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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.
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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