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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.
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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