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Import the PSD as a sequence. Unless something's been added to 5.5, you'll have to manually select this for every file.
Thanks for your response!
So there's no way to batch them in - I have to manually hit the pull-down menu and select each as a "sequence" as they come in?
Also, once they're in the PP project, how do I put them onto a timeline with the same layer properties they had in PS? In Final Cut Pro, I could just drag them on as a nested sequence. Please tell me it's that easy or easier to do that in PP.
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When you import as a sequence, a new sequence is created and all the layers appear as clips in that new sequence.
And yes, as far as I know it's one at a time.
Again, thanks for all the help.
Pardon me for being dense - so I can't bring a layered PS document in as layers? That seems counterintuitive. So if I have a layered PS file, I just want the layers to come in exactly the way they are and for them to be stacked on top of each other exactly as they are in PS.
Is there a way for this to be done with Adobe Bridge?
Honestly, if there's no way to batch this stuff in, I may have to move to Avid. FCP is (was) able to bring in multiple PS files as layers in a batch way.
Yes, you get exactly what you want by importing as a sequence.
Try it, you'll see.
Batching was not available in CS5. I don't know if it's there for 5.5.
I'm obviously doing something wrong because when I bring in the layered PSD, it brings in each layer as a clip. So when I drag it down to the timeline, it places them sequentially in order on the timeline on the same video track, rather than stacking them the way they were built in the PSD file. What I'm hoping to get is one clips with several layers stacked on top of it (like it is in PS), rather than a sequential timeline where each layer is decontextualized and placed on the timeline. I can't seem to find any preference to change this either.
If you have any idea what I might be doing wrong, I'd love to know.
Thanks for everything!
When you import a PSD, you are presented with a dialog asking how you want to import it. You have the following options, with the following results:
- Merge All Layers: Flattens all layers in original PSD into one footage item
- Merged Layers: Flattens layers you specifically select in the dialog from the original PSD into one footage item
- Individual Layers: Imports layers you specifically select as individual footage items, and creates a bin with the name of the PSD to contain them
- Sequence: Imports layers you specifically select as individual footage items, create a bin with the name of the PSD, and also creates a sequence with the name of the PSD with the layers stacked as tracks.
Select the last option, and then open the sequence that is created. You can nest this into your working/final sequence, and work with the layers/tracks within it to animate them separately.
What I'm hoping to get is one clips with several layers stacked on top of it (like it is in PS)
Like I said, Import as Sequence, and you get precisely that. You don't add the layers to a sequence, they're already IN the newly created sequence, stacked vertically just like you'd expect.
Thanks to you both. I figured it out (sorry, still new to PP).
I just wish there was a way in 5.5 to batch import all the PS files without having to mess with a pulldown menu on each incoming clip. In the animatic world, we're often importing dozens, if not hundreds of PS storyboard files all at once and (not to get all FCP about it) in FCP you could just import the folder and it brought all the PS files in as their own nested sequences without having to fiddle with a popup menu for each. This could be a huge time-waster if I have to mess with popups just to get PS files into PP.
Once there in there, btw, they're far better than they are in FCP. Maybe PP will add some kind of batch import of PS files utility at some point.
I just wish there was a way in 5.5 to batch import all the PS files without having to mess with a pulldown menu on each incoming clip.
I've asked for this half a dozen times. It really stinks when you're importing 500 lower thirds; I'm on my fourth mouse from all the clicking
Please, add your voice to the din: Adobe Feature Request/Bug Report Form
Done. I find it hard to believe that Adobe wouldn't just automatically give us the batch option when working between their own applications.
The one and only time I've gotten feedback on a feature request was for this. I was told it was a popular request, but it was turning out to be more difficult than originally assumed.
Everything gets assigned some level of priority, I suppose, and popular or not, this was deemed a lower priority than Feature X and Feature Y. Enough people clamoring for it is what will make it rise in the charts, though--so thanks for helping
You can only batch import PSD if they are not layered.
Which sort of defeats the purpose of using a PSD...