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In Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started, author Steve Holyhead explores the tools and techniques in Media Composer for producing great looking video, as well as the basics of high definition media formats. This course walks through the video production workflow from input to editing to output, covers key information such as trim concepts and frame rates, and introduces techniques such as color correction, footage stabilization, and real-time audio effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
Avid projects are containers for our work. Ideally, all media for a project would be directly imported, linked, or captured into the project we're going to be working in. Sometimes, however, you'll need to access clips and bins from other projects. For example, reusable or generic elements such as slides, graphics, books, bars and tone can be imported just once into a resources project and then available for use in any project via the Open bin dialog. Here, in the Project window, I've got the Fast menu.
If I click down in here, I've got the option to Open bin. I've been automatically put into the Project folder for the current project that I have open. So if I browse up a level, I'll now be in the Avid Project's folder. Here, I've got a Resources Project; inside there I've got Bars and Tone bin. Let's Open that up. There we go. So now these Clips are available for immediate playback and editing in my project. However, best practice dictates that we create our own copy of the Bars and Tone bin.
Now, I'm going to select these clips by lassoing them like so, and Command+D or Ctrl+D will duplicate them. I'm going to take the copies, drag and drop them into my own copy of the Bars and Tone bin. Now I can close that one, and that resource will remain untouched and available for everyone else who may need to use it, and I have my own copy right here. Another reason that you might need to use the Open bin command is if you have material that's at a different frame rate from your current project.
If I go to the Format tab here, you can see that my current frame rate is 23.976 frames per second. But what if we've got material that's at a different frame rate? Well, back to the Project window and back to the Fast menu, Open bin. By default, again, I've opened up in the project that I'm currently in. So again, let's browse up a level, and let's go this time to the Resources 5994 project. Here, I've got a bin which has a 5994 clip in it. Open it up, and there it is.
I can take that now and play it back and edit it like any other clip. Interestingly, if I come down here to the Timeline area and I toggle my Timeline between shoeing the Record side and the Source side, I can actually see the clip as a graphical representation down here. I can see the original frame rate, which is not the frame rate of our project, and I can also see this little green dot, which represents a real- time motion effect that's been applied to this clip, in order to make it match the frame rate of my project.
Avid Projects are containers for your work. The creative process, however, may in fact be the culmination of work done in two, three or more projects, which is then all brought together in your main sequence.
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