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In this course, author Ashley Kennedy demonstrates basic and intermediate video editing techniques in Avid Media Composer. The course explains how to build sequences, mix audio, apply effects, and color-correct footage. The course also shows how to create titles, manage and output media, capture and import footage, and troubleshoot common post-production issues.
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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