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Chapter 3. Managing Footage

Chapter 3. Managing Footage

As you saw in the previous chapter, the Project window is basically a list of all your footage and compositions. The more complex the project, the lengthier and more unwieldy this list becomes. As the receptacle of this essential information, the Project window can resemble either a cluttered junk drawer or a neat filing cabinet; a cardboard box filled with books, or the Library of Congress. In this chapter, you will learn how the Project window helps you organize and sort the items it contains. In addition, you'll learn other aspects of asset management—such as how to replace missing footage, and how to use placeholders and proxies to temporarily stand in for footage items. As always, taking a little time to prepare will save you a lot of time in the long run.

This chapter also introduces you to the Footage window, which not only lets you see your footage, but really scrutinize it. At first, the number of controls may seem like more than the Footage window needs. But because all of the Footage window controls can also be found in the Composition and Layer windows, learning these controls now goes a long way.


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