Premiere Pro Tutorial Part 68: Ingest Settings Pt 1: Copy & Transcode

By Andrew Devis (doodleNEWS)

A recent addition to Premiere Pro is a new tab in the ‘New Project’ dialogue box called ‘Ingest Settings,’ which has to do with both bringing assets into you project AND for the creation of light-weight versions of your footage used to make editing faster.

Ingest Settings

Ingest Settings

If you check the Ingest box, you get the following options:

Ingest Options

Ingest Options

The first option will simply copy your files from one location (say a camera card) to another, such as your project folder. Even this choice has options:

Copy Options

Copy Options

… with the most notable one being the ability to import with Verification – which means that when the files are copied across, Premiere Pro goes back and checks that whatever has been copied is exactly the same as the original.

The second main option, ‘Transcode,’ is often used by larger facilities that require the use of a ‘house codec.’ In other words, if you choose this option, the media will be changed from the original camera codec to some kind of ‘intermediate’ codec that would be common for all editors in a facility. To do this, Premiere Pro launches Media Encoder to Transcode the files. Examples would be MXF, DNxHD, ProRes, etc.

WARNING: There is a danger that you may miss important files in the ingest process inside Premiere Pro because you are only looking for certain files. This means that there could be a time when you think you have all the files you need, and the camera card is wiped to be reused, and important data is lost.

So, if you want to copy and transcode, I would suggest looking into Adobe’s ‘Prelude’ application, which is part of Creative Cloud and which allows for this to be done in a more organized fashion. In the next tutorial, I will discuss creating proxies.

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