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Customizing user settings

From: Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training

Video: Customizing user settings

In this movie, we're going to stay inside the Project window, but we're going to talk about settings. Settings are the way that you can customize your editing environment. I'm going to expand this window. You'll be able to see the list of settings on the left and the type of setting that it is over here on the right side. And as you see, most of the settings are User settings. This follows you, the user, as you go from system to system and from project to project.

Customizing user settings

In this movie, we're going to stay inside the Project window, but we're going to talk about settings. Settings are the way that you can customize your editing environment. I'm going to expand this window. You'll be able to see the list of settings on the left and the type of setting that it is over here on the right side. And as you see, most of the settings are User settings. This follows you, the user, as you go from system to system and from project to project.

There are also Project settings, which are specific to this project, and there are Site settings, which are specific to this computer system and everything connected to it. We are going to spend the vast majority of our time talking about User settings because it's important that you build your own editing workspace. So a very common User setting is something like the interface. And a quick way to get to a specific setting is to just click on any setting and then press the first letter that it starts with.

So I'm going to press I and that gets me to my I's, and I will double-click on Interface. And this is going to show me what my user interface looks like. There are a couple of options I can choose. For example, perhaps I would like my interface to look a little bit darker, and I can apply that to see if I like it. And maybe I want my accent color to change from blue to, say, purple, and we'll apply that, and you can see the change is made over here in the interface.

There are also a lot more options that we won't discuss now, but you can go through those on your own and set it up exactly how you like. We'll go ahead and OK that. Another extremely common User setting is your keyboard. We're going to customize our keyboard heavily in a future movie, but I just want to show you one thing that you can do to any of your settings if you choose to. So, I'm going to click on Keyboard and I'm going to press Ctrl+D or Command+D if I was on the Mac.

This duplicates my settings. For example, I can have one keyboard that is dedicated to my general editing environment and another keyboard that's dedicated to my audio environment. I would then move from setting to setting by shifting this check mark right here. Now as you can see, there are many, many more User settings that you can explore on your own and that we'll definitely explore in future movies. Examples of a Project setting are things like Audio Project, where you define how your audio comes into this project, and things like Media Creation settings.

Go ahead and type M. Here is my Media Creation settings, and this is where I set things like my media resolution and the hard drives to which my media is captured to, things that are very important for this project. Finally, there is Site settings. A common Site setting is something like Deck Configuration, where I can choose how this system interfaces with the deck connected to it. It's something that is very specific to this system and that's why it's called a Site setting. Now again, this was just an introduction on how to access your settings, a little bit on how to change them, but we will go further into that in future movies.

It's just important to get familiar with where everything lives and how everything works, because as we go forward, we'll begin slowly adding to this information, until you've set up your own efficient, comfortable editing workspace.

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  1. 3m 55s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 39s
  2. 22m 54s
    1. Touring the Select Project window
      4m 45s
    2. Exploring bins
      4m 23s
    3. Customizing user settings
      3m 36s
    4. Setting up and organizing a project
      5m 57s
    5. Saving and backing up the project
      4m 13s
  3. 57m 27s
    1. Touring the Composer Monitor and the Timeline
      2m 29s
    2. Touring the Edit interface
      5m 6s
    3. Splicing shots
      7m 43s
    4. Splicing non-linearly
      2m 43s
    5. Overwriting shots
      4m 35s
    6. Removing shots using Extract and Lift
      4m 38s
    7. Using Segment mode (Extract/Splice) to switch shots
      6m 37s
    8. Using Segment mode (Lift/Overwrite) to move shots
      6m 31s
    9. Using Extract/Splice and Lift/Overwrite together
      3m 32s
    10. Manipulating the Timeline directly
      4m 34s
    11. Creating subclips and subsequences
      3m 48s
    12. Adding multiple video and audio tracks
      5m 11s
  4. 23m 28s
    1. Understanding trimming
      3m 19s
    2. Performing single-roller trims
      5m 15s
    3. Performing dual-roller trims
      3m 54s
    4. Using Ripple Trim and Overwrite Trim
      5m 4s
    5. Understanding sync
      3m 17s
    6. Solving sync problems
      2m 39s
  5. 54m 26s
    1. Navigating with JKL
      3m 26s
    2. Using navigation shortcuts
      4m 47s
    3. Using the Command palette
      6m 4s
    4. Customizing the Timeline
      4m 54s
    5. Using bin layouts
      3m 49s
    6. Using workspaces
      6m 41s
    7. Sorting and sifting clips
      5m 57s
    8. Using the Find tool
      5m 13s
    9. Using markers
      5m 54s
    10. Using PhraseFind
      3m 21s
    11. Using ScriptSync
      4m 20s
  6. 20m 42s
    1. Trimming with JKL
      4m 53s
    2. Performing Slip edits
      6m 1s
    3. Performing Slide edits
      5m 39s
    4. Performing Replace edits
      4m 9s
  7. 27m 17s
    1. Reading audio levels and pan
      5m 42s
    2. Using the audio mixer
      10m 1s
    3. Keyframing audio
      7m 6s
    4. Recording audio adjustments on the fly
      4m 28s
  8. 55m 1s
    1. Using Quick Transition effects
      4m 6s
    2. Using the Transition Manipulation tool
      3m 12s
    3. Using the Effects palette and the Effect Editor
      6m 1s
    4. Keyframing segment effects
      5m 30s
    5. Nesting and auto-nesting
      5m 54s
    6. Saving effect templates
      3m 23s
    7. Building basic composites using vertical effects
      4m 7s
    8. Using the picture-in-picture (PIP) effect
      5m 14s
    9. Using the Color effect
      4m 24s
    10. Creating basic motion effects
      6m 55s
    11. Using Timewarp
      6m 15s
  9. 11m 48s
    1. Understanding system performance
      6m 13s
    2. Rendering intelligently
      5m 35s
  10. 26m 44s
    1. Analyzing footage for problems
      2m 27s
    2. Using the Y-Waveform monitor to set whites and blacks
      7m 16s
    3. Using the RGB Parade to correct color casts
      5m 50s
    4. Using the Vectorscope to improve skin tones
      5m 34s
    5. Using auto color correction
      5m 37s
  11. 30m 10s
    1. Formatting and enhancing text using Avid Marquee
      5m 32s
    2. Using Marquee to apply shapes and gradients
      5m 18s
    3. Using title templates
      3m 45s
    4. Bringing the title into Media Composer
      3m 54s
    5. Revising the title
      2m 17s
    6. Creating rolling and crawling titles
      5m 14s
    7. Using AutoTitler
      4m 10s
  12. 32m 37s
    1. Importing files
      6m 47s
    2. Linking to files using AMA
      3m 36s
    3. Linking to hi-res stills
      5m 59s
    4. Using the Avid Marketplace
      2m 50s
    5. Using the Capture tool
      5m 19s
    6. Capturing footage
      3m 41s
    7. Batch capturing
      4m 25s
  13. 12m 58s
    1. Deleting material from the bin
      5m 29s
    2. Understanding the Media tool
      4m 46s
    3. Deleting unreferenced clips
      2m 43s
  14. 17m 35s
    1. Preparing your sequence for output
      5m 44s
    2. Performing a digital cut
      5m 26s
    3. Exporting your sequence as a file
      6m 25s
  15. 19m 2s
    1. Solving offline media
      6m 48s
    2. Re-linking media
      3m 0s
    3. Resetting Avid settings
      5m 9s
    4. Using the Avid Attic
      4m 5s
  16. 44s
    1. Additional resources
      44s

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