Project manager behaves very badly when a project has proxies
If you have proxy files in a project and attempt to use the project manager and the transcode and consolidate function a lot of bizarre and unexpected behaviour occurs.
I recently found I could improve the results by making a project including only the sequence I intended to transcode and consolidate and nothing else, because despite being able to choose such an option in the project manager, it will ignore that choice and transcode every single clip in the project instead, hence having to make a project where there are no other clips than those in the sequence.
This almost worked, however for some infuriating reason after I succesfully used the project manager to trim (with handles) and transcode all the clips in the sequence, it went ahead and copied all the proxies of all of the clips that it just transcoded and to make matters worse it decided to copy the ENTIRE proxy file for each such clip, not just a trimmed section of what's used in the timeline. This massively increased the space it consumed and the time it took and now leaves me with a bunch of useless proxy files I have to somehow separate and deal with in the output folder.
Can the project manager please be improved to deal with proxy material properly, including the ability to explicitly tell it not to use it at all and not include it in any consolidating or transcoding functions?
Furthermore can the project manager be fixed so that when one specifies a SEQUENCE to be project managed as opposed to the entire project, that that is what actually happens? This might just be because of the proxy files, perhaps it works as expected when they aren't present but in my experience, before I took the step of specifically making a new project that ONLY HAS THE ONE SEQUENCE, it decided to transcode every single clip in the project, untrimmed. It also did this using the proxy files as well and completely ignored the original rushes.
Jared Raab commented
I also had a rough time with project manager because of proxies. Not only did it move all my proxies instead of the originals (even with proxies turned off), it included a bunch of misc unrelated proxies from elsewhere in the project too.
We shouldn't have to disconnect all the proxies in order to manage a project. Thanks!
Marion Autokroma (Independent Developer) commented
You can try to remove all proxies before using the Project Manager, I have found this video explaining how to do it properly: https://youtu.be/2xR4-jttSnU?t=149
When you have selected your sequence to keep is it a sequence with nested sequences inside?
Because this could explain why Premiere took some other files from the nested sequences.
Project Manager is taking into account one level of nested sequence and that's all, so if you have more it will not work properly for you.
There is a Free plugin called PlumePack which is the equivalent of "Collect & Copy" from the Project Manager. It solves a lot of bugs from it and you also have a Premium version with a "Lossless Trim" feature similar to "Consolidate & Transcode" but with no re-encoding.
Perhaps this can help you!
Marius Ihlar commented
This is very annoying.