First, it’s important to stress that everything that used to work when importing media still works. Adobe simply added a new, easier-to-use interface to simplify importing media.
Their goal was to enable new users of Premiere Pro to quickly find and import media without worrying about codecs, frame rates or all the other technology that makes video editing so intimidating. The tech isn’t gone, just minimized.
When you create a new project, this screen appears. Common storage locations on the left, sample media in the middle and import settings on the right.
Navigate to the folder holding your media to view thumbnails in the center panel.
The settings across the top center:
The current path is displayed at the top left. To make the currently displayed location a Favorite, click the star. To “unfavorite” it, click the star again. (Hollow is not a favorite.) Favorite locations appear in the top left corner of the interface.
To import clips, click the clips you want in the main display. Thumbnails show up at the bottom, in the order they were clicked.
Adjust the Import settings at the top right:
I like creating a new bin when importing new media. Since this interface is only used when creating a new project, there’s no need – or ability – to import media into an existing bin.
Click the Create button when you are done.
BIG NOTE: This creates a new project, but doesn’t save it. Remember to save the project once the main Premiere interface appears.
IMPORTING ADDITIONAL MEDIA
When it comes time to import additional media into a project, you have several choices:
The settings in Copy Media are the same as those in the Media Browser, when you click the Wrench icon. Creating import presets is the same as earlier versions.
Here’s a tutorial on how to create ingest presets.
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