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Sorting and sifting clips

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Video: Sorting and sifting clips

Let's step back into our bins for a moment to talk about proper bin organization. In this lesson, we'll talk about how sorting and sifting clips can help you isolate exactly what you're looking for as you're putting your program together. So I have a bin here and it has quite a few clips in it, and I want to give a little bit more definition to these clips. The way I do that is by adding custom columns. If you remember, there were three bin views: Text view, Frame view, and Script view. We're going to stay in Text view.

Sorting and sifting clips

Let's step back into our bins for a moment to talk about proper bin organization. In this lesson, we'll talk about how sorting and sifting clips can help you isolate exactly what you're looking for as you're putting your program together. So I have a bin here and it has quite a few clips in it, and I want to give a little bit more definition to these clips. The way I do that is by adding custom columns. If you remember, there were three bin views: Text view, Frame view, and Script view. We're going to stay in Text view.

And let's go ahead and expand this over. You'll notice that right now I'm in Custom view, and Custom view, by default, starts out just having the clip name and nothing else. If you remember, we could switch between all of these various views that matched different points in the post-production process. Let's go back to Custom. And I'm going to add a custom column, and the way I do that is to just click right up here in the heading right, next to name, and I'm going to type a custom column.

The first one I'm going to use is the Rating column. Just type it in and press Enter. And now I can put in a rating for each one of my clips. Ideally, you will go ahead and load these clips and go through and play them and see how much you like them and then give them a rating from one to four stars. I'm not going to do that right now, but I do want to make sure that you know how to do that, so I'm just going to type in one star here. And we'll go ahead and give this a rating of two stars, and three, and four.

This is a little arbitrary. You're going to go through and actually make your own decisions based on how you like these clips. However, there is a shortcut I want to show you. If you hold down Alt, or Option on a Mac, and you click in a cell, it's going to show you everything that you've previously populated. So, that's a nice shortcut to help you out as you go forward. So, I have here clips that I've already attached a rating and a composition label to, so what can we do with this information? At its most basic level, you can sort this information alphanumerically.

So, if I wanted to click on the Ratings column and right-click and Sort on Column, Ascending, it's going to rate all of my clips from one star to four. I like to have all of my best clips at the top, so you can choose Sort on Column, Descending and that will sort that for you. You can also sort within a sort. So, if I Shift+Click over on composition and then Sort on Column, Descending, what it did was it grouped together the like composition shots within my ratings.

And descending means reverse alphabetical order, so you can see that that's what it's done. But basically, I have all of my four-star long shots grouped together, all of my four-star close-ups grouped together, and on down the line. Now sorting is very useful, but I really like to sift, and I want to show you how to do that now. So, I'm going to open up my Bin Fast menu and choose Custom Sift. And we have here just a database. We're able to search for clips that either contain, begin with, or match exactly with certain text in a certain column.

So, let's go ahead and find all of our best long shots, because I know that I need a really good long shot to follow the medium shot that I just edited in to the Timeline. So, I'm just going to type in three stars, because I consider anything three stars and above good, and because four stars also contains three stars, this will pull up all of my three- and four-star shots. And so I want to have it in the Rating column, and I want it to be my long shots from the Composition column.

I'll apply, and you can see that it filtered out all of the clips that did not meet that criteria, and now I only have three to choose from. Well, I can get down deeper, and if I wanted to find all of my three-star and above long shots where it's from the back, I can just type in some text there-- and I'm just going to go ahead and change this to Name column though--apply, and it filters it down even further.

So, this is a way for you to really burrow down and see exactly what you want to work with. I'm going to clear this out so I can show you how to use both sets of this text fields. Let's go ahead and find all of the best long shots and best medium shots to go after the close-up I just edited into the Timeline. So, I'm just going to type in three stars. And you know what? I don't even need to really change my column because it can find it in any column and no other column has stars, so I'm just going to leave that unchecked for right now.

And I'll just type in LS, and same thing down here, three stars and above, because it contains three stars, MS, and let's go ahead and apply, and you'll notice that it brought forth all of my three-star and above long shots and medium shots, and I have a little bit less material to sift through as I'm finding a shot that can come after my close-up. So, as you can see, the bin is a great organizational tool, and it can certainly be your friend.

Be sure to organize your bin materials well so that these powerful databases can work for you in helping you find exactly what you need, exactly when you need it. Projects can get pretty large, with literally hundreds of clips across dozens of bins, so using Sort and Sift are often a necessity.

