You don't want to make a file importer you want to make a custom
import module - like titlers are to frame buffer from your source
Refer to the titler example. It exactly what you want to code base from.
More specifically you want to make a Synthetic Importer.
Thanks for the response.
For further confirmation, we plan to write an import plugin that accesses existing files on disk, and the file handling (opening,reading) will occur in a child process that we will write, which our plugin will manage and communicate with. Do you still assert we go with a Synthetic importer? Please explain.
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In that case, it sounds like you would want to write a standard importer plug-in. You could start with the SDK File Importer plug-in sample as your guide. Since your plug-in will be working with another process to perform file handling, you'll want to set canOpen. This will tell Premiere Pro that you want your plug-in to receive the imOpenFile8 and imQuietFile calls, which is where you should open / close any file handles.