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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.
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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