You need more explanation about PlumePack options ? In this article you find find detailed information about each option : when to use them, their purpose,...

Category : Media Process

Option : Only Copy

This option will disable trimming, your footage will stay the same and will only be copied by PlumePack.
Note: if you only have a Free License (and not a Premium one), Trimming will be disabled.
PlumePack Autokroma Media Process Only Copy Options Adobe Premiere Pro

Option : Copy Mode

There are two copy mode available for now.
If you choose
Keep the same number of files
: PlumePack will copy each file only once.
If you choose
Each Timeline Clip Into a unique file
: PlumePack will copy a file as many times as there are timeline clip using this file. This is especially useful for VFX workflow and is absolutely not interesting if you want to reduce the disk space of the project.

Advanced Copy Settings

In PlumePack you also have access to some advanced settings to deal with special use cases.

Option : Include proxies

By enabling this option, Proxies of Media kept during the PlumePack process will be copied and replaced in the PlumePacked Project.

Option : Trim

This option will enable trimming on your project.
Autokroma PlumePack Options Trim

Option : Trim Mode

You have access to three trim mode for now:
Minimize Disk Space
: this mode is the most optimized in terms of space saved. If a media is used multiple times with different parts of it, PlumePack will create multiple output files corresponding to each part of the source. PlumePack will optimize the number of output files for each source file. For instance if two timeline clip have overlapped frames, PlumePack will create only one output file for these two timeline clips.
Keep the same number of files
: this mode will only create one output file for each input media. The file will be trimmed based on its use on your project with inPoint and outPoint corresponding to the min and max frames used.
Each Timeline Clip into a unique file
: PlumePack will create one output file for each timeline clip of a media. This will not optimize the space saved and can lead to a bigger project than the original one.

Option : Handles

If you footage is used in your timeline from frame N to frame M, trimming will trim your footage from frame (N - handle) to (M + handle).
It could be useful for example if you want later to edit your project and change a bit your in/out points, or if you want to add or set longer transitions between clips.
Note : At the right of the slider, you can click into the number to set the precise number you want.

Option : Add In/Out to trimmed Filenames

By enabling this option, any trimmed footage will have its filename finishing by "_[inFrame]_to_[outFrame].ext". For audio only media, the In/Out frame number will be replaced by sample number.
For example :
  • footage.mov => footage_56_to_123.mov
  • audio.wav => audio_1022_to_2645.wav
It can be useful not to confuse trimmed media with original and also how this media was produced.

Advanced Trim Settings

In PlumePack you also have access to some advanced settings to deal with special cases.

Option : Trim Codecs In Beta

We need you ! The new codecs we want to support in PlumePack would need more tests on some different files to be in the official release.
If enabled, this option will allow trimming for this new codecs: so you will be able to test if it works on your side (don't forget to check the footages !).
Please send us your feedback !
If it fails, you can upload your file directly at: https://mega.nz/megadrop/EV9rqKYs4QQ. We will not share it with anyone, it will only be used for our internal tests.

Option : Re-encode Audio if Necessary

This option will affect only AAC Audio files and also some ProRes files which contain AAC Audio codec.
For these files, re-encoding Audio is needed. New audio will keep the same bitrate as the original audio.
PlumePack uses the high quality Fraunhofer SDK encoding library to re-encode those audio files, so you should not hear the difference from the original.
Disabling this option will exclude those files from trimming, instead they will be copied.
This option is enabled by default because mostly people don't care about the Audio Codec inside their footages and if Audio is re-encoded or not, as long as they can't hear the difference from the original.

Option : Drop Metadata Streams if Necessary

This option could affect some particular footages with metadata information stored as "Stream" inside the file.
Storing Metadata as Stream often means that the information depends on frames.
For example in a GoPro footage, a Metadata Stream can be the GPS position of the Camera along the footage.
For these files, PlumePack automatically detects an unknown Metadata Stream on the footage and depending on this option, decides to trim the footage and drops (removes) this metadata from the trimmed file or excludes this file from trimming (the file will be copied instead).
This option is set to "Enabled" by default because users mostly don't care about those Metadata and don't even know of their existence.

Option : Trim if Rounding Issues

This option is useful only if you are using media inside a sequence that have a different frame rate than their sequence.
In this particular case, when Premiere Pro want to display a given frame of the sequence, the frame of the media with a different frame rate is rounded and this is dependent to the first frame of the clip used in the timeline.
This can lead to duplicate frames or frames missing when reading the timeline. Premiere Pro users generally change the "Footage Interpretation" of their clips for that purpose : so footage and sequence have the same framerate.
So if you want trim the beginning of the clip which have a different frame rate than its sequence, the first frame of the clip will not be the same. So the duplicate/missing frames will be moved, and you will not have the exact same displayed frames.
For example, if 2 frames were duplicated initially at a time given in timeline for the current clip, after trimming the duplicated frames will be at another time.
If you enable this option, this means you don't care about this little issue and you want to trim your clip from inPoint to outPoint.
If you disable this option, you will force PlumePack not to trim the beginning of the file and avoid this little issue but the final project could be bigger.

