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Adobe Premiere Pro CC - Essentials Training

Adding lots of images at once to a timeline in Premiere Pro

Daniel Walter Scott

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Hey everyone, a simple video but some interesting things to understand, about adding lots of footage to your Timeline at once, especially images. The way that it applies them, does it put it to them alphabetically? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. How to really control how they go on, when you're doing huge, big image slide shows, that we're going to be doing in this coming project. “What is he even talking about?” Let me just show you. 

To get started let's make a new sequence, so let's click on the 'New Item'. So we're in our 'Project Window', 'Sequence'. We're going to use the same one as before, 'DSLR 1080, 25 pixels'. We're going to call this one 'Travel for New Zealand', and this will be our, we're going to do a couple of options, let's say the client's not sure what they want, so we're going to do an Option A, Option B, you could call it V1, V2. I often call them Option A V1, and there will be an Option A V2, just as I work through it, and Option A is like a completely different creative direction. So that's the one I'm going to call mine. 

Next thing we're going to do is add our images. So if you haven't imported them they're in your 'Project 6' folder, under 'Graphics', under 'Travel', just go to 'File Import'. The ones I want, Travel, I want to grab them all and I want to add them. You just select them all. If you're not sure how to do that, right click the first one, hold 'Shift', grab the last one and then just drag any of the thumbnails in, and they all pile up on the Timeline. 

Now one thing you'll notice is that they're all kind of hard, they all reasonably fit, we don't have to do any scaling. I just did that to save time; how did I do it? I used the batch feature in Photoshop. It's out of the scope of this course, but it's in my Photoshop Advanced course if that's something you want to do, or just Google "how to do batch," b-a-t-c-h, my accent, "batch export of Photoshop," and you can pick the size. It's a nice quick way of doing lots of images at once. So we've got them in, they're roughly the right size, but let's look at the way they were added. 

Another thing we want to do actually is, I want to make the thumbnails a bit bigger, because I want to make the video one taller, by dragging the top of it just, so I can see the thumbnails. It's just really handy to, in this setting to kind of see the thumbnails. So you can see the first one, if I hover above it, it tells me that this one is Aaron, the first one, and the last one is Tyler. So it edited them alphabetically. Now you've just got to note that it's not, it's-- there are some considerations when adding them. Sometimes they don't go in alphabetically or alphanumerically, and that might be that from-- for whatever reason, it quite often defaults to Frame Rate, in terms of the way it's ordering it, and it can default to any of these. So if you want it to be really specific, and to be in A, B, C, D, you got to click on the word 'Name', you might have to toggle it depending on, see this little chevron here, to whether it goes up or down. 

The other thing to note is, it's actually how you select it as well. So if I click the bottom one, I click 'Tyler', then hold 'Shift' and click the top one, watch this, if I add it over here, can you see the first one is now that Tyler, but the second one is weirdly back to Aaron. So, because I clicked on this one first, and then 'Shift' clicked at the rest, for some reason Premiere Pro goes, "All right, you mean this one first?," and then it goes, the rest of them alpha numerically. So there is just quirks for that sort of selection. So if you do want to be A, B, C, click on this one first, hold 'Shift', grab that last one. 

Other things you can do if you want to be a little bit more specific - so I'm going to undo both of those. - is you can actually hold down,the 'Command' key on a Mac, 'Ctrl' key on a PC, you can say-- let's say that I want to open up Travel, as a bin, so just double click the folder. I'm going to go to my little thumbnail, and now in this view, I'm going to make it as small as it can, that's as small as it goes, and you can say, I want this one, but on this next one I want probably this one, and you hold down that 'Command' key on a Mac, 'Ctrl' key on a PC, and you can be very specific, about which ones you want, and the way that you select them will be the way that they go in the Timeline. 

So I clicked - where is it? - Aaron, Kevin, Martin, but then I came back and picked Jasper. Let's add them to the Timeline, you'll see that-- you can't see anything. Aaron, Kevin, Martin, and back to Jasper, so you can be a little bit more specific. It's more to do with like, it just randomly dumps them on, and you're like, "How did that one get there, why is it that one around that way?" So just be careful, the way that you've listed them, whether it's Name or Frame Rate, and also the way that you select them is important. If you're following along just delete everything in your Timeline. We'll jump to the next video, we'll talk about, playing around with the default timing. All right, I'll see you there.