Tips for Organizing Your Bins
Normally, when you double-click on a bin one of three things happen, depending on if you're holding a modifier key. It either opens it up as an ugly floating window, at which point you curse. You can hold down the Command key and it will open it in place, so it actually replaces the bin that you were in. It just kind of steps into it, and you can step back out of it with this button. Or if you hold down the Option or Alt key it opens it up as a separate tab. But the real killer is when you double-click on it, and it just opens up this ugly floating bin. So if you watched some of the other classes I've taught, you've probably learned this but this isn't a bad refresher. And for those who are new to the game, if you go to your preferences, under general. The default is open in a new window, which I hate. I don't want to always hold down a modifier, so you can choose whichever one works for you. I'm just doing open in place. Now, I can just double-click, be lazy, and it steps into the bin...
. So of course, with the bins by the way, you can look at them in two different views. You can look at them in an icon view, or you can look at them in a list view. And then you can look at them in icon view or a list view if you're really good at moving your mouse. Or you could hold the Shift key and use the backslash key, which is under Delete and above Return. And that will toggle you between a list view and an icon view which is really, really very nice. So that way I can see what all of my images are, or if I want to look for something based upon the type of image or the metadata. I can switch back and forth. And of course, you can sort things. It's easy to sort things in this view because you just click on whatever element you want and it sorts by that name or that time, and you're good to go. And actually, you can right-click and get into the metadata, and add and remove things you might not need. So I can go there and I can say, "You know what? "I don't need the audio info "because these are all silent clips." But wouldn't it be great if I knew exactly what the frame size was? Which I probably have here anyway, but okay. So this is the picture, so they tell me how big they are. So I'm gonna move that over here. So that's very convenient. If I am shifting, and backslashing, and going to this view I can still organize this because right down here is a little widget. And I can say, "You know what? "Organize this based upon if I've used it or not. "Do it by its name, do it by its duration." These are all five seconds so they're stills, but I can organize this however I want. And the trick is this little switch right there. So gonna go ahead and drag a couple of these clips in, they're selected. I'll just go ahead and hit the override key, period. It all came into the timeline five seconds in length. I have all of these. And again, we learned this earlier. Let's get rid of Colin. These pictures are all different sizes, right? If I look back at here, they're just photographs. And if I look at the list some of these are, where's my sizes, I moved it over. You know, some of these are by 3000, 7000 by 5000 panoramas. Some of these are huge, some of them are little, okay? My little Simpson thing of me. But when they come in it's all a one for one, okay? So what I can do, as we learned before, we can right-click. Select them all, right-click, and I go set to frame size. And now all of them will be scaled to the point that I see the entire image. So if the aspect ratio is not 16 by 9, which is the normal television aspect ratio, you'll see black bars on the top, letterboxing, so I see the whole image. Or you'll see pillarboxing, which is black bars on the side because most 35 millimeter frame sizes are four by three or three by two. But this way I can see the whole thing. And if I wanted to I could go ahead, click on this, go to my effects control panel. Make sure that it's selected, I had all of them selected so nothing came up. And I can scale this up a little bit so it touches the edge. Okay, and if I want I can also reposition that. I'll click the little icon there, bring that up a little bit, and life is good. Okay, so I can go ahead and do that. That's how I would probably work with a lot of images.