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In Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training, author Ashley Kennedy demonstrates basic and intermediate editing techniques in Media Composer, one of the most widely used nonlinear, video editing systems. This course covers how to build sequences, mix audio, color correct footage, apply effects, and troubleshoot common post-production issues in Media Composer. Exercise files accompany the course.
When exporting files from Media Composer, there are several types of files that are useful in DVD creation and making web-based movies. In this movie, we will discuss two of these. QuickTime Movie and QuickTime Reference. A QuickTime Movie, which is appended with .mov, is one of the most common types of video files. Depending on the Export Settings you choose, a QuickTime Movie can be a very high-resolution copy of your sequence or a very compressed low-res copy of your sequence.
It's a standalone file, which means the movie will play on any system. It doesn't have to be the system you edited on. A QuickTime Reference, also a .mov, looks and acts a lot like a QuickTime Movie but it's actually quite different. It's actually a reference file or pointer file, which means that it points to the media on your media drive. Therefore, if you bring a QuickTime Reference file to another system that doesn't contain your project's media, it won't play. Because it's just a pointer file, it's much, much smaller than a regular QuickTime Movie.
Think of it like master clips pointing to your media. It's the exact same thing but it's outside of Media Composer and you are able to take the file and interface it with a compressing program or a DVD authoring program. Okay, so we have our sequence here and let's take a look at how we set it up for export for a QuickTime Reference or a QuickTime Movie. I am just going to right-click and Export. Under Export Settings, I can either choose QuickTime Reference or Send To QT Movie. Under these options, I am going to Export As QuickTime Movie.
I can export in between In and Out marks, or I can export just certain tracks of my sequence. If I want to export the same resolution as my sequence, I choose Same as Source. Or if I'd like to customize it, I can choose Custom, Format Options, and Video Settings, and under my Compression Type, I have a lot of different options. I can then also specify my Frame Rate, my Data Rate and my Compressor settings. For sound, I can choose what sample rate and bit depth I want.
And as we keep going down, I am able to select whether I want both my video and my audio or just one or the other, and then for my size, I can choose my project resolution, which it is by default, or I can choose something smaller if I am going to the web. Under Display Aspect Ratio, I usually want to select Native dimensions, so it's the same aspect ratio as my project. And then once I set the destination, I am ready to go.
Again, a QuickTime Movie is going to create a standalone file so it's going to take some time. I am going to go ahead and cancel this so that we can also go over QuickTime Reference. Export, QuickTime Reference, Options, and as you see, it doesn't give us as much customizability as a QuickTime Movie does because again, we are not compressing the file. We are simply sending a pointer file out of Media Composer. But again I can choose a certain portion of the sequence to export as well as certain tracks.
I want to choose Digital Mastering, and then these four options here, because I usually want to create separate files for my video effects, my audio effects and my audio tracks, because while Media Composer is able to play through those in real-time, I want to make sure that my QuickTime Reference file can do that as well. So we are going to create some media for those. And I am going to also make sure that my aspect ratio is exactly how I want it. Again, we have a 16:9 project so we want to make sure that we are at a 16:9 aspect ratio.
I will go ahead and export a QuickTime Reference because it's not going to take much time. I will go ahead and send it to my Desktop. Save it out. It creates that AIFF audio Export. The video export is done in no time at all and here we go. It sends out two files. One is the .mov and as you see it's only 32 kilobytes and the other is an AIFF. (Music Playing.) And it's our sequence.
It's a pointer file pointing to my raw media. It took no time at all to export and I am ready to send it to a compressor program or a DVD authoring program. One more thing to show you inside Media Composer. If I right-click and choose Send To > DVD > DVD One Step, it does the exact same thing. It sets up a QuickTime Reference and it allows me to customize it as I want and save it as a template if I like. Also, if I have a program that I'd like to auto-launch when it's done, I can certainly do so.
File-based delivery and distribution is really common nowadays. So using QuickTimes and QuickTime References to export for DVD or the web will be extremely useful to you.
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