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In Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started, author Steve Holyhead explores the tools and techniques in Media Composer for producing great looking video, as well as the basics of high definition media formats. This course walks through the video production workflow from input to editing to output, covers key information such as trim concepts and frame rates, and introduces techniques such as color correction, footage stabilization, and real-time audio effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
As we know, in the background, Media Composer is saving copies of our bins to the Avid Attic to protect us in case of a power failure, or something like that. It can also help us out if we make a mistake. Let me show you what I mean. Here I have a bin called delete_me. I'm going to take the actual clip here called Delete Me and change the name to changed, like so. Then I'm going to close the bin. And I'm going to exit Media Composer. I'm going to close from the Application window here. So when we exit Media Composer, a save is performed.
And so that change that we've just made was saved with our project. So, what if I want to go ahead and retrieve that earlier version of my bin before I made the change? Well, what I'm going to do is I'm going to go ahead and search. Whether you're on Finder or Explorer, the easiest way to find the Avid Attic is to do a search for attic. Once we find the Avid Attic on our system, let's open it up and have a look in there. You can see that each project is represented.
This is the one that we're working with. Let's go inside there and then inside Bins. And now I have a list of all of my bins. But these are still folders. Let me show you what I mean. Here's the delete_me bin folder. If I go inside there, now I've got different auto-saved copies of that delete_me bin. Here's the earliest one that I can find, called delete_me.1. I'm going to right-click and Copy. Close that out. And now right-click and Paste onto my desktop.
I'm now going to change the extension of the file from .1 to .avb. This is very important, because if I don't do that, Media Composer won't recognize the file. I'm going to go back into Media Composer. So back in Media Composer, I'm back in my project. I still have the old version of the delete_me bin, which has the changed clip in it. That's not what I want, so I'm going to go ahead, select the bin, and use the Delete key on my keyboard to delete it, right-click and Empty the Trash.
Now I'm going to use the Fast menu to Open Bin. I'm going to browse to my desktop. And there's the old version of the delete_me bin, before the change. Let's go ahead and open that up. And voila! Delete_me is unchanged in its original state. Best practice dictates that when you're opening a bin from another project, or opening a bin that's elsewhere, then what we should do is create our own local copy of that bin: DELETE_ME_NEW.
And I'm going to take DELETE_ME. I'm going to use Command+D or Ctrl+D to duplicate the clip, take the duplicate, put it in my own local copy, and now I can close the delete_me bin that we've opened from the desktop. The one that we've opened from the desktop is now under Other Bins. If I highlight it and delete it, it's gone. And the only copy I have now is my own local copy of the DELETE_ME clip. So we have an extra level of protection with Media Composer in the Avid Attic.
Auto-save files are stored in the Avid Attic. And if we make a mistake, say we delete a clip, or we change a clip in some way, and we need to roll back in time, all we need to do is exit the application, retrieve the bin from the Attic, open it back up in Media Composer, and there we are.
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