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Selecting Settings, Adjusting Preferences, and Managing Assets in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5

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This excerpt from Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 Classroom in a Book shows you how to manage your assets from within the Project panel and delve into the Adobe Media Browser, a full-scale asset browser that works with all the media types you may need to import into Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.

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Managing media in bins

The Project panel provides a means of accessing and organizing your assets—video clips, audio files, still images, graphics, and sequences. Each listed media asset is a link. The files themselves remain in their file folders, while the assets are stored in bins. Bins behave like folders as a way to organize and categorize your assets visually within Adobe Premiere Pro.

Importing and logically arranging your assets in the Project panel is simple. You can create new bins as well as bins inside bins.

In this exercise, you will check out some of the Project panel options and then rearrange the clips you have been working with. If you need to start fresh, open Project 02-02.prproj.

  1. Click the Icon View button in the lower-left corner of the Project panel.

    That changes the Project panel display from a list to thumbnails and icons.

  2. Expand the Project panel by dragging its right edge to the right so you can see all the items.
  3. Click Medieval_Axe.mp3 to select it, and then click the Play-Stop Toggle button on the thumbnail viewer.

    You can click any other asset and play it. The Play-Stop Toggle button will be unavailable (dimmed) for still images and graphics.

  4. Click Medieval_Hero_01.mpeg, and drag the slider under the thumbnail viewer a few seconds into the clip.
  5. Click the Poster Frame button next to the preview to create a new thumbnail image for that clip.
  6. Click the New Bin button located near the bottom of the project panel to create a new file folder.

    The new bin appears in the Project panel with its default name—Bin 01.

  7. Change its name from Bin 01 to audio, and press Enter (Windows) or Return (Mac OS).
  8. Create another bin, and name it stills.
  9. Drag the audio clip to the audio bin thumbnail.
  10. Drag the JPEG still and the Illustrator file to the new stills bin.
  11. Return to List view (click the List View button to the left of the Icon View button).
  12. Click somewhere in the Project panel to deselect any bin that might be selected.
  13. Click the New Bin button to create a new bin. Name it sequences.
  14. Open the movie_logo bin, and drag the movie_logo sequence to the sequences bin.
  15. Create one more bin named movies, and drag the movie files to that bin.
  16. Click somewhere in the Project panel to deselect any bin that might be selected.
  17. Drag Sequence 01 to the sequences bin as well.
  18. Click Name at the top of the file link list in the Project panel twice to put all the asset links and bins in alphabetical order.

    Your Project panel should appear as shown here. If your bins aren’t collapsed as in this figure, click the expand/collapse icon to the left of the bin name.

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