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In Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training, author Ashley Kennedy demonstrates basic and intermediate editing techniques in Media Composer, one of the most widely used nonlinear, video editing systems. This course covers how to build sequences, mix audio, color correct footage, apply effects, and troubleshoot common post-production issues in Media Composer. Exercise files accompany the course.
In this movie, we'll explore logging and batch capturing, which is a way for you to log many separate clips within an entire tape, and then capture them all at once. It's a great way to quickly progress through a tape, watching for and logging the material that you need and discarding the material that you don't. Often, editors will have a logging station where they log footage, set the tape to capture, and then leave to go to another station dedicated to editing. Let's take a look at how it works. I have my Capture tool open. What I'd like to do is capture two clips from this part of the tape.
We'll go ahead and capture the Swaying dancers and we'll also capture the Swing dancers. So, I'm going to play through until I see the beginning of the shot that I'd like to capture. (Music Playing.) Right there! We'll go ahead and mark an In and play through. (Video Playing.) And I am going to mark an Out. (Music Playing.) All right, great! So I've marked my In and marked my Out and we have a 5-second and 15-frame clip.
I can go ahead and name it here or I can name it in the bin. One thing I have to do before I log this to my bin is click on this button here, the Capture/Log Mode button, and now we are in Log Mode. So, I'll click on this little pencil, send it to the bin, and I'm ready to log my next clip. (Music Playing.) We'll go ahead and mark an In.
(Music Playing.) And mark an Out. So there's my In, Out. There is my duration. We'll go ahead and name it and log it to my bin. I'd like to extend this bin Vvew a little bit, so we can take a look at a couple of things. It has my start and end time code and my duration. It has the tape that it's coming from. Notice that the Drive column is blank, because the clips are not captured yet, so therefore they are not on my drive.
My Offline column indicates that both my video and both my audio tracks are offline. This makes sense because I haven't captured them yet. So, now it's time to batch capture. I'm going to highlight my clips, right-click, Batch Capture. I'm going to keep Offline media only selected. Say OK. Right now it's finding the time code to perform the capture. Okay, it looks like we failed to find the Preroll point on this tape.
I think I know why. My Swaying dancers was near the very beginning of the tape. I am most likely going to need to change the Preroll so it doesn't have to back up 5 seconds before capturing the clip. I'll skip this and move on. Now, it's going to attempt to capture my Swing dancer clip. (Music Playing.) Okay, 1 of 2 complete.
Let's go ahead and take a look at my columns here. My Swing dancer clip came online and it's no longer marked as offline. So I'm quickly just going to come into my Custom Preroll. By default, it's set at 5 seconds, but because this clip is so close to the beginning of the tape, I'm going to make it 1 second. We'll go ahead and attempt again, Batch Capture, and OK. (Music Playing.) All right, that was a success.
So occasionally, you will need to change the Custom Preroll for clips at the beginning of your tape, or if you have time code breaks throughout your tape, you're going to need to change them in that situation as well. We'll go ahead and take a look at our columns. They are both on my drive and neither one is offline. I'm ready to go. As you can see, logging and batch capturing footage is a great way to quickly get through an entire tape in an organized fashion, and then get on to something else without having to be tied to the capture station.
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