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Saving and backing up

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Video: Saving and backing up

Have you heard the saying "save early and save often?" It's something that writers live by, and it's something you should live by too as an editor. Add one more thing to that phrase though. Save and backup early and often. In this movie, we will discuss how to appropriately save and backup your work so that you can avoid unpleasant catastrophes with computer crashes and data loss. Now if you've worked in any other type of software you're probably pretty used to hitting Ctrl+S or Command+S to save your project along the way.

Saving and backing up

Have you heard the saying "save early and save often?" It's something that writers live by, and it's something you should live by too as an editor. Add one more thing to that phrase though. Save and backup early and often. In this movie, we will discuss how to appropriately save and backup your work so that you can avoid unpleasant catastrophes with computer crashes and data loss. Now if you've worked in any other type of software you're probably pretty used to hitting Ctrl+S or Command+S to save your project along the way.

Media Composer should be no different, but there is a couple of things you should know about saving. As you see here I have three bins. To the left of the bin name on all of them is a little star. This indicates that the bin is unsaved. On a Mac that'll be represented by a little diamond. To save one bin I just click on the bin and type Ctrl+S or Command+S. Notice that it leaves the other bins unsaved. If I want to save them all at once I can click on the Project window, type Ctrl+S and everything saves.

Now lucky for you Media Composer doesn't rely on you alone to save the project along the way. Media Composer also saves the project via a great feature called Auto-Save. If I open my Bin Settings, it brings up the Bin Settings menu where I can choose my Auto-Save options. The way it's setup now Media Composer will auto-save all of my open bins every 10 minutes. It doesn't want to interrupt me while I am working though. So after 10 minutes it'll wait for an inactivity period of 10 seconds before it makes the Auto-Save.

However, if I am on a roll and I simply don't take a break for 5 minutes straight, it's going to force Auto- Save all my bins after 15 minutes. These are the settings I recommend, an Auto-Save interval of 10 minutes, an Inactivity period of 10 seconds and a Force Auto-Save at 15 minutes. I'll say OK and rely upon Media Composer to help me out in saving all of my open bins. I am going to exit Media Composer and I want to take a look at the project folder that I have stored on my desktop.

My project lives inside Avid Projects right here. It was just saved and so I am ready to back it up. However, I don't want to back it up on this system. I want to back it up on another drive. Therefore, I have this little thumb drive connected to my system where I store all of my backups. So I'll go to the Desktop and get my Avid Projects and Urban Nutcracker Basics is what I am working on. So I will just select it and Ctrl+ C or Command+C if I am on a Mac.

I'll come back to my flash drive where I have a folder called the Avid Project Backups. Notice that I have a project backup from several days, and this is really useful because it not only saves a backup of my work, but it saves versioned backups of my work. So I can go back to the way my sequence looked yesterday, last week, last month as long as I have these Project Backups in place. So I will just create a new folder, name it today's date, and I'll go ahead and paste my project in this folder, Ctrl+V . Now it may ask you if you'd like to copy certain attribute.

Go ahead and click Yes to all. So now my Avid Project Backups folder has versioned backups going back the last four days. Remember as an editor it's important for you to protect yourself and your work. Be as religious as possible about saving and backing up your projects as often as you can and you'll eventually thank yourself that you had the foresight to do so.

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Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training

