Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Create custom bin views, part of Media Composer 8.7 Essential Training: 101.
- [Instructor] As we have seen already, bins display quite a lot of information about our clips, particularly when we're in this list view. If I resize this Climbing Media bin, we can see there's a navigator along the bottom, and I can drag along here, and I can see lots of information about my clips. I can also double-click on any of these headings to view clips in sorted order. So I can double-click on duration, and now I'm seeing these clips in high-to-low duration.
Double-click again, and I'm reversing the sorting. You can also right-click and choose Sort on Column, Ascending and Descending. Interestingly, there's also an option to specify more than one column for sorting. So, if I use the command key or control in Windows to select multiple columns, I can right-click and choose Sort on Column, Ascending, and both columns are used for the sorting order. It doesn't make all that much sense here with Duration and Creation Date, but I think, you can see here, that we've got all of these clips at four o'clock and seven minutes and nine seconds grouped together, followed by these items in duration order.
This pretty useful when you need it. It's one of those things that you'll remember at some point that you can, indeed, search with more than one heading. At the bottom of the bin, you will notice there's a bin view menu, and there are a few options already here. There's Basic, Capture, Custom, Format and so on. I'm going to start with the Basic view, which doesn't have too many headings. In fact, the navigator's gone altogether, and if I want to, I can right-click at the top and choose Choose Columns.
This gives you access to the full list of metadata information available for your clips. And let's say, for example, I'm going to choose to add, over there, Offline, and maybe I'll do the Master clip duration, and maybe I'll get the frames per second, and the Format, and I'll click OK. Now, I've got lots more information about my clips, and I might not want all of this information available all of the time.
So I'm going to click on the bin view menu, and I'm going to choose Save As, and let's call this Quick Info so it's easy to find. Its outline is around the OK button, so I'm going to press Enter, and I've now added a bin view. Maybe I'd also like a really empty bin view, So I'm going to go back to my Basic, and I'm going to select this duration heading, I'm going to hit the Delete key, let's get rid of Tracks, let's get rid of Video. Now, let's keep the Comments. I think, let's remove the Start and End.
Let's just have the Name and the Comments. And maybe now, I'd like to add a Star Rating. Just a free-text entry column that I can use to rate my clips. So, I'm going to right-click, and I'm going to choose Add Custom Column. Now, I'm going to put in a Star Rating, OK? And maybe I'll just put some asterisks in here. It's a five-start show, that's three, that's two, one, four, and maybe another four-star.
Now, I'm going this randomly, of course. You would do this by actually looking at your clips and deciding whether you want to use them or not. Now, I can double-click on the Star Rating heading to view clips in that order, and I can use that as a search criteria. Now, let's go down here and save this as a bin view, and I'll call this Simple. OK, so I've got the existing bin views, I've got Basic, and I've got Simple. If you want to remove any of these bin views, you'll find them in your Settings list.
I'll just resize the project window a little bit here, and here they are. There's our Simple view, and here's our Basic view. Inside the Settings list, if you want to, you can double-click to open these up, and you can modify the columns that are included. Let's just add a whole bunch of these on here. OK, now I'm going to go to my Basic, and it's not so Basic after all. I've got a lot of information, and you'll notice that there's actually nothing under these headings. And that's because, just because it's possible to add metadata for a piece of media, it doesn't necessarily mean that the metadata has been added.
So, you will find there's quite a lot of blank space when you're working with metadata on clips. Let's go back to our Simple view. Over in the Settings list, you'll notice that you can't select a bin view. See, I've got a warning here. This type of setting cannot be activated. It's only on the list in order for you to access it by double-clicking, or, for you to right-click and choose Restore to Default, or, for that matter to Duplicate it or Delete it and Open it. If I restore this to the default, I've got the option to create a copy.
Before I do that, I'm just going to say no, Restore, notice the outline around this, and now, if I go back to my Basic view, I've got the original version. Remember, earlier, I removed a heading by selecting and hitting Delete or Backspace, and that's absolutely fine if it's a heading that's originally part of the metadata schema, or the set of metadata headings that Media Composer supports. Let me go to our Simple bin view and select the Star Rating heading, and then hit Delete.
You'll notice that we get a warning message, and that warning is saying just hold on a second because this is not part of the normal set of metadata values we store. If we remove it, we are also going to lose the data the we've entered. Well, that's fine by me for this particular heading. I'm going to click OK, and it's gone. I can also remove these additional bin views by going to the Settings list, selecting the item, and hitting Delete. And let's also get rid of our Basic view.
When you're first starting out with Media Composer, I don't think these bin views seem all that important. You want to get editing, and you'd want to look at your media and make some choices about it. But, again, when you're working with much more complex projects, you're going to find these extremely useful. And my rule of thumb is, I suppose, a little bit like my rule of thumb for keyboard shortcuts. If you have to do anything more than five times, make a keyboard shortcut for it, and if you find yourself browsing around looking for a particular kind of information in a bin, then create a bin view to make it easier to access.
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