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Creating a custom tool palette

From: Migrating from Final Cut Pro 7 to Avid Media Composer 5.5

Video: Creating a custom tool palette

As we finish up our chapter on settings, I'd like to show you a tip that can be very useful as you're learning Media Composer. It's absolutely optional, so feel free to just watch and disregard what I'm saying if you like, but I heartily recommend using this approach if you're going to start to learn all the icons and what they mean in Media Composer and get comfortable using them. The first thing I'm going to do is make sure that I'm in Source/Record Editing mode. Now I'm going to resize my Timeline window a little bit. Notice that I don't want to obscure the Keyframe button there at the bottom of the window, so I'm going to drop it just about there--and we can get a little bit more space out.

Creating a custom tool palette

As we finish up our chapter on settings, I'd like to show you a tip that can be very useful as you're learning Media Composer. It's absolutely optional, so feel free to just watch and disregard what I'm saying if you like, but I heartily recommend using this approach if you're going to start to learn all the icons and what they mean in Media Composer and get comfortable using them. The first thing I'm going to do is make sure that I'm in Source/Record Editing mode. Now I'm going to resize my Timeline window a little bit. Notice that I don't want to obscure the Keyframe button there at the bottom of the window, so I'm going to drop it just about there--and we can get a little bit more space out.

Now I'm going to move the Timeline window down a little bit. That's good. We're going to go to the Fast menu at the bottom of the Composer window, click and hold down and drag out the Tool palette that's inside. Reposition the Tool palette a little bit and then drag it out until we get a couple of strips of Tool buttons that we can use to now map many of the commands that we're going to be looking at and using throughout the rest of this course. We're going to bring up the Command palette.

Let's put the Command palette down near our Tool palette there, and we can more easily map the buttons that we need from the Command palette to the Tool palette. Make sure that you're in Button to Button Reassignment. So, here we go! I'm going to be darting around the different palettes and creating a custom tool palette to help us with our learning. The first place I'd like to go is the Other tab. From here I'd like to map Toggle Source/Record mode. I'm just going to drag and drop this over the top of any existing icons that happen to be on the Tool palette.

Toggle Source/Record in timeline. This button is toggling between the Source and Record viewers, and this button here is toggling the view in the timeline from either the Record viewer to the Source viewer. From the same tab, I'd also like to map Match Frame and Reverse Match Frame, Find Bin and Find Frame. Now from the Move tab, Step Forwards and Backwards one field at a time, and also Go to Previous and Go to Next Locator.

From the Play tab, Play Loop, Play IN to OUT, Edit Review, and Play to OUT. Then from the Edit tab, Segment Mode Overwrite, Segment Mode Splice-in, Add Edit, Fit to Fill, Replace Edit, Overwrite Edit, Splice Edit, Lift, and Extract.

From the Smart Tools tab, I'm going to add the Smart Tool Toggle and the Link Selection Toggle. Back on the Edit tab, I'm going to add Top and Tail. Then I'm going to move to the Trim tab. I'm going to add the Extend button, Slip Left, Slip Right, Trim A Side, Trim B Side, and Trim A and B sides.

Then I'm going to return to the Smart Tool tab and I'm going to add Overwrite Trim and Ripple Trim. Now, I'm going to go to the Effects tab. I'm going to add Add Keyframe, Quick Transition, Render Effect, and Remove Effect. I'm also going to add the Grid Tool and the Title Tool. Now back on the Other tab, I'd like to add Transition Corner Display.

From the More tab, I'm going to add the Red, Yellow, Green, and Pink Locators. And now from the Multi-Cam tab, I'm going to add Quad Split, Nine Split, Swap Camera Bank, Previous in Group, and Next in Group. Now, I want to close the Command palette, go back to my Toolset menu and Save Current. The next time I come back to Source/Record Editing mode, my Tool palette will be there with all of the tools that we're going to be using throughout the rest of the course.

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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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