Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Organize clips in bins, part of Media Composer 8.7 Essential Training: 101.
- [Instructor] As you begin to work on more complex projects in Media Composer, it's quite likely you're going to need to create an organizational system, and I have one key piece of advice here, which is, that it's better to have the organizational system before you need it, than to create it at that moment that you've got, for example, a new untitled clip 27, or whatever it is that needs to be put somewhere. It's better to have that somewhere in front of you, it's much easier at the time than to remember where to put it. It's easy in Media Composer to create additional bins.
Here, I can click the New Bin button and let's just say we're dividing our content into scenes. We can have Scene One, and, in fact, I can press the keyboard shortcut which is Command + N, for new, or Control + N on Windows. So here, let's have a Scene Two, and let's have a Scene Three. I might even have a Voiceover bin. So, let's have a VO bin, as well. Lots of bins, and you can see from the information inside the project window that these files are very small.
So, there's no harm in having as many of these as you like. In fact, if you're working on a very, very large project, here's a nice little tip here, which is that, when a bin is closed, it's not using resources on the system. If you're working on a very large project with a lot of media, in addition to making it easier for you to stay organized, when you close a bin, you can see the icon changes in the project panel for open and closed bins, it actually reduces the drain on your system resources, which overall could have an impact on your playback performance and your experience of using Media Composer, generally.
So, do get into the habit of closing bins that you don't think you might need. It's easy to, also, organize bins into folders. So here, in the Fast menu in the project window, I can choose New Folder, and let's call this Media, and I'll put each of these Scene bins in. Let's pull that into here, and let's also have the Voiceover bin, as well. You can also put folders inside of folders. So, if I make a folder now, that I call Rejects, there we go, I can put that inside the Media folder, and I've now got a bit of an organizational system right inside my project.
If you delete a bin, which you can do just by selecting it and pressing delete, it'll go to the trash, and you can either go to the Fast menu, or, for that matter, you can right-click the menu as repeated, and you can choose Empty Trash. Before I do that, though, I want to draw your attention to something, which is, that right now I've got three Scene bins inside the Media folder, and I've got the Voiceover bin inside the trash. Take a look in particular, at this one. If I right-click, or go to the Fast menu, and choose Flat View, all of the folders will be hidden, and I'll just have all of the bins, whether or not they're in folders, displayed as a list.
However, notice that the Voiceover bin is not displayed, and that's because it's in the trash. So, I'll go back and turn off Flat View, and right-click, and I'll choose Empty Trash. Notice here, in the interface, that whenever you see an outline around a particular button, that's indicating what's going to happen if you press the Enter key, so, it's just good to notice, because it allows you to go a little bit faster through the interface, if you use the keyboard shortcut instead of clicking. So, I'll just say, "No, I do not want to empty the trash," and clean up my view.
We saw earlier on that, if we go into a bin with some media, we've got options to view these both as a list, or as thumbnails, or in fact, for that matter, in the Script View, where we can put in specific additional meta data. I use that view very often, just to give myself notes for things I need to do, but we can also duplicate clips in a project, and use those duplicates to meaningfully help with organizing ourselves. Just to demonstrate this, let me close this Climbing Media bin and go to our Selects bin instead.
It's a shorter list of clips, and I'm going to just duplicate one of these shots. Just double-click to open this up, first of all, and you can see this Matt Climbing shot is a guy climbing a wall, and I'm going to just add a mark to this clip. I'm clicking to set the play head, and I'm going to click Mark In. This is the beginning of the section that I'm interested in, in the shot. Now, I'm going to select the clip in the bin, and I'm going to go to Edit, and I'm going to choose Duplicate, and I want to draw your attention to the keyboard shortcut here, because I think keyboard shortcuts are very important, and Media Composer places a great deal of emphasis on using the keyboard, so do try to learn them as much as you can.
Generally, I use the menus, just to show how the application works. However, there are a couple of keyboard shortcuts I really encourage you to memorize, and this is one of them. Command + D, or Control + D on Windows, to duplicate, is one of those shortcuts that you'll probably going to find you use a lot. It's pretty handy for duplicating sequences, content, and I suppose you'll see why right now. I'm going to duplicate this clip, and in doing so, I create a new copy with the appended name Copy 01.
I'm going to move this into our Scene Two bin, just so we have a separate bin containing this item. If I double-click to open this, I'm going to see the contents in the Source Monitor, and I'm going to move the play head to a different location, and I'm going to add the In mark there. You can only have one In mark, and now it's moved over to the play head. Seems pretty tiny adjustment, doesn't it? But, take a look back at our original clip. I'm going to double-click, and notice that the In mark has not moved.
This is important, because it means that you can have multiple instances of a master clip, a source clip, with multiple references on it, multiple marks, and each instance is treated as separate item. Imagine you have 10, 20-minute, maybe a 40-minute video clip in which there are specific sections that you want to use. There is a way to create what's called a sub-clip, which we'll cover later on, where the clip contains just a piece of the media, but you might well want to just have multiple copies of a clip, perhaps because you've got one version in a bin which relates to the original batch of media from a camera, and another version in a bin that relates to a specific scene.
It's a pretty handy feature. However, there are two ways of creating a copy of a clip, and I'm going to be even more specific now. Just now, I created a duplicate by selecting the clip and going to the Edit menu and choosing Duplicate, or pressing Command + D. Now, I'm going to hold the Alt key, sometimes called the Option key in Mac OS, but I'm going to hold down the Alt key, and then I'm going to drag the same clip into our Scene Three bin. Notice right away, you can see, this new copy is not called Copy 01, it's not called copy anything.
In fact, it's more like a clone of the original clip. I'm going to double-click to open this, there's the In mark. And this time, just to make it visible, I'm going to click right on the end, and I'm going to add the In mark there, so pretty obvious change in the clip. If I look back at the original, and double-click to open it up, the In mark has changed. These two instances of the clip will change each other. So, again, it's another useful way of working. You can choose whether you create a separate independent duplicate, here it is, notice the In mark in it's position, or, the quantum-entangled copy of the media.
These two instances will update one another. Let's put the In mark here, double-click to open the other one, it's changed. You can use this distinction to help you organize yourself. However, notice that all three instances of this clip are all linking to the same media file. We're not duplicating any media, we're just duplicating the links to that media, and if you delete the media for one, you're deleting it for all of them. So, just for now, to clean things up I'm going to delete this clip in the Scene Two bin.
That's fine, I'll click OK. I'm going to do the same for the Scene Three bin, let's delete that. Notice that these clips are linked to their original media, rather than being imported into the Avid Media Files folder, and for that reason I do not have the option to delete the original media, too. So, I suppose, with linked media, it's a little bit safer. I'll say OK, let's close these extra bins, and I'm just going to select. I think I might just choose the entire folder.
Let's trash all of that, and empty the trash to clean things up.
- Setting up the editing environment
- Creating a new project
- Importing media
- Finding, organizing, and linking clips
- Building a sequence
- Editing and trimming
- Adding transitions
- Applying segment effects
- Combining effects
- Applying freeze frame and motion effects
- Creating titles
- Exporting video projects