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Retrieving a project from the Attic

From: Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started

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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.

Retrieving a project from the Attic

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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Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started

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  1. 4m 13s
    1. Welcome
      1m 31s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 42s
  2. 21m 40s
    1. Starting Media Composer and creating a new project
      4m 15s
    2. Understanding Media Composer
      5m 47s
    3. Working with clips, bins, folders, and the Project window
      3m 44s
    4. Saving and backing up your work
      4m 16s
    5. Retrieving a project from the Attic
      3m 38s
  3. 27m 58s
    1. Understanding media formats and the Format tab
      8m 25s
    2. Importing media
      6m 11s
    3. Linking to media using AMA
      5m 43s
    4. Accessing media from other projects
      2m 56s
    5. Working with clips in the bin
      4m 43s
  4. 23m 49s
    1. Getting started with editing
      7m 25s
    2. Creating a new sequence
      5m 39s
    3. Removing material from your sequence
      6m 20s
    4. Editing segments in the Timeline
      4m 25s
  5. 30m 44s
    1. Using Splice, Overwrite, and three-point editing
      5m 25s
    2. Understanding trim concepts
      4m 39s
    3. Working with trim techniques
      6m 6s
    4. Using the Timeline
      7m 49s
    5. Building multitrack sequences
      6m 45s
  6. 14m 21s
    1. Adjusting audio levels and pan
      6m 42s
    2. Diving deeper into audio
      7m 39s
  7. 23m 8s
    1. Setting quick transitions
      5m 33s
    2. Working in the Effects palette
      3m 42s
    3. Keyframing effects
      7m 1s
    4. Setting system performance and rendering effects
      6m 52s
  8. 17m 37s
    1. Creating freeze-frames and motion clips
      4m 40s
    2. Understanding timewarp effects
      7m 15s
    3. Understanding Timeline compositing
      5m 42s
  9. 19m 44s
    1. Working with basic color correction
      7m 13s
    2. Stabilizing shaky footage
      1m 44s
    3. Creating a basic title
      5m 0s
    4. Mixing down video and audio
      5m 47s
  10. 6m 33s
    1. Building the final output
      6m 33s
  11. 18s
    1. Goodbye
      18s

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