Project Manager: Collect Files while preserving original folder structures
I desperately wished Premiere's "Collect Files and Copy to New Location" feature would have an option to preserve the folder structure of the original files when copying them to the Destination Path.
Unfortunately tapeless workflows have made proper media management practices a total nightmare, especially when working with outside editors or clients who do not have sensible media management systems in place. This often results in media with duplicate filenames, etc., and as a conformist/colorist, I need to be able to determine the type of media (original camera format, shoot date, proxy/original transcode status etc) based on the information in the original folder paths the media was located in.
But if you "Collect Files" on a sequence, Premiere will just dump all the files from that sequence into a single folder without the original source paths. So you lose all references to where that media originally came from, which is important information to know for both troubleshooting and many other tasks.
Right now, I will either use Davinci Resolve (whose Media Management tool allows you to collect media while preserving original source paths), or a custom command-line shell script which does the same thing based on an XML export of the timeline. However, I hate having to make Premiere editors have to download, install and learn how to use Davinci Resolve just for this simple task. If you were able to do this, simply by ticking a checkbox in the Project Manager window, that would be a huge workflow win!
Mike Gagos commented
I would too wish this! Mel, do you have more info on the script/XML?
Stellan Clark commented
This would be amazing to have, Premiere's media management is unusable in any professional setting. having the ability to maintain folder structures would be amazing, but sadly adobe prefers to keep adding bells and whistles no-one asked for and never fixes the issues that editor really need. it seems like they are more targeted towards youtubers then professionals. I a, also looking to switch all my system over to Davici, they seem to be much more stable then premiere.