Adobe Prelude Ingest Tutorial

When to use Adobe Prelude

Adobe prelude is a video editing tool that serves one very specific purpose. You shouldn't use if for small projects that consist of one short video shoot. Prelude is not a post production editing tool. You can't do color correction or add effects. What prelude is really good at is filtering out junk footage. Say you recorded a 3 hour interview and you only really want a 3 minute final product. What prelude allows you to do is quickly make markers (called subclips) that represent only the best footage from that video shoot. Sorting through a 3 hour clip in premiere is time consuming and tedious. Prelude allows you to sort through and organize your footage into rough cuts before it touches premiere. This video tutorial details that process.

Ingesting Raw Footage

The first thing you'll want to do is copy all your raw footage to the Capture folder for your video event. All of our project folders are named in "YYYYMMDD Event Description" format. 


Using the same name as the video event folder, Open Adobe Prelude and create a new project. For this example the project is named "20190410 Sorensen Gala Event Footage".

Now we're ready to ingest the footage from a raw format into an mp4 format. Follow these steps and make sure all the settings are correct:

  • Select in and out points for the footage to trim off junk sections
  • Select transfer clips to destination
    • The destination should be an export folder right next to the capture folder that has the raw footage
  • Do not select add subfolder
  • Select Transcode to format H.264 and use the preset Youtube 1080p Full HD
  • Do not select stitch clips together unless you're working with b-roll footage under 1 hour in length total
  • Add file metadata for
    • location of the video shoot
    • type of video (b-roll, interview etc.)
    • keywords to describe the contents of the video
  • Select File Rename and rename the files in YYYYMMDD [path to source footage] [filename] format
    • YYYYMMDD must be the date that the footage was taken which is also the name of the video project folder and the prelude project. In this case it is 20190410
    • The path to the source footage is the minimum amount of information required to figure out which capture folder this footage came from. For this example we have 4 sets of camera footage and we are using the cam1 folder.
    • The last part of the file rename is the actual filename that we are transcoding from. This part of the file renaming is dynamically added. The other two sections are added as custom text.
  • Once all the settings match perfectly as shown below, you can hit Ingest
  • Ingesting footage
    Make sure ALL of the settings are correct before transcoding!!! Click to view Image

Backing Up Prelude Project and Metadata

After you finish making all your rough cuts, comments and subclips we need to save your project and back it up. Sometimes when you try to recreate the prelude project after moving/copying video files, the metadata you painstakingly created gets trashed. You need to back up the metadata for all of your clips by: 

  1. Create a Metadata folder in the Video > Project > Export folder
  2. Highlight all the clips in your prelude project
  3. Rt. click and go to File > Save Metadata As
  4. Save the metadata in the metadata folder

Then when you need to recreate the project you open up the prelude project you:

  1. Copy all the Video files to your hard drive
  2. Copy the prelude project file to your hard drive
  3. Open up the prelude project
  4. Relink the video clips in their new location
  5. Highlight all the clips
  6. Right click and choose Send unassociated metadata
  7. Select you metadata folder and apply to the clips you highlighted