MediaWorks- Premiere Pro Captions and Relinking Media

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Relinking Media

There are a few reasons you might need to do this:

1. To reconnect offline media, which most often happens when media has moved locations and need to tell Premier Pro where the new location is. 

2. To re-link media as it goes back and forth between low resolution and high resolution media

If you have unlinked media when you open your Premiere Pro project, a Link Media dialogue box opens to relink media

  • The lower left hand corner of the dialogue box shows the properties Premiere Pro used when trying to find the media
  • Options like File Name and File Extension are useful, but you may want to uncheck File Extension if the file has changed file types, for example if something started out as a PSD, then you changed it to a TIFF, then if you had this checked, Premiere Pro wouldn't find it because the extension changed
  • Relink others automatically will almost always be checked because this means that when Premiere Pro finds one missing file in a certain location, it will automatically relink other files that are missing in that same general location. 
  • Align Time Code means that if the original media has time code, Premiere can use that time code to make sure that if the media has been managed or cut down and that you choose the right part of that clip to reconnect.

Use Media Browser to Locate Files is an option that allows the convenient features of the media browser to be used, like being able to hover scrub, and view the files as you locate them

  • Offline or Offline All tells Premiere Pro that yes, I know that the media is offline and don't bother me again
  • Offline is for a single clip 
  • Offline All is for all of the media.
  • Locate shows the last known location that the media files were known to be, and it is how to search to find the correct files. Once the correct files are located, select the correct files to bring the file back online

Offline or Unlinked media will appear red in the Timeline and as a question mark icon beside the file in the Project Panel

To relink an individual clip after the project has already been opened:

  • Select the red unlinked media in the Timeline > Right-click > Choose Link Media
  • This will open the Link Media dialogue box
  • Select Locate > Select the folder will the media asset is located > If you know the exact file you can then select the individual file > Select OK
  • If you don’t know the exact file select Locate > Select the folder or drive you think the asset is located in> Select Search
  • Once the search is completed make sure the file names match > Select the clip > Select OK
  • This should bring the media back online

Always resave your project after you have brought media back online

Using Markers for Organization

  • To place a Marker in the sequence > Move the playhead to the desired location > Press m
  • To link the Marker to a clip > Select the clip > Move the playhead to the desired location > Press m
  • To have Markers travel with edits > Select the Markers in the main menu > Check option Ripple Sequence Markers
  • To make notes for a Marker > Select a clip or location on timeline depending on the need > Press m to make the Marker > Press m again to activate the Marker Window To make a Marker span a length of time change the Duration in the Marker Window

Other Types of Markers:

Chapter Markers- when you send a project to make a DVD in Adobe Encore you can link chapter buttons to menus

Segmentation Markers- allow certain video servers to divide content into different parts

Web Link Markers- can add URL information about a specific part of your sequence

Flash Queue Point Markers- used to trigger events or navigate interactive content within Abode Flash Technology

Working with Captions:

Subtitles make videos watchable in multiple languages, as well as for the hearing impaired. And those are frequently made available using closed captions

Captions or open captions are viewable all the time, so they're sometimes also called burned-in or baked-in captions

To Create a Caption:

In the bottom left of the project panel Select Create New Item > Captions > By Default it will match your sequence settings > OK

You will then need to select what type of caption you want to add

CEA-608 Captions, also called Line 21 captions, used to be the standard for closed captioning for NTSC TV broadcast in much of North America—it's called Line 21 captions, because the captions are encoded into Line 21 of the vertical blanking interval, which is a part of the TV picture that sits just above the visible portion and is usually unseen

CEA-708 Captions are very similar, but are used for ATSC or digital television programming

Teletext is also similar, but that's primarily used in countries with PAL video

  • These three types of closed captioning meet specific video standards and don't have a lot of flexibility with the way they look, because of the way that they are integrated within the actual video signal

Open caption on the other hand, is much more customizable, because it's not integrated within a video signal

To make an Open Caption go to the New Item in the project panel > Captions > Open Captions > add this to a Video Layer above all the other used video layers in the timeline > Drag out this Caption Layer over the duration of the sequence > Move the first Caption Block over the area where someone first starts speaking > Bring up the Caption Window > Move the Caption Block in the timeline to fit the duration of the captioned phrase > if you have a lot a captions do your transcription work in a word or text editor document or have a script ready to copy and paste into the Text Box > To create your next Caption Block move the playhead down the timeline to the next captions ending location and then hit the + in the bottom of the Caption Window > Repeat the previous steps > The customization done on the first text in the Caption Block will carryover

When you export under the Captions tab in the dialogue box, with open captions you only have the option to Burn Captions Into Video