Premiere Pro Tutorial Part 69: Ingest Settings Pt 2 – Creating Proxies

By Andrew Devis (doodleNEWS)

Continuing with my Premiere Pro tutorial on Ingest Settings (click here for part 1), a recent addition is a new tab on the ‘New Project’ dialogue box called ‘Ingest Settings,’ which is 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 Options

The third option in Premiere Pro is to ‘Create Proxies:’

Create Proxies Options

Create Proxies Options

What are Proxies?

Proxies are smaller, lower quality versions of your original camera media that will play back very easily inside of Premiere Pro even on lower powered machines and laptops.

Why would I want to use Proxies?

Sometimes, your editing system (be it Premiere Pro, FCP X, etc.) can struggle with the amount you are asking from it. This is proving to be a particular problem with the increased use of 4K, 5K, 6K, and even 8K media. Because, even if the deliverables after the edit is HD, you still need to be able to play-back these larger files.

So, to overcome this, if you choose ‘Create Proxies’ – when you import a file into Premiere Pro, the system will launch Media Encoder and create a smaller, lower quality version of the file to use for editing.

Won’t this mean I have a lower quality end result?

The short answer is ‘no,’ as long as you have access to the original high quality media. This is why there is a  ‘Copy and Create Proxies’ option so that you can copy the originals to your storage devise while at the same time create proxies for editing. Premiere Pro will always be looking for the original camera media when it exports the final production as long as it can find it!

More about using proxies, and switching between proxies and the original files, in the next lesson.

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