Category : Filter

PlumePack Autokroma Filter Options Adobe Premiere Pro

Option : Remove Unused Items

This option will remove any unused items imported into the project. It can be for example some footages you imported but didn't use in any timeline.
If you set this option to false, nothing will be removed from your original projects if it could not be replaced (replaced by copied/trimmed footage).

Option : Keep only Chosen Sequence and Deps

With PlumePack you can choose to export all sequences in your project or choose to export only a chosen Sequence.
By selecting the "Chosen Sequence", only elements which are in this sequence OR in the nested sequences which are inside this sequence (OR nested sequences inside the nested sequences, etc ...) will be exported at the new location.
The sequence can be chosen from the dropdown option. If you don't find the sequence name you would want in the list, hit the "Reload" button next to the dropdown.
Other Premiere Pro items (Media and also any other item not used from the Main Sequence) will be deleted.
This option can't be used if "Removed Unused Items" is set to false.

Option : Copy After Effect Composition Dependencies

If enabled, media used inside After Effect Composition will be copied next to the copied .aep file.
If you have a Premium License you can disable this feature. This can be useful if you have a massive After Effect Project and you only use a small part of it inside Premiere Pro because PlumePack is copying all media used inside the full After Effect Project.

Advanced Filter Settings

In PlumePack you also have access to some advanced settings to deal with special cases.

Option : Remove Unused Elements in Nested Sequence

This is a Premium Feature.
Nested Sequences are often used partially.
For example you could have placed some clips at the end of the sequence, just for editing facilities. When you want to PlumePack your project, you could want to clean those clips (because not used in the parent sequence).
With this option enabled, unused clips in parent sequence will be removed. If trimming is enabled, the used clips will be trimmed based on their use in the parent sequence.
Note : if you are using Nested Sequences to Sync Media with Sound for example, (or other kind of nested media workflow), and if you want to trim your files and save the most space of it, you should combine this option to the next one : "Cut Timeline Clip if needed for Disk Optimization".

Option : Removing Unused Elements in Multicam Sequences

This is a Premium Feature.
Decide or not to save space on your Multicam Sequences.
With this option enabled, unused clips in parent sequence will be removed. If trimming is enabled, the used clips will be trimmed from their use in the parent sequence.
Note : With this option enabled but not the next option : "Cut Timeline Clip if needed for Disk Optimization" enabled, the trimming should not save a lot of space (only trimming first and last frame not used)

Option : Cut Timeline Clip if needed for Disk Optimization (Only for Trimming)

This is a Premium Feature.
If a media timeline clip is used at different parts from a parent sequence, the best optimized trimming strategy will need to export this timeline clip into different parts.
When replacing with the trimmed different parts, PlumePack needs to cut the trackItems into multiple pieces to relink all of them to the corresponding file part.
Note : This option is only used when "Remove Unused Items" is used, "Keep only Chosen Sequence and Deps" is used and "Remove Unused Elements in Nested Sequence" OR "Remove Unused Elements in Multicam" is used.
PlumePack Schema CutTrackItemOption png8

Category : Transform

PlumePack Autokroma Transform Options Adobe Premiere Pro

Option : Data Structure Mode

There are three output Data Structure Mode for now :
Premiere Pro Bins Structure
: PlumePack will use your Premiere Pro Project Panel Bins Structure to create the output folder data structure. For instance if you have imported a Media in Premiere Pro into a Bin called "Rush", PlumePack will put this Media (trimmed or copied) into a subfolder called "Rush".
Flat Data Structure
: PlumePack will put every Media into the same folder.
There are two exceptions:
  • Media with dependencies will have an output subfolder with the Media (trimmed or copied) and its dependencies inside. It's the case for Image Sequence, AE comps or RAW kind of files with Sidecar files attached.
  • For safety reason RED files will be placed into a subfolder.
Original Folder Structure on Disk
:
This is a Premium Feature.
PlumePack will analyse the Disk Data Structure of your Media and recreate this Data Structure inside the output folder.
The computation of the final structure is based on the "Most Common Ancestor".
Let's take a simple example (based on Windows structure, but it will be the same for Mac !).
If you have 3 medias Filepaths at:
  • C:/MainFolder/CommonFolder/SubFolder_1/media_1.mov
  • C:/MainFolder/CommonFolder/SubFolder_2/media_2.mov
  • C:/MainFolder/CommonFolder/SubFolder_3/SubSubFolder_4/media_3.mov
The common Ancestor is: C:/CommonFolder
The Final Relative Structure for your media will be :
  • SubFolder_1
    • media_1.mov
  • SubFolder_2
    • media_2.mov
  • SubFolder_3
    • SubSubFolder_4
      • media_3.mov
Now, if I add a 4th media to the project, at :
  • C:/MainFolder/OtherFolder/media_4.mov
The common Ancestor is now: C:/MainFolder
The Final Relative Structure for your media will be :
  • CommonFolder
    • SubFolder_1
      • media_1.mov
      • media_2.mov
    • SubFolder_3
      • SubSubFolder_4
        • media_3.mov
  • OtherFolder
    • media_4.mov
The minimum Common Ancestor is the first level folder of a Disk. What does that mean ?
If you have those paths for your files :
  • C:/MainFolder/CommonFolder/SubFolder_1/media_1.mov
  • C:/MainFolder/CommonFolder/SubFolder_2/media_2.mov
  • C:/OtherFolder/media_4.mov
  • D:/AnotherFolder/SubFolder_3/media_5.mov
The Final Relative Structure for your media will be :
  • SubFolder_1
    • media_1.mov
  • SubFolder_2
    • media_2.mov
  • OtherFolder
    • media_4.mov
  • SubFolder_3
    • media_5.mov
For the same Disk "C", the common Folder is the root Folder (at C:/), but as it is below the limit of 1 subfolder, there are several CommonFolders here :
  • C:/MainFolder/CommonFolder
  • C:/OtherFolder
  • D:/AnotherFolder/SubFolder_3