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Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training

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  1. 3m 55s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 39s
  2. 22m 54s
    1. Touring the Select Project window
      4m 45s
    2. Exploring bins
      4m 23s
    3. Customizing user settings
      3m 36s
    4. Setting up and organizing a project
      5m 57s
    5. Saving and backing up the project
      4m 13s
  3. 57m 27s
    1. Touring the Composer Monitor and the Timeline
      2m 29s
    2. Touring the Edit interface
      5m 6s
    3. Splicing shots
      7m 43s
    4. Splicing non-linearly
      2m 43s
    5. Overwriting shots
      4m 35s
    6. Removing shots using Extract and Lift
      4m 38s
    7. Using Segment mode (Extract/Splice) to switch shots
      6m 37s
    8. Using Segment mode (Lift/Overwrite) to move shots
      6m 31s
    9. Using Extract/Splice and Lift/Overwrite together
      3m 32s
    10. Manipulating the Timeline directly
      4m 34s
    11. Creating subclips and subsequences
      3m 48s
    12. Adding multiple video and audio tracks
      5m 11s
  4. 23m 28s
    1. Understanding trimming
      3m 19s
    2. Performing single-roller trims
      5m 15s
    3. Performing dual-roller trims
      3m 54s
    4. Using Ripple Trim and Overwrite Trim
      5m 4s
    5. Understanding sync
      3m 17s
    6. Solving sync problems
      2m 39s
  5. 54m 26s
    1. Navigating with JKL
      3m 26s
    2. Using navigation shortcuts
      4m 47s
    3. Using the Command palette
      6m 4s
    4. Customizing the Timeline
      4m 54s
    5. Using bin layouts
      3m 49s
    6. Using workspaces
      6m 41s
    7. Sorting and sifting clips
      5m 57s
    8. Using the Find tool
      5m 13s
    9. Using markers
      5m 54s
    10. Using PhraseFind
      3m 21s
    11. Using ScriptSync
      4m 20s
  6. 20m 42s
    1. Trimming with JKL
      4m 53s
    2. Performing Slip edits
      6m 1s
    3. Performing Slide edits
      5m 39s
    4. Performing Replace edits
      4m 9s
  7. 27m 17s
    1. Reading audio levels and pan
      5m 42s
    2. Using the audio mixer
      10m 1s
    3. Keyframing audio
      7m 6s
    4. Recording audio adjustments on the fly
      4m 28s
  8. 55m 1s
    1. Using Quick Transition effects
      4m 6s
    2. Using the Transition Manipulation tool
      3m 12s
    3. Using the Effects palette and the Effect Editor
      6m 1s
    4. Keyframing segment effects
      5m 30s
    5. Nesting and auto-nesting
      5m 54s
    6. Saving effect templates
      3m 23s
    7. Building basic composites using vertical effects
      4m 7s
    8. Using the picture-in-picture (PIP) effect
      5m 14s
    9. Using the Color effect
      4m 24s
    10. Creating basic motion effects
      6m 55s
    11. Using Timewarp
      6m 15s
  9. 11m 48s
    1. Understanding system performance
      6m 13s
    2. Rendering intelligently
      5m 35s
  10. 26m 44s
    1. Analyzing footage for problems
      2m 27s
    2. Using the Y-Waveform monitor to set whites and blacks
      7m 16s
    3. Using the RGB Parade to correct color casts
      5m 50s
    4. Using the Vectorscope to improve skin tones
      5m 34s
    5. Using auto color correction
      5m 37s
  11. 30m 10s
    1. Formatting and enhancing text using Avid Marquee
      5m 32s
    2. Using Marquee to apply shapes and gradients
      5m 18s
    3. Using title templates
      3m 45s
    4. Bringing the title into Media Composer
      3m 54s
    5. Revising the title
      2m 17s
    6. Creating rolling and crawling titles
      5m 14s
    7. Using AutoTitler
      4m 10s
  12. 32m 37s
    1. Importing files
      6m 47s
    2. Linking to files using AMA
      3m 36s
    3. Linking to hi-res stills
      5m 59s
    4. Using the Avid Marketplace
      2m 50s
    5. Using the Capture tool
      5m 19s
    6. Capturing footage
      3m 41s
    7. Batch capturing
      4m 25s
  13. 12m 58s
    1. Deleting material from the bin
      5m 29s
    2. Understanding the Media tool
      4m 46s
    3. Deleting unreferenced clips
      2m 43s
  14. 17m 35s
    1. Preparing your sequence for output
      5m 44s
    2. Performing a digital cut
      5m 26s
    3. Exporting your sequence as a file
      6m 25s
  15. 19m 2s
    1. Solving offline media
      6m 48s
    2. Re-linking media
      3m 0s
    3. Resetting Avid settings
      5m 9s
    4. Using the Avid Attic
      4m 5s
  16. 44s
    1. Additional resources
      44s

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