About the Bin

The Bin is a hierarchical list of all of the items in each open project. You can also add files to the Bin for easy access at a later time. Files appear in the Bin alphabetically by project and hierarchically within each project.

Figure. Bin tab.

The items in the Bin are organized by project. In this hierarchy, projects contain media files, and media files contain clips.

Projects make up the top level of the hierarchy. You can view multiple projects at once.
Media files
Project markers
Media files
Audio and video source files
Markers (File Editor only)
If the source media file is used ten different times in the Timeline, it will have ten clips nested in the Bin.
To add a file to the Bin
Do one of the following:
  • Drag the file from the Finder to the Bin.

  • Drag the file from the Browser, Favorites, or Search tab to the Bin.

Viewing and Editing Projects in the Bin

The Bin can display the following categories of information:

  • Audio clip information: Looping, transposition, and so on
  • File information: Timecode, sample rate, file size, and so on
  • Timeline information: Duration, position, and so on
  • Metadata tags: Author, copyright, and so on
  • Music information: Beats, key, and so on
  • iXML information: Project, scene, take, tape, and so on
To control the display of information categories in the Bin
  • Choose a category from the Columns pop-up menu.

Searching Bin Information

You can search across all information displayed in the Bin. Matching text and numbers from any of the fields causes that item to appear in the list.

To search information categories in the Bin
  1. Click the Bin’s Search field.

  2. Enter the search text.

  3. Press Return.

Using the Shortcut Menu and the Media Pop-Up Menu in the Bin

You can use the shortcut menu and the Media pop-up menu in the Bin for a variety of tasks. One of the most common tasks involves removing unused items from a project. This simple step will keep the media associated with a project to a minimum. You can also rename clips, markers, and podcast region markers that you’ve selected in the Bin.

To use the shortcut menu or the Media pop-up menu to affect an entire project
  1. Select a project file in the Bin.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Control-click the item, then choose Remove Unused from the shortcut menu.

    • Choose Remove Unused from the Media pop-up menu.

To use the shortcut menu or the Media pop-up menu to affect an individual item in the Bin
  1. Select an item in the Bin.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Choose an option from the Media pop-up menu.

    • Control-click the item, then choose an option from the shortcut menu.

      The following are options available from the shortcut menu when you Control-click an item in the Bin:

      • Show in Timeline: Selects the corresponding clip in the Timeline.
      • Spot to Timeline: Spots the clip to the Timeline with the Spot to Timecode dialog.
      • Spot to Playhead: Spots the clip to the playhead position in the Timeline.
      • Open in Editor: Opens the file in the File Editor project view.
      • Reconnect: Allows you to locate and reconnect any offline files.
      • Rename: Selects the item in the Bin so that you can enter a new name.
      • Reveal in Browser: Selects the item in the Browser tab.
      • Show in Finder: Selects the item in the Finder.
      • Replace Selected Clips with: Replaces the clip with a clip of your choosing.

Bin Column Information

The following list describes the contents of the various Bin columns. Many Bin columns change their display style to match the settings of the dominant ruler (such as drop frame, non-drop frame, and so on). Much of this information can also be seen in the Details tab. For more information about the iXML metadata specification, see the iXML website at http://ixml.info.

  • Name: Displays the icon and name for the various objects (projects, files, clips, markers, and podcast marker regions).
  • Position: Displays the position of the object, in the dominant ruler setting. Displays values for projects, clips, markers, and podcasts. Some items do not have a position. Others do not always display a position. (For example, a multitrack document only shows the position when the Initial Timecode value in the Project tab has been changed from the default 0 value.)
  • Duration: Displays the duration information for projects, files, clips, markers, and podcasts.
  • Track name: Lists the current track name for audio clips.
  • Offset: Shows the slip offset value: the difference between the start of the original file and the start of the clip (using the dominant ruler setting). Clips that start from the beginning show 0; others have a positive time value.
  • Sample rate: Shows the native sample rate of the item, in Hz (projects, files, and clips).
  • Timecode: This is the embedded timecode of the file, if present (in the dominant ruler setting). Displays the initial timecode for items (projects, files, clips).
  • Channels: The number of channels in the item (files, clips)
  • Takes: The number of takes in the item (files, clips)
  • File size: The disk size of the item (projects, files)
  • Path: The path to the item on disk (projects, files)
  • Annotation: Displays annotation metadata (projects, files, clips).
  • Author: Displays author metadata (projects, files, clips).
  • Copyright: Displays copyright metadata (projects, files, clips).
  • Tempo: The tempo of the item, in beats per minute (projects, files, clips)
  • Time Signature: Displays time signature data (projects, files, clips).
  • Key: Displays the musical key of the item, being the letter (A, A#, B, and so on), or None (projects, files, clips).
  • Scale: Displays musical scale type (projects, files, clips).
  • Looping: Indicates a looping file with Yes or No (files, clips).
  • Beats: Displays the number of beats in the file (projects, files, clips).
  • Instrument: Displays instrument type, from Apple Loops tagged information (files, clips).
  • Genre: Displays genre name, from Apple Loops tagged information (files, clips).
  • Hint Quality: Displays the quantitative display of the amount of information saved in the file—keywords, beat information, and transients (files, clips).
  • Project: Displays iXML project data.
  • Scene: Displays iXML scene data.
  • Take: Displays iXML take data.
  • Tape: Displays iXML tape data.
  • Circled: Displays whether the take is marked as circled in the iXML metadata.
  • Ch. Index: Lists the channels as indicated by the iXML metadata.
  • Ch. Name: Lists the names of the channels indicated by the iXML metadata.
  • Note: Displays the contents of the iXML note field.