SMART BINS - Bins that automatically collect files based on asset type!
Imagine if every time you started a new Pr project, the Project window came pre-populated with intelligent Bins that automatically sort and organize media you import or create within Pr… Imagine all of your titles automatically going into a ‘Titles’ Bin and all of your nests appearing in a ‘Nests’ Bin rather than just randomly appearing all over the Project window. Imagine if you could spend more time actually editing and less time on menial tasks such as manually dragging files into relevant Bins to keep your project organized.
Thankfully, this already IS possible! One of the great features in Pr’s #1 plugin, Excalibur (https://knightsoftheeditingtable.com/excalibur), is the ability to have nests automatically appear in a ‘Nested Clips’ Bin. This Bin can be renamed and moved and the automatic connection remains. Unfortunately, Excalibur can’t organize all media types due to limitations with what 3rd party plugins can do.
This is where Adobe comes in. Please see the illustration to understand how a new ‘Smart Bins’ tab in the Preferences window could work.
A few things to point out:
1. Not all users will want all of their assets automatically organized. That is why my proposed solution would allow users to enable automatic sorting on an asset per asset basis. Should a user not want any automatic sorting whatsoever, they could easily turn it off completely.
2. Users could create sub-Bins inside of Smart Bins. For example, an ‘Audio’ Smart Bin could have 3 sub-Bins for ‘Music’, ‘SoundFX’ and ‘Voice Overs’. Any audio files automatically collected by the Audio Smart Bin would appear into that Bin’s root level. If a user later wants to move assets into one of the sub-Bins, or even outside the Smart Bin altogether, they would be free to do so.
3. If a user drags media directly into a Project window Bin to import it, it would appear in that Bin, disregarding any Smart Bin asset associations. Dragging media into the Project window’s root level however would automatically sort any media with an associated Smart Bin.
4. Smart Bins would be easy to recognize in the Project window since each one would have a user definable Label.
5. A single Smart Bin could collect 2 or more asset types. This would be handy, for example, to gather all titles (Source Graphics and Legacy Titler titles) or all video files (both with and without audio) into a single Bin.
6. Search Bins are NOT a substitute for Smart Bins! Search Bins don’t collect any files and therefore don’t help keep the Project window organized. Search Bins also can’t be automatically created with every new Pr project.
7. Humans have the technology to fly a drone on Mars. Isn’t it time we saw a little more intelligent tools in Premiere Pro to eliminate tedious tasks that could easily be automated?!
Smart Bins would help virtually all editors, so hopefully this idea gets attention before Adobe introduces any more niche tools that only serve some editors.
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Pierre Louis Beranek commented
Hi James, I agree, which is precisely why I structured my FR so that it would work out for ALL editors. ;)
Only want to have your nests tidily appear inside a 'Nests' Bin rather than all over you Project window's root level? Done!
Only want sequences gathered together? Easy!
Even if you have a very intricate Bin structure, Smart Bins would never get in the way of that since you can turn the feature off completely, but even with the feature on, it would only organize assets the moment they are imported or created. After that, you can move them to your heart's content and the auto-sorting wouldn't interfere, thus giving you the best of both worlds: automation + manual control whenever you need it!
Even if I intended to manually sort all of my titles, for example, I would still want them automatically placed inside a 'Titles' Smart Bin, since it would make them easier to find the moment I set out to manually organize them, keeping my Project window clean and tidy in the process.
Thanks for your comment and vote! :)
James Brady commented
I can see the benefit of a feature like this, but for those who need very intricate manual control over bin organization in versioned multi-sequence projects, this feature would have to be optional.