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Workflow for deleting extra footage from session/hard drive

Mar 31, 2013 9:15 PM

Tags: #space #extra #drive #footage #deleting

I want to save hard drive space. I have several session of 40gb each. I am new to video editing and realize the way to work is to trim the 4gb files so that I only have the needed footage on the drive, deleting the prerolls and extras from my drive. BUT, I dont know how to do this in Premiere Pro CS6. Is this task better done before I create a project?


So what is the best workflow?


Workflow A


1. Insert SD Media to Computer and edit using MPEG Streamclip or Quicktime(trimming)

2. Export clips into Session/Scene based folders on main footage hard drive

3. delete source files from SD media - large files never get saced to hard drive


If this is best, what export settings are best for Premiere Pro CS6.

Can this task be as easily done in CS6?


Workflow B


1. Insert SD card into computer and open clips in Premiere Pro CS6

2. Add Scenes/Sessoins into a Sequence and use in/out points to drop clips/subclips into the project(per scene)

3. export them to hard drive and delete session footage.


Id this is best, how do you export from Premiere Pro CS6 so that the clips in the sequence are now referenced, the audio and video are stored where I can access them/labeled and I can trash the source footage.


I hope this makes sense. I want to trim away the wwasted footage and drive space. My 250GB drive is almost full and only 20-30GB is useufl footage. I need a workflow to reduce the file sizes.


For the current footage  I have the resolution of the export doesnt matter, no one will see them but me. Rehearsal footage. I need the audio and video to stay linked(is that what rendering does?)



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    Mar 31, 2013 10:04 PM   in reply to natekon

    With tapeless media, the recommended work flow is to get more hard drives.  Don't delete, rename or in any way alter the contents of the top level folder.

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    Apr 7, 2013 4:35 AM   in reply to natekon

    You got to be kidding. You use Premiere Pro, a $ 799 software package and you find $ 105 for a 2 TB disk, which gives you space for around 140 hours of video material or a 3 TB disk for $ 135, which has space for around 210 hours, i.e. $ 0.64 per hour, expensive? Out of curiosity, how much did you spend on the camera, bag, tripod, mics, lenses, lighting, etc. and how much on your computer?


    The cards in your camera may well cost $ 29 for a 32 MB card and give you around 2.6 hours of space. That is $ 11.15 per hour. Then how come you find $ 0.64 per hour an expensive option? More than 17 times cheaper is not expensive in my book. And you are forgetting that an extra disk helps improve performance, so your editing experience will be much better.

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    Apr 7, 2013 3:48 PM   in reply to natekon
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