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Sorting and organizing clips

From: Premiere Pro CS5 Essential Training

Video: Sorting and organizing clips

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.

Sorting and organizing clips

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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  1. 4m 1s
    1. Welcome
      55s
    2. What is Premiere Pro CS5?
      1m 41s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 25s
  2. 16m 44s
    1. The Premiere Pro workflow
      2m 21s
    2. Adding footage to the Timeline
      2m 19s
    3. Understanding timecode
      3m 3s
    4. Making basic edits
      5m 15s
    5. Getting familiar with the interface
      3m 46s
  3. 21m 59s
    1. Setting up a new project
      3m 48s
    2. Creating a new sequence
      5m 30s
    3. Capturing and ingesting footage
      2m 51s
    4. Importing files
      5m 23s
    5. Sorting and organizing clips
      4m 27s
  4. 33m 19s
    1. Making a rough cut
      4m 0s
    2. Making preliminary edits
      4m 55s
    3. Creating overlay and insert edits
      4m 16s
    4. Using video layers to add B-roll
      3m 47s
    5. Using ripple edits and ripple delete
      3m 1s
    6. Performing slip edits
      2m 54s
    7. Using the Razor tool
      3m 51s
    8. Moving edit points
      3m 47s
    9. Navigating efficiently in the Timeline
      2m 48s
  5. 28m 45s
    1. The job of an editor
      2m 59s
    2. When to cut
      5m 54s
    3. Avoiding bad edits
      6m 31s
    4. The pacing of edits
      3m 47s
    5. Using establishing shots
      2m 44s
    6. Using emotional cutaways
      2m 1s
    7. Fixing problems with cutaways
      2m 48s
    8. Matching action
      2m 1s
  6. 21m 38s
    1. Using markers
      3m 31s
    2. Replacing clips
      2m 36s
    3. Exporting a still frame
      1m 51s
    4. Creating alternate cuts
      1m 25s
    5. Rearranging clips in the Timeline
      2m 15s
    6. Targeting tracks
      2m 32s
    7. Disconnecting audio and video
      5m 0s
    8. Reconnecting offline media
      2m 28s
  7. 9m 46s
    1. Adjusting the rubber band
      3m 13s
    2. Adjusting clip position
      1m 21s
    3. Moving the anchor point
      2m 50s
    4. Adjusting clip size and rotation
      2m 22s
  8. 8m 15s
    1. Changing the speed of a clip
      1m 58s
    2. Using the Rate Stretch tool
      1m 57s
    3. Playing a clip backward
      4m 20s
  9. 10m 26s
    1. Understanding pixel aspect ratio
      5m 15s
    2. Understanding frame rates
      2m 15s
    3. About HD standards
      2m 56s
  10. 10m 32s
    1. Using layered Photoshop files
      2m 31s
    2. Animating clip position
      3m 33s
    3. Fading layers in and out
      4m 28s
  11. 12m 40s
    1. Applying transitions
      6m 2s
    2. Using transitions effectively
      4m 41s
    3. Setting up the default transition
      1m 57s
  12. 38m 31s
    1. The importance of ambient audio
      6m 35s
    2. Cutting video to music
      7m 38s
    3. Changing audio volume over time
      9m 55s
    4. Fixing audio problems
      9m 57s
    5. Censoring audio
      4m 26s
  13. 16m 25s
    1. Creating censored video
      5m 22s
    2. Creating a lens flare
      2m 20s
    3. Creating a logo bug
      3m 27s
    4. Creating background textures
      5m 16s
  14. 13m 23s
    1. Intro to compositing
      1m 11s
    2. Removing a green screen background
      9m 14s
    3. Compositing with blend modes
      2m 58s
  15. 22m 37s
    1. Adjusting white balance
      2m 24s
    2. Increasing contrast
      3m 5s
    3. Adjusting luminance
      4m 30s
    4. Creating cinematic color
      5m 21s
    5. Creating a vignette
      3m 12s
    6. Creating a day-for-night shot
      4m 5s
  16. 16m 5s
    1. Creating titles
      4m 55s
    2. Creating a lower third
      9m 12s
    3. Animating rolling credits
      1m 58s
  17. 14m 13s
    1. Exporting sequences from Premiere
      3m 57s
    2. Exporting with the Adobe Media Encoder
      2m 13s
    3. The most common formats and codecs
      4m 42s
    4. Exporting portions of a sequence
      1m 54s
    5. Rendering letterboxed footage
      1m 27s
  18. 6m 46s
    1. Examining the other apps that come with Premiere
      4m 25s
    2. Working with Final Cut Pro
      2m 21s
  19. 20s
    1. Goodbye
      20s

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