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Lesson 8. Browser Basics and Project Cus... > Organizing Project Elements

Organizing Project Elements

Thinking about your project and creating a specific organizational system for it can save hours of time during the editing process. How an editor organizes a project can vary according to the size of the project, whether other editors and assistants might be working on the same project, whether the project is based within a larger system or facility, and of course, personal preference. You have been working with footage from the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian film, A Thousand Roads. As an example of project organization, let's take a closer look at how this film's editor, Harry Miller III, organized his project.

Press Cmd-O to bring up the Choose A File window. From the Lessons folder, select Sample Project, and click Choose to open this project. This project has a lot of clips in it, so it may take a while to open.


If a Reconnect window appears, click Continue.

This project includes several bins that organize elements according to type, such as dramatic scenes, stock footage, narration, music, sound effects, and so on.

Click the disclosure triangles for the Edit and Backup bins to display their contents.

These bins contain the sequences for this project. Notice that each sequence name includes a date. Only the sequence with the most recent date is in the Edit bin. This would be used as the current sequence. The Backup bin contains all previous versions of sequences.

Hide the contents of the Edit and Backup bins. Then display the contents of the Scenes bin.

Most of the scenes have separate bins containing clips used in them. Single-digit scene numbers contain leading zeros. Without a leading zero—as in the Sc.06 bin—that bin would appear after the Sc.55 bin.

Display the contents of the Sc.06 bin.

The naming convention for these clips follows typical dramatic or narrative-type shows, using the scene and take numbers in the name.


Each of the clips in this project has a red line through it, indicating they are not linked to any media files. You will not be viewing any clips or sequences from this project, only examining its organizational structure.

Scroll down to see the Sc.36 bin.

This bin has a colored label that makes it easy to identify, just like the bin you labeled earlier in this lesson.

Close all the open bins, and look at the bottom of the list to see the bins whose names begin with an underscore.

If you want a bin to appear at the top of the alphabetized Name column, enter a space before the first letter of the name. If you want a bin to appear at the bottom of the list, such as in this project, use an underscore before the first letter.

To close this project, Ctrl-click the Sample Project project tab and choose Close Tab from the shortcut menu.



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