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Paul Roper
How to go up a level in Media Browser
on Apr 19, 2018 at 9:33:48 pm

Hello,
I've been reconnecting a lot of media on a recent project, and I cannot seem to find (or find the answer via some Googling) how on earth to simply go up one directory level. I know I could rummage through the tree view on the left, but surely there's some way of just going up to the current folder's "parent"? If, for example, I'm looking in one of my folders from "favorites", then the file list being displayed bears no resemblance to the file structure tree thing on the left. So the only way, seemingly, to go to the parent folder of a favorite folder is to try to find it by rummaging through the tree view on the left. Which seems ridiculous; I must be missing something? I've tried right-clicking everywhere and stabbing at possible keyboard shortcuts, with no luck.

Any suggestions, anyone? Please?

~ Paul

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Paul Roper
Re: How to go up a level in Media Browser
on Apr 20, 2018 at 9:59:26 am

On a similar, re-linking media note, is there a better way to re-link media other than going through the tedious right-click, Link Media.. process? It'd seem logical to be able to do something like option-drag a video file from the media browser onto something in a bin to replace it. Does anything like that exist?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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Roger Averdahl
Re: How to go up a level in Media Browser
on Apr 21, 2018 at 11:00:40 am

The issues with the Media Browser´s lack of keyboard support is one of the main to why i never use Media Browser. Too much fiddling around for nothing imo. I always use File > Import and can use the default OS keyboard shortcuts in the Import dialog.

Regarding relinking media:
Let´s say that you want to relink ten files. Instead of right clicking and link each file, just select all ten files and right click once to relink the files in one go. The same goes for Bins, just right click and Link all media in the bin at once.

The Link feature in Premiere Pro is often smart enough to know that if all files are located in the same folder/folders as before selecting all files and pointing to the first file is enough to link up the rest of the files and thus making re-linking the files fast. If the source files are scattered all over the hard drive or on several hard drives it can be more challening.


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Paul Roper
Re: How to go up a level in Media Browser
on Apr 22, 2018 at 7:07:56 pm

Yeah - but when re-linking, it uses Premiere's file browser, which seemingly has no way of simply going up a level. But I must be wrong, right? Surely there's no way the Premiere would have got to this version with such an obvious and ridiculous bug, right? Right?!

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Roger Averdahl
Re: How to go up a level in Media Browser
on Apr 23, 2018 at 10:12:50 am

I can go back several levels in the Media Browser by using the Back icon: http://privat.bahnhof.se/wb792290/MB.PNG


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Paul Roper
Re: How to go up a level in Media Browser
on Apr 23, 2018 at 10:56:17 am
Last Edited By Paul Roper on Apr 23, 2018 at 11:00:34 am

That's not the same thing - the back arrow goes back to whatever you were previously looking at, not up through the directory structure. If you're looking in the media browser at, say C:/documents/video, then click on a directory in your Favorites - let's say it's E:/work/job27/rushes/graded then clicked on the Back arrow, you wouldn't be shown E:/work/job27/rushes, but you'd be back looking at C:/documents/video.

I can't believe there is no way to just go up a level, like you can in every other file browser since file browsers were first invented. I'm pretty sure that if you clicked on the "The Mac 512", you'd see a lovely hierarchical directory list. If only Adobe could also adopt this new technology:


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Roger Averdahl
Re: How to go up a level in Media Browser
on Apr 23, 2018 at 11:01:41 am

Tell Adobe what you need: https://www.adobe.com/products/wishform.html

Adobe do read each one. :)


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Paul Roper
Re: How to go up a level in Media Browser
on Apr 23, 2018 at 12:35:37 pm

Done!

I thought of sending it as a feature request a while ago, but was convinced that someone would just reply "just press ctrl-U, stupid!" or something like that. I couldn't believe that it was just not possible - but somehow, people must've been using Premiere* for decades, and just somehow lived with this omission.

*Presumably the very very early versions of Premiere (pre-Pro-period) just used the system's file browser, so in that respect were more advanced than the current version!

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Alan Balch
Re: How to go up a level in Media Browser
on Apr 25, 2018 at 6:47:50 pm

Hi Paul, I've experienced a similar frustration in Media Browser myself and usually use File>Import if I know where something is. Regarding your question about missing media, if I read correctly you need to find a solution better than clicking on each individual file to find the media. If this is the case, you ought to get a warning message each time you open PPro that says something like "Missing media for these clips..." along with a window. You can look for one file, and if they're near by one another, PPro can usually find all of them for you.

Hope that helps!

Alan Balch
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