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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 you are finished editing and ready to output to tape or export a movie file, there are a few things that you should do in order to ensure the smoothest experience possible. We will go over these in this movie. So here is my sequence and first on the checklist is to click on the Format tab and make sure that the Project Type is set to the format that you want to output. Sometimes you switch to an SD flavor of your HD project to maximize playback-- you just need to remember to switch that back.
So, I have got the proper Project Type. And next, I need to come down to My Video Quality menu. Now, especially for printing to tape, you need to switch this to the highest quality possible, which is Full Quality, so that your sequence goes out full quality to the tape. Next, I recommend that you make sure that there is no offline media in your sequence. This is especially true for really long sequences where you can't automatically eyeball it. So, you can find that out by coming down to the Fast menu here and then going to Clip Color and then choosing Offline.
Now, when you check this, anything that's offline will appear red. So I will click OK. I don't have any red clips, so everything is online and I am good to go there. Also, I should note that if you have a combination of standard-definition and high-definition video, you are going to need to transcode to one resolution or another. So, I don't have this combination right now, but just in case you do, you just click on your sequence, then right- click, and choose Consolidate/Transcode. Then within the Transcode options, you just want to make sure that you select the appropriate resolution to transcode everything in the sequence to.
Again, my entire sequence is HD, I don't have any SD elements, so I don't need to perform that step. Next, I want to make sure that all non-real-time effects are rendered and that I have rendered any portions of the timeline that might have a problem with playback. Now, because I have switched to Full Quality and because I have several blue- dot effects in my timeline, you will notice that virtually all of my effects need to be rendered. I can either go through and perform some of the intelligent rendering methods that we learned in a previous movie or you can do something called creating a video mixdown.
Creating a video mixdown will take all of the clips in all of your video tracks and make one media file and one master clip out of it. To create a video mixdown, you just mark an in at the beginning of your sequence, you mark an out at the end of your sequence, and then you select the appropriate tracks. So, I want to select my video tracks, and then I come up to Special > Video Mixdown. You select your Target Bin, your Target Drive and your Target Resolution and click OK.
Now, I have actually already prepared a video mixdown ahead of time, so I am just going to show you right here that it turns into a source clip. And it's my entire sequence rendered out into one master clip that corresponds to one media file. So I have got my video mixdown. Now I want to talk about audio mixdown. Now, in the case of this sequence, I only have two audio tracts, so I wouldn't need to perform an audio mixdown. But in the case that I had ten, twelve, fourteen audio tracks, it'd be really good idea to create an audio mixdown so your sequence wouldn't have any problems during playback.
I will just do it to demonstrate. Again, I want to select my audio track, so I am just going to lasso through to select the inverse. And I have already got my in and out point set, so I am going to go up to Special > Create Audio Mixdown. I want to create a stereo mix, and it's actually going to put the mix on the track of my choice, so I will go ahead and put the mixdown audio on A3. The audio master clip will go into my selected bin, and the audio media will go onto my selected drive.
I recommend that you save a premix sequence so that you can always come back to what we have here. And I am going to press OK. All right. So notice in my bin I have my new sequence, I have my premix sequence, I have my video mixdown, and I have my audio mixdown. So to put it all together, what I will do is I will just delete A1 and A2 so that I just have my audio mixdown here. So I am going to deselect A3 and I am going to press Delete.
Yes, I do want to delete these tracks. Don't worry; we have a premix version in case we need to come back to these. Say OK, and I am likewise going to delete my video tracks. Delete and OK. I have got my video mixdown loaded in my Source monitor, so I am just going to edit this right on top of my audio mixdown. Go ahead and overwrite by pressing B, and here we have our entire sequence in two tracks: one video track and one audio track.
Again, this is not a required step, but if you do have a lot of video tracks or a lot of audio tracks, I do recommend performing a mixdown so that it's really [00:05:20.25 easy to play out or so that it's really easy to export a file. All right, so we have checked our project format, we have increased our video quality, we have made sure that all of our video is online, and we have even made a video mixdown and an audio mixdown. We are all set to export this, and in the next movie we are going to learn how to print to tape by using a digital cut.
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