ProVideo Coalition: Search Bins: Premiere Pro's Best Kept Organizational Secret
If you’re an Adobe Premiere Pro user, you’re going to want to read this article. It’s over a thousand words. If you’re an casual user? I think it’s still going to be worth it. I’m going to talk about Search Bins. —Jeff Greenberg, ProVideo Coalition
Workflow junkies rejoice! Premiere Pro's "best kept organizational secret" is now public. Adobe Master Trainer, Jeff Greenberg has released his Search Bin project file for Premiere Pro. It's a project file with dozens of pre-made Search Bins based on Premiere Pro's metadata schema.
But what does a Search Bin do in Premiere Pro? In short, Search Bins collect clips in your project based on specific search criteria. In the article, Jeff creates a Search Bin for "good" clips using Premiere Pro's boolean metadata Good column. Any clips marked Good automatically populate the Search Bin. It's important to remember that all the clips in a Search Bin are duplicates - Search Bins don't move any of your original media.
So what else is included in Jeff's Search Bin project file? He provides a partial list in the article:
- Actor Name
- Clips named Interview
- Clips named B-Roll
- Shot Motion (tilt, pan, dolly)
- Shot types (CU, MS, WS)
- Words ending in “ING” (Action verbs)
- Name “VO”
- Name “Whoosh”
- Offline (boy do I love this one.)
- Adobe After Effects projects
- File type (JPG, MOV, PNG, etc.)
- Codec (ProRes, DNX, h264)
- Frame rates
- Frame sizes
Now just imagine all the clips in your project automatically organizing themselves in your project. The only thing you need to do is add the appropriate metadata to your clips. You can add metadata to multiple clips using the Metadata panel. Jeff explains how in the article.
The Search Bin project file is free; all you need to do is enter your email. If you're ready to elevate your organization in Premiere Pro, read the article and download the project file.