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In Premiere Pro CS5 Essential Training, author Chad Perkins shows not only how to edit video with Premiere Pro, but he also explains how to use video to tell compelling stories. This course covers the Premiere Pro workflow from a high level, providing a background on how projects go from start to finish before diving into basic clip adjustments, such as color correcting scenes for more dramatic impact, applying transitions effectively, and slowing down and speeding up clip playback. The course includes creative techniques, such as making titles and removing a green screen background from a shot. Exercise files are included with the course.
So we have this project here with tons of clips of all different types in our Project panel. And it not sound like your mom, but this was the mess and needs to be cleaned up. So what we're going to do is we're going to talk about how to tidy up the Project panel. This is actually an extremely small project to compared what you will have. You probably, in the real world, will never have a project with this few clips. And realistically one of the editor's biggest jobs and I might have managed this before and I've probably mentioned it several times throughout this training series.
One of the editor's biggest jobs is to manage media, to be organized, and to know where certain files are at all times. And you can't very well do that with a mess like this in your Project panel. So the first thing we're going to do is actually hit the Tilde key on your keyboard. That's again a little squiggle above the Tab key. That's going to maximize this panel. So we really don't care about anything else for the time being. You see the Project panel actually gives us tons of information. We're actually not even seeing that. We have a scrollbar here and we could scroll down and see all the different things that we could have access to as far as knowledge goes about this clip, which is really cool.
And actually these columns right here are sortable. So if we want to sort by media duration, maybe we have a bunch of little small clips and we have one major clip, we can click on Media Duration and now all these clips are sorted based on their media duration. You also might notice that some of these clips have different frame rates, 23.976 here and 29.97 here, again another 23.976 here. So we might want to click on Frame Rate to sort by frame rate. Now typically I sort by the name. So I'm just going to click on name here, and if you want to change the name of something, say for example cool bird.
That's not very descriptive. So I might click on this clip and then it becomes a text field that I can type in. So I might type B-roll_bird. So the naming convention matches what else is going on here. And I can just click in some blank area of the Project panel to accept that. Now what we really need to do here is categorize what is happening in the Project panel. The way that we do that is by going down at the bottom of Project panel and clicking the folder icon. Folders in the Project panel in Premiere Pro are referred to as bins.
This goes back to verbiage from the old film days where they used to collect spools of film in big bins. So we have this folder here called Bin and I'm going to call this audio and hit Enter. And so what we could do now is go ahead and click on the clips that are just speakers. That means they are only audio and we have two here. I'm going to drag and drop into that folder and chad piano, drag and drop into that folder. Then I'm going to create another folder that is called video. Now you notice that I had this other audio folder selected when I created this new bin and so that's actually created a bin inside of a bin, which is totally acceptable, but not what we want here.
So I'm going to drag this to the left of audio and then it will be aligned here. And so I'm going to now grab my video clips and actually I could click one at the top and then Shift+Click this one here to select all those at once. Just drag-and-drop those into the Video bin and yummy doughnuts. Let's not forget about yummy, yummy doughnuts. Create a new bin that is Sequences and again drag that to the left and drag Sequence 01 and 02 in here.
Drag the sequences, and finally in this case we have images or graphics, what have you. It really is up to you how you sort/organize your footage. You might choose to organize your clips based on scenes or by actors or however you choose to do it. If you making a documentary, you might choose to do it by locations or whatever else is going on in your world that can help you. What I typically do when I'm creating projects is to do it like this, to categorize by the different type of media, audio, video, sequences, and images.
And now ladies and gentlemen, I truthfully recognize that this is not the most exciting topic in the world. I doubt that this movie for you was an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride, but the concept is very, very important when you are editing. When people are starting out and they are new, often this is one of the things that they want to just skip over and forget about. But this really is the key to being a good editor, is learning how to manage your media well.
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