Giving us a Premiere Pro Project
This is a basic guide on how to get your Premiere Project over to us for Final Post.
Once you have locked your project, first check your Sequence Settings and ensure that Editing Mode is set to DNX 1080p for a HD deliverable, or DNxHR UHD for a UHD project. Note that even if the final master is to be interlaced, we always advise working in a progressive timeline at this stage.
If you have been using a proxy workflow, you will also need to replace all proxies with their original full resolution media. Do this by selecting all proxy clips in the bin, right-clicking and choosing Proxy > Reconnect Full Resolution Media…
With the Relink others automatically checkbox ticked, you can click Attach, select the first clip and all other clips will be found and replaced automatically.
Next, make a reference video file:
- Select your sequence and then File > Export > Media
- Under Format choose H.264
- Under Preset go with YouTube 720p HD
- Under Effects, scroll down and tick Timecode Overlay. Change Position to Top Left, Offset (X,Y) to (-80, -60) and Size to 10 for a less obtrusive overlay
- Click Export
Once your reference export is complete, make an Audio AAF:
- Select your sequence and then File > Export > AAF
- Use the below settings:
Now it’s time to neaten up your sequence. Flattening your video layers and moving text and effects to their own layers helps to prevent system slowdowns by removing unnecessary clips, and allows us to more quickly get to grips with complicated sequences (i.e. all interview shots on V1, other shots on V2, archive material on V3, effects and adjustment layers on V4, etc.)
If you have multi-cam media in the sequence, Flatten it by selecting all media in the sequence (Ctrl+A or Cmd+A), then right-click on a clip in the sequence and choose Multi-Camera > Flatten.
Next up, consolidate your sequence:
- Select File > Project Manager
- Make sure the correct sequence is selected
- Use the settings below* and be sure to set the Destination Path to the drive you will be giving us.
- Click OK on any messages that pop up about frame rates, etc.
*If for any reason the Consolidate and Transcode option isn’t working for you, choose Collect Files and Copy to New Location instead.
You should now have a drive containing your reference export, audio AAF, consolidated media and new consolidated project file, ready to hand over!