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Tip #273: Organize Clips by Color

Colors allow organizing clips by color.

The Project panel in Adobe Premiere Pro CC, showing clip colors.
Assign and organize clips by color in the Project panel.

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Hidden in plain sight in the Project panel is a very cool organizational tool – colors! Not only can we organize clips by bins and file names, but also by color. For example, color all talking heads magenta, while B-roll shots are blue and reaction shots orange. Or change colors by scene.

While the obvious benefit of using colors is that it provides another way of organizing clips, a hidden benefit is that those colors follow the clips into the Timeline, allowing you to see at a glance where all your talking heads, for example, are located.

Here’s how this works.

  • In the Project panel, switch to List view.
  • Select all the clips you want to assign to a specific color.
  • Right-click on a color chip and select Label.
  • Choose the color you want to apply to the selected clips.

Click the top of the color column, indicated by the red arrow, to group and sort colors; click a second time and the order is reversed.

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