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Chapter 4. Capturing and Importing Media > Importing Media into Xpress Pro

Importing Media into Xpress Pro

Importing media into Xpress Pro is a simple process and follows the same protocols as many graphics applications. However since Xpress pro creates new media files on disk when you import any non-OMFI media, you will need to choose the resolution at which you want Xpress Pro to create the new media, and the drive you want to store it on. If you plan to import a variety of different media, you may want to review and configure your Import settings on the Settings tab of the Project window first. See “Understanding Your Import Settings” later in this chapter for more information.

To import a video clip, audio track, still, or graphic:

1.
Click an open bin to select it.

2.
Choose File > Import.

3.
The Select Files to Import dialog box opens.

In the Select Files to Import dialog box, choose the type of file you want to import from the Files of Type (Windows) or Show (Mac) pop-up menu (Figure 4.39).

Figure 4.39. In the Select Files to Import dialog box, you can choose a file type to import as well as the media drives to use for new source files that Xpress Pro will create upon import.


4.
In the Select Files to Import dialog box, click the Resolution pop-up menu and choose a resolution for your import (if you are importing a video clip or still) and click the drive menu to select the drive for your import's source media file.

5.
(Optional) You can alter your currently active import settings (the import settings checked on the Settings tab of the Project window) directly from within the Import dialog by clicking the Options button. (See “Understanding Your Import Settings” next in this chapter for more information about the many import options.)

6.
Navigate to the file you want to import and click Open.

Xpress Pro imports the file and places it in the bin you selected.

✓ Tips

  • If you're confident that your import settings are as you want them, then you can simply drag and drop files from your desktop to an open Xpress Pro bin (Figure 4.40).

    Figure 4.40. The easiest way to import a file, provided that your Import settings are already as you want them, is to drag and drop one or more files from your desktop (Windows) or the Finder (Mac) to an open Xpress Pro bin.

  • You don't have to click the Options button and alter your import settings if you select a presaved Import setting on the Settings tab of the Project window before you choose File > Import.

  • Usually, an import of a foreign video file will not include the video's timecode track. If that's the case, then Xpress Pro will automatically assign the default starting timecode number (specified in your General settings) to the first frame of the imported video.

  • To import a entire sequence from Final Cut Pro into Xpress Pro, the best approach is to use Automatic Duck. (For more information on Automatic Duck, see Appendix B, “Postproduction Extras.”)


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