Learn how to organize and categorize video and audio assets in the Premiere Pro environment. Rather than relying on pre-organized folders, you go through the process of setting up bins from scratch inside of Premiere, using sorting methods to achieve your goals. You also learn about the difference betyouen moving and copying clips.
- [Narrator] So far we've been dealing with importing media that's already been pre-organized into folders. Having your media pre-sorted like this is a really great way to hit the ground running in Premiere Pro. But what if the media isn't pre-organized? Let's simulate that situation and take a look at some of the ways that you may want to organize you clips inside of Premiere. Alright so I am again inside of my Topa Topa DEMO 2 project. I set this up from scratch earlier in this chapter so that we could practice various importing techniques. I've deleted everything from it so it's blank again and now I'm going to simulate a scenario where I have a whole bucket of media with no organization at all.
So to do that I'm going to head over to my media browser and find my exercise files folder and I'm going to go into media and here are all of my parent bins. Now again I don't want to bring these in. I want to simulate a situation where everything is grouped together. So I'm going to first come into Broll and I'll grab all of my Bar Broll shots. I'll just select them all by pressing Command + A or Control + A on a PC and we'll import those. And let's do the same thing for Brewery.
Command + A and right click and import and I'll grab my images as well and I don't think I'll grab all of my interviews but let's take the main ones. We'll do Casey. Import those. And Jack and Kyle and my music clips. Alright. Now by the way I have my Ingest settings turned off.
So I'm not creating new media here. I'm simply creating clips or pointer files that are referencing that media folder within my exercise files. As you can see here, there's really no organization to it yet, but we'll take care of that. I'm going to maximize by pressing tilde and let's take a look at some of the things we already know and then let's add to that. So we already know that we have various icons that attach to certain types of clips and we have label colors.
So for example we know these are audio only clips because of the icon and because of the green label. Another column of information that can be useful is media type. So I'm going to right click here on the tool bar and choose Metadata Display and then I'm going to choose media type here. Okay and as you can see we have audio, we have our movie files, we have still images, and right now everything is categorized alphabetically and that's because I'm sorting by name.
You can see this little triangle or caret and that's telling me that I have alphanumerically sorted these clips based on the name. If I click here you can see that now I have reversed alphanumerically sorted based on name. Okay so we'll go back here. You can also sort based on label color. So right now everything of a certain label is grouped together and that can be helpful and you can sort on media type which is basically the same thing as that. Alright so we'll use this to our advantage but let's first create some bins.
I'm going to press Command + B or Control + B on a PC and I'm going to call this Assets and that's where all of my Assets are going to go into. So I have this selected and I'm going to press Command + B again and let's do Broll and Command + B. We'll do Interviews and Images and Music. Okay so there are a couple of really easy ones off the bat and that's Music and Images.
So I know that all of my audio only clips are Music clips. So I can just grab those. They're currently sorted together. If I had different types of audio for example music and sound effects, I would have to break those out, but I only have music clips. So we'll bring those down and put them in my music folder and twirl that up and then I also have my still images which can be put in my Stills folder and I think I'm actually sorted by alphanumeric order on names so let's go ahead and sort by media type and Still Images can all go inside of my Images folder.
Alright so those were pretty easy. You can always create sub-bins by the way. If I just select my Images bin and then press Command + B or Control + B. Notice that I get a sub-bin that appears within Images and I'll call this Stock Images and so we'll put our Thinkstock images inside of there. Okay and so you can have bins inside of bins which I definitely recommend. But now let's go ahead and start organizing the rest of these Assets. So there are certainly various ways that I can comb through these and determine what's Broll and what's interviews.
So let's go through a couple of these. Now one very obvious way is to simply switch over to icon view and look at what's what and then put everything in the appropriate bin. So I'm going to open up my Interviews bin and my Broll bin and so these are floating windows now. Let's do interviews first and I'm going to just drag this over here so that we can take a look at everything in icon view. So I'll switch over to icon view and let's take a look at where our interview clips are and actually they are all here at the end.
So this is nice and easy. I can just click and then shift click and bring those all over to Interviews. Alright and so I think that means that the rest of this qualifies as Broll. Okay so I'll click and then shift click and I'll bring that over to Broll like so. Alright now we should have everything in a basic bin structure. I'll switch back over to list view and we have our Assets with our Broll and Images and Interviews and Music.
Now that everything is organized at a basic level it's time to really go through and watch everything. Okay, and then you can begin to organize everything a lot more granularly. We don't have time to go through everything right now but I definitely encourage you to do so on your own. But the last thing I want to cover is difference between moving and copying clips. So I will get more granular just on a very specific level right now and we'll do this with interviews. Alright so here I have my Casey and my Jack and my Kyle interviews.
And let's say that I want to create a master interviews bin where all of my interviews reside and then I also want to create a character specific bins. So let's set this up. I'm going to click on Interviews and press Command or Control + B and we'll do Casey and we'll do Jack and we'll do Kyle. Alright so I've already named these so it's very easy to sort and then just drag and drop, but instead of just moving them like so where they leave the main Interviews bin and instead just go into the Casey bin.
Let me undo that. Command + Z or Control + Z. Instead I want to copy them in. Alright so I'm going to click and then shift click to select a range and then press Command + C or Control + C on a PC and then I'll go to my Casey bin and press Command + V or Control + V on a PC. Let's go ahead and do the same thing for Kyle and Jack just so we can clean things up. We'll do Jack. Command + C and Command + V and we'll do Kyle as well.
Command + C and Command + V. Okay so here I have all of my interviews together. Here I have my character specific interviews and I want to point out that these are in fact different clips. So if I load casey_coffee ipa here and I'll just double click and right now I'm in my Assembly workspace so my Source monitor and my Program monitor are kind of in this one window. Just so you know, but let's just mark an in and an out right here and this is again in my Casey specific bin.
If I come down to this same clip within the Interviews bin. I'll just load this. You can see that there are no in and out points. This applies to things like deleting as well. So if I come up to this clip and press delete, notice that now it's gone from the Casey bin, but it's still here in the main Interview bin. Let me undo that. Command + Z. Alright so while I normally would not duplicate clips like this, copying and pasting them, having them live in various locations, sometimes that is a desirable workflow for some editors.
So just keep that in mind and understand that these clips are separate entities. Alright so you can continue sorting and categorizing your shots however you like. However it makes sense for you is the best way to do it, but bottom line spending more time on the front end organizing your media will certainly help you once you get rolling in the creative editing process.
This is the first part of a two-part series. The second installment explores more intermediate techniques.
- Touring the Premiere Pro interface
- Asset organization and project management
- Basic editing
- Trimming and refining
- Basic audio editing
- Working with stills and graphics
- Basic effects
- Manipulating clip speed
- Using automatic and basic color correction tools
- Working with titles
- Sharing and exporting