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Chapter 3. Managing Footage > Displaying Information in the Project Window

Displaying Information in the Project Window

The Project window (Figure 3.1) furnishes you with several ways to manage your footage and compositions. And icons provide an easy means of distinguishing between footage types. To make things even easier, the redesigned icons in version 5 look just like the ones on the desktop level of the system (Photoshop files even use a thumbnail of the image) (Figure 3.2). You can also view more detailed information about items in the Project window, organize items into folders, and sort items according to categories. Depending on your needs, you can rearrange, resize, hide, or reveal the categories. You can even create a custom category and custom color labels. And if you still need help locating an item, you can find it with After Effects 5's new Find button. There's also a button that lets you access a flowchart view of your project—but we'll save that explanation for later when it will make more sense (see Chapter 15.)

Figure 3.1. The Project window doesn't simply list items; it helps you identify, sort, and organize them.



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