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ellen osbornesearch function in media browser
by on Aug 30, 2016 at 11:42:58 pm

Isn't there a way to search for media by name without opening the folders? I'm trying to use the media browser window and find some sound effects on my hard drive. For instance, if I type 'wind" I should get hundreds of files to choose from, but it seems that premiere will only look at the list of closed folders and determine that none of the say "wind". It won't look for file names within all my folders at once.

Thanks for the help.

I'm using Premiere Pro CC 10.4 on a Mac with El Capitan 10.11.6

Ellen Osborne


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Travis LittlefieldRe: search function in media browser
by on Aug 31, 2016 at 2:55:07 pm

There's no way to do this as far as I know, and it seriously hampers my use of the Media Browser as well.

Not particularly helpful in the short term, but if you send a feature request then hopefully Adobe will address this in future versions (I've also sent in feature requests, and the more people that do makes it more likely that the Adobe folks notice that it's something they need to work on).


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ellen osborneRe: search function in media browser
by on Aug 31, 2016 at 3:54:57 pm

Ok, thanks for your response.

Ellen Osborne


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Alex UdellRe: search function in media browser
by on Aug 31, 2016 at 4:41:58 pm
Last Edited By Alex Udell on Aug 31, 2016 at 4:42:55 pm

Hi Ellen...

not to complicate things....

Media Browsers best use cases are really

1) looking at structured media types like:
.MTS files (that can appear contained with a single quicktime)
P2
XDCAM
RED

Where material is created by pieces of elements in a set of folders

2) looking wintin other Adobe PPro or AE projects to import sub sets of material to your current project (like sequences, bins or compositions)

For standard file types:

.mov, .mp4, .aif, .wav all sorts of image types

your file system is probably a much better tool for location media assets

One tool that Adobe does make that can help here is Adobe Bridge...

Something that can help you specifically in Bridge is something called "Collections"....

As you find project related items in the files system, which could be scattered around the file system...

A collection allows you to create a "container" where you can find all the related items, but they don't have to move from wherever they are located on the drives.

Think of it like a BIN in Ppro....but outside PPro....

there's more that Bridge can do....but there are a lot of caveats....and it takes some patience to really make effective use of the other tools.

maybe that will be helpful to you....

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Duke SwedenRe: search function in media browser
by on Aug 31, 2016 at 5:57:57 pm

Not even Windows Explorer will search inside folders. You have to be in the folder that the file is located in. You'd think by now...


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Yair BartalRe: search function in media browser
by on Sep 1, 2016 at 5:09:33 pm

Windows Explorer does search inside folders.


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Duke SwedenRe: search function in media browser
by on Sep 1, 2016 at 7:16:15 pm

Son of a gun. That's a recent improvement. I know I used to try before to find stuff and unless I was searching the actual folder it was in, it wouldn't find it.


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