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Organizing Clips in Bins

Premiere Pro CS3 allows you to manage clips in the project in much the same way that you manage files on your computer operating system. The Project panel's clip area can list individual items, or you can create folderlike containers known as bins. You can specify whether to list imported clips in the topmost level of the Project panel's organizational hierarchy or nested inside a bin. You can move clips in and out of bins at any time.

To create a bin:

  1. In the Project panel, click the Bin button pj_bin_new.jpg (Figure 4.23).
    Figure 4.23

    Figure 4.23 In the Project panel, click the Bin button.

    A bin appears in the Project panel. By default, new bins are named Bin01, Bin02, and so on. However, the name is highlighted, ready for you to change it.
  2. Enter a name for the bin (Figure 4.24).
    Figure 4.24

    Figure 4.24 Enter a name for the bin.

To view the contents of a bin:

  • Do one of the following:
    • In list view, click the triangle next to the bin icon to expand the bin and view its contents in outline form (Figure 4.25).
      Figure 4.25

      Figure 4.25 In list view, clicking the triangle next to the bin icon expands the bin and lets you view its contents in outline form.

    • In list view or icon view, double-click the bin to open it and view its contents in a new floating window—see New Feature Alert in this chapter (Figure 4.26).
      Figure 4.26

      Figure 4.26 In list or icon view, double-click the bin to open it in a new floating window.

To hide the contents of a bin:

  • Do one of the following:
    • In list view, click the triangle next to the bin icon so that the bin's contents are hidden.
    • In list view or icon view, click the Exit Bin button pj_bin_exit.jpg above the main clip area (Figure 4.27). The button looks and works like the Up One Level button in Windows XP.
      Figure 4.27

      Figure 4.27 In list view or icon view, click the Exit Bin button.

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