Properly import long RED files without duplicate clips.
Current Behavior: Whenever you import a long R3D file Premiere automatically groups the smaller "spanned" clips into a larger clip. If you import the clip via the media browser it works fine because the media browser will hide all but the first clip in a sequence. But if you try to import multiple folders(multiple cards, or days of footage.) Premiere will still group the clips, but it creates a full length master clip for each of the parts the the file was split into causing tons of duplicate clips.
The only work around is to manually recreate your folder structure using bins in premiere and go through each card one by one importing them into bins, or go through and delete all the duplicate clips after importing the usual way.
Expected behavior: When you import a group of spanned R3D files premiere will group them into a single master clip and not create a duplicate master clip for each file in the sequence.
This is a huge waste of time for anyone working on a large project using Red cameras. This problem has existed since at least 2013 and seems like it should be a really easy fix that would save RED users so much time.
Trevor Mayes commented
This was very helpful for me to understand how Premiere handles spanned r3d files, depending on how they are imported. Most concise and clear explanation I’ve found. Thank you!
Antoine Autokroma commented
Just to be clear, grouping clips is a good feature ? Some .R3D files are too big so they are cut in chunks so grouping them at import was a good thing to start with ?