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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 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.

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 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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Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training

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  1. 3m 55s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 39s
  2. 22m 54s
    1. Touring the Select Project window
      4m 45s
    2. Exploring bins
      4m 23s
    3. Customizing user settings
      3m 36s
    4. Setting up and organizing a project
      5m 57s
    5. Saving and backing up the project
      4m 13s
  3. 57m 27s
    1. Touring the Composer Monitor and the Timeline
      2m 29s
    2. Touring the Edit interface
      5m 6s
    3. Splicing shots
      7m 43s
    4. Splicing non-linearly
      2m 43s
    5. Overwriting shots
      4m 35s
    6. Removing shots using Extract and Lift
      4m 38s
    7. Using Segment mode (Extract/Splice) to switch shots
      6m 37s
    8. Using Segment mode (Lift/Overwrite) to move shots
      6m 31s
    9. Using Extract/Splice and Lift/Overwrite together
      3m 32s
    10. Manipulating the Timeline directly
      4m 34s
    11. Creating subclips and subsequences
      3m 48s
    12. Adding multiple video and audio tracks
      5m 11s
  4. 23m 28s
    1. Understanding trimming
      3m 19s
    2. Performing single-roller trims
      5m 15s
    3. Performing dual-roller trims
      3m 54s
    4. Using Ripple Trim and Overwrite Trim
      5m 4s
    5. Understanding sync
      3m 17s
    6. Solving sync problems
      2m 39s
  5. 54m 26s
    1. Navigating with JKL
      3m 26s
    2. Using navigation shortcuts
      4m 47s
    3. Using the Command palette
      6m 4s
    4. Customizing the Timeline
      4m 54s
    5. Using bin layouts
      3m 49s
    6. Using workspaces
      6m 41s
    7. Sorting and sifting clips
      5m 57s
    8. Using the Find tool
      5m 13s
    9. Using markers
      5m 54s
    10. Using PhraseFind
      3m 21s
    11. Using ScriptSync
      4m 20s
  6. 20m 42s
    1. Trimming with JKL
      4m 53s
    2. Performing Slip edits
      6m 1s
    3. Performing Slide edits
      5m 39s
    4. Performing Replace edits
      4m 9s
  7. 27m 17s
    1. Reading audio levels and pan
      5m 42s
    2. Using the audio mixer
      10m 1s
    3. Keyframing audio
      7m 6s
    4. Recording audio adjustments on the fly
      4m 28s
  8. 55m 1s
    1. Using Quick Transition effects
      4m 6s
    2. Using the Transition Manipulation tool
      3m 12s
    3. Using the Effects palette and the Effect Editor
      6m 1s
    4. Keyframing segment effects
      5m 30s
    5. Nesting and auto-nesting
      5m 54s
    6. Saving effect templates
      3m 23s
    7. Building basic composites using vertical effects
      4m 7s
    8. Using the picture-in-picture (PIP) effect
      5m 14s
    9. Using the Color effect
      4m 24s
    10. Creating basic motion effects
      6m 55s
    11. Using Timewarp
      6m 15s
  9. 11m 48s
    1. Understanding system performance
      6m 13s
    2. Rendering intelligently
      5m 35s
  10. 26m 44s
    1. Analyzing footage for problems
      2m 27s
    2. Using the Y-Waveform monitor to set whites and blacks
      7m 16s
    3. Using the RGB Parade to correct color casts
      5m 50s
    4. Using the Vectorscope to improve skin tones
      5m 34s
    5. Using auto color correction
      5m 37s
  11. 30m 10s
    1. Formatting and enhancing text using Avid Marquee
      5m 32s
    2. Using Marquee to apply shapes and gradients
      5m 18s
    3. Using title templates
      3m 45s
    4. Bringing the title into Media Composer
      3m 54s
    5. Revising the title
      2m 17s
    6. Creating rolling and crawling titles
      5m 14s
    7. Using AutoTitler
      4m 10s
  12. 32m 37s
    1. Importing files
      6m 47s
    2. Linking to files using AMA
      3m 36s
    3. Linking to hi-res stills
      5m 59s
    4. Using the Avid Marketplace
      2m 50s
    5. Using the Capture tool
      5m 19s
    6. Capturing footage
      3m 41s
    7. Batch capturing
      4m 25s
  13. 12m 58s
    1. Deleting material from the bin
      5m 29s
    2. Understanding the Media tool
      4m 46s
    3. Deleting unreferenced clips
      2m 43s
  14. 17m 35s
    1. Preparing your sequence for output
      5m 44s
    2. Performing a digital cut
      5m 26s
    3. Exporting your sequence as a file
      6m 25s
  15. 19m 2s
    1. Solving offline media
      6m 48s
    2. Re-linking media
      3m 0s
    3. Resetting Avid settings
      5m 9s
    4. Using the Avid Attic
      4m 5s
  16. 44s
    1. Additional resources
      44s

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