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Solving offline media


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Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training

with Ashley Kennedy

Video: Solving offline media

Media management is a crucial part of successful editing. As we saw in a previous chapter, when you delete media, the master clip recognizes that this correlating media is offline. Well, there are other reasons that a clip can go offline too. Sometimes some or all of your media will be offline simply because the master clips in your bin can't find the media with which it is supposed to be linked. In this movie, we will take a look at how this happens and how to solve these issues. Usually the reason that media shows up as offline is because the media is simply not on your drive in the first place.
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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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Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training
6h 56m Beginner Dec 08, 2011

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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.

Topics include:
  • Adding and removing shots to build multi-track sequences
  • Trimming shots to fine-tune sequences
  • Exploring navigation shortcuts and project management strategies
  • Customizing the editing workspace
  • Using advanced editing and trimming methods
  • Adjusting audio levels and pan
  • Applying, nesting, compositing, and revising video effects
  • Understanding the relationship between rendering and system performance
  • Incorporating intelligent media management strategies
Subjects:
Video Video Editing
Software:
Media Composer
Author:
Ashley Kennedy

Solving offline media

Media management is a crucial part of successful editing. As we saw in a previous chapter, when you delete media, the master clip recognizes that this correlating media is offline. Well, there are other reasons that a clip can go offline too. Sometimes some or all of your media will be offline simply because the master clips in your bin can't find the media with which it is supposed to be linked. In this movie, we will take a look at how this happens and how to solve these issues. Usually the reason that media shows up as offline is because the media is simply not on your drive in the first place.

Often you may accidently capture or import media to the internal hard drive of the system you are working on, instead of to your dedicated media drive. If you do this and then switch editing systems with your media drive, then your media is going to show up as offline. So before beginning to troubleshoot, make sure that the scenario is not the case. Now, if it is the case, you are going to have to go find the media files and transfer them over accordingly. Or if you can't find them, you will need to recapture or re-import your media. So to check where Media Composer thinks your media should be, you can just make sure you are in text view in your bin and then go to Choose Columns. And just to simply this, I am going to choose None, but then I am going to display my drive.

And in the Drive column is where Media Composer captured the media to. So if your drive is D, but this says C, then you know that you accidentally captured to the internal drive and you are going have to go find that media or recapture. If you are sure that the media that the media should be on your drive, then you can begin troubleshooting. Now, often media becomes offline because there is something wrong with either the media drive or your media folder. So before troubleshooting offline media problems, make sure to exit Avid first, which I will do now, and then first go after your drive. Make sure your drive is plugged in to your FireWire report, turned on, and as shown as mounted on your computer.

If the drive isn't mounted, then you want to try swapping your FireWire cables, as well as try plugging the FireWire into a different port on your computer. Also, try determining if another hard drive will mount on your computer or if your hard drive will mount on another system. Now, if your drive is properly mounted but your media is still offline, it is time to take a look at your media folder. Now, as you may remember from a previous movie, if you captured or imported media in the traditional way, your media is in a managed media folder called Avid Media Files.

Now, I am going to go to that drive. I know that my media is supposed to be on my data drive, my D drive, and I know that I need a folder on the root directory of my media drive. Now, all root directory means is that they can't be inside any other folders; it has to be at the top level. So I am going to look for a folder called exactly Avid Media Files and as you see here, we don't have that, so the media is somewhere else.

I can either search for it, or you can kind of look and see if there is somewhere else it might be. I see this folder here called AvidMedia, so I am going to look in there. Aha! And there it is. So this is spelled correctly, and it is just in the wrong location. So you just need to move that back to your root directly, and now Avid will see it. Again, I will stress that this is for traditionally captured or imported media.

If you are accessing your media via AMA, this is not the step that you should take. In that case, you should simply re-link via AMA like we discussed in a previous movie. Okay, so we have our media files folder in the right location on the drive where Avid is expecting it. There is one more thing you can try. If you go inside this folder, there will be an MXF folder. This folder is just a label folder. There is nothing inside of it, but it helps me identify what the media is inside of this.

Inside the MXF folder will be numbered folder. It doesn't have to be 1, it can be any number, but in this case it is 1. And I am just going to pop inside here. And as you notice, all of my files that I see here are MXF files, or Avid's Native Media Asset. If I scroll down though, I will see two files that are not MXF files. These are my database files. They tell Avid where each of my media files is and what it is.

They work in conjunction with one another to tell Avid those two pieces of information: what and where. Now, it could be that one of your databases is corrupt, therefore not sending the correct messages to Avid and throwing your media offline. So I recommend every few weeks coming in to your Avid Media Files folder and deleting this databases, because when Avid re-launches, it is going to notice that those data basis aren't there, it is going to rescan and re-index all of your media, reform these databases, and Avid is going to have a refreshed view of all of its media.

Again, this is a great way to solve offline media, but also good housekeeping. So I am just going to Shift+Click to select both of them and dump them in my recycle bin. And as you see, everything else in the folder is an MXF file. So I verified that my Media Files folder in the correct location, I have deleted my databases, and now I am just going to re-launch the program. Okay, so Avid has recognized that the media files are gone, so it is rescanning, and soon it will re-index all of my media.

And it is going to get a fresh look on all of the media in that folder. Again, this is a great thing to do every couple of weeks for good media management. All right, so let's go back into our project. We have verified that the media is on the drive, that the drive is working properly, that the connection is good, that the Media Files folder is in the correct location, and we deleted our databases for good measure. Let us go ahead and look inside. Okay, great. Our media is back online, and we are good to go.

Now, occasionally this won't work and you will have to take a step further by using the Relink function, which we will explore in the next movie.

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Q: When I open the exercise files, the media is all offline. I tried to reconnect using the steps in Chapter 14, but that isn't working. What do I do?
A: Make sure to watch the "Using the Exercise Files" video. The Avid MediaFiles folder must be located at the root directory of the media drive (i.e. not inside any other folders, such as the exercise files folder), or all media will be offline. Here's a summary.

1. In the lynda exercise files, there is a folder called Avid MediaFiles. Inside of that folder is a folder called MXF, and inside of the MXF folder is a folder called 1.

2. Rename the "1" folder to "2" (or any other number).

3. In a separate window, open the MXF folder of the Avid MediaFiles folder that's already on your system (not the exercise files folder). Drag the "2" folder from the exercise files to this MXF folder. You will now have both a "1" and a "2" folder. 
The media for this course will be in the "2" folder.
 
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