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  1. 3m 43s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 27s
  2. 22m 59s
    1. Understanding clips and media files
      2m 34s
    2. Understanding the Select Project window
      5m 40s
    3. Working in the Project window
      5m 35s
    4. Setting up and organizing a project
      5m 13s
    5. Saving and backing up
      3m 57s
  3. 50m 15s
    1. Using the Composer Monitor and the timeline
      6m 32s
    2. Adding shots using Splice
      5m 57s
    3. Adding shots using Overwrite
      7m 2s
    4. Removing shots using Extract and Lift
      4m 31s
    5. Using Extract/Splice Segment Mode to switch shots in the timeline
      5m 1s
    6. Using Lift/Overwrite Segment Mode to move shots in the timeline
      5m 59s
    7. Using direct timeline manipulation
      4m 6s
    8. Using subclips and subsequences
      3m 48s
    9. Adding and patching video tracks
      7m 19s
  4. 26m 39s
    1. Understanding trimming
      3m 42s
    2. Using A-side Single-Roller Trim to improve audio timing
      7m 59s
    3. Using B-side Single-Roller Trim to improve audio timing
      5m 41s
    4. Using Dual-Roller Trim to refine video
      6m 5s
    5. Using Ripple Trim and Overwrite Trim
      3m 12s
  5. 24m 8s
    1. Using the J-K-L keys for navigation
      4m 15s
    2. Using navigation shortcuts
      6m 26s
    3. Using the Command palette
      6m 4s
    4. Sorting and sifting clips
      7m 23s
  6. 20m 38s
    1. J-K-L trimming
      4m 11s
    2. On-the-fly trimming
      7m 18s
    3. Advanced trim methods: Slip mode
      5m 18s
    4. Advanced trim methods: Slide mode
      3m 51s
  7. 21m 33s
    1. Using the Audio tool to read audio levels
      6m 18s
    2. Using the Audio Mixer to adjust audio level and pan
      8m 27s
    3. Keyframing audio for intra-segment audio adjustments
      6m 48s
  8. 55m 23s
    1. Using Quick Transition effects
      5m 19s
    2. Using the Effects palette and the Effects Editor
      5m 21s
    3. Keyframing segment effects
      6m 0s
    4. Using nesting and auto-nesting
      5m 49s
    5. Saving effects templates
      5m 34s
    6. Building basic composites using vertical effects
      4m 53s
    7. Using the Picture-in-Picture effect
      6m 41s
    8. Creating basic motion effects
      5m 55s
    9. Using Timewarp
      5m 56s
    10. Using the Color effect
      3m 55s
  9. 9m 48s
    1. Understanding system performance
      5m 58s
    2. Rendering tracks
      3m 50s
  10. 20m 30s
    1. Analyzing footage for problems
      3m 8s
    2. Using the Y-Waveform monitor to set whites and blacks
      5m 34s
    3. Using the RGB Parade to correct color casts
      4m 42s
    4. Using the Vectorscope to improve skin tones
      3m 27s
    5. Correcting color automatically
      3m 39s
  11. 29m 16s
    1. Formatting and enhancing text using Avid Marquee
      6m 52s
    2. Using Marquee to apply shapes and gradients
      4m 23s
    3. Using title templates
      2m 40s
    4. Bringing a title into Media Composer
      3m 42s
    5. Revising the title
      2m 49s
    6. Creating rolling and crawling titles
      4m 40s
    7. Using Auto-Titler
      4m 10s
  12. 22m 3s
    1. Using the Capture tool
      5m 7s
    2. Capturing footage
      4m 26s
    3. Batch-capturing
      4m 46s
    4. Adjusting settings for import
      5m 7s
    5. Using AMA (Avid Media Access) for QuickTime imports
      2m 37s
  13. 16m 54s
    1. Understanding deletion types and cases
      3m 51s
    2. Performing bin deletion
      3m 17s
    3. Understanding the Media tool
      6m 17s
    4. Identifying and deleting media relatives and non-relatives
      3m 29s
  14. 15m 31s
    1. Understanding media delivery types
      2m 28s
    2. Preparing a sequence for digital cut to print to tape
      2m 48s
    3. Performing a digital cut
      5m 8s
    4. Exporting a QuickTime movie or QuickTime reference
      5m 7s
  15. 14m 39s
    1. Solving the offline media problem
      3m 58s
    2. Re-linking media
      2m 19s
    3. Solving Avid settings corruption
      4m 35s
    4. Using the Avid Attic to find and retrieve bins
      3m 47s
  16. 19s
    1. Goodbye
      19s

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