Importing DSLR video sources in Adobe Premiere Pro

Importing DSLR video sources in Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro supports many of the most popular DSLR video formats natively, which means several benefits when editing.

  • No conversion upon import means hours of footage can be imported and conformed in only seconds.
  • Hard drives have more space, as files are not enlarged to proprietary formats.
  • All edits are nondestructive, as the original media files are preserved on your disk.
  • Tapeless formats are more likely to have extensive metadata already attached. This information about the shot will automatically come with the file on import.

Getting the media into Adobe Premiere Pro is fast and easy.

  1. Copy the contents of your camera’s memory card to an edit-grade hard drive. You should back up at least one more copy to another drive before you erase the memory card.
  2. In Adobe Premiere Pro, activate the Media Browser panel. If it’s not visible, choose Window > Media Browser. Drag the edge to make the browser larger.
  3. Browse to the folder containing the media files. The Media Browser will show a thumbnail of the footage, if the format supports it, and the name of each shot.
  4. When you’re ready to import, fright-click and choose Import. Adobe Premiere Pro imports the selected footage as single clips.
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I'm a professional colorist with over 15 years grading broadcast, features and docs. I'm also an author, trainer and I speak a video industry events like NAB and IBC

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