New Feature: Playlist Center! Pick a topic and let our playlists guide the way.

Start learning with our library of video tutorials taught by experts. Get started

Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started
Illustration by John Hersey

Saving and backing up your work


From:

Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started

with Steve Holyhead

Video: Saving and backing up your work

In a professional environment, you are expected to ensure that your work is saved and backed up regularly. Even when you are working on a solo project, it pays to spend the extra time to label and back up your project data, because in the long run, it'll prevent wasted time searching through files, or having to redo lost work. Now, Media Composer is saving in the background at all times. If I exit the application, an auto-save occurs, as well. How do we specify the frequency of these auto-saves? Here, in the Project window, on the Settings tab we have the Bin command.
Expand all | Collapse all
  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

Watch this entire course now—plus get access to every course in the library. Each course includes high-quality videos taught by expert instructors.

Become a member
please wait ...
Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started
3h 10m Beginner Jun 10, 2010

Viewers: in countries Watching now:

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.

Topics include:
  • Working with clips, bins, and folders
  • Importing media
  • Creating sequences
  • Editing in the Timeline
  • Using the Splice, Overwrite, and Three-Point editing techniques
  • Trimming sequences
  • Refining audio
  • Adding and keyframing effects
  • Compositing
  • Mixing down audio and video
Subject:
Video
Software:
Media Composer
Author:
Steve Holyhead

Saving and backing up your work

In a professional environment, you are expected to ensure that your work is saved and backed up regularly. Even when you are working on a solo project, it pays to spend the extra time to label and back up your project data, because in the long run, it'll prevent wasted time searching through files, or having to redo lost work. Now, Media Composer is saving in the background at all times. If I exit the application, an auto-save occurs, as well. How do we specify the frequency of these auto-saves? Here, in the Project window, on the Settings tab we have the Bin command.

This is telling the system, hey, when I have an open bin, auto-save it every 15 minutes. Now when it auto-saves, Media Composer places the snapshots of your bin in a place called the Avid Attic, and the way the Attic works is this. It says, okay, what's the maximum number of versions of a Bin that I'll store in the attic? In this case, it's 50. So that basically means when we start working, we can save up to 50 copies of that bin in the attic before it starts to overwrite the oldest of those copies.

I'm going to change my Auto-Save Interval to one minute, for the purposes of our exercise here. Click OK. That means that all of my open bins now will auto-save a new snapshot every single minute. Now, of course, Auto-Save, super- useful, and the fact that Media Composer will save all of your work on exit from the application is useful, too. However, if you've just been working on your masterpiece, and you've put a lot of effort and time and energy into that, it's always worth coming back to the Project window and Ctrl+Save or Command+Save.

What that does is it saves all of the open bins. Let me show you what I mean. If I go to a Frame View here and I start to reorganize things in this Bin, notice straightaway, I'll get an asterisk here. That would be a diamond on a Mac. Same thing in this bin. If I start to change things around, the bin knows that things have been changed and has not yet been saved. If I use the shortcut, Ctrl+9 on Windows, Command+9 on the Mac, that'll highlight the Project window. Now, if I hit Ctrl+S or Command+S, that saves all open bins.

Notice now, the asterisk has disappeared from both of these bins here. Okay, so we know about auto-saves, and we know how to do an explicit save. How do we back up the entire project? Let me show you. What I'm going to do is close these bins here, and I'm going to exit Media Composer to the desktop. If I close the Project window, I will return to the Select Project dialog. Since I know I want to completely exit the application, I'm going to close from up here.

Now, I'm back at the desktop. What I'm going to do is navigate to the location of my Avid Projects. In this particular case, I placed my Avid Projects in My Documents. So, I'm going to click on Documents, and then inside of Documents, is the My Documents folder, and there are my Avid Projects. This is the project we've been working in. We just saved it, so what I'm going to do is I'm going to copy that.

Now on my desktop, I'm going to create a new folder called avid_project_backups, and inside there, I'll paste the copy of my project. Obviously, I'm using my desktop here as an example. The whole point of backing up is to make your data safe, and if we're going to put the safe copy of our data on the same system disk where the original copy of the data is hey, what have we really done? Of course, what I'd really recommend is that this copy be on a thumb drive, a DVD, or on a network location somewhere safe, away from the original copy of the project.

Setting auto-save intervals is a good start. However, pride and professionalism should encourage us to set our own policies to manually back up the project data to a thumb drive or other location at the end of every day.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started.


Expand all | Collapse all
please wait ...
Q: I'm having a little trouble in the Chapter 2 "Linking to media using AMA" video.

When I follow the procedure shown to link to AMA volume - Humming Birds, instead of the bin with the clips opening as shown in the training video, I'm presented with a Bin Selection dialog box. All options in this dialog result in the same message:

Unable to link to any clips at/ (followed by the directory)

Do I need to have a particular camera codec installed on my system in order to read/import these training files in the AMA folder?
A: With Media Composer 5.5 onwards, the AMA plug-ins must be downloaded and installed after installing the Media Composer application.

If the AMA plug-in for your camera type (in this case P2) has not been installed manually, then the AMA link will fail. This is a change from Media Composer 5.0, when the AMA plug-ins were bundled into the main application installer.

Once the AMA plug-in needed (in this case P2) has been downloaded and installed, this will solve the problem.

All AMA plug-ins can be found at http://www.avid.com/US/products/Avid-Media-Access. Choose the Plug-In sub-tab and download from there.
 
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.
Upgrade now


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ.

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

join now Upgrade now

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferencesfrom the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.