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Chapter 4. Managing Clips > Organizing Clips in Folders

Organizing Clips in Folders

Premiere Elements allows you to manage clips in the project in much the same way that you manage files on your computer operating system. You can specify whether to list imported clips in the topmost level of the Media window’s organizational hierarchy or nested inside a folder. Naturally, you can move clips in and out of folders at any time. But although using clips and folders in Premiere Elements is analogous to moving files and folders in the Windows XP operating system, there are important differences.

To create a folder:

1.
In the Media window, click the Folder button (Figure 4.35).

Figure 4.35. In the Media window, click the Folder button.


A new folder appears in the Media window. By default, new folders are named Folder 01, Folder 02, and so on. However, the name is highlighted and ready to change.

2.
Enter a name for the folder (Figure 4.36).

Figure 4.36. Enter a name for the folder.


To view the contents of a folder:

  • Do either of the following:

    • In list view, click the triangle next to the folder icon to expand the folder and view its contents in outline form (Figure 4.37).

      Figure 4.37. In list view, click the triangle next to the folder icon to expand the folder and view its contents in outline form.


    • In list view or icon view, double-click the folder to open it and view its contents in the Media window’s main clip area (Figure 4.38).

      Figure 4.38. In list view or icon view, double-click the folder to open it and view its contents in the main clip area of the Media window.


To hide the contents of a folder:

  • Do either of the following:

    • In list view, click the triangle next to the folder icon so that the folder’s contents are hidden.

    • In list view or icon view, click the Exit Folder button above the main clip area (Figure 4.39). The button looks and works like the Up One Level button in Windows XP.

      Figure 4.39. In list view or icon view, click the folder navigation icon to navigate up one level in the folder hierarchy.


To move items into a folder:

1.
In list view or icon view, make sure the clips you want to move and the destination folder are both visible in the Media window’s main clip area.

2.
Select one or more items.

3.
Drag the selected items to another folder (Figure 4.40).

Figure 4.40. Dragging selected items into a folder...


The items are moved into the destination folder (Figure 4.41).

Figure 4.41. ...moves them into that folder.


To move items out of a folder in list view:

1.
Set the Media window to list view.

2.
Click the triangle next to a folder to expand the folder and view its contents.

3.
Select the items you want to remove from the folder.

4.
Drag the selected items down to an empty part of the main clip area (Figure 4.42).

Figure 4.42. When you drag items down to an empty part of the main clip area...


When you release the mouse, the selected items are moved out of the folder and placed one level up in the folder hierarchy (Figure 4.43).

Figure 4.43. ...the selected items are moved out of the folder and placed one level up in the folder hierarchy.


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