Premiere Pro Guru: Organizing Assets
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Bins are one of the fundamental organizational tools inside Premiere Pro and, in fact, most non-linear editors. They're so fundamental that we've been working with them already even though we're just now getting to the real movie about bins. One quick note before we start, which is you might think, why are they called bins and not folders? They seem to behave exactly the same. And the reason is because in the days of film, the bin is what you called the container where you kept the film strips. So it's one of those instances where the old language has been carried over.
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  1. 2m 27s
    1. Welcome
      38s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      45s
    3. How to use the exercise files
      19s
    4. Organization: What works best for you
      45s
  2. 10m 13s
    1. The benefits of organizing assets
      57s
    2. Updates to modern workflows
      2m 20s
    3. Organizing assets in and out of Adobe Premiere Pro
      1m 47s
    4. The Common Media folder
      5m 9s
  3. 37m 49s
    1. Determining the best import method for your workflow
      1m 49s
    2. The Metalogging workspace
      2m 43s
    3. Using the Media Browser
      3m 59s
    4. Importing footage from a drive
      3m 42s
    5. Importing photos and graphics
      2m 38s
    6. Importing layered Photoshop files
      4m 10s
    7. Importing audio files
      2m 21s
    8. Importing bins with a CSV file
      4m 37s
    9. Browsing and importing Premiere Pro projects
      3m 32s
    10. Importing Final Cut Pro and Avid projects
      6m 41s
    11. Useful keyboard shortcuts for import
      1m 37s
  4. 23m 55s
    1. When to use Bridge
      1m 41s
    2. Creating a collection in Bridge
      3m 27s
    3. Batch renaming in Bridge
      2m 30s
    4. When to use Prelude
      3m 47s
    5. Performing a verified card transfer with Prelude
      6m 32s
    6. Transcoding media with Prelude
      2m 11s
    7. Copying to multiple drives with Prelude
      1m 49s
    8. Moving clips from Prelude to Premiere Pro
      1m 58s
  5. 49m 48s
    1. Essential preferences related to media management
      3m 34s
    2. Logging and pre-editing
      2m 9s
    3. Understanding the Project panel
      4m 51s
    4. Adding metadata in the Project panel
      3m 55s
    5. Sorting and sifting through clips
      3m 29s
    6. Organizing media with labels
      1m 15s
    7. Selecting a label group
      1m 13s
    8. Working with bins
      4m 20s
    9. Clip markers
      4m 28s
    10. Sequence markers
      2m 36s
    11. Marker shortcuts
      1m 52s
    12. Workarounds with markers
      1m 40s
    13. Using the Find command
      3m 7s
    14. Using filters
      2m 2s
    15. Using subclips
      3m 15s
    16. Choosing markers vs. subclips
      1m 41s
    17. Customizing columns
      2m 11s
    18. Useful keyboard shortcuts for organizing and logging
      2m 10s
  6. 10m 55s
    1. Adding markers with Prelude
      6m 1s
    2. Subclipping with Prelude
      1m 49s
    3. Rough cutting with Prelude
      3m 5s
  7. 15m 44s
    1. Understanding metadata
      2m 40s
    2. The Metadata panel
      3m 56s
    3. Customizing headings and displays
      3m 39s
    4. Metadata schema
      1m 57s
    5. The Timecode panel
      1m 33s
    6. Speech analysis
      1m 59s
  8. 33s
    1. Wrapping up
      33s

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2h 31m Intermediate Nov 04, 2013

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Organization is key to a successful post-production workflow. This course picks up where the end of your shoot leaves off and before editing begins—when you need to import, organize, and log your footage. Jason Osder shows how to import all different types of assets, from stills to soundtracks, and how to sort and annotate your footage in Adobe Premiere Pro. Plus, learn a few tricks involving Bridge and Prelude (like batch renaming) that will cut your logging time in half.

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Topics include:
  • Using the Media Browser and Metalogging workspace
  • Importing from a drive
  • Importing bins with a CSV file
  • Batch renaming in Bridge
  • Logging and pre-editing footage
  • Using clip makers
  • Working with metadata
Subject:
Video
Software:
Premiere Pro
Author:
Jason Osder

Working with bins

Bins are one of the fundamental organizational tools inside Premiere Pro and, in fact, most non-linear editors. They're so fundamental that we've been working with them already even though we're just now getting to the real movie about bins. One quick note before we start, which is you might think, why are they called bins and not folders? They seem to behave exactly the same. And the reason is because in the days of film, the bin is what you called the container where you kept the film strips. So it's one of those instances where the old language has been carried over.

They're just called bins inside the non-linear editor. Let's take a look at everything you can do with bins. I'm still in my project panel here, which is where bins exist. And I've already done a lot of organizational work using labels, adding metadata and sorting by metadata. Now, what I want to do is organize further by creating some specific bins and then moving types of footage into them so it's easier to find. There's lots of ways to make a bin including the button down on the right, the menu > New > Bin.

Keyboard shortcut. But, I really like the contextual menu. I go right to where I want to be, right click and say New Bin. We give it a name, in this case it's going to be b-roll. And then if we want, we move it inside another bin where we want it to be. So that's important if you don't know that already, that bins can go inside of bins. So I want to put b-roll inside of footage, and then I want to start moving my b-roll into the b-roll bin. However, this is going to be easy because I've already entered metadata and I know how to sort and sift. So now I've sorted by the description. I scroll down and I can easily grab all of my b-roll, and by the way, you'll notice that everything is named b-roll, but some items have an extra designation for the framing. That's fine. That's exactly what good organization is all about. There's different levels of information and you want to be able to access all of it when you want to. I don't need a bin for b-roll close-ups. I just need a bin for b-roll. And then I'll still have this information in the description. I move that down there, and now you see that within Footage, I have b-roll that can be opened and closed separately. Now, I would likely go through and make a couple other bins for interview and observational shots, and probably one for animation. I'm not going to waste your time going through all that right now. I just want to show you the power of this, once it's complete. Remember that all of your sorting takes place inside the bin. So now, if we again sort by Log Note, we have all of our good audio. In fact, both good audio and audio issues within b-roll and it all sorts to the top. You can see again how these different layers of organization actually work together. A couple other things about bins just so you know, when you drag a folder from the finder Into the project, meaning the project panel. It automatically creates a new bin. Now, that's again, one of those things. It's just called a folder outside the program, and a bin inside the program, and when you drag a whole folder in, it automatically becomes a bin. Bins themselves can be labeled, which means color-coded, just like clips. For me, and my organization, I think bins are one of the most important tools. They're just so straightforward, they're exactly what they sound and look like, just containers to put things in. And what could be more organizational than that? I do want to add how much this is becoming cumulative. The power of bins is really a lot when you have good metadata. When you start working with labels in bins, things get even more powerful. Do you see how it's never one technique, but a combination of techniques that leads to great organization?

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