Using Bins to Organize Your Clips

You can organize the clips and sequences in a project into bins, which are similar to folders. This creates a logical structure for your projects, making your source clips easier to manage.

Figure. Browser window showing bins for organizing clips.

Bins are unique to project files. Although they behave similarly to folders on your hard disk, bins are not actually connected to folders on your hard disk in any way. Changes you make to the contents of a bin, such as deleting, moving, and renaming clips or renaming the bin itself, have no effect on the original files or folders on disk where the media files are stored. If you delete a clip from a bin, its associated media file is not deleted from your scratch disk. Likewise, creating a new bin does not create a new folder on your disk.

Creating New Bins

You can create separate bins for different stages of your project or for different types of footage. For example, you can create bins for each location the footage was shot in, or you can create bins to separate your audio, video, and still image clips. You can organize bins hierarchically and open them in their own windows. You can even put bins inside other bins.

To add a new bin to a project
  1. In the Browser, click the project tab where you want to add a bin.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Choose File > New > Bin (or press Command-B).

    • Control-click in the Name column, then choose New Bin from the shortcut menu.

  3. Enter a name for the new bin.

    Figure. Browser window showing a name being entered for a bin.

You can also create bins by dragging a folder from your hard disk to the Browser.

To create a bin by dragging a folder from your hard disk
  1. In the Finder, select the folder you want to be a bin.

  2. Drag the folder from the Finder to the Browser.

As soon as you release the folder over the Browser, a bin with the same name as the folder is created in your project.

Note: Dragging folders and files from the Finder to the Browser creates bin and clip objects in your project file. However, unlike clips, which refer to media files on disk, bins do not refer to actual folders on disk.

Opening Bins in the Browser

There are several ways you can open a bin.

To open bins in icon or list view
Do one of the following:
  • Select the bin, then press Return or Enter.

  • Double-click a bin.

To reveal bin contents in list view
Do one of the following:
  • Press the Right Arrow key. Press the Right Arrow key again to select the first item in a bin. (Press the Left Arrow key to close a bin.)

  • Click the disclosure triangle to the left of the bin you want to open. Click it again to close the bin.

    Figure. Browser window showing a disclosure triangle next to a bin.

You must select a bin to navigate within it.

Opening Bins in a Separate Window or Tab

To preserve space on the screen or to avoid scrolling in the Browser, it’s useful to open a bin in its own window or tab.

To open a bin in its own window
  • Double-click the bin.

    Figure. Bin opened in its own window.
    Figure. Browser window showing a bin with an icon indicating it is open in its own window.
To close a bin that’s open in its own window
Do one of the following:
  • Control-click the bin’s tab, then choose Close Tab from the shortcut menu.

    Figure. Bin window showing a shortcut menu and Close Tab command.
  • Make sure the bin is the active window, then press Control-W.

  • Click the close button of the bin window.

For easy access to a bin, you can create a tab for it in the Browser.

To open a bin as a new tab in the Browser
  • Hold down the Option key while double-clicking a bin in the Browser.

If multiple Browser windows are open, the tab is created in the Browser window that contains the bin.

To turn a bin in its own window into a tab in the Browser
  1. Double-click a bin to open it in its own window.

  2. Drag the bin’s tab from the bin window to the top of any column heading in the Browser.

    Figure. Bin tab being dragged from its window to a column heading in the Browser.
    Figure. Browser window showing a new bin tab.
To close a bin’s tab
Do one of the following:
  • Control-click the tab, then choose Close Tab from the shortcut menu.

    Figure. Browser window showing a shortcut menu and Close Tab command.
  • Make sure the bin is the active (frontmost) tab, then press Control-W.

  • Drag the bin’s tab out of the Browser, then click the close button to close the bin’s window.

Moving Items Between Bins

As you work on your project, you often reorganize clips and move them into different bins. Moving clips within bins has no effect on the original files or folders on disk where the media files are stored.

To move items between bins in list view
Do one of the following:
  • Select the desired items, then drag them to a bin. (The bin can be open or closed.)

    Figure. Browser window showing items being dragged to a bin.
  • If the bin in which you want to move items has its own window, drag items to that bin’s window.

    Figure. Bin window showing an item being dragged into it.
To move an item to the top level of a project
  • Drag the item to the Name column heading.

    Figure. Browser window showing an item dragged to the Name column.

Note: If you move items between projects, the items are copied, not moved. There is no relationship between items in different projects.