Creating Bins Avid Media Composer


If you are new to Avid Media Composer and
you are starting from scratch, I recommend the following workflow. When you open a new project, you will automatically
end up with one bin inside your project window. A bin is simply a container, and it’s where
you will store all your references to content. This transparent bin icon indicates that your
first bin is already open. Make it a habit of immediately renaming your
first bin to something called ‘sequences’. This bin will be critical, because it’s
where you will store all your hard work. Now, I’m jumping ahead a bit, but the work
that you do, will be stored in the form of a sequence, and you guessed it, your sequence
should be placed in your sequences bin. I also recommend that you create a few extra
bins for your content that you will use to put together your sequence. So for starters let’s create an audio bin,
and a video bin. Other examples of bins you may want to create
would be a bin for your graphics, titles, and special effects. Make this initial workflow a habit to help
stay organized. I’m jumping ahead again, because these bins
will eventually contain your organized content. Don’t worry, we’ll talk about importing
and ingesting your content in a later lesson. So, a quick side note: If you have a large project with many bins,
the bins can be placed inside folders. An easy way to create a folder is to right
click in the grey area of the project window and choose new folder from the contextual
menu. Then you can move your bins in or out of a
particular folder. Okay, after you’ve created your bins, you
can close the bins that you do not need immediate access to by clicking on the X in the upper
left corner of a bin window. A bin that has been closed is indicated by
a dark solid bin icon. One last note: The bin that contains your
sequence will always need to be open. Remember, this sequence represents your edited
work. If you close a bin that contains your sequence,
your sequence will close. You will then need to re-open the bin and
double click on the sequence icon to get your sequence back. So all that being said, you may end up with
a project window that looks something like this. Notice how I have a list of five different
bins. If you double click on a bin, the bin icon
will become transparent, and the bin will open. Each time I click on a bin, a new bin window
opens. Now, the Media Composer interface can quickly
become cluttered if you have too many bins open at the same time. Note that each bin has a tab in the upper
left corner. You can drag a bin tab into the top of another
bin. This essentially attaches multiple bins together. Then you can click through the individual
bin tabs to access your content. You can also click on this bin pull down menu
in the upper right corner to select a specific bin. If you need to detach a bin, just drag the
bin tab outside of the tabbed window. Then, if necessary you can re-attach it. Now, be careful when working with multi-bin
windows. If you close the window, it will close all
the attached bins contained within it. And finally, check out this tick If you select all your bins within the project
window, and right click on them, choose open selected bins in one window. Avid Media Composer will automatically attach
them all together for you. Okay, so now you should have the basics on
how tabbed bin windows work.