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Video Clips Out of Control? How to Get Organized in Premiere Pro CS3

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Clean up in Premiere Pro 3 with this step-by-step guide to managing your video clips using the Project panel.
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All the files you intend to use in your project—video clips, audio clips, still pictures, and synthetic media such as leaders and mattes—are always found in the Project panel. The more complex the project, the lengthier and more unwieldy the Project panel list becomes. Fortunately, the Project panel includes features that help you keep your clips organized and easy to find.

In this chapter, you'll learn how to perform media-management tasks, such as specifying how Premiere Elements interprets a clip's inherent attributes and reuniting an offline clip with its previously missing source file. You'll also learn how to use the Project Manager to do a little project housekeeping, which includes assembling assets in one location and trimming them down to only the footage critical to the project.

Working with the Project Panel

The Project panel is the receptacle for all the clips you intend to use. So you can work efficiently, it's vital that the clips are organized, easy to find, and easy to evaluate. Premiere Pro CS3's Project panel helps you achieve these goals (Figure 4.1).

Figure 4.1

Figure 4.1 The Project panel helps you organize, find, and evaluate your clips. You can specify how you want the Project panel to depict clips; this is just one set of options.

To assist you in changing the view options or accessing common commands quickly, several buttons are conveniently located at the bottom of the Project panel. As in all the primary panels, you can also access commands associated with the panel from an integrated menu named after the panel—in this case, the Project panel menu, which is sometimes referred to as a fly-out or wingtip menu.

There is also a preview area, which displays vital information about selected bins, sequences, and clips, as well as a sample image. You can even play movie and audio files in the preview area. In addition, you can choose any frame of a movie clip to represent the clip in the Project panel views.

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