Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Open a bin from another project, part of Media Composer 8.7 Essential Training: 110.
- [Narrator] It's easy to copy a bin file from one project folder to another, and to incorporate that in the project from then on. But you can also temporarily borrow a bin from another project, and let's take a look at the difference. I'm in our anesthesia project right now, and all the bins are closed, and I'm going to toggle over to our project on the desktop. Inside our projects folder, in addition to the anesthesia project folder, we've got one called borrow.
I'm going to expand that, and there are a couple of bins here we want access to. Now first of all, if we want to just copy a bin, let's take this FX TEMPLATES bin and move it into our current project. All we have to do is copy it, I'm going to right-click, and choose copy, and then go into our current project, which at the moment is tucked away here inside chapters, inside chapter three, anesthesia, and paste. I'm going to right-click and choose paste items, works the same on Windows and Mac OS. And now, if I go back into Media Composer, well, you can see right away, that bin has appeared.
I didn't even have to close and reopen the project. Media Composer's getting really good at this now. If you make changes to the storage drives, or even the drive that your project's stored on, it's getting pretty sharp at updating the project window. If I open this bin, you can see, there's nothing in it but an FX TEMPLATE that we'll work with later on. But how about borrowing a bin? So right now we've got a genuine separate copy of that bin file, and changes we make to this instance of the bin will not be applied to the original.
It's like making a copy of a Word document. You change one, it does not change the other. But in the fast menu, in the project panel, I just need to deselect first to get access to this, I've got the option to open a bin. And this is a little bit unusual as a name, because open bin, to me, kind of implies that we're going to open a file and access it and work with it within this project. And well, in a sense, we are, and in a sense, we're not. We've got the option here under the fast menu. Again, if things are deselected in the list here, notice if something is selected, the option goes away.
The options here now relate to the item I have selected. I'll just deselect again, and under the file menu, I have open bin, and you can see now, the keyboard shortcut for this is command + o, or control + o on Windows. So I'm going to choose open bin. And now I'm going to browse, so I'm going to go back to our project. I'm going to go into borrow, into this MC110_anesthesia project and here, this is the bin I want. Anesthesia raw audio.
I'm going to open that bin. When you open a bin from another project, as I mentioned, it's a live window into that project. This means, just to spell this out, if I select everything in this bin and delete it, which I'm not going to do, I will be deleting it for the other project. So if another editor says, "Hey, feel free, "you can take my effect templates, "you can take my sub clips," or any media, be very careful what you do with that bin.
Just to make it clear that you're not accessing a bin inside of this project folder, Media Composer places the borrowed bin in a folder called Other Bins in italics. And if you look at the name of the bin, I've just expanded this folder, you'll notice that it is also in italics, anesthesia raw audio. I want to get another one, so I'm going to right-click here in the project window and choose open bin. And I'm going to get raw video as well, and let's open that. So now I have two bins that are in italics that are borrowed from another project.
Now I want to take all of these clips and pull them into my own bin, so I'm going to choose a new bin, and I'm going to call this Sync Media, it will do. And now, I'm going to take a copy of these clips. If I drag straight from the anesthesia raw audio bin into this one, I've just moved them. And I really have, that is an empty bin now. And if I save it and close it and go into the other project, it's empty.
So I'm going to put these back, and instead I'm going to use a modifier key to take a copy. And just to illustrate why, if I select one of these clips and duplicate it, which is the obvious thing to do, I'm pressing command + d here, or this would be control + d on Windows. The clip name is appended with copy one. So although it is a copy of the clip that is independent of it, I now don't have exactly the same name, so I'm going to delete this, and delete my master clip and that's fine.
By the way, the reason this is only inviting me to delete the master clip and not also the media file is because these are linked media files and not ingested ones, so that's okay. Instead I'm going to select these clips. I'm going to hold alt before I click, and I'm going to drag over to the sync media bin. And now I've left the original clips where they were, and I've created a clone copy in my bin. I'm going to do the same in the raw video bin.
I'm pressing control or command + a to select all. Before I click, I'm holding alt. I'm still holding alt as I drag down into my sync media bin, and now I can release alt, and I've got perfect copies. If I were working on these copied clips in the same project between the bins, making changes to one would update the other. For example, if I added an in mark to one of these clips, it would pop up on its clone or its copy.
But because I'm working with borrowed bins that I'm going to close in a moment, and remember, you can't edit the contents of a closed bin, I don't have to worry about doing that. So I'm going to close these bins. I've got my sync media now, and in my other bins folder, I still have the borrowed bins, I can hit the delete key, and notice this time, instead of these bins going into the trash, which is what would would happen with any bin that is in your current project, instead, they just disappear.
And here's the second one, and it's gone. So that's how you can access the contents of bins in another project temporarily in Avid Media Composer.
- Importing and transcoding media
- Creating a group clip
- Syncing picture and sound clips
- Making quick edits such as stringouts
- Recutting a scene
- Creating subsequences
- Pacing a scene with Media Composer's trim tools
- Mixing sequence audio
- Working with high-res media
- Retiming video
- Nesting effects
- Keying video
- Animating titles and graphics
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Q: This course was updated on 10/13/2017. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover what’s new in Media Composer 8.7, 8.8, and 8.9.