James Rafferty
Multimedia Coordinator

Video Projects - Sample Folder Structure Templates (for simple and complex projects)

Project Published 10/29/17 Last updated on 3/2/20

Hey Video Makers and Educators,

The attached ZIP files include sample folder structures for video projects.

I use these on all projects and simply copy and past the folder and rename the root folder to the project name.

It is also the structure I follow when setting up my Premiere Pro projects.


1. Video Folder Structure Template (Simple Project)

This is best for quick simple projects that don't have a huge number of Assets.

For teachers this would be best for introductory projects with Primary School students.



Audio Files






Video - Reference Examples


2. Video Folder Structure Template (Complex Project)

This is best for larger more complex professional projects that do have a huge number of Assets.

For teachers this would be best for experienced student projects with experience using a wide variety of Adobe products.



Audio Files



- Camera-01

- Camera-02

- Camera-03

- Screen Capture


- _Flattened Graphics

- Ai - Illustrator Files

- Ps - Photoshop Files


- Edited Files

- Original Files

Music - Soundtrack

Powerpoint Presentation

- Slides

Video - Reference Examples

Video Assets


I am aware some industry professionals use a production stage method for organising assets, so I have also Included this for those interested, but I find It's a little more time consuming to manage files during post production.

3. Alternate Professional Project (Complex)

1. Pre-Project

- Research Images

- Research Video

- Source Material

2. Project

- AE-Projects

- AI-Files

- Audio

- PR-Projects

- PSD-Files

- Renders

- Video Footage

3. Final Renders


These are just suggested folder structures, and if anyone has a different method they would like to share I'd love to see it.

Happy Editing.

  • Adobe Premiere Pro

    Edit media in its native format and create productions for film, TV, and web.

  • Photoshop

    Editing and compositing for photos, web and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, videos, and more.

  • After Effects

    Create motion graphics and visual effects for film, TV, video, and web.

  • Illustrator

    Create beautiful vector art and illustrations.

  • Media Encoder

    Output video files for any screen.

ISTE Standards
Students: Digital Citizen, Students: Innovative Designer, Students: Computational Trainer

This was created on a Mac, should be cross platform compatible.

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Ahmed Belal

Posted on 1/12/20 12:03:24 PM Permalink

​Thanks for Sharing

Shafiq Rehman

Posted on 9/7/19 6:38:43 PM Permalink

Thanks for sharing

Russell Pritchard

Posted on 7/4/19 6:33:47 AM Permalink

Hi James,

Thanks for this it's great for you to share something this cool.

Here is a link to the Deadpool .proj file if you are interested to have a look.

It was shared with me at the Adobe Symposium last week.


James Rafferty

Posted on 7/8/19 5:40:32 AM Permalink

Thanks so much for sharing Richard, very interesting to see his workspace, and folder structure. It makes me want to tweak my custom workspace a little to include some some of his elements. Keep linking me if you find anything insightful like this in the future. James

Russell Pritchard

Posted on 7/8/19 6:09:59 AM Permalink

Hi James,

Not a problem.

Glad you find it interesting.


William Cortez

Posted on 5/27/19 7:51:04 AM Permalink

​Thanks for sharing. The video folder structure template is well organized.

James Rafferty

Posted on 5/28/19 12:58:49 AM Permalink

Thank you, It's a good starting point to be updated for an individuals specific needs.

Claire Richards

Posted on 11/27/18 11:45:40 PM Permalink

​This level of practical planning fantastic, can't be creative if it's not organised!

James Rafferty

Posted on 5/8/19 3:53:23 AM Permalink

Thanks Claire, I always say "preporation, planning and organisation are key".

Kathleen Judge

Posted on 12/8/17 3:53:50 PM Permalink

This is wonderful, thanks for sharing. I recently stumbled upon this site and sample folder structure (see blog page that also shows other artists folder structures you can download). It’s AE focused but It seems easily adaptable for any editing/FDX project.

James Rafferty

Posted on 12/9/17 5:03:44 AM Permalink

Thanks for the the comment and the link Kathleen, that GYST explainer video was pretty funny and good to see the structure they use for their projects. Whilst it may be AE focused it will work equally well for other projects.

Joshua McCright

Posted on 12/7/17 4:46:51 PM Permalink

Thanks for sharing this, I have been looking for a standard to organize projects. Thank you, thank you, thank you.​

James Rafferty

Posted on 12/9/17 5:01:05 AM Permalink

Hey Josh, thanks for the feedback and hope it he​lps speed up your workflow moving forward.

Donna Driskill

Posted on 12/7/17 12:22:55 AM Permalink

​Thank you. Perhaps this will help me!

James Rafferty

Posted on 12/7/17 12:39:39 AM Permalink

Even if you use it as a starting point it could be a good place to start for your own workflow.

Thanks for the feedback :)

Suzy Roberts

Posted on 10/31/17 5:54:54 AM Permalink

​Great resource thank you, very similar to mine but a bit more detailed. Thanks for sharing.

Camryn Rothenbury

Posted on 10/29/17 11:16:02 PM Permalink

​Great stuff. It would be useful to have a similar file structure for web projects. Maybe I will work on this myself!