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Chapter 14. Managing Large Projects > Organizing a Large Project

Organizing a Large Project

When you are working with a project that contains many scenes and edits, it's very efficient to break these different areas of your project into smaller sequences that you marry at the end for your final output (see Appendix B, “Output Options: Videotape, DVDs, and the Web”). If your project is extremely large, you might even consider breaking it into more than one project file. This might be desirable because the more complex a project file gets, the larger it becomes, and the more likely your computer's response time will slow down. It's also easier to navigate to fewer media files for use in a given area or set of areas of your total project. The less you need to scroll through your project file, the more efficient the editing process becomes.

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Large, complex projects can really benefit from using an additional computer display. My own system includes two Cinema Displays and another, smaller display next to them. The reason is that, with a small display or only one display, you waste a lot of time maximizing the Browser to find things quicker, and then you might have to minimize it just to do each edit. As you've begun to see as you are working with this book, if you don't have a large display area (the screen captures were done on a 22-inch Cinema Display), a larger display would come in handy. A separate display just for the Browser would be even better. Another advantage of creating more workspace in this manner is a larger Timeline window. Over a period of months of working with an ever-growing sequence or set of sequences, your work can become very tiresome if your Timeline window is small. This problem becomes even more exacerbated if your sequence contains multiple layers of audio and video. I find it easier and more efficient to work with multiple monitors for these reasons. It's also common to work with other applications at the same time, such as LiveType, so having more screen space becomes even more of a necessity. Other applications that contain many layered Timelines, such as After Effects, can benefit enormously as well.



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