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Exporting a QuickTime movie or QuickTime reference


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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.
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  1. 3m 43s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 27s
  2. 22m 59s
    1. Understanding clips and media files
      2m 34s
    2. Understanding the Select Project window
      5m 40s
    3. Working in the Project window
      5m 35s
    4. Setting up and organizing a project
      5m 13s
    5. Saving and backing up
      3m 57s
  3. 50m 15s
    1. Using the Composer Monitor and the timeline
      6m 32s
    2. Adding shots using Splice
      5m 57s
    3. Adding shots using Overwrite
      7m 2s
    4. Removing shots using Extract and Lift
      4m 31s
    5. Using Extract/Splice Segment Mode to switch shots in the timeline
      5m 1s
    6. Using Lift/Overwrite Segment Mode to move shots in the timeline
      5m 59s
    7. Using direct timeline manipulation
      4m 6s
    8. Using subclips and subsequences
      3m 48s
    9. Adding and patching video tracks
      7m 19s
  4. 26m 39s
    1. Understanding trimming
      3m 42s
    2. Using A-side Single-Roller Trim to improve audio timing
      7m 59s
    3. Using B-side Single-Roller Trim to improve audio timing
      5m 41s
    4. Using Dual-Roller Trim to refine video
      6m 5s
    5. Using Ripple Trim and Overwrite Trim
      3m 12s
  5. 24m 8s
    1. Using the J-K-L keys for navigation
      4m 15s
    2. Using navigation shortcuts
      6m 26s
    3. Using the Command palette
      6m 4s
    4. Sorting and sifting clips
      7m 23s
  6. 20m 38s
    1. J-K-L trimming
      4m 11s
    2. On-the-fly trimming
      7m 18s
    3. Advanced trim methods: Slip mode
      5m 18s
    4. Advanced trim methods: Slide mode
      3m 51s
  7. 21m 33s
    1. Using the Audio tool to read audio levels
      6m 18s
    2. Using the Audio Mixer to adjust audio level and pan
      8m 27s
    3. Keyframing audio for intra-segment audio adjustments
      6m 48s
  8. 55m 23s
    1. Using Quick Transition effects
      5m 19s
    2. Using the Effects palette and the Effects Editor
      5m 21s
    3. Keyframing segment effects
      6m 0s
    4. Using nesting and auto-nesting
      5m 49s
    5. Saving effects templates
      5m 34s
    6. Building basic composites using vertical effects
      4m 53s
    7. Using the Picture-in-Picture effect
      6m 41s
    8. Creating basic motion effects
      5m 55s
    9. Using Timewarp
      5m 56s
    10. Using the Color effect
      3m 55s
  9. 9m 48s
    1. Understanding system performance
      5m 58s
    2. Rendering tracks
      3m 50s
  10. 20m 30s
    1. Analyzing footage for problems
      3m 8s
    2. Using the Y-Waveform monitor to set whites and blacks
      5m 34s
    3. Using the RGB Parade to correct color casts
      4m 42s
    4. Using the Vectorscope to improve skin tones
      3m 27s
    5. Correcting color automatically
      3m 39s
  11. 29m 16s
    1. Formatting and enhancing text using Avid Marquee
      6m 52s
    2. Using Marquee to apply shapes and gradients
      4m 23s
    3. Using title templates
      2m 40s
    4. Bringing a title into Media Composer
      3m 42s
    5. Revising the title
      2m 49s
    6. Creating rolling and crawling titles
      4m 40s
    7. Using Auto-Titler
      4m 10s
  12. 22m 3s
    1. Using the Capture tool
      5m 7s
    2. Capturing footage
      4m 26s
    3. Batch-capturing
      4m 46s
    4. Adjusting settings for import
      5m 7s
    5. Using AMA (Avid Media Access) for QuickTime imports
      2m 37s
  13. 16m 54s
    1. Understanding deletion types and cases
      3m 51s
    2. Performing bin deletion
      3m 17s
    3. Understanding the Media tool
      6m 17s
    4. Identifying and deleting media relatives and non-relatives
      3m 29s
  14. 15m 31s
    1. Understanding media delivery types
      2m 28s
    2. Preparing a sequence for digital cut to print to tape
      2m 48s
    3. Performing a digital cut
      5m 8s
    4. Exporting a QuickTime movie or QuickTime reference
      5m 7s
  15. 14m 39s
    1. Solving the offline media problem
      3m 58s
    2. Re-linking media
      2m 19s
    3. Solving Avid settings corruption
      4m 35s
    4. Using the Avid Attic to find and retrieve bins
      3m 47s
  16. 19s
    1. Goodbye
      19s

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Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training
5h 54m Beginner Jul 07, 2010

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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.

Topics include:
  • Adding and removing shots to build multi-track sequences
  • Trimming shots to improve audio timing and refine video
  • Learning navigation shortcuts
  • Customizing the workspace for an individualized editing experience
  • Using advanced trim methods
  • Adjusting audio levels and panning
  • Applying effects, such as Picture-in-Picture and Timewarp
  • Color correcting footage using a variety of built-in video scopes
  • Understanding the rendering and system performance relationship
  • Titling footage with Avid Marquee
  • Capturing and importing footage
  • Performing intelligent media management strategies
  • Exporting and printing to tape
Subjects:
Video Video Editing
Software:
Media Composer
Author:
Ashley Kennedy

Exporting a QuickTime movie or QuickTime reference

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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