Part II of Creating Proxies in Ingest Settings can be found here.
By Andrew Devis (doodleNEWS)
So, we have created Proxies, but how do we use them in Adobe Premiere Pro and how do we switch between proxies and the original files?
Well, this is done by adding a button to the Program Monitor from the button editor!
Once you click the little plus sign you will be given a selection of additional buttons that can be added to what is already below the Program Monitor.
The Toggle Proxies Button
The button shown above is the one you will need to quickly switch between proxies and the original high quality files. Simply drag the button from the editor box onto the menu bar below the Program Monitor.
Toggle Proxies Button Added
The toggle proxies button is blue which means that proxies are activated so that what I see in the Program Monitor is the proxy and not the original file. If you click the button it goes back to grey and you will once again be looking at the original high quality file – it really is that easy!
However, a word of warning. Sometimes the aspect ratio of the original file will be different to the proxy option you choose. By all means try different settings but one common problem may be that the footage was shot full 4K but the proxy is using an HD aspect ratio and you end up with black bars (letter boxing) down the side of the screen. DO NOT SCALE THE PROXY! Instead, switch between the proxy and the original to see if the original fits the sequence and if it does, either create a new proxy or live with the black bars while editing. If you scale the proxy, you will scale the original as well and that probably isn’t what you want!
Next week, part 4 will take a look at when to use proxies. Meanwhile, don’t forget to check out our growing list of Premiere Pro tutorials here.