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Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training

Preparing your sequence for output


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Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training

with Ashley Kennedy

Video: Preparing your sequence for output

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.
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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

Preparing your sequence for output

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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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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