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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.
Once you've launched Avid Media Composer, you'll see a number of windows in front of you. We're first going to focus on the Project window, located here in the lower-left portion of the screen. The Project window is the central repository of everything inside of your project. As you see, there are six tabs going across here and if I expand this, you'll be able to see all six. And we have the Bin tab, the Settings, our Effect palette, Format, Usage, and Info.
And in this movie, we'll just focus on the bins. So as you see here, we have six bins, and inside each one of these bins are the clips, which we talked about in a prior movie. Here are the clip icons, and there are a number of different icons, whether it's a video clip or an audio clip or a subclip-- you'll see them all throughout this course. But these are all just master clips. If I want to close a bin, I just click on the red X in the upper right-hand corner and if I was on a Mac, it would be in the upper left-hand corner. And if I want to open up multiple bins, I can either do so separately or what's really great about Media Composer 6 is that they've introduced a tabbed interface.
So I can just drag my bin into this heading right here and the bin will open right beside the previous bin and I can toggle back and forth like so. And I can open up as many as I want. And as you can see, we really can't see what the bins are called anymore. To make it easy, there's this dropdown menu where I can toggle between them, like so. So I can have as many bins as I want open, and this is a really great organizational tool, so we don't have window clutter and so that we could contain all of the things that we want to work on at once in one location.
And if you look down here, you can see the difference in icon between an open bin and a closed bin. To close a bin within the tabbed interface, just click on this x. Bins can be organized inside of folders, and this menu right here, called a Fast menu, contains the option to create a new folder. So, I'll just create a new folder. I want to name this immediately. Let's create a folder for my Broll. And we just want to drag our Broll bins inside. And you can see the contents of my bin, if my disclosure triangle is pointed down.
I can close that by just clicking on it, and we'll open it again. And if I want to put multiple bins inside of my folder, I can just click and Shift+Click to select them all and drag them all in. To take a bin outside of a folder, I can just drag into an empty space on the Project window and out they come. To create a new bin, click on New Bin or use my keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+N or Command+N if I was on a Mac. And again, I immediately want to rename this, so we'll just name this _Sequences. And as you see, I actually put in an underscore at the beginning of sequences because when I hit Enter, it gets sent to the very top of the bin because these are ordered alphanumerically, and I always like to have immediate access to my sequences, which are the construction of all of my clips that make my show.
If I'd like to delete bins or folders, I can just click on the icon and press Delete on my keyboard. And I'll delete the Broll Folder 2. And as you see here, I can see the contents of my trash, but I can't open anything inside of it. It gives me this error that says I cannot open bins in the trash. I have to move it out first. So to do that, again, you just drag it into an empty place in the Project window and out it comes. To empty the trash, I come up to my Fast menu again and say Empty Trash, and it asks me if I'm sure.
Yes, I am, and it's emptied. Keep in mind, most editors don't actually empty the trash until they're done with the project because while it's nice to discard of things that you don't think you'll need in the future, it's always nice to bring it back in an emergency.
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