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In this course, author Ashley Kennedy demonstrates basic and intermediate video editing techniques in Avid Media Composer. The course explains how to build sequences, mix audio, apply effects, and color-correct footage. The course also shows how to create titles, manage and output media, capture and import footage, and troubleshoot common post-production issues.
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 of the clips and sequences live within the bins. Let's open a bin so that we can explore all of the ways that we can look at our clips. I'll double-click. As you see here, we have the clip icon and the clip name. If I drag this over, you'll actually see that there's a lot of information, detailing lots of different things about the clip. Right now, we're in a view called Text view, which is the default view when you open up a bin.
You know this because if you click on this button here, you'll see that it's labeled Text. If I click on this button here that says Untitled, you'll see that I have a number of options, presets about the ways that I can display information within Text view. So if click on Capture, this is all information that is really useful during the capturing process. Or if I click on Format, this is all just basic format information about my clips.
The most powerful thing about Text view is when you set up your own view, and you do that by clicking on the Fast menu within your bin and selecting Choose Columns. As you see, there are lots and lots of different pieces of information that you can display about your clips. Let's go ahead and set up a view that is very video-focused. So I'm going to select All/None to deselect everything that was in there, and we'll go ahead and choose Format, and Frame, Tracks, Video, and Video File Format.
I'll go ahead and click OK. And as you see here, here's everything that we just chose. If you'd like to reorder the way that you look at this, you can just grab the heading and drag. So let's have our frames right by the clip name, and then let's go to Format, and we'll keep everything else the same. And I want to name this and use it again, so I'll come to this button that now says Format.1 and choose Save As and I'm just going to call this Video View. Press OK.
And now this is one of the options that I can select from as I toggle back and forth between my various text views. You'll also see this setting if I click on my Settings tab, and we'll go to our Bins. Go ahead and press B, and there's my Video view. If expand this further, you can see that this is a User setting. So this is something that's going to follow you, the user, as you go from system to system and project to project. The Video view will always be there for you.
Another bin view is Frame view, and I'll go ahead and select that from this dropdown. And this simply shows you thumbnails of all of the clips in your bin. By default, it shows the very first frame. And in some cases the first frame really doesn't make a lot of sense. For example, this one, I really can't see the dancers. So if you want to change the first frame, you just click on the clip. I'm going to press spacebar to play.
So as you see here, we've advanced this to a frame where we can see both of our dancers, and I like that much better. If I would like to increase the size of these frames, I press Ctrl+L or Command+L on a Mac, and they can actually become quite large. And again, you can play any of these if you want. If I want to make sure that all of my frames fill the window, I come to the Fast menu and choose Fill Window. I'm going to expand the size of this and show you one more method that is really great in Frame view, and that's storyboarding.
Let's say that I'd like to start with a long shot and then go to my medium shot and then maybe a shot of the feet and then maybe back to this medium shot. And we're assembling what we think is going to be the order of our sequence. So you can show this to your producer or a fellow editor. You can even come up to File and Print Bin so that someone can see the layout that you've chosen. The final bin view is Script view, so we'll choose Script.
And as you see here, this is kind of a combination between Frame and Text. We have our frames here and we have the text of the last view that I was in. So you can see that it's my Video view. If I go back to Text and change my view to, say, Capture, then when I go into Script, these are my Capture headings. But the real special thing about Script view is that I can insert notes. So if I've gone through and captured these clips, I can put my notes in this field right here.
This is my favorite take, and let's say this one didn't work out so well. We can insert whatever information we want. There's actually no limit here, so you can actually copy and paste entire transcripts into this field for interviews. If I go back to Text view and I choose Columns and display Comments and click OK, these comments appear right here.
Being efficient and organized while working with your bins is really important to being a good editor, so make sure you take the time to get everything set up in a way that makes sense, that you display the information that you need, and this will allow you to quickly access all of your clips and sequences going forward.
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