Join Steve Grisetti for an in-depth discussion in this video Managing files in the Project Media panel, part of Sony Vegas Pro Essential Training.
Once you've captured downloaded or imported your assets into your biggest project and this one includes your video files, your audio files, your music files, you still photo's, and your graphics. These media files will appear in the Project Media panel in the upper left of the programs interface. However, if you got a lot of media files, sorting through them here, in the Project Media panel can be a real chore and be a real challenge. Now, a lot of times when I'm shooting or I'm putting together a movie I may have dozens of media files there in my Project Media panel. I did a wedding recently I had over a hundred in there, and to locate a specific one can be a bit of challenge. Fortunately, there are tools built right in to Vegas' Project Media panel for helping you manage a large number of files, be able to filter or to isolate or to search and locate quickly.
Exactly the clip or exactly the media file that you want. Now, the simplest way to do that is by type in here, the program does it automatically, it's fairly simple way here, to filter your media files. If I click on this, you can see it will show us only the audio files if we like, only the video and only the stills. It's a fairly basic way to filter through all the media files. But with a little housekeeping, you can manage the files, even more so. And specifically, create boxes or folders, in which you can put a group of media files that you're going to work on at a specific time. So, for instance, here, in our media bins, which work the same as folders or directories on a hard drive.
We can create little folders where we isolate or where we have just certain video files or media files. I have one here called Archie and Joseph. And his includes all of my video files that have Archie and Joseph in them. Creating a Media Bin is fairly simple. You just right click. And select the option to create a new bin. And you can not only create a bin, you can create a bin within a bin. So, here I've got Archie & Joseph and here I've got B rolls, to add your files to a media bin you simply go to all media here and just sort of drag them over, and drop them in the folder there.
And they're added then to that media bin. So, I can take all of the files, for instance, that have to do with the cutting of the cake at a wedding. Or all the files that have to do with the taking of the vows. Put them all into one media bin under one folder, and when I only want to see those media files, I simply click on or select that folder. And you can see I've created a couple of them here, and a couple of sub bins also. So that's one real easy way to isolate your files. You can also tag your files, and tagging your files means adding little keywords to help you search them, and I'll open up my tags, here.
You see I've created a number of tags. So, for instance, these are files I tagged with the word Beach. I've got some that I tagged with the word Close up, so I'm seeing files in, which there are Closeups of individuals. And here's my Non actor footage. Well, there's an actor in my Non actor footage. But to create these media tags, very, very simple. If your Media Tag Option panel isn't showing just go up here to the top of the Project Media panel and click on this Views button here on the right hand side. And select Media Tags, and they'll appear down here at the bottom.
So, all I need to do is go into my all media area and I can select Archie's pictures here, and I can tag it with his name. I can put Archie in here. And when I press the return, or the enter key, it tags that file, now any time I use that file on this project or on another project that media tag is going to be in there. There's nice little shortcuts built into the media taggers, so you can see we have control one, we have a short in here for sand castle. To create a shortcut you just right click on that area and select Edit Quick Tags.
And you create one here called the Sam ,for instance and now when I look at a media file for Sam. There he is. All I need to do is either click on this or simply press Ctrl+2. Boom. And he's tagged. Just like that. So, we have tags for helping us search through our media. And now I can locate all of my Non actor footage. All the things that I've tagged with Non actor footage. And again, you're doing a lot of this on your own but this is good housekeeping. This will make it much easier to sort through your media later on in your production or later on in your editing process.
Finally, there are Smart Bins, and Smart Bins are created automatically as you search your media files. And let's go to All Media here. If I right click, I can select the option to search through my Media Bins. And you can see there's a lot of criteria you can use for your search. All the way down to things like the Time Date Stamp on the video, the Pixel Aspect Ration, whether or not it has alpha. A lot of things you can search the most basic of course is by name. So, I can search for everything that has the word beach in its name and when I click search it not only locates all of the files here in my Project Media panel that have beach.
It automatically creates a little smart bin here. I'm going to hover, and just drag that over here. Here it is. Now, any time I want to recall all of the media files I've found in that search, it's as simple going to a smart bin and clicking on that. Finally one of the tools you are looking at here in our Project Media panel for managing our files. A lot of times when you are done editing , you've got a lot of junk in your project media bin. Take a look here. I can click on the Maximize button in the upper left corner and we can see we've got a lot of files in here. I'll close the Media Tags.
There we go. Got a lot of files in here. Now, after I'm done editing my video I've got a lot of extra files in here that I didn't use in my movie. It's a real nice tool in the upper left hand corner. It's a lightening bolt. If you click on that it will automatically remove all the files you didn't use in your movie. Now, I don't have anything on my timeline. Now, if I click on this, it's going to remove all the files out of my Project Media bin. But this is very nice when you are ready to archive your project and you only want to keep the media files here that you, you actually used in your movie, then this will isolate and show you only the files used in your media. This doesn't delete them from your hard drive, but it is going to take them out of your project so that only the relevant files are in there. Very, very nice.
When you're working on a major project, I'm telling you the number of files in your Project Media panel can get a bit overwhelming. But Vegas includes a number of great tools here, making it more manageable for doing good housekeeping, for controlloing and searchign and helping you to quickly locate exactly the media file or group of files that you want to use for a specific sequence.
- Setting up a new Vegas project
- Importing video from a camera
- Managing files in the Project Media panel
- Pre-applying stabilization
- Adding and trimming events on the Timeline
- Editing a multicamera scene
- Adding fade-ins, fade-outs, and cross-fade transitions
- Editing audio
- Using the Chroma Keyer effect
- Adding a rolling or scrolling title
- Creating animated effects
- Outputting your final video