Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training
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Exporting your sequence as a file


Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training

with Ashley Kennedy

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Video: Exporting your sequence as a file

When exporting files from Media Composer, there are several types of files that are useful in DVD creation and making web-based movies. We'll go over these in this lesson. Okay, so I have my sequence here, and we're working with the mixdown version of the sequence. You don't have to mixdown, because when you export files Media Composer will render all video and audio effects upon export, but if you've done the work in making a mixdown, the whole process is going to go much quicker.
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  1. 3m 55s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 39s
  2. 22m 41s
    1. Touring the Select Project window
      4m 30s
    2. Exploring bins
      4m 24s
    3. Customizing user settings
      3m 36s
    4. Setting up and organizing a project
      5m 58s
    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 29s
    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 40s
  5. 54m 24s
    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 46s
    6. Using workspaces
      6m 42s
    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 43s
    1. Trimming with JKL
      4m 53s
    2. Performing Slip edits
      6m 1s
    3. Performing Slide edits
      5m 39s
    4. Performing Replace edits
      4m 10s
  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 3s
    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 2s
    4. Keyframing segment effects
      5m 30s
    5. Nesting and auto-nesting
      5m 55s
    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 11s
    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 18s
    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. 13m 0s
    1. Deleting material from the bin
      5m 29s
    2. Understanding the Media tool
      4m 47s
    3. Deleting unreferenced clips
      2m 44s
  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

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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
Media Composer
Ashley Kennedy

Exporting your sequence as a file

When exporting files from Media Composer, there are several types of files that are useful in DVD creation and making web-based movies. We'll go over these in this lesson. Okay, so I have my sequence here, and we're working with the mixdown version of the sequence. You don't have to mixdown, because when you export files Media Composer will render all video and audio effects upon export, but if you've done the work in making a mixdown, the whole process is going to go much quicker.

So, we've got it done, so we'll go with that, and I'm just going to right-click on the sequence and choose Export. This is where we choose the destination and where we can name it. Under Export Setting, we have quite a few different settings that we can choose here, and I'm going to choose Send To QT movie because we're going to make a QuickTime. When I click on Options, we've even have more choices that we can make. Up here at the top, if I click in the Export As, pull down menu, there are quite a few file types that I can choose here.

I'm going to choose QuickTime Movie. To the right of that, I have Use Marks and Use Enable Tracks. If I select Use Marks, it will export between an in and an out point that I have in my sequence. If I choose Use Enable Tracks, it will export only the tracks that I have enabled in the Timeline. Next, I have Same as Source and Custom. Same as Source is going to export a QuickTime at the same resolution that I'm working with in Media Composer. Under the Same as Source, I can select to export video and audio or just video or just audio, and I can choose my color levels. 601709 is what I'll choose.

And I can also choose my Display Aspect Ratio. So we're working in 16x9 standard definition, so that's what we'll choose here. If I had chosen Custom, this brings up a whole host of other options I can select, the biggest being the Format Options button right here. If I click on this, this will allow me to customize my video and audio settings, and I'll just show you what it looks like in here. I have a Compression Type list that if I wanted to select a specific compression on the way out of Media Composer, I could choose something from this list.

I don't want to, so I'm going click Cancel, and Cancel again to get me back to my window. Again, I can choose Video and Audio or just Video or just Audio. I can also customize the size of my frame. So if I wanted to go the web, I could pick a very small size on the way out. I also can select my File Field Order, and again, my Aspect Ratio. I'm going to choose Same as Source so we don't have so many options to go over here, and I'll go ahead and save that out. If I had made some choices, I could save a template for using later.

I'll go ahead and save, and this is going to be a full QuickTime movie, so I'm just going to call this QT movie, and I'll save, and it exports. All right, so I have a QuickTime movie on my desktop. We'll look at it in just a second, but I first want to create one more type of file. If I right-click on the sequence and choose export again, instead of Send to QT movie, I'm going to choose QuickTime Reference. Then when I quick on Options, you see that it gives me a couple of other choices.

Again, I can use marks or use enabled tracks. I have the same file types within this menu, but it allows me to render all my video effects on its way out or it mix down the audio tracks. Now, why is it asking me this? When I export a QuickTime reference, it's not actually exporting a stand-alone movie. Rather, it's only exporting a pointer file. It points to my media on my drives. Therefore, if I have any non- rendered video or audio effects, that media obviously doesn't exist.

Therefore, I can choose for it to render the video effects or mix down my audio tracks upon export. Now again, we've done the work ahead of time in making a video mixdown and an audio mixdown so we don't need to check those boxes. I'm going to click Save and I'm just going title this QT reference and save that out. And you can see that that was pretty much immediate. Again, it's not making any media; it's just making a pointer file. So, I'm going to minimize Avid, and here we have a QuickTime movie and a QuickTime reference.

Let us go ahead and check the sizes of each of these files. I'll right-click and Properties, and you can see that this is almost 200 MB. If I check the size of the QuickTime reference file, you can see that it's 5 KB. That's a lot smaller. Again, this is a stand-alone movie and if I took this to another system, it would play, as long as I had QuickTime installed. If I took my QuickTime Reference to another system, it wouldn't play, because it wouldn't be able to read my media.

So, stand-alone movie, reference file, which is just another word for a pointer file. You can usually take either one of these files to a third-party encoding program, like Sorenson Squeeze or Compressor, and make it into a different type of file. You can also take either one of these types of files into a DVD authoring program and author a DVD. So a QuickTime reference is often a really great option because it doesn't take a lot of time to export and it works in the same fashion.

I'm going to go ahead and open up Avid again, and I'm going to right-click on my sequence and choose Send To this time. This is a list full of canned templates that are really common ways to export things out of Media Composer. For example, I can choose DVD and I can either choose DVD Authoring or DVD OneStep, where it actually sends it straight to a DVD authoring program package with Media Composer. But I will just go ahead and choose DVD Authoring so you can see what this looks like. This has a lot of export options, all of which is customizable.

And here is the summary of everything that I have chosen for my DVD authoring export. If I changed any of the choices up here, I could save a template for using later. As you can see, there are a lot of export options in Media Composer. All it takes is a little experimentation on your part.

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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.

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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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