Adobe Premiere and Proxy Files
Taking videos with the Canon 5D Mark II is becoming more common, I’ve been having trouble working with the files in Adobe Premiere. The original MOV files are running at 40MB/sec which can bring most computers to a halt. I recently came across a great article which talked about using Proxy files in order to do all your editing and never have to use the render function in order to see the preview movie playback smoothly.
Sébastien goes into a bit more explanation of why he choose different resolutions, but here is quick rundown of the process for creating the proxy files and using them in Adobe Premiere.
Step 1 – Create Proxy Files
1.) Open AME
2.) Import Clips to Render
3.) Select Quicktime, H264, Square Pixel, Progressive frames, 960×540 resolution, 6000kbps
4.) Render Clips to Separate folder from Originals
Step 2 – Edit Video in Premiere
1.) Create New Project
2.) Import all Original Files to be Used
3.) Highlight all Files. Right Click Make Offline
4.) Right Click again and click Link Media
5.) Select Proxy files done in Step 1
6.) Adjust Resolution Size – Clip -> Video Options -> Scale to Frame Size
7.) Drag Proxy Files into Time Line and Start Editing and Adding Effects
8.) Once Finished, Select all files again and Right Click and Make Offline
9.) Again, Right Click and Link Files back to the Originals
10.) Adjust Resolution Size and this time uncheck Scale to Frame Size (See #6)
11.) File -> Export Media
12.) Select Output resolution
Now you can do all your editing on the proxy files and never have to render out the movie to see it play smoothly. To view the full article by Sébastien, click on over to http://www.vimeo.com/2641870.