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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.
There are several ways that you can delete material from a project. In this movie, we'll talk about how to delete material from your bins. I have my bin here and there are two clips. If I highlight one and press Delete, I get a dialog box asking me what I want to delete. Do I want to delete the 1 master clip, or the 3 associated media files or both? Most of the time you're going to choose to delete the media file but leave the master clip, because that important project data may serve us well later if we later choose to bring this back online.
So if I select Delete 3 associated media file(s), it's telling me that I'm deleting audio. So, two tracks of audio, and one track of video. I'll say OK. Are you sure? Yes, I am. The media is offline. However, if you take a look in the bin, and I'll expand it so we can take a look. We have two clips here. One is offline and one is online as indicated in this column here. If a switch to Text view, and I'm showing all the columns of information that I have available to me, notice that my offline media, besides being offline, has all the same information populated about it that my online media does.
Therefore, because it's saved all this information for me, I can easily recapture it later. All I'd have to do is highlight the clip, right-click, Batch Capture, and capture my Offline media. Now let's go ahead and take the other online clip. Press Delete and see what our other options are. Now the other option is to delete the master clip, but leave the media file.
As you remember, I recommended never doing this. This deletes the project data, the small pointer files, and leaves the large media files on your drive. Again, the third option, I will go ahead and press Delete, is to delete both your master clip and your media file. We only do this if we're sure we'll never need this clip again. If we just wanted free up space, we would just delete the media file, leaving the master clip. So we'd have the option of recapturing it later.
I'll go ahead and Cancel this. The other thing you can delete is a sequence. Notice that when I delete a sequence, it doesn't ask me if I want to delete the master clips or the associated media files. Because a sequence is the collection of clips, it's just deleting my reference pointer files. So before you delete a sequence be very, very sure that you'll never need it again. Deleting material from your bin is a very common process, but just be aware of how the deletion is affecting your project and workflow at large.
In general, deleting from the bin is a great way to work. But if you want to delete across multiple bins or multiple projects, you'll want to use the Media tool, which we'll explore in the next movie.
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