Importing Media Directly into the Timeline

You also have the option of importing media files to the Timeline directly, which lets you use Color to process digital dailies and convert DPX or Cineon image sequences to suitable QuickTime formats. You can import individual shots, or entire folders of shots.

For more information on doing batch DPX to QuickTime conversions, see Converting Cineon and DPX Image Sequences to QuickTime.

To import a single shot into the Timeline
  1. Do one of the following:

    • Choose File > Import > Clip.

    • Click the Setup tab.

  2. Use the navigation controls at the top left of the file browser to find the directory containing the media you want to import.

    Figure. Up directory and Home Directory buttons in the file browser.

    Tip: If the media you need is on another hard drive, click the Up Directory button repeatedly until you’re at the top level of your computer’s directory structure, then double-click the Volumes directory to open it. This will provide you with a list of all the hard drives and partitions that are currently mounted on your system. From here, it should be easy to find the media you need.

  3. Double-click the directory to open it, then click to select an individual media file to import into the Timeline.

  4. Do one of the following:

    • Double-click the shot in the file browser to edit the shot into the Timeline at the position of the playhead.

    • Drag the shot directly into the Timeline.

    • Click the Import button below that shot’s preview to edit the shot into the Timeline at the position of the playhead.

  5. If you import a shot into an empty Timeline in Color, you’ll be asked if you want to change the project settings to match those of the shot you’re importing. Click Yes if you want to do so. (This is recommended.)

    Figure. Change sequence setting dialog.
  6. Once shots have been placed into the Timeline, save your project.

To import a folder of shots into the Timeline
  1. Do one of the following:

    • Choose File > Import > Clip.

    • Click the Setup tab.

  2. Use the navigation controls at the top left of the file browser to find the directory containing the media you want to import.

    Tip: If the directory you need is on another hard drive, click the Up Directory button repeatedly until you’re at the top level of your computer’s directory structure, then double-click the Volumes directory to open it. This will provide you with a list of all the hard drives and partitions that are currently mounted on your system. From here, it should be easy to find the directory you need.

  3. Click once to select the directory.

    An Import Folder button appears within the file browser.

  4. Click the Import Folder button to edit every shot within that folder into the Timeline, one after the other, starting at the position of the playhead.

    Important: When you import a folder of shots, all shots that are contained by subfolders within the selected folder are also imported. This makes it convenient to import an entire nested hierarchy of image sequence media that has been organized into multiple individual folders.