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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.
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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