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Linking to files using AMA


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Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training

with Ashley Kennedy

Video: Linking to files using AMA

A more and more popular way to input your media into Media Composer is the AMA workflow, which is Avid Media Access. Now, this allows you to quickly and easily link to files without importing, transcoding, or copying. You just get instant access to your files and you can start editing. Now, Avid natively supports many, many popular codecs, which if we go to their web page, are listed down here at the bottom. You're going to install the plug-ins that you want to work with separately from when you install Avid Media Composer.
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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
      44s

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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
Subject:
Video
Software:
Media Composer
Author:
Ashley Kennedy

Linking to files using AMA

A more and more popular way to input your media into Media Composer is the AMA workflow, which is Avid Media Access. Now, this allows you to quickly and easily link to files without importing, transcoding, or copying. You just get instant access to your files and you can start editing. Now, Avid natively supports many, many popular codecs, which if we go to their web page, are listed down here at the bottom. You're going to install the plug-ins that you want to work with separately from when you install Avid Media Composer.

This enables Avid and the third-party camera manufacturers to update the plug-ins outside of the Media Composer release. So as you can see as of this recording here, are all of the camera manufacturers that Avid is working closely with, and I should mention that the QuickTime codecs are automatically included with an installation of Media Composer. So if you're just linking to QuickTime, no need to install separate plug-ins, but if you are going to work with any of these plug-ins, you just need to download it and install it and you're ready to go.

So to get started with AMA, you can just open a bin and I'm going to right-click, and I'm going to choose Link to AMA file or files. If I click on this and head on into the Exercise Files/Additional Files/Import, here is a movie file. And it is a QuickTime, so I'm good to go. I don't need to install a separate plug-in. I'm going to click Open and it's brought in automatically. Now, note the icon type.

It looks kind of like a master clip, but there is a little bit of a difference. And I'm just going to load this into the Source and press play. (Female speaker: Swing dancing brings you together. It brings you to a simple time.) Okay. So there's our interview, and it's automatically brought in and we can get started editing with it right away. I don't have to just bring in one file though; I can bring in as many as I want. If I right-click and link to AMA, and I have a whole folder full of AMA files on my Data drive, and AMA Media, and my Broll, and here is the complicated camera hierarchy.

I just need to get through it. And I'm just going to highlight all of them and press Open. So that very, very quickly brought in dozens of media files, all of which I can load into the Source monitor, play through, and get started editing with. Now, if I come into Choose Columns and I choose Source Path and choose OK, you can see that it's simply pointing to all of these media files.

So they're automatically brought into my bin. I'm just pointing to them. So this brings up another point. As you can see with AMA, the weight has been eliminated, and you can get started editing faster, easier, and more efficiently. The one downside to editing with AMA is that because the files aren't stored in the managed-media location, the Avid Media Files folder, you have to perform good media management at the operating system level yourself. So to help yourself out, I recommend setting up a folder on the root directory of your media drive, right beside your Avid Media Files folder, and just call it the AMA Media folder.

Then inside of that folder, you can put all of your AMA files.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training .


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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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