Premiere Pro Guided Workflow: Organize Footage

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Mar 06, 2020 Mar 06, 2020

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Premiere Pro Guided Workflow: Organize Footage


Screen Shot 2022-04-19 at 9.15.27 PM.pngBins

Once you import footage into the Project panel, you can organize it by dragging clips into folder-looking things called bins. You can name each bin appropriately and drag the footage there. It doesn't take long before your project begins to take shape.


By the way, in your mind, it's OK to think of bins as folders, but call them bins in this context. I think it's cool to know the origin of the term "bin."


In the photo on the left, we see a film bin with trimmings of film awaiting assembly into the edit. Bins like this were the original tool for organizing film projects. Pictured is just one bin. Typically, a cutting room has more bins crowding the space.

Organization Basics

Organizing footage on your computer's hard drive before importing it into your project helps manage a video project even before you start cutting. Furthermore, having the same hierarchy for folders for your video project makes assets easy to locate, especially if they ever become disconnected (the terminology is "unlinked"). Consider placing your project file in a folder within this hierarchy. This action further organizes project assets.


To create a new bin, choose File > New > Bin. You can create a bin using keyboard shortcuts too. (WIN) Ctrl + / or (macOS) CMD  + /  Read the info in the user guide for more information on creating bins here.


For small projects, I create just a few bins, like the following:

  • Footage
  • Sequences
  • Audio
  • Graphics


The interesting is that, like folders, you can have bins located within bins. For example, perhaps you are making a travel video and have several locations you recorded. You could create a separate bin for each city or country in your footage bin, like this:


  • Footage
    • Italy
      • Rome
      • Venice
      • Florence
      • Naples


It is time well-spent organizing footage in this manner. Once you are in the throes of an editing session, you'll be glad to be able to find suitable clips quickly and easily.




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