How to Use the New & Powerful Premiere Pro Proxy Workflow
July 05, 2016

How to Use the New & Powerful Premiere Pro Proxy Workflow

By Robert Hardy 2 min read

In its latest version, which was officially released late last month, the Premiere Pro proxy workflow took center stage. This post is all about how to take full advantage of these new features.

Now, before we get to the tutorial, it's important to understand why proxy workflows are so useful in the modern post-production landscape. For some of us, these workflows are essential because the high-resolution media we use comes in with massive file sizes that just aren't practical for editing natively. Though Premiere definitely works with R3D files and other flavors of RAW, a simple proxy workflow will take a lot of stress of your machine Lastly, for some folks, proxy workflows are really useful for when editing on an older or slower computer, or for folks who edit on a laptop. So now that you know why to use a Premiere Pro proxy workflow, our friends over at DigiMediaPros recently put together an in-depth tutorial exploring how to use Premiere's new "Ingest and Transcode" settings. It'll show you pretty much everything you need to know to get started.

Though the ingest and transcode settings are pretty easy to navigate (and they're easy to customize as well if you decide to create your own Media Encoder presets), there's one small thing that may hang you up. If you make proxies for your media, but the timeline is still playing the original media files, chances are you haven't enabled Premiere to use the proxies yet. In order to do that, just go to the button editor (the "+" button in the bottom right of the program monitor), and then select the "Toggle Proxies" button from the list. Using that button will allow you to toggle proxy media on or off. Also, if you're like me and you aren't a big fan of using the mouse, you can assign a keyboard shortcut to do the same thing.

Premiere Proxy Workflow

The other cool thing about proxies in the new version of Premiere is that you can create proxy media even if you've already imported all your footage and are working with it. So, if you're working your way through a project and find that your computer is sluggish, you can just select your media, right click, then hit the "Create Proxies" button to have proxies created for all those files. Then take a walk or something, come back, and voila, you've got proxy media now and a Have you guys used any of the proxy features in the new version of Premiere yet? If you be share to share your experiences (along with any tips or suggestions) down in the comments! [Source: DigiMediaPros]

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