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Naming R3d Files in Premier + Timeline Settings for 4K plus archival HD and SD footage

Nov 29, 2011 11:00 AM

We recently made the switch over to Premier and are beginning post on our first 4k 16x9 project.  Very exciting to be editing with the raw r3d files, our one concern is that naming the files (it is a feature doc with a lot of footage) in premier will break the link to the orginal file once we export via xml to resolve for the online as well as to go back to color correct in Red CineX.  Is this correct or comepletely misguided.  My gut says that naming the files in premier is just adding to the metadata associated with the clip and the export should be fine.  Can you please set me straight?


We are also going to be adding archival footage from 1080 to SD with varied frame rates.  The bulk of the footage is shot at 4k 16x9 at 23.98.  What would you recommend our timeline setting be set at? Ultimately we will be exporting at 1080, but ideally want to keep the timeline as high res as possible for future export at higher resolutions.


Thank you for your help and guidance!



Travis Rummel

felt soul media

  • joe bloe premiere
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    Nov 29, 2011 11:19 AM   in reply to FeltSoulMedia

    Renaming a clip in the Project Panel will not break the link to the media file.

    You can also use the 'Comment', 'Description', 'Log Note' and 'Scene' columns

    to input scene organization information instead of altering the file name (which can

    sometimes make tracing the original media file on disk more difficult).


    You should use a sequence setting that matches

    the majority of the footage you intend to use.

    SD footage will of course be problematic in a 4K timeline.


    How do I choose the right sequence settings?

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  • joe bloe premiere
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    Nov 29, 2011 12:10 PM   in reply to FeltSoulMedia

    I'm afraid there probably isn't a good way to scale SD to 4K...

    unless it originated on film and you can go back to transfer.

    Magic Bullet Instant HD works pretty well upscaling SD to HD.

    when you say renamiong can "sometimes make tracing the original media file on disk more difficult"

    I am referring to file management on disk as it relates to the Project.

    For example if you load all of your media and change the file names,

    then discover that there is something quirky with a particular file... it will

    make it more difficult to trace on disk for evaluation.

    It will not affect the media reference in .xml export at all.

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