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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.
So far, we've been looking at ways to manage the main windows in the Media Composer environment. Now let's dive in a little bit more and look at how to actually customize the Timeline view and also the Bin view. I have a Bin called example_clips_sequences. Single-click on that. It opens up in the SuperBin. Let's load up the sequence and one of our clips here, so that we've got some material for context as we look through the interface. So the first thing we're going to look at is the Bin. At the moment, I'm on the Brief tab.
We've also looked at Frame view and Script view in the course so far. Let's go to Text view. Here what I'd like to point out is that we can have multiple different columns of textual data. From the bottom of the Bin, I can use this dropdown here to access some of the pre-made layouts-- for example, for Capture and for Format. And in many cases I'm now going to be able to see all of the columns, so what I'm going to do now is I'm just going to take my Bin and drag it out, so I can see more detail of the columns that are available.
Let's go to Media Tool. You can see here I can see all sorts of stuff from the creation date, the duration of the clip, Mark IN, Mark OUT, even the video type. If I wanted to customize this display, I could take the Video column and drag it back, so now it's next to the Name column. Notice at that point the name down here becomes italicized, telling us that it needs to be saved if we want to keep this. So I could click down, Save As, and now give it a name.
Let's call it logging. I could also add a custom column if I wanted to. In this space, I could type in the word quality. And now maybe as I go through my clips in my Bin, I could assign a quality symbol--maybe an asterisk: one for good, two for even better, three for outstanding, and so on. Again, I would need to come down here and save my new setting if I wanted to keep that.
I'll call this logging_quality. So that's one way to start to customize the contents of your Bin. Over here in the Timeline view, I could do a similar thing. At the moment, I have a setting called Untitled, so what I'm going to do is start to modify this and then give it a meaningful name. The first thing I'd like to do is turn off my audio tracks--whichever tracks are active are going to be affected. Now what I'd like to do is take those video tracks there and minimize them as much as possible, because I'm going to create a setting for audio editing.
To do that, I'm going to hold down the Command key and use the K key to collapse my video tracks. Now that I've done that, I'm going to swipe over them all like so and now use Command+L to make my audio tracks bigger. In addition, I'm going to come down here to the Timeline Fast menu, go to Audio Data, and choose Waveform. Now if I want to save that, come back down to the dropdown, Save As, and I'm going to call this Audio Editing.
Now perhaps I'd like to create a setting for color correction. Let's collapse down the audio tracks this time. Command+K for collapse, reverse my selection again, and Command+L to make my video tracks larger. Let's go ahead and now Save As, Color Correction. So now if I need to move between different settings, I can come down here and switch between them very easily indeed.
However, I'd like to show you one more little bit of functionality that'll make your life a lot easier. To take this to the next level, what I'm going to do is I'm going to come to my Toolset menu and I'm going to go to Color Correction, and then I'm going to go back into the Toolset menu and I'm going to say Link Current To, and I can link to any named settings. There we go. Let's type it in, Color Correction.
So now I can go ahead and link this toolset to a named setting that I've already created. If there are any settings that are called Color Correction for the timeline, Media Composer will now bring these up when I select this toolset. Click OK. Now, I'm going to go to Audio Editing, and I'm going to go the Toolset menu again and say Link Current To, choose to Link to Named Settings, and type in Audio Editing.
Now that that's done, what's going to happen if I move back to Color Correction, watch what happens to the timeline. The timeline now switches to the Color Correction preset. And if I switch back to Audio Editing, the timeline follows and switches to the Audio Editing preset. So that's how to link the customized Timeline view to your toolset in Media Composer.
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