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Keeping Your Final Cut Pro Project Organized

written by: Shane Burley•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 3/5/2010

Organization is the key to a successful digital video editing project.

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    Stay Organized

    Editing programs like Final Cut Pro can appear cluttered and chaotic to new users. As you begin to work on larger products different types of video, photo, and music files will begin to pile up in your browser. Without proper organizational principles in the program you can easily lose footage or get confused when working on your project.

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    Bins

    The most important thing to do is to create Bins for every different type of file you are using. Bins are the folders in the Browser that you can place different types of files. Each project uses a different type of organizational system, but it is best to divide different types of footage you have shot into different Bins based of relevance and production dates. If you are using photos, stock footage, music, or sound effects, they should all have their own labeled bins. Once you begin editing you will be chopping your video clips into smaller subclips for creating sequences. Give each sequence its own Bin and then put each tiny subclip into its respective Bin so you know exactly where each subclip is being used. Likewise, make sure every video and audio clip is properly labeled and numbered for easy access.

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    Capture Folder

    The most important thing to do is to create Bins for every different type of file you are using. Bins are the folders in the Browser where you can place different types of files. Each project uses a different type of organizational system, but it is best to divide different types of footage you have shot into different Bins based on relevance and production dates. If you are using photos, stock footage, music, or sound effects, they should all have their own labeled bins. Once you begin editing you will be chopping your video clips into smaller subclips for creating sequences. Give each sequence its own Bin and then put each tiny subclip into its respective Bin so you know exactly where each subclip is being used. Likewise, make sure every video and audio clip is properly labeled and numbered for easy access.

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    Keep Up On It

    Organization is both one of the most important and most overlooked aspects of digital video editing. If you keep up on it every time you are doing anything on your project you should always stay in good shape.