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Part 4 of 10

This is it – finally digging our nails into some footage!  Getting started with an edit generally starts with a plan – big or small.  This plan serves as our guide to build a solid video.  To follow that plan, however close or loose, it’s important to be organized.  Organized editors move faster by having a better understanding of the assets they have at their disposal.  

In large scale operations this is fast tracked by assistant editors scouring clips for the best takes and even pre-building scenes to later be refined by an editor.  Getting a good foundation in this process gives you the platform to launch to the next level.  Let’s see what we’ve got.

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Bin There Done That

Basic organization in any NLE starts at the bin level.  Think of bins like folders in Finder or Explorer windows, keeping content separated and easy to find.  Though a basic concept, bins can be powerful tools.  For our purposes, we’ll keep things simple. 

Double click a bin will open it into its own window.  There are a few layouts to choose from and they each have their strengths.  


Detailed view let’s you see all of a clip’s relevant info and provides space for logging footage.  Thumbnail view allows you to quickly glance at the contents of a clip, even letting you do a basic preview by dragging your cursor across a clip.  Freeform view is similar to thumbnail with the exception that you can freely drag clips into any order or grouping you like.  This is very helpful for starting the basic structure of an edit.


Timeline Stringouts


After sorting our footage based on the preliminary edit of our coffee promo, I’ll pull it into a new sequence to further refine the clips.  We’ll move through the clips adding edits around the parts we like best and remove trash clips or just clips that may not be the best takes. 

When working with a lot of footage, this process of pulling selects into selects sequences, known as stringouts, is very helpful for pairing down the amount video you have to work with before the actual edit gets underway.  Taking this a step further would be to “cherry pick” your selections by moving better takes up a layer or two in the timeline, like this:

Once finished, remove the gaps in the sequence by going to Sequence > Close Gap.  Now you have an easily scrubbable timeline of selects