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Adjusting settings for import

From: Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training

Video: Adjusting settings for import

Another way to get material in the Media Composer is to import files. This involves importing movie files, graphics, animations, photographs, music, sound effects and so on. Before actually performing the import, it's important to understand the many options you can set for importing files. Let's take a look. To import a file, you need to have a bin open, you can choose File > Import, or just right-click in the bin and choose Import. Rather than just navigating to your file and clicking Open, you want to set a few options first.

Adjusting settings for import

Another way to get material in the Media Composer is to import files. This involves importing movie files, graphics, animations, photographs, music, sound effects and so on. Before actually performing the import, it's important to understand the many options you can set for importing files. Let's take a look. To import a file, you need to have a bin open, you can choose File > Import, or just right-click in the bin and choose Import. Rather than just navigating to your file and clicking Open, you want to set a few options first.

You want to make sure that the Resolution is set correctly. I'm in an HD project now, so I have a whole host of HD flavors that I can choose. DNxHD 115 is fine. I also want to choose the drive that I want the import to go to. Again, we want to make sure that it goes to the same drive that the rest of our media is on. So, D drive is fine. The Options button here is the really important one. So, I'm going to click on it. When we're importing image files, that's graphics or photographs or movie files, I want to make sure that I adjust this accordingly.

I want to talk a little bit about image size adjustment. If an image is sized correctly, I choose option number one. What is correctly? Correctly simply means that I have the same amount of pixels in my graphic that matches my video resolution. Right now, I'm in an HD project, and my resolution is 1920X1080. So, if I have a graphic that matches that resolution, I'm going to choose option number one. Otherwise, if I choose a graphic that is not that resolution, it's going to resize it for me.

To explain this a little bit better, I'm going to show you a couple of graphics. This graphic is sized 1920X1080 or my video resolution, and you can see right here. This graphic is not 1920X1080. If we look in its properties, it's 1308X1080. So, it's a lot more square than our correctly sized 16X9 aspect ratio here. So for my correctly sized graphic I'm going to choose option number one. For right now, we're going to skip options two and three and jump to four.

If I have a graphic or movie file that is not sized according to my video resolution, I'm going to choose option number four. What it's going to do is resize my image, and then pad any extra areas in black. So, in the Import Settings > Image category, I really want to pay attention here. Down here is where I set my Video Mapping. If I want my image clipped at video black and video white, I'll choose this. Otherwise, I'll choose options up here. This is where I set my Import Duration. If I have a graphic or movie with an element of transparency or an alpha channel, I'll select Invert on import, if the graphic or movie was created in anything other than Avid.

If it was created in Avid, I'll choose Do not invert. Then if it doesn't have an alpha channel at all, I'll choose Ignore. We have other options here. We're not going to go over them right now, but I do want to point out one thing under Audio. If you're importing a clip, and it has video and mono audio, which means that it's only bringing in one track of audio, usually panned to the left, I can automatically center that so I won't have to do it later in the audio mixer. So, I'm going to choose option number one and I'm going to bring in my correctly sized graphic.

Here's my 1920X1080 graphic. Click Open. There we go! It's 30 seconds, because that's the duration I chose and everything looks good. I'm going to import my incorrectly sized graphic using option number one, just to show you what happens when you do this. Notice that it's stretched it to fit the video frame. This isn't want we want, so instead we want to go back in and import using option number four, Resize image to fit format raster, click OK, Open, and there is our correctly sized image.

It's padded the left and the right with black. Now, I could import any type of file that I want. If I import a movie file, I'll choose my resolution and my drive. Usually, movie files are sized correctly, so I'm going to choose option number one. And when I open, Media Composer creates the audio and video for me. As you see it takes some time to import, so I'm going to cancel this because instead of having Media Composer create brand-new audio and video files, I'm going to do something called Avid Media Access or AMA where it's going to instantaneously bring in the clips for me, thereby skipping the import process.

We'll explore that in the next movie.

