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As you may remember, there are three types of settings in Avid Media Composer: User Settings, Project Settings, and Site Settings. We are able to see what each of the settings are by looking at this column here. Now, each of these settings can be restored to their factory defaults, to remedy any finicky behavior or unexplained errors. In this way, you can continue working on project but clear up the bugs. So, sometimes it's obvious what the problem is, and you would go straight after your User Setting or straight after your Project Setting or straight after a Site Setting.
But you know what? Most of the time it's not, and so I recommend clearing all three out at once, and usually you can get back up and running that way. Okay, so let's first talk about how to reset your User Settings. That's the easiest one. You just simply come down to your Settings dropdown and choose Create User Profile. Now I actually already made a default user setting, and I can choose that instead. But if you don't have default User Setting, then you'll want to create one yourself.
Also, what you can do is actually create a default User Setting, make all of the changes regarding your interface and your keyboard and your timeline and all of that and then save it out and make sure that its pristine and that you can always bring it back online. Otherwise, we're totally zeroed out to factory defaults, and we'll have to rebuild it. Okay, so I am back on factory default settings for my User Setting. I'm just going to bump back out to the Select Project dialog box, where I'm going to clear out my project settings.
Now this is a little bit trickier. What I'm actually going to do is make a new project in the same format as my old project and then copy my bins into it. So we're just basically trying to zero out the Project Settings. I'm going to go into New Project. I know that my format is 1080i50 994, and I'm just going to call this Swing Dance Default, and I'll say OK. Now the project is created.
I'm going to go ahead and quit because I need to copy and paste my bins at the operating-system level. All right, so I'm going to into the folder where my project lives and as you see here, here is my old project and here's the new one. There is nothing in here except for fresh settings. So let's go ahead and climb inside my old project and bring my bins and folders over. So that's all of this. All I'm doing is Shift+Clicking on the first and last folder to bring all of that in.
We want to ignore SearchData, Statistics, Trash, and all of my settings and my project file. So this is just all of the metadata. We are ignoring the settings files. And I'm going to press Ctrl+C or Command+C on a Mac and I'm going to come back to my fresh project with the new project settings, and I'm going to paste those bins and folders in here. Okay, so we've rebuilt the Project Settings. We've rebuilt our User Settings. Now we just need to get our Site Settings.
Now the location of the Site Settings is always changing when the operating system upgrades. So what I would recommend that you do is just type Site Settings in the search box and when you find it, go ahead and just open that file location. Inside of here are four files for you to delete. Again, you'll delete them, Avid will realize they're not there, and then Media Composer will recreate them from scratch, thereby returning them to their factory defaults.
So, the files in here that you want to eliminate are Site_Settings. There is both an AVS file and an XML file of that. I'm also going to Ctrl+Click or Command+ Click on Mac on Site_Attributes and MCState. Okay, so we're eliminating the Site_Settings, the Site_Attributes, and the MCState file. I'm just going to move those to the recycle bin, they're gone, and now, when I relaunch Media Composer, it's going to remake those site settings.
We're going into our new fresh project and we're going to use our new fresh user setting. Okay, so I'm going to switch my User Profile to Default. I'm going to click on external. And when we delete our Site Settings, everything in this window disappears, so I'm going to have to re-navigate to it. I'm going to click on Exercise Files/Avid Projects/Swing Dance Default, OK. Okay, so again, we are zeroed out as far as our settings are concerned, and this should clear out a lot of buggy behavior.
In fact, when you call user support, they'll usually have you clear out all of your settings and delete your media databases, and that usually clears out most problems.
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