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Saving and backing up your work

From: Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started

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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.

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.

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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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