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  1. 3m 43s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 27s
  2. 22m 59s
    1. Understanding clips and media files
      2m 34s
    2. Understanding the Select Project window
      5m 40s
    3. Working in the Project window
      5m 35s
    4. Setting up and organizing a project
      5m 13s
    5. Saving and backing up
      3m 57s
  3. 50m 15s
    1. Using the Composer Monitor and the timeline
      6m 32s
    2. Adding shots using Splice
      5m 57s
    3. Adding shots using Overwrite
      7m 2s
    4. Removing shots using Extract and Lift
      4m 31s
    5. Using Extract/Splice Segment Mode to switch shots in the timeline
      5m 1s
    6. Using Lift/Overwrite Segment Mode to move shots in the timeline
      5m 59s
    7. Using direct timeline manipulation
      4m 6s
    8. Using subclips and subsequences
      3m 48s
    9. Adding and patching video tracks
      7m 19s
  4. 26m 39s
    1. Understanding trimming
      3m 42s
    2. Using A-side Single-Roller Trim to improve audio timing
      7m 59s
    3. Using B-side Single-Roller Trim to improve audio timing
      5m 41s
    4. Using Dual-Roller Trim to refine video
      6m 5s
    5. Using Ripple Trim and Overwrite Trim
      3m 12s
  5. 24m 8s
    1. Using the J-K-L keys for navigation
      4m 15s
    2. Using navigation shortcuts
      6m 26s
    3. Using the Command palette
      6m 4s
    4. Sorting and sifting clips
      7m 23s
  6. 20m 38s
    1. J-K-L trimming
      4m 11s
    2. On-the-fly trimming
      7m 18s
    3. Advanced trim methods: Slip mode
      5m 18s
    4. Advanced trim methods: Slide mode
      3m 51s
  7. 21m 33s
    1. Using the Audio tool to read audio levels
      6m 18s
    2. Using the Audio Mixer to adjust audio level and pan
      8m 27s
    3. Keyframing audio for intra-segment audio adjustments
      6m 48s
  8. 55m 23s
    1. Using Quick Transition effects
      5m 19s
    2. Using the Effects palette and the Effects Editor
      5m 21s
    3. Keyframing segment effects
      6m 0s
    4. Using nesting and auto-nesting
      5m 49s
    5. Saving effects templates
      5m 34s
    6. Building basic composites using vertical effects
      4m 53s
    7. Using the Picture-in-Picture effect
      6m 41s
    8. Creating basic motion effects
      5m 55s
    9. Using Timewarp
      5m 56s
    10. Using the Color effect
      3m 55s
  9. 9m 48s
    1. Understanding system performance
      5m 58s
    2. Rendering tracks
      3m 50s
  10. 20m 30s
    1. Analyzing footage for problems
      3m 8s
    2. Using the Y-Waveform monitor to set whites and blacks
      5m 34s
    3. Using the RGB Parade to correct color casts
      4m 42s
    4. Using the Vectorscope to improve skin tones
      3m 27s
    5. Correcting color automatically
      3m 39s
  11. 29m 16s
    1. Formatting and enhancing text using Avid Marquee
      6m 52s
    2. Using Marquee to apply shapes and gradients
      4m 23s
    3. Using title templates
      2m 40s
    4. Bringing a title into Media Composer
      3m 42s
    5. Revising the title
      2m 49s
    6. Creating rolling and crawling titles
      4m 40s
    7. Using Auto-Titler
      4m 10s
  12. 22m 3s
    1. Using the Capture tool
      5m 7s
    2. Capturing footage
      4m 26s
    3. Batch-capturing
      4m 46s
    4. Adjusting settings for import
      5m 7s
    5. Using AMA (Avid Media Access) for QuickTime imports
      2m 37s
  13. 16m 54s
    1. Understanding deletion types and cases
      3m 51s
    2. Performing bin deletion
      3m 17s
    3. Understanding the Media tool
      6m 17s
    4. Identifying and deleting media relatives and non-relatives
      3m 29s
  14. 15m 31s
    1. Understanding media delivery types
      2m 28s
    2. Preparing a sequence for digital cut to print to tape
      2m 48s
    3. Performing a digital cut
      5m 8s
    4. Exporting a QuickTime movie or QuickTime reference
      5m 7s
  15. 14m 39s
    1. Solving the offline media problem
      3m 58s
    2. Re-linking media
      2m 19s
    3. Solving Avid settings corruption
      4m 35s
    4. Using the Avid Attic to find and retrieve bins
      3m 47s
  16. 19s
    1. Goodbye
      19s

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