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Deleting material from the bin


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Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training

with Ashley Kennedy

Video: Deleting material from the bin

An important part of post-production process is managing your media in a way that doesn't clutter your workspace and drives; therefore, deletion is often a necessary step in cleaning up after a project. There are several methods of deleting files, and let's take a look at these. First, as you remember from the beginning of the course, you need both the master clip and the media file for nonlinear editing to work. And as you remember, once you take away one of these elements, editing does not work anymore. The relationship is broken. Why? Well, because master clips, which are pointer files, won't work if they are not pointing to something, and media files, which need pointer files to be read, are not good to you if there is nothing pointing at them.
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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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Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training
6h 56m Beginner Dec 08, 2011

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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.

Topics include:
  • Adding and removing shots to build multi-track sequences
  • Trimming shots to fine-tune sequences
  • Exploring navigation shortcuts and project management strategies
  • Customizing the editing workspace
  • Using advanced editing and trimming methods
  • Adjusting audio levels and pan
  • Applying, nesting, compositing, and revising video effects
  • Understanding the relationship between rendering and system performance
  • Incorporating intelligent media management strategies
Subjects:
Video Video Editing
Software:
Media Composer
Author:
Ashley Kennedy

Deleting material from the bin

An important part of post-production process is managing your media in a way that doesn't clutter your workspace and drives; therefore, deletion is often a necessary step in cleaning up after a project. There are several methods of deleting files, and let's take a look at these. First, as you remember from the beginning of the course, you need both the master clip and the media file for nonlinear editing to work. And as you remember, once you take away one of these elements, editing does not work anymore. The relationship is broken. Why? Well, because master clips, which are pointer files, won't work if they are not pointing to something, and media files, which need pointer files to be read, are not good to you if there is nothing pointing at them.

Okay, so that part is clear. But sometimes you want to delete data so that you can clear up drive space or so that you can better organize multiple projects on one drive. Let us talk about how you might want to do this. In this movie, I am going to talk about the three ways to delete media from your bin. In the next movie, we are actually going to talk about how to do this in the Media tool, so that you can do it across multiple bins and even multiple projects. All right, to delete media from your bin, you simply highlight it, and then press the delete key on your keyboard and the Delete dialog box comes up.

We have three choices: we can either delete the master clip and not the media file, we can delete the media file and not the master clip, or we can delete both. Let us go through these three options. The most often-used choice is to delete the media file but not the master clip. This is because your master clip, even when the media file is not present still has all of the metadata that defines it. It knows how long it is, it knows its time code, it knows its associated tracks, its codecs, everything.

So, if was to delete this, which I will by pressing OK, and, yes I am sure, and I load this into the Source monitor, you will see that this media is now offline. However, I am going to expand my bin and I am going to come in to the Bin Fast menu, choose Columns, and I am just going to select them all, and click OK. Notice that even though my clip is offline, we still know a lot of information about it.

All the way across, it still knows a lot about my clip. So, this will allow me to very easily bring this back online by either batch capturing or batch importing. I would capture if it came from tape. I would do a batch-import if it originated as a file. To do either of these, I simply right-click and choose either Batch Capture or Batch Import. Indeed, you can bring an entire project back online years after the fact by simply doing a batch-capture or a batch-import.

Again, that would be deleting a sequence rather than a master clip, but for the purposes of demonstration, we are showing this with a clip. I am going to go ahead and chose my clip again and press Delete. And I would like to talk about the second way of deleting something. I could choose both my master clip and my media files, and then I can also further choose just my audio, just my video, or both, and this is only if I am sure I will never ever need this data again.

And you know what? To be honest, unless this was a project you know you will never be coming back to, you can't say that you are not going to be able to spare a few megabytes of space to keep your project files safe. So bottom line, unless you are sure, just keep your project data. You make thank yourself later that you did. So just to show you that it is going to completely disappear from my bin, I will go ahead and do this. We will delete both the master clip and the media file, press OK, yes, I am sure, and it is gone. If I want to get that back, I have to recapture and re-import, and then it is not going to fit succinctly back into my sequence if it is edited there.

So you've really got to be sure. I am going to click on my clip again and press Delete, and I want to discuss the last method. I could select my master clip and not my media file. You would really never ever want to do this. This means that you have the large media file, your large file video and audio file that will remain on your drives clogging up space, and you are going to delete the small important metadata that refers to that file away forever.

That means that you have nothing to refer to it and nonlinear editing is not going to work. So you have just got media files clogging up your drive. This results in something called an orphan file, which is simply media on your drive without anything pointing to it. Again, you never ever want to do this. So I am going to click Cancel. As you can see, deleting is an important and necessary part of the post- production process, so you need to know what you are deleting and why. Again, most of the time you are going to choose option number 1, deleting the media files but keeping your project data, so that you can bring your project back online in the future if needed.

In the next movie, we will talk about how to use the Media tool so that you can delete media from multiple bins, multiple projects, and multiple drives.

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Q: When I open the exercise files, the media is all offline. I tried to reconnect using the steps in Chapter 14, but that isn't working. What do I do?
A: Make sure to watch the "Using the Exercise Files" video. The Avid MediaFiles folder must be located at the root directory of the media drive (i.e. not inside any other folders, such as the exercise files folder), or all media will be offline. Here's a summary.

1. In the lynda exercise files, there is a folder called Avid MediaFiles. Inside of that folder is a folder called MXF, and inside of the MXF folder is a folder called 1.

2. Rename the "1" folder to "2" (or any other number).

3. In a separate window, open the MXF folder of the Avid MediaFiles folder that's already on your system (not the exercise files folder). Drag the "2" folder from the exercise files to this MXF folder. You will now have both a "1" and a "2" folder. 
The media for this course will be in the "2" folder.
 
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