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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.
There are three types of settings in Avid Media Composer: user settings, project settings and site settings. Each of these can be restored to the factory defaults to remedy finicky behaviors or unexplained errors. In this way, you can continue working on your project, but clear up the bugs. When you are getting a lot of unexplained errors you may know the source of the problem but most likely you won't. Therefore, I just recommend you clear out all three. User settings, Project Settings and site settings.
To restore user settings to default, you simply create a new user. I can either do that from here or I can do it from the Select Project window. Also, I would be able to import a User Setting that I know is clean and works well that I have created before. So I really recommend that you get a user setting that works for you, save it out, and then you can import it if you should ever need to clear out your User Settings back to factory default. In this case, we'll go ahead and create a new one and I'll just call this My Avid User Settings - DEFAULT, and then I am going to clear out my Project Settings.
The way to clear out your Project Settings to default is to simply create a new project. So I am going to come into New Project and I am going to call this Urban Nutcracker New and we'll set it up the same format as our other one. And right now if I went in there, it's a blank project. What we want to do is get all of our bins in there from our old project, which we'll do next. The way we do this is by copying and pasting bins at the operating system level.
So I am going to come into my Avid Projects folder, where I have both my old and new project. I'll come into this one and copy all of my folders and bins. I want to make sure I don't copy the AVS file, which is the settings file or the AVP file, which is the project file. That's what I am trying to return to default. Copy and in my new project I will Paste. So I have created a new project with new project settings and now all I have to do is default my site settings.
My site settings live within my operating system and rather than tell you exactly where, let's go ahead and just use the Search function. I'll come in and just type in site settings and we'll go ahead and just open the file location where these reside and in the Windows system it's in Users/Public/Documents/ Avid Media Composer/Settings. To pull it up in a Mac, just open up the spotlight, type in site settings and open that file location.
There are three files in here that you need to delete, Site_Settings, Site_Attributes and the last one is MCState. Go ahead and just throw them into the Recycle Bin and that's how you default the site settings. So we've defaulted our user settings by creating a new user, we have defaulted our project settings by creating a new project, and we have gone ahead and copied and pasted the bins appropriately, and we have defaulted our site settings by clearing them out. Let's go ahead and re-launch Media Composer.
So we have our user profile, My Avid User Settings - DEFAULT. We need to re-navigate to our project because deleting the site settings actually clear this window out. So that just leaves on my desktop in my folder here, Avid project in Urban Nutcracker New. All right, you will notice that all of my bins have reappeared and I'll have to do a little window sizing because that was part of my original user setting, but everything is here. I have defaulted those three settings and I basically have a factory default working version of Media Composer with my projects still intact.
It really clears out a lot of problems. In fact, clearing out these settings plus deleting your media databases are what most technical support representatives are going to have you do before performing any further troubleshooting. It really clears up 80% of most issues.
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