Option : Give each Media a Unique Filename

This is a Premium Feature.
If enabled, PlumePack will make sure every copied or trimmed Media has a Unique Filename (without extension). So if you have a media "foo.braw", a media "foo.mov", and a media "foo.mxf", the second will be named "foo_pp001.mov, and the third "foo_pp002.mxf".
It can be particularly interesting for relinking Media if you have a workflow where extension will change (after Color Grading for example and returning to Premiere Pro).
There is an exception for RED files to avoid any issues.

Option : Filename - Use Project Panel Item Name

This is a Premium Feature.
If enabled, PlumePack will use the Premiere Pro Project Panel Item Name as Filename for the PlumePacked Media. Note: Paths conflicts are taken into account (no media removed because 2 project item have the same name).

Advanced Transform Settings:

Option : Place All Media into Root SubFolder

This is a Premium Feature.
The Media Root SubFolder is the folder which will contain all the Media (Trimmed/Copied) from your new Project after PlumePack consolidation. If enabled, PlumePack will create a default Root subfolder next to the new PlumePacked project to put every media inside. Your media files will be placed inside this subfolder, following the Data Structure Mode selected. If disabled, all your media will be place directly next to the prproj without subfolder, following the Data Structure Mode selected.

Option : Media Root SubFolder Name

This is a Premium Feature.
If the Media Root SubFolder is created (see param above : Place All Media into Root SubFolder), then you can decide of its name here ! The default name is "PlumePacked Media".

Option : Import Final PlumePack Report into the Project

This is a Premium Feature.
At the end of the PlumePack process, a report is created with all the information about your Consolidation. To keep a link between this project and the report, the best way is to import it directly into the Project, and that's what PlumePack do by default, into a PlumePack special Bin. When a report is imported into the final project, the next PlumePack process will copy this report and it will be kept next to the new project, with the new report.

PlumePack Toolbox Options

PlumePack Autokroma Toolbox Tab Options Adobe Premiere Pro

Selection Mode

If "On Every Timeline Clips" is selected then all options checked will be applied to all timeline clips in the current Project. Same for the "On Every Project Items" : the process will be applied to all Project Items in the project.
If "On Selected Timeline Clips" is selected all options checked will be applied only on your selection of Clips in the current selected timeline. You will be able to see how many Timeline Clips are currently selected.
PlumePack Autokroma Toolbox Tab Selection Mode Timeline Clips Adobe Premiere Pro
Same for "On Selected Project Items" : you will need to select the project items before in the Premiere Pro "Project" tab.
PlumePack Autokroma Toolbox Tab Selection Mode Project Items Adobe Premiere Pro

Timeline Clip Tools

Tool : Trim Selected Clips

Note : this tool is only available on the selection mode and not for Every Timeline clips.
With this tool : select your clips, hit the checkbox and the media will be trimmed according to the In/Out of the selected clips, and the clips will be replaced automatically !

Tool : Add Space Before Clips

With this tool : add space before all selected clips. It has been asked in the Premiere Pro uservoice : some people wanted to quickly add a desired amount of empty frames between all their timeline clips (generally after dragging the clips from the Project panel).

Project items Tools

Tool : Rename Tape Name metadata using Filename

If enabled, Project Items will have their Tape Name metadata in the Project Panel of Premiere Pro renamed with the Filename of the Media.

Tool : Un-Merge Merged Clips

One of the problem of the Merged Clips is that it is impossible to revert this action.
With this tool : you will be able to unmerge some clips quickly ! The clips in your timeline will become regular clips and the merged clip will be removed.

Other Hidden Options

Those advanced options are available from the popup "Settings & License"
(button at the bottom of the PlumePack Panel).

Bypass Disk Space Security

We have added a special option into PlumePack Desktop called "Bypass Available Disk Space Security" for special use cases.
When using some special drives, sometimes PlumePack could badly estimate the remaining disk space available on your drive, and so stop the process. By using this option, you will bypass this security.
Autokroma PlumePack Desktop Licensing ByPassDiskSpaceSecurity

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