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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.
- Often once you've edited your show, you'll wanna keep the media associated with your finished sequence, and delete the media that didn't make it into the sequence. In this movie we'll learn how to isolate the needed from the unneeded media. OK, so if this is my finished sequence, and it's the final sequence that I care about, and I wanna delete all the media not associated with this sequence, I can do so by using the media tool. I'm gonna open the media tool, and I'm gonna choose all of the media that's on my D drive that I originally captured into the Urban Nutcracker Basics or Urban Nutcracker Full projects.
I'm gonna choose my Master Clips and Precomputes, and say OK. If this is my finished sequence, and it's the sequence that I care about, I'm going to go into my Fast menu and select Media Relatives. By doing this, it's going to select the relatives in any open bins of the media associated with my sequence. And because the media tool is a bin, it's gonna select it there as well. OK, so in the media tool I have all of the clips associated with my Magician sequence highlighted, and all of the clips not associated with it are not highlighted.
Now if I hit delete now, that wouldn't be good because I would be taking my entire sequence offline. So instead, I'm gonna come to my media tool, and I'm going to reverse my selection. And now everything that is not in my sequence is highlighted. When I press delete, I can isolate video only, audio only, just my precomputes, it's up to me. Now I don't wanna delete because I don't want all my media to go offline.
But this is a great workflow for getting exactly what you need to stay on your drive and deleting the stuff that you don't need from your drive. When we were talking about effects and titles, we mentioned that sometimes you render an effect or title, and then sometimes that link to that media file that you've created is broken, creating what is called an orphan file. It lives on your drive, but doesn't have a reference to it. So we can get rid of these unreferenced precomputes by using the media tool.
If I open the media tool, and I'm going to select both my C and D drive, 'cause I have some rendered media on my C drive. And I wanna select both Urban Nutcracker Basics and Urban Nutcracker Full, and just Precomputes instead of Master Clips as well. I'll go ahead and hit OK, and we have all of the precompute data on my C and D drives. Now I'll go ahead and select my media relatives. In the media tool it selects all of the precompute files that are associated with this sequence.
Again I don't wanna delete those. I wanna reverse my selection, and now I can delete all of these precomputes and clean up those orphan files from my drive. Identifying media relatives and deleting the inverse of the selection is a very powerful tool in clearing out unwanted media. Treat the process with care, though, as you wanna make sure that you're deleting only the material that you don't need. Once you're sure, it's a great way to help keep your drives clear of clutter and streamline the post-production process for future projects.
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