Do not duplicate media when importing a sequence. It has not been fixed!
From the Media Browser ‘hamburger’ menu (three horizontal lines next to the name ‘Media Browser’), could you confirm whether you have “Allow Duplicate Media During Project Import” checked, or unchecked?
Al Covelli commented
How is it possible that this issue had not been solved? Apple FCP figured it out YEARS ago. I love Adobe but it is shockng how buggy and inconvenient Premiere Pro has become!
Broadcast P7 commented
Same issue here. We are a big broadcaster with a lot of clients running adobe premiere and get this issues as well while importing media. Duplicates all over the place with disabled prefs "allow duplicated media during project import". Tested also on premiere 15.4, same issue. we don't understand why adobe is not able to adress this issue since so many years?
Ben Kamprath commented
@ Bruce --- same problem here, and the Media Browser setting is unchecked.
Doesn't matter how I import, the result is the same --- duplicated media. Very frustrating to deal with. Your response isn't very encouraging, either. I've found this problem to be widely known and widely-reported in various forums. For you to avoid giving us a solution and instead ask users to double-check a checkbox setting (which is a) somewhat hidden if you don't use Media Browser to import, and b) doesn't fix the issue, btw) is just super disappointing. Do you not want to assist your users/customers?
Can you offer us a workaround? Surely an Admin such as yourself would be aware of said bug or of the "proper" workflow to avoid the problem being reported?
Can you please advise us on how to get this fixed? Do we need to submit bug reports daily? Do we need to post screen recordings of the bug so the team believes what we real-world users/pros are seeing?
Does your team need more information? Please feel free to tell us and I can assure you we'd be happy to help you help us.
Steven Spady commented
There's 7 years of posts about this issue and yet Adobe still hasn't addressed it? When importing an XML there should be an option to conform based on the files that are already present in the project. When importing a sequence from a separate project we should also have the option to reconnect to already imported media or if the media in the other project already shares file paths with the new project, it should be able to see that. Currently it does none of this and having rogue, duplicate files get created is infuriating. It's almost as if Adobe put in check boxes to make you think that the program could work this way, but it never has.
Side complaint: If I'm importing folders that I've pre-organized on my drive, the last thing I want is for Premiere to remove folders, regardless of if they are empty or only have one item in them. The organization was purposeful! Why does After Effects retain folder structures on import, but Premiere is still removing folders?
I wonder if one of the issue I have is that I bring material from another editor which doesn't have a mirror copy of my drive. This means the proxies are always offline when I bring the material into my project. Would this be a reason to duplicate material? If so, this should to be solved!
cameron taddeo commented
This is an ongoing issue that Adobe doesn't seem to want to address or take seriously, it's crippling to using the software at all and makes projects a mess. The worst part is it can't be completely cleaned up because when you try to delete a duplicate file Premiere says it contains "reference clips" and will remove all instances of that clip in all sequences. Heaven forbid you remove something you think it's safe to remove only to find a sequence you put a lot of work into is now missing a bunch of clips with no trace of what was there. Where are these reference clips?? When you delete a clip at least give us the option to make it offline instead of deleting it across the board. It's a stressful setup as it is now, it's sloppy, and lazy. Help us out here guys please.
Either way. I can't understand the logic. When “Allow Duplicate Media During Project Import” is unchecked, the material comes in a folder called 'Recovered Clips'. If it's checked, either I get duplicate clips on the bin that contains the original clips or in very few cases I don't get duplicates at all. I never modify the master clips, unless markers are considered a modification.
It's still happening. The duplicated material clutters the project, specially when working on a project with several editors. As Kyle W Koch was saying on a previous post: "An option should be, informed upon importing that a clip is possibly duplicate media (confirmed by name, duration, codec, etc) and be given the choice to link it to an existing file in the project. Additionally, we should be able to merge the references of 2 files that have been found as duplicate"