Premiere Pro CC 101 Part 4: Importing Footage

By Kevin P. McAuliffe (doddleNEWS) In part three of our look at getting ready to edit in Premiere Pro CC, we covered setting up your Keyboard Settings. In this lesson, let’s talk about importing your footage into Premiere Pro CC, so you can start your edit! (You can find part 1, general preferences, here and part 2, memory preferences and the Sequence, here.)

Okay, so we’ve done some build up to lay the ground work to start your edit. In this article, let’s talk about getting your footage into Premiere Pro CC, as much like most other NLE’s out there today, there are numerous ways to do the same thing. So, let’s get our footage imported!

So, there are three simple ways to get footage into Premiere Pro CC.  First, on the keyboard, simply hit CMD+I (CTL+I for all the Windows users out there). If you perfer to go the “Menu” route, you can simply navigate to FILE>IMPORT, or take whatever footage you want and drag it from anywhere on your hard drive into your project window.

Finding your Import Command in the File Dropdown

What’s cool about Premiere Pro CC is that, not only can you take any clip from anywhere, and drag it into your project, but Premiere understands folder hierarchy as well. So if you want to bring a bunch of clips into your project that you have organized in a folder (or hierarchy of folders), simply drag the folder in, and Premiere Pro CC will organize your footage into a similar hierarchy that you had on your hard drive, in your project.

Now, once you have your footage imported, assuming you imported individual clips, you can now go ahead and organize your clips into different folders, or “bins” as they are more commonly referred to as, to keep your project nice and organized.

Kevin P. McAuliffe is one of the Senior Editors at Extreme Reach MIJO in Toronto, Canada. His current clients include Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures and E1 Entertainment to name a few.  You can send him an e-mail at, or follow him on Twitter @kpmcauliffe.

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