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In Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training, author Ashley Kennedy demonstrates basic and intermediate editing techniques in Media Composer, one of the most widely used nonlinear, video editing systems. This course covers how to build sequences, mix audio, color correct footage, apply effects, and troubleshoot common post-production issues in Media Composer. Exercise files accompany the course.
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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