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Chapter 4. Preparing Your Clips > Working with Bins

Working with Bins

Final Cut Pro's Browser bins are similar to the folders you use to organize your Mac desktop—with one crucial difference. When you make changes to the contents of a bin, such as moving, renaming, or deleting clips, the changes will not affect the disk files or the folders in which your source material is stored. If you delete a clip from the bin, it is not deleted from the disk. Creating a new bin does not create a corresponding folder on your hard drive. The bin exists only within your project file. (See “What Is Nondestructive Editing?” in Chapter 2 for more information.)

To add a new bin to a project:

1.
In the Browser window, Control-click an empty portion of the Name column (Figure 4.51).

Figure 4.51. Control-click to bring up the shortcut menu.


2.
Do one of the following:

  • From the shortcut menu, choose New Bin (Figure 4.52).

    Figure 4.52. Select New Bin from the shortcut menu.


  • Choose File > New > Bin.

What's That Little Doodad?

The tiny clapboard icon (Figure 4.53) indicates that the current bin is set as the log bin, the Browser bin where your offline clips will be stored when you are logging footage in the Log and Capture window. For details, see “Selecting a logging bin” in Chapter 3.

Figure 4.53. The current Log bin indicator is located at the left edge of the bin's Name column.



To open a bin and create a Browser tab for it:

1.
In the Browser window, double-click a bin name (Figure 4.54).

Figure 4.54. Double-click a bin name.


2.
In the newly opened Bin window, click and drag the tab from the bin header into the area above the Name column in the Browser window (Figure 4.55).

Figure 4.55. The bin opens as a new window; click and drag the tab to the Browser window.


The bin will appear as a tab in the Browser window (Figure 4.56).

Figure 4.56. The bin is now accessible from its own tab in the Browser window.


To move items between bins in List view:

1.
Drag the items you want to move onto your selected bin (Figure 4.57).

Figure 4.57. Drag selected items to a different bin.


2.
Release the mouse button and drop the items into the bin (Figure 4.58).

Figure 4.58. Release the mouse over the folder icon of the destination bin.


Tip

  • To move any item to the top level of a project, drag the item to the Name column header in the Browser window.


To make a copy of a Browser item:

1.
Hold down the Option key as you drag the item you want to copy (Figure 4.59).

Figure 4.59. Hold down the Option key as you drag an item to copy it to its new location.


2.
In the new location, release the mouse button.

The item is copied and appears in both locations (Figure 4.60).

Figure 4.60. The item is copied and appears in both locations.


To remove a Browser item from a project:

1.
Select the item.

2.
Press Delete.

Or do this:

1.
Control-click the item you want to delete.

2.
From the shortcut menu, choose Cut (Figure 4.61).

Figure 4.61. Control-click the item you want to delete; then choose Cut from the shortcut menu.


To modify clip properties in the Browser:

1.
Control-click the clip you want to modify.

2.
From the shortcut menu, choose Item Properties (Figure 4.62).

Figure 4.62. Control-clicking an item is the quickest way to access the Item Properties window.


To make changes to multiple Browser items or entries:

1.
Command-click to select the items or entries you want to modify (Figure 4.63).

Figure 4.63. Command-click to select multiple items to modify.


2.
Control-click one of the selected items.

3.
From the shortcut menu, specify the change you want to make (Figure 4.64).

Figure 4.64. Specify the change you want to make in the shortcut.


To rename clips, sequences, and bins:

1.
Click the icon of the item you want to rename (Figure 4.65).

Figure 4.65. Click to select the item you want to rename.


2.
Click again on the item's name.

3.
Type a new name (Figure 4.66).

Figure 4.66. Click again on the item's name to open the field; then type a new name.


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