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Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training

Resetting Avid settings


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Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training

with Ashley Kennedy

Video: Resetting Avid settings

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.
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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

Resetting Avid settings

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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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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