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Customizing the Bin and Timeline views

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

Video: Customizing the Bin and Timeline views

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.

Customizing the Bin and Timeline views

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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  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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