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Solving Avid settings corruption

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Video: Solving Avid settings corruption

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.

Solving Avid settings corruption

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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Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training

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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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