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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.
Once you've downloaded your exercise files onto your desktop, go ahead and open up the folder. Inside there should be a file called catalyst_CONTAINER.zip. Double-click on that file to unzip the contents. Once the file has unzipped, you'll find a new folder inside Exercise Files called catalyst_CONTAINER. What we want to do is either open up a media drive or if you don't have a media drive, then your Macintosh hard disk. Move or Copy this folder called catalyst _CONTAINER onto the root of your media drive or Macintosh hard disk.
Now I can go ahead and get rid of this folder that's inside of Exercise Files. I could move the entire Exercise Files folder now from the Desktop and drop it into Documents. Now I am looking at either the root of my media drive or the roote of my Macintosh hard disk. What I should do now is open up the catalyst_CONTAINER. Inside the top folder catalyst_ Avid_MediaFiles is another folder called Avid_MediaFiles.
Take this folder and drag it up to the root level of the drive. That's it. You are now ready to start the course. If you are a lynda.com premium subscriber, you'll be allowed to download the course where to use on your system as we go through the course. If you're not a premium member, then just gather together some media of your own. Ideally, you'll have a variety of media, some video, some video with audio, some separate audio or music and maybe some stills or graphics from Adobe Photoshop.
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