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Adobe Premiere Pro CC - Essentials Training

Mastering bins & the thumbnail view in Premiere Pro

Daniel Walter Scott

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Hey there, this video we're going to start mastering the bins. We're going to have separate bins, looking differently. We're going to show you little tricks, what these icons mean. Let's jump up and do it now, jump in, let's jump in instead. 

All right, the first thing I did was I cleaned up my Timeline. I was inserting and overriding, like a champ in the last one, tied it all up. What we're going to do is work on this Project Window. So bins, bins can be tricky. We're going to make them a little bit more better, more better to use. So Footage, I've got this one open, I've got cam-- I'm liking List View because it helps me personally, see all the structure, but there are times where actually it's better to have a separate bin, that's set to Thumbnail. 

Let's say I'm going to open up Cam A, double click 'Cam A'. It will open up in its own bin, its own, like window, so you can toggle this one and that one. There it is there, yours might be set to List View. So it depends on what you were doing before. So this original Project Window I'm keeping, and this List View, but in this other bin, Cam A, I'm going to say, you're actually better in Thumbnail view. 

The other thing you might do is you might not be able to see Bin A, depending on how big the name of your file is, it kind of, can push it over, so this little double arrow here can hide everything, because you can't see the Effects Panel anymore, this is the way to kind of jump through them. So let's master it, let's switch to bin-- A Cam. 

What I'm going to do is, remember from before, you can switch it by User Order, I like it Preferred by Name. So that it's in kind of some sort of alphanumeric. The other thing you can do is, your screen's going to be different from mine. So I'm going to kind of extend mine out until it gets to - can you see, they get bigger. - until it breaks into three, I find like that's a nice good size. I'm going to make this a little bit bigger so I can at least see that. 

Now I'm going to go to reset my Workspace. So workspaces that we did before is my Unicorn one, and Reset to Saved Layout. It's the next day of recording. I think, back sometimes I'm like, "Where did Unicorn come from?" You're a weirdo, Dan. Anyway, so we've saved-- oh, I hit 'Reset'. All right, open it up, it's in this, let's go back. Let's practice, practice together. Just so I can see the last names, now I've got it good, and I go to 'Workspaces' and I 'Save Changes to this Workspace'. So now if I mess it all up, I can go back. 'Window', 'Workspaces', now I can reset, ah, phew. 

So it's really kind of, you get, eventually get this like sweet spot off your monitor, and you're like, "Man, got a nice system going." So overall project, Cam A, you can do it for A Cam, B Cam, C Cam. Let's look into these little Thumbnails a little bit more because, can you see some of them are blue and some of them aren't. Basically this is showing me that the video, and the audio, because they're both blue are on the Timeline somewhere. This one isn't, watch it go blue when I add both of them there. You see, it's added to both of them. 

This is really handy when you're working on something, especially when it's not yours. When I'm working on my own stuff, I kind of have an idea, when I'm handed somebody's wedding, you're like, "Have I used this clip before?" "How many times have I used this thing?" Just handy to know what's been used and what's not. Takes a little bit of update. 

Other useful things you can do here, is, you can see, track is video, video you use because you can see it, and then audio is, if you can-- this one has audio, some of them don't. Remember, you can add video separately from audio. The other thing you can do, you can hover above it so, remember, just kind of like scrubbing back and forth. If you've got a really slow computer this never works, but for mine it's quite fast, and I'm just moving my mouse back and forth. 

Other thing you can do is click it once, not double click it, just hit 'Spacebar'. Can't really hear it but it is actually playing through. So you can actually kind of work out, because some of the shots would be like, what's the difference between-- they're all very clearly different ones, mainly because I've pre edited them for you just to give you a good sense of different shots, but you'll have lots of-- looks like the same thing, and you're like, "Which one is that?" 

You can hover above it, but you can actually click on it, and hit 'Spacebar', drag that Playhead, but it needs to be selected first, then you can drag it along, 'Spacebar' to play, 'Spacebar' to stop. Cool, huh? So you can kind of do some like previewing down here, and that's why this User Order is pretty, you know, can be useful, is you can actually drag this one up here, instead of alphabetically, stacking it, you can say, actually I want, actually I want this one to appear, but earlier on, you're just kind of doing some, like story boarding style in here. It's really helpful. It can be really cool to do inside the bin. 

All right, so remember you can open them up like audio, there's going to be no point having this as Thumbnail. So you can have this one as nice little lines, Cam A, B and C, we'll call B little Thumbnail, be open down here. All right, closing bins, and then we'll move on, Close Panel, to close that particular one. All right, that's it, let's jump into the next video.