Premiere Pro CC 101 Part 5: Organization

A new Premiere Pro CC 101 tutorial from Kevin P. McAuliffe

By Kevin P. McAuliffe

People always want to get right to editing; they don’t put much thought into the organization of a project. Reason being is that most editors, these days, aren’t assistant editors before they are editors. I was an assistant first, so organization was hammered into my head right from day one, and being an assistant at The Discovery Channel Canada meant you had to be at the top of your game.

Now, at the end of the last article, I mentioned putting clips in your bins, and basically just getting started. But I wanted to go a little more in-depth into bins before we actually start editing. In Premiere Pro, you organize yourself with bins. Some people may refer to them as folders (which is what they look like), but when you go looking for a place to keep your clips, bins are what you are looking for

One thing I tell new editors all the time is that, in most cases, your projects can be divided into four main bins” “Sequences,” “Audio,” “Clips,” and “Graphics.” Every clip you ever import into your project can be divided up into one of those folders.

Using this layout will insure your edits go as smoothly as possible.

Once you have these four main bins, you can make sub-bins for things like “Voice Overs,” “Music,” and “SFX” inside of the “Audio” bin, and so on. What I also like to do is to add a space in front of the bin that I always want to appear at the top of my project window. This way when I sort, a “space” always ranks higher than any number or letter, so it always appears at the top! A great way to always have quick access to things like your sequences bin, which is the bin you will be going to first thing, when you launch your project.

Okay, we’re now ready to import these clips and start editing.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe is one of the Senior Editors at Extreme Reach in Toronto, Canada. His current clients include Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, and E1 Entertainment, to name a few.

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