To use a proxy in Premiere Pro, follow these steps:
- Import your footage: Import your raw footage into Premiere Pro by either dragging and dropping the files into the Project panel or by going to File > Import.
- Create proxies: Right-click on the file(s) in the Project panel and select Proxy > Create Proxies.
- Proxy settings: In the Create Proxies dialog box, you can choose the proxy format (e.g., QuickTime, ProRes Proxy, H.264), the resolution (e.g., 480p, 720p), and the preset. Choose the settings that suit your needs and click OK.
- Wait for the proxies to be created: Premiere Pro will start generating the proxies. The time required depends on the size and number of files. You can monitor the progress in the Background Tasks panel.
- Toggle Proxy viewing: To switch between the original footage and the proxy, go to the Program Monitor panel and click on the Toggle Proxies button. This button is represented by a pencil icon and is located at the bottom right corner of the panel.
- Adjust playback quality: If you want to change the playback quality of proxies, go to the Program Monitor panel, click on the wrench icon, and choose the desired playback quality option.
- Customize Proxy settings: If you want to change the proxy settings of a specific file, right-click on the file in the Project panel, select Proxy > Attach Proxies, and choose the desired options.
- Proxy workflow: While working with proxies, you can edit, trim, apply effects, and perform other tasks just like you would with the original footage. Premiere Pro automatically uses the original footage for export/rendering, ensuring high-quality output.
Remember to switch back to using the original footage for your final export by clicking on the Toggle Proxies button if you want to ensure the highest quality in your final product.