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Setting up and organizing a project

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Now that you're a little more familiar with the Project window, it's time to delve deeper into the heart of editing by looking at where all the clips live within the Bins tab. Let's open a bin, so that we can explore what's inside. I'll go ahead and double- click on Montage Selects. When we open the bin, we see all of our master clips. A video master clip or video and audio looks like this. An audio-only master clip,looks like this. Later when we explore _Sequences, that has a different look.

Setting up and organizing a project

Now that you're a little more familiar with the Project window, it's time to delve deeper into the heart of editing by looking at where all the clips live within the Bins tab. Let's open a bin, so that we can explore what's inside. I'll go ahead and double- click on Montage Selects. When we open the bin, we see all of our master clips. A video master clip or video and audio looks like this. An audio-only master clip,looks like this. Later when we explore _Sequences, that has a different look.

There are two more types of icons you may see, sequences and sub-clips, which we'll explore in later movies. By default, your bin will usually open in Text View. As you see, Text View only has the icon itself, plus the bin name. Let's jump back one to Brief View. Brief View displays eight pieces of information and only eight. Besides the clip icon, you have the clip name, you have the start timecode, and end timecode, as well as the clip duration.

You also have what tracks it contains. You have the tape it was captured from or source file, and you have an indication of whether it's offline or not. You're not able to change this view. It has only these eight headings, and that's it. If we go to Text View however, we're able to look at a lot more information. By default, if I come down here to this pull-down menu, I can go to several different built-in views available to me. However, I'll change this back to Custom View, because I'd like to customize my Bin View, displaying different and more pieces of information.

To do this, I come down to my Fast Menu and Choose Columns. I have lots of columns of information I can display. Let's go ahead and create a video-focused view. We'll check out the video format, as well as the frame, and we'll do video type and file format. Okay, we have just what we want to look at and nothing more.

If I'd like to save this view out, I can. We can come down to Custom.1, in Italics, click and Save As. We'll just call it Video View. Now, we can go back and forth between the built-in Avid views and our own view. Let's go back to Custom for now and head on over to Frame View. Now Frame View only shows you a thumbnail of each clip. By default, the thumbnail is the first frame of each clip.

If you'd like to display a different frame, you simply click on the clip and press Spacebar, and the movie plays. That's a better representative frame than our first one. So I press Spacebar again. This is our new view. If I'd like all of my frames to be displayed within the bin, I can come down to the Fast Menu and choose Fill Window. I can also move this around, and set up a storyboard of sorts. So, if I want to build my sequence like so and show my producer what I was thinking for this edit, I could do so.

Finally, if we come over to Script, I have both a frame, as well as a comment box for me to enter in comments about each of these clips. Here I have some comments already in there. Here I'll just type a comment. These comments show up in Text View under a Comments column. In Script View, the columns across the top are dependent upon the very last tab I was in. So because I was just in Text View, those are the columns I'm getting.

If I go to Text View, and go to Video View, and then go to Script View, you'll notice that those are the columns I get, or if I go into Brief View before I go into Script View, you'll notice that the Brief View columns are what I see. I can look at my clips in a lot of different ways. I want to use that to my advantage as I go through my material. Being efficient and organized while working in your bins is very important to being a good editor. In the days when editors cut their projects on film, organization was an absolute must.

Since editing has gone digital, many newer editors have gotten a little lazy in bin organization, which is overall detrimental to the entire editing process. So just make sure you take the time to set everything up in a way that makes sense, and in a way that will allow you to quickly access your clips and sequences going forward. So as you can see, there are quite a few different views, even customizable views that you can access when you're editing your project. You'll use different views at different times, and you'll probably have your favorites.

Just be aware that all of them are available to you at any point in time.

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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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