BINS AND POWER BINS
First, a quick reminder!
In DaVinci Resolve, we have the window Media Pool, that we use for everything regarding media organisation, in a given project.
On the left side of the Media Pool, we can create Bins, to group clips together according to certain criteria. For example, we may create a Bin per Scene in a fiction feature film.
Bins we create in one project are visible only in that project.
It makes sense!
Now: imagine you are editing a series for Netflix (why not?), and imagine there is a DaVinci Resolve different project per episode.
In that situation, there will be content/media common to all episodes, that we will need to access from all independent DaVinci Resolve projects: intros, credits, music, logos, certain clips, etc..
Well… DaVinci Resolve makes this very easy with its “powerful” Power Bins!
A Power Bin is behaves and works as regular Bins. So, what’s the difference?
You can see and access Power Bins from any DaVinci Resolve Project, as long as all projects are in the same Database. If you are not familiar with DaVinci Resolve Databases, read this.
HOW TO USE POWER BINS?
Power Bins are only available in the Media and Edit pages, and are not visible by default. This is by design, since you may not always need them.
To make them visible, we go to the View top menu, and then click on Show Power Bins.
Once activated, Power Bins ara displayed on the left side of the Media Pool, below regular normal Bins.
To create a Power Bin, we simply right-click on the Power Bin sub-window, and click on Add Bin. If you are a keyboard shortcut person, here you go: Ctrl+Shift+N.
Of course we can rename the Power Bin any time by clicking on the actual name.
Once we have a Power Bin there, we can import content directly to it, or drag clips from any other existing Bin, or copy and paste to it.
If we now switch to another project (again, in the same Database), we’ll be able to display and access any Power Bins created, and use the content in them.
If at some point we don’t want to display Power Bins any more, we simply go again to the View menu, and deactivate the option Show Power Bins.
If we want to delete a Power Bin: right-click on it, then Remove Power Bin.
That is cool and easy!
But… There are some limitations you need to keep in mind.
POWER BIN LIMITATIONS
For the moment, and we don’t know if this will change in the future, we can’t drag to a Power Bin Timelines, Compound Clips, Multicam, or Fusion Clips.
This is not supported.
In other words, Power Bins only support clips/media.
But, hey! Still incredibly useful!
SOME COOL WAYS TO USE POWER BINS
Any time we need to access the same media from different projects.
Imagine for example using Power Bins to organise our music libraries, or our sound FX libraries. It’s all there, all the time, available to us. No switching between projects to bring that in.
Power Bins shine, again, in episodic productions, where a lot of content is common to all episodes.
If you are a freelance who does a lot of corporate or commercial videos, for many different clients and companies, you know how painful it is to import every time, in every project you do, logos for that specific client. Now you can also organise your logos using Power Bins, so they are quickly found.
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