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Migrating from Final Cut Pro 7 to Avid Media Composer 5.5
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Accessing clips from other projects


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Migrating from Final Cut Pro 7 to Avid Media Composer 5.5

with Steve Holyhead

Video: Accessing clips from other projects

Up till now we've been dealing with material all within the same project. What happens when we need to share material between projects, or what happens if we need to access material of a different frame rate? Over here in the 01_06 subfolder, I have the different_frame_rate bin. Single-click to open up that bin. And you can see here that I've got a sequence called SwingDance. Double-click on that, load it into the Record viewer. Let's play it and have a look at it. (Music playing) (Female speaker: Swing dancing brings you together.) Okay, good start, but it looks like we're actually missing a clip from the beginning of the sequence here.
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  1. 3m 43s
    1. Welcome
      53s
    2. Hardware and software requirements for this course
      1m 6s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 44s
  2. 52m 17s
    1. Exploring the similarities and differences
      8m 6s
    2. Comparing the interfaces
      8m 17s
    3. Clips, bins, folders, and the Project window
      9m 32s
    4. Viewing, selecting, navigating, and playing clips
      6m 5s
    5. Marking clips and using the Timeline window
      6m 32s
    6. Creating basic sequences
      9m 20s
    7. Accessing clips from other projects
      4m 25s
  3. 45m 24s
    1. Project structure, formats, frame rates, and the Format tab
      11m 31s
    2. Comparing backup structure
      9m 51s
    3. Organizing media and project assets
      5m 32s
    4. Bringing media into the project
      8m 19s
    5. Understanding media resolutions and locations
      10m 11s
  4. 30m 59s
    1. Exploring site, project, and user settings
      7m 39s
    2. Customizing user settings and keyboard layout
      6m 52s
    3. Using toolsets and workspaces
      6m 36s
    4. Customizing the Bin and Timeline views
      5m 18s
    5. Creating a custom tool palette
      4m 34s
  5. 1h 0m
    1. Linking to multimedia files using Avid Media Access (AMA)
      15m 8s
    2. Importing video, audio, and graphics
      15m 40s
    3. Deleting clips and using the Media tool
      4m 30s
    4. Consolidating
      5m 20s
    5. Transcoding
      9m 58s
    6. Managing an offline to online workflow (with AMA and batch importing)
      9m 38s
  6. 38m 39s
    1. Customizing bin layouts, columns, and tools
      11m 6s
    2. Creating subclips and subsequences
      11m 3s
    3. Using locators for organizing, logging, and editing
      10m 54s
    4. Searching using metadata and PhraseFind
      5m 36s
  7. 46m 10s
    1. Getting tracks into the timeline
      6m 59s
    2. Touring the Timeline window
      9m 41s
    3. Using drag, drop, and gestural editing techniques
      5m 48s
    4. Using timeline selections
      7m 1s
    5. Editing with the keyboard and interface buttons
      9m 45s
    6. Editing vertically
      6m 56s
  8. 56m 31s
    1. Using basic trim tools
      4m 59s
    2. Using smart trim tools
      7m 32s
    3. Combining trim tools
      7m 7s
    4. Using the Trim mode
      8m 0s
    5. Trimming with transition effects
      3m 48s
    6. Using sync locks
      3m 10s
    7. Using Slip and Slide mode
      7m 56s
    8. Setting up the timeline for multi-cam editing
      8m 41s
    9. Multi-cam editing
      5m 18s
  9. 33m 16s
    1. Exploring the audio environment
      5m 29s
    2. Understanding audio basics
      4m 25s
    3. Using the Audio Mixer and audio keyframes
      8m 29s
    4. Applying audio effects
      5m 5s
    5. Importing audio and input settings
      6m 19s
    6. Exporting audio and output settings
      3m 29s
  10. 1h 1m
    1. Creating freeze frames and motion effects
      7m 11s
    2. Using timewarp effects
      4m 40s
    3. Adding transition effects
      7m 33s
    4. Using segment-based effects and nesting effects
      8m 15s
    5. Compositing with keyframes
      11m 0s
    6. Creating titles
      8m 15s
    7. Adding titles and using them in sequences
      7m 27s
    8. Using the color correction interface
      7m 34s
  11. 10m 18s
    1. Preparing and outputting master sequences
      10m 18s
  12. 21s
    1. Additional resources
      21s

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Migrating from Final Cut Pro 7 to Avid Media Composer 5.5
7h 19m Beginner Jul 13, 2011

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Migrating from Final Cut Pro 7 to Avid Media Composer 5.5 is a thorough comparison of the interfaces, concepts, tools, and workflow behind each of these two programs, covering the key differences video editors need to know to master Media Composer and make the switch. The course covers the basics of editing in Avid Media Composer, including sequence creation, project organization and navigation, importing and linking media, timeline editing techniques, and how to work with audio and add transitions and effects.

