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Proxy Edit in Premiere Pro CC (2018)

Learn to Proxy Edit in Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

4K footage has become all the rage with cameras becoming cheaper and cheaper. The problem many people overlook while shooting with 4K though is the editing process. A decently strong processor/video card blend is needed to edit these massive clips in real time. When effects like blur or stabilization are applied, it can take seconds to render one frame. This brings the editing process to a snails pace, as we sit around and wait for our editing software to catch up.

Luckily, Premiere Pro has a way to edit these 4K pieces in near real time. It’s a switch sort of tactic called “proxy editing”. What you do is have premiere pro create 1080p temporary files. You then create the edit just like normal. Then, during the render process, Premiere Pro takes the original 4K footage and swaps it in. So you get both the quality of the 4K footage, as well as the speed of editing lower quality footage. Today, we talk about How to Proxy Edit in Premiere Pro CC.

How to Proxy Edit in Premiere Pro CC (2018)

  1. Create new project, go to ingest settings.
  2. Check the checkbox next to ingest.
  3. Next to Ingest, drop down the menu and select “Create Proxies”
  4. In the preset, goto 1280×720 GroPro CineForm, (or really anything that works for you)
  5. Set proxy destination to Same as Project.
  6. Click OK, now the project is ready to go.
  7. Navigate to Media Browser, locate media file, right click and import
  8. Media encoder will open to render and ingest the files (all named proxy)
  9. Navigate to editing tab, Project, and drag footage over to create a timeline
  10. If footage beings to lag – click on the toggle proxies button (to find button, click on plus sign and add toggle proxies symbol)
  11. File, export, media – it won’t export with proxies (it will be original footage)

And there you have it. You can now create proxy files automatically. Premiere Pro is great in the sense it does most of the work for you. Let me know in the comments below or on the video if you have any questions.

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