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Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training

Importing files


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Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training

with Ashley Kennedy

Video: Importing files

When inputting media into Avid, one option for working with file-based media is to import your media. Now, importing involves bringing in movie files, graphics, animations, photographs, and the like, and then taking that file's native type and transcoding it to Avid's native file type, which is MXF. Now, there are quite a few options that you'll need to consider when you do this, and we will go through all of those in this movie. Now, before we actually do an import, I want to show you where Avid's native file types are kept.
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  1. 3m 55s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 39s
  2. 22m 54s
    1. Touring the Select Project window
      4m 45s
    2. Exploring bins
      4m 23s
    3. Customizing user settings
      3m 36s
    4. Setting up and organizing a project
      5m 57s
    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 28s
    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 39s
  5. 54m 26s
    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 49s
    6. Using workspaces
      6m 41s
    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 42s
    1. Trimming with JKL
      4m 53s
    2. Performing Slip edits
      6m 1s
    3. Performing Slide edits
      5m 39s
    4. Performing Replace edits
      4m 9s
  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 1s
    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 1s
    4. Keyframing segment effects
      5m 30s
    5. Nesting and auto-nesting
      5m 54s
    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 10s
    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 17s
    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. 12m 58s
    1. Deleting material from the bin
      5m 29s
    2. Understanding the Media tool
      4m 46s
    3. Deleting unreferenced clips
      2m 43s
  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
      44s

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Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training
6h 56m Beginner Dec 08, 2011

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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
Subjects:
Video Video Editing
Software:
Media Composer
Author:
Ashley Kennedy

Importing files

When inputting media into Avid, one option for working with file-based media is to import your media. Now, importing involves bringing in movie files, graphics, animations, photographs, and the like, and then taking that file's native type and transcoding it to Avid's native file type, which is MXF. Now, there are quite a few options that you'll need to consider when you do this, and we will go through all of those in this movie. Now, before we actually do an import, I want to show you where Avid's native file types are kept.

If I go to my Data drive, which is my D drive, I am going to see a folder called Avid Media Files at the root directory of my media drive. Inside there, I have an MXF folder. Inside there, I have a numbered folder, and then inside there, I have all of my MXF files. Again, these are the files that are created whenever I import any media, capture any media, or create any media, like when I render a file.

In a future movie, we will talk about a different way that Avid accesses media, called AMA, but for the time being, just think about the Avid Media Files folder as the central repository for all of our native media. Okay, so we know where it's kept. Now let's talk about format. Now, we have a Format tab that we haven't touched much. I am going to click on that. And we have here a lot of different information about the format of the media in my project. Now, earlier in the course I recommended that you find out what format your media was shot in and then set up your project accordingly.

We are still not going to go into much more detail than that, but I do want to address a couple more things about this format. So depending on what I have chosen here as my project type and my raster dimension, that's going to affect the media type that I have in my Media Creation settings. I can find my Media Creation settings under Tools > Media Creation, and that corresponds to Ctrl+5 or Command+5 on a Mac. Now again, depending on my project type, I have different resolutions available for import.

I am going to leave this on DNxHD 145, but you can see that we have a few options. 1:1 is totally uncompressed, so it's going to produce very large files. Everything else is going to have an element of compression. Below that, we chose where our media is going to go. So I want my media to go to my Data drive and when it does that, it's going to go inside that Avid Media Files folder. So I am all set here. I can go ahead and apply to all, and Apply to All, so that all media I create is the same resolution and goes to the same place.

I am going to go ahead and click OK. Next, I am going to talk about the available settings for import. You need an open bin to perform an import, and you can just right-click and chose Import. Here at the bottom should look familiar. We can choose the video resolution. Here is everything that we previously saw in Media Creation settings, as well as the drive. But the real important button is the Options button. I am going to go ahead and click on Options. And we aren't going to discuss everything here, but I want to discuss a few important things within the Image tab.

If I know that my image is sized in the exact same resolution as my video, which as you see here, is 1920x1080, then I am going to chose option number one. Under Video Mapping, I recommend that you choose 601 SD or 709 HD for the video colorspace, unless you know that it was created in the RGB colorspace. Again, this is beyond the scope of the course, but by and large, most of the time you can choose this last option here.

Here's where we choose how long our still-frame duration is going to last. So this is going to be a thirty-second photograph that we are going to bring in. I am going to go ahead and leave this one ordered for current format, and we don't have an alpha channel, so I am going to ignore this. I am going to go ahead and click OK, so we set our settings. I am first going to bring in native1. I am going to go ahead and click Open, and I will go ahead and load this into the Source monitor. It looks really good.

Again, I have thirty seconds of the still image. Now, this looks like it was sized for current format, 1920x1080. Let's just verify that. So I have clicked on this and we see that yes, it is 1920x1080. So it was in fact sized for the current format. Now, right next to it, we have a vertical image, which is also 1920x1080, but the wrong way. So let's see what happens when we bring that image in using the first option.

Import, and we are going to make sure that our first option, Image size for current format, is chosen, and I am going to click OK, and we're going to navigate to our vertical image, and Open. Let's go ahead and load this one up. Oh! Doesn't look very good. Now what Avid has done is it stretched and squeezed and made it fit. So that's what happens when you chose option number one when something is not sized correctly. So we obviously want to bring this in a little bit differently.

I am going to go ahead and right-click, Import, and we'll go ahead and chose it again. But now we will go to Options and I am going to choose option number four, Resize Image to Fit Format Raster. Options two and three do have their time and place, but for the purposes of this course, usually it's either sized correctly or you need Avid to resize it and then keep the shape, which is what option number four does. I am not going to touch anything else, but I am going to click OK, and let's go ahead and open.

Let's load this one. So it looks a lot better. Our shape was maintained, and we can work with this. Now, in a future movie, we'll actually talk about how to link to photos instead of import them. But if you do import them, you do need to know the difference between the various import options. So once you figure out your import format, your destination drive, and several important import settings, you're good to go. Keep in mind, this process works not only for photographs, but also countless varieties of movies, graphics, and animation file types.

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Q: When I open the exercise files, the media is all offline. I tried to reconnect using the steps in Chapter 14, but that isn't working. What do I do?
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.

1. In the lynda exercise files, there is a folder called Avid MediaFiles. Inside of that folder is a folder called MXF, and inside of the MXF folder is a folder called 1.

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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