Topics include:
  • Working with clips, bins, folders and the project window
  • Customizing user settings and keyboard layout
  • Importing video, audio, and graphics
  • Accessing clips from other projects
  • Comparing backup structure
  • Organizing media and project assets
  • Understanding media resolution and locations
  • Editing in the timeline
  • Mixing audio
  • Compositing with keyframes
  • Creating titles
  • Color correcting footage
  • Preparing and outputting master sequences
Subjects:
Video Video Editing
Software:
Final Cut Pro Media Composer
Author:
Steve Holyhead

Accessing clips from other projects

Up till now we've been dealing with material all within the same project. What happens when we need to share material between projects, or what happens if we need to access material of a different frame rate? Over here in the 01_06 subfolder, I have the different_frame_rate bin. Single-click to open up that bin. And you can see here that I've got a sequence called SwingDance. Double-click on that, load it into the Record viewer. Let's play it and have a look at it. (Music playing) (Female speaker: Swing dancing brings you together.) Okay, good start, but it looks like we're actually missing a clip from the beginning of the sequence here.

Let's go find a clip, but let's say that clip is in a different project. How do we get to it? What I'm going to do is I'm going to come up here and click on the Project window, Fast menu, and choose Open Bin. Now initially, this is going to open me up in my current project showing me my current folders and current bins within those folders. However, if I want to go to a different project, if I go out of my current project and into another project, then I can look at the bins and folders within that project instead.

In this case, it's a project that's at a different frame rate and here I have a bin called broll_23976. Let's go ahead and open that up. Now what's happened is that we've opened the bin from the other project inside our current project. If I want to start using the clips now, I simply drag them, drop them into the Source viewer like any other clip, and play them back. (Male speaker: 24 frames a second, Take 1.) (Male speaker 2: Okay and go ahead.) That will do me.

So I've marked myself a clip up now and I'd like to add it to this Timeline. I'm going to drag and drop down into the Timeline area. I know from this yellow arrow here that when I let go of this, what's going to happen is it's going to actually ripple material down my Timeline and throw some things out of sync. So I'm going to use Command+Z to undo that and I want to show you something in the Timeline window itself. Right-click and go to Timeline Settings. Notice here that the Default Segment tool is set to Insert. Let's change it to Overwrite.

That's more useful when we're editing within a sequence that already exists. This time when I drag the clip down, notice I get a red arrow. And if I drag this and snap it to the head of my sequence, this time because I'm in Overwrite mode, I'm not going to ripple any other clips out of sync down my Timeline. (Music playing) (Female speaker: Swing dancing brings you together, brings you to a simple time.) So that was pretty easy. Let's have a look at this clip though, because it looks a bit different than some of the other clips in this sequence.

Notice first of all that the frame rate is displayed and we've got this green dot. That indicates that Media Composer has taken material of a different frame rate and applied a real time time- warp effect to it, so that it plays back correctly in this project. Of course, the material could just be from a different project at the same frame rate. Nevertheless, we'd use the same approach to get material from any project into our current project. Let's say we're really happy where we've gotten to with our sequence and we'd like to save a copy and continue working.

To do that, I'm going to highlight the sequence in my bin and use Command+D to duplicate the sequence. Now I'm going to label the new sequence SwingDance-02 and I'm going to have to double-click on that in order to load that sequence into my Record viewer for further editing. The original version of SwingDance can stay in the bin for safekeeping. One further thing I'd like to point out is just like on the source side, on the record side we also have access to a Timecode menu where I can choose timecode from source video tracks, source audio tracks.

I can change through a frame count, and so on. In the first chapter here, we've gone through some various different methods for getting us up and running in Media Composer and starting to learn the interface. In the next chapter, we'll look at media, projects, and levels of organization.

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