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Video Pro X5 introduction – #2: Import

Video Pro X5 introduction – #2: Import

So we’ve reached the second round of my introduction series. Today I would like to show you how to load video clips into a Video Pro X5 project. I can cover all features because there are so many import options. However, I will try to explain the most important points of the import process.

The first thing to do is to connect the recording device or hard drive that contains your videos to your computer. The next step takes us to the red button [1] below the source monitor. When this button is pressed a dialog window opens. The list that appears consists of AVCHD/DVCPRO/AVC-Intra, HDV camera, DV camera, video, audio, monitor, and single frame. The import option you choose depends on the device that you’re transferring from. If the mouse moves over the individual option fields the various sources will be listed in the text field below [2].

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I particularly like “Monitor”. This option records everything that happens on the computer screen. This process is also known as “Screen capturing” and is really useful for creating video tutorials for example.

Even so I’d still like to look at the AVCHD/DVCPRO/AVC-intra import option in more detail. In my opinion this is the most import option because it can be used to import files from digital cameras and camcorders as well as from P2 memory cards, external and internal hard drives into projects. The import dialog opens when this function is selected. This window is clearly laid out. In the top left of the screen video source you can enter the path for the video source and the destination path for the files used. The preview monitor located in the center of the screen displays selected scenes. Extra information is displayed on the upper left hand side of the screen. After selecting the video source individual scenes in the file list can be marked or selected using the options “All”, “New only” or “None”. The display filter gives you a better overview, allowing you to find what you’re looking for faster. It is even possible to mark files that belong together using color. Below the display filter “Import to movie” is usually enabled as the raw footage is normally directly inserted into the Timeline as an object. Accordingly, unchecking the box means that files will only be transferred to the hard drive, without taking up space in the project. The “Delete selected files from camera after import” option directly beneath this was designed to save you time. If all your settings are correct click on “Import” and the process will begin. The selected footage will then be directly imported into the Timeline in Video Pro X5 where it can be edited.

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The Media Pool also offers an easy way to import files. Simply select the files using the path and import them with drag and drop. Visit pro.magix.com for more information on the program, such as supported import formats etc.

Related Links:
Part 1 – Interface
Part 2 – Import
Part 3 – Objects and Editing
Part 4 – Effects
Part 5 – Transitions
Part 6 – Greenscreening
Part 7 – Multicam-Editing
Part 8 – Export

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