Organizing Projects in Avid Media Composer 5

Organizing projects in Avid Media Composer 5 does not have to be a difficult task. Avid Media Composer 5 allows users to easily organize clips and organize projects via Bins. Bins will have all the information on individual clips and clip sequences, allowing editors to quickly find clips and clip information. Organization is one of the most important parts of any editing project, and Bins makes it easier than ever.

Step 1: Organizing Projects with Bins

Individual clips are organized in Bins in Avid Media Composer 5, and these Bins can be accessed by going into the Project View. When users start a new project, they should click on the New Bin button in Project View and save all their clips in one Bin. This way, all the clips are located in one area.

The Bins are located on the left-hand side of the screen, and the default view is the Text view. For users that want more detailed views, they can also pull up sequences and sub-clips. Yet, most people that are looking to organize a project are mostly interested in master clips.

In the Text view, users will see a list of all the master clips with the name of the clip. While the default view will only show the name of the clip, users can also add additional columns by going down to the bottom of the Bin and clicking on the Columns button at the bottom. In this area, users can select what additional columns that they would like to see in that view.

Step 2: How to Open the Bins

To open up the Bins, go into Project View. At the bottom left-hand side of the screen, users will see a list of created Bins. They should click on the Bin of the clips that they'd like to work with (double-click it).

Step 3: Using the Bins to Organize Projects

Users can also change the view to Frame. To organize projects, this may be the most important view in the Bins. In this view, users can see thumbnails of all the clips in the Bin. These thumbnails will be the first frame of the clip.

Step 4: Changing the Thumbnail

If users want to change the thumbnail to something that better explains what the clip is about, click on the clip. Hit the spacebar key. Now, the clip should start playing. When the clip gets to a frame that better expresses what the clip is about, users can hit the spacebar again. Now, the new frame will now be the thumbnail.

Step 5: How to Use Frame View

What makes Frame view so useful is that users can see all the clips within a project. They can use these clips to make a mini-story board. Users just need to drag clips in place based on how they should show up in the completed video.

Further, users can add the Comment column. In this column, users can add information about the clip or even number the clip based on where it should show up in the timeline.

Now, if users wish to go back to the Text view, the Comments column will now show up. Users can even customize the Text view so that the clip thumbnails will also appear.