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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.


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8 Responses to “Adobe Premiere and Proxy Files”

  1. Jani Sourander » Post-production at Full HD Says:

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  4. David Says:

    After updating every driver I could find on my system, converting my files to every type of format, and changing every setting on my project – my 720p 30fps HD videos were still lagging in the Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 preview. (480p miniDV worked fine!)

    I have a Core 2 Quad CPU, 4GB RAM, and a 512MB PCIe Video Card. Yet it couldn’t handle HD video in premiere.

    I was almost going to switch back to shooting SD video just so I could edit it!

    Thanks to your article (after months of fiddling) I am glad to say that it works! You have saved my desire to edit video from being destroyed by the endless problems of resource-hungry HD.

    Thanks a lot man!

  5. John Says:

    I’m sorry about this but i’m new to video editing and had to render the video each time i do tiny motion twiches to it, i tried to follow this but i dont know what AME is in step 1

  6. DigitalDSLR Says:

    AME = Adobe Media Encoder

  7. Ben Lockridge Says:

    This worked great! This will allow so many people to be able to edit now. Thanks a lot! Now, how about those render times?!?! =)

  8. DigitalDSLR Says:

    Adobe Premiere CS5 seems to take care of the constant rendering of files. I’m also using Cineform proxy files and it helps even more.

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