This is a review of the project organization that we went over last semester in lab. Your projects should be as least as organized as this - it is meant to be a bare minimum.
When you make a new project, the first thing you should add to it is a folder where the bins of clips you link to via AMA will be stored. Mine is called “xBPAVs”.
The next thing you should do is make a folder where the bins of transcoded clips will be stored. Mine is called “Dailies”.
Now when you use AMA to link to a bin of clips you want to transcode, that bin should be moved into the xBPAVs folder.
Once you’ve transcoded your clips, you should move the clips created into a separate bin. This bin should move into the dailies folder.
The names of these bins should parallel each other, and should match the name of the folder containing the camera masters of these clips on your hard drive.
In this example, in xBPAVs I have a bin called “021311_day1_BPAV” and in Dailies I have a bin called “021311_day1”.
As a reminder, you don’t cut sequences with the clips in the xBPAVs folder, only with the converted clips in the Dailies folder.
Once your footage is in, you are ready to start cutting. To organize yourself while cutting, you should create a bin called “Current Cuts”. Inside this bin, each sequence should be given a meaningful name. My bin contains the following - Assembly, RC1, RC2, FC1, FC2, Picture Lock.
I also have bins for music and titles.
As you work, you may need to add other sorts of bins to organize your thinking. These bins would contain subclips and clones of clips in different categories - interviews, b-roll, beauty shots, exteriors, cutways - or of selects sequences of certain scenes.
However at the minimum, make sure that you’ve segregated your BPAVs and transcoded clips into separate bins in the xBPAVs and Dailies folders, and have a bin of current cuts where the sequences have been given meaningful names. You should also make sure to have a bin for titles and music, and should create new sorts of bins as needed. You should never have a bin that is used as a dumping ground for everything you’re working with, as this strategy can get out of control very quickly.