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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.
After encouraging you to create a bunch of HD media, it would be remiss of me if I would were not also to cover how to delete media. So let's go back to the graphics we imported at XDcam 35 Megabits per second into import bin earlier. Select just the graphics themselves, not the sequence. Hit the Delete key on your keyboard. Now you've got two choices. Do you want to delete the master clips themselves, which are the objects in the bin, or do we want to delete the media files associated with them? These are the media files that take up most of the space and are stored on the Media Drive.
That's actually what I want to do. I want to delete just the media associated with them. Click OK. Confirm. Now the media has gone. If I take one of these clips here from the bin, and load it into the Source viewer, you can see it's displaying Media Offline, and the sequence that we made from those clips is also offline. Now, if I were to also go ahead and repeat the Delete command with those clips, you can see now I only have a single choice. The media is already gone, so the only choice left would be to delete the actual clips, the master clips, out of the bin.
I don't want you to do this. I just want you to know that if we did go ahead and do this then there would be no record of those clips left anymore, unless of course I wanted to go back to the attic and dig out our archived copies. Okay, so leave them alone for now because we are going to come back and use them a bit later when we look at offline-to-online workflows. So that's basic deletion. There is nothing much more to it. However, I want to show you a different method for deleting, using what's called the Media tool.
Up to the Tools menu and choose the Media tool. Now the first display is asking us what we would like to interrogate. In this particular case, we are using the Media Drive, but I could multi-select across multiple drives if I needed to search across multiple drives. And then on this side, it's asking me do I want to look for media that's only associated with the current project, or do I want to look across multiple projects? With just the Media Drive selected, and the catalyst_5994 project selected and just Master Clip selected down here, choose OK.
Now the Media tool is populated into this window. It looks very, very much like a bin; however, don't make the mistake of thinking it as a bin. First off, it's not represented here in the project window. It's just a snapshot of what current media files exist on your storage. The Media tool is designed to manage media only within the Avid Media Files folder on the root of your media drives. That means AMA-linked media is not seen by the Media tool and thus AMA media has to be managed through different tools, such as Link to AMA files and the Unmount command.
Here we're looking at the managed media files, and we have a lot more control than with the standard Deletion dialog. Let's browse down. I'm looking for the hummingbirds clip that we imported earlier. We could look by creation date, but since there is not very much media in this project, I think we can find it by eye. There it is. With the clip selected, if I now choose Delete from the keyboard, notice that the Delete dialog we get is considerably more complete. I can selectively choose to delete the video, just the audio, depending on what I need to do with the file.
In this particular case, I am going to delete all three of the tracks. Choose OK, confirm, and now the clip is gone. It disappears from the Media tool, but if I needed to keep a clip reference in my bin, I could simply mark the entire clip and then click here to try to subclip and bring it back into my bin, and now I have an offline representation of the master clip in my bin here. So as you can see, you can use the Media tool to selectively remove tracks. So if you accidentally captured audio with picture, or vice versa, then you could strip out the media that you didn't need on a clip after the fact.
So now we've seen how to get material into the system and we've also seen how to purge material from the system as well. In the next video, we'll start to look at some other aspects of media management.
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