, as well as create proxies, but let's say I'm going to copy things off my hard drive as well as--

So Primary Destination, this is like where my footage is going to go. So I'm going to 'Choose my Location', I'm going to say, where it copies them off, it's going to go into, in my case, my 'Footage' folder, please. So copy them off my camera, put them into my amazing file structure, and the proxies can go in the same place, or they might go somewhere else. So copying them off that hard drive, which in my case is off my camera, and make a proxy at the same time. Let's give it a test run. 

So let's plug the camera in, so there's my camera, Untitled 01, very good, and under this crazy directory structure is all the clips, and let's say that this is not something that I've recorded. I want to bring it into my clip, it is both going to import it, which is cool. It's also going to copy it off my camera. Let's have a little look. Let's go back to my 'Premiere Pro', let's go back to my 'Exercise Files', let's go to 'Tourism Island', here's my 'Footage' folder, and look, there it is there, it's been copied off, it's taken a while, it's pretty big, wow, it's pretty big, but it's been copied off, and then, hopefully in Media Encoder, at that same time, is busy encoding it. 

So here's the file, the big version, that's been copied off my camera, onto my hard drive, and my proxy didn't end up in the right place, that was my fault. You probably saw it while I was doing it, remember, under 'File', 'Project Settings', 'Ingest Settings', I said, 'Same as Project'. So, I guess I leave this thing, because this happens to me all the time, like, "Oh, it's wrong", it’s because I forgot to change that, you'll do it. So mine are in where my Project file is, so I do my 'Exercise Files', 'Tourism Island', 'Project Files', there's my Proxy, just lying about in there. I end up with all of them in here. 

So hey ho, that's it, but let's actually talk about some of these presets, because there are presets built into here, it says that, it's a preset. Let's say you want to change your preset, there's kind of like two parts to it, and what I'll do is, I'll carve it out into the next video, see you in a sec.