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Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started
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Starting Media Composer and creating a new project


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Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started

with Steve Holyhead

Video: Starting Media Composer and creating a new project

Creating and managing projects is the first layer of control that you have over your media, which are the actual audio and video files you'll be working with, and your project data, which is going to be the information about your clips and the sequences you create. Let's start your Media Composer system, create a new project and have a look at how to set where the media files will go when you start importing them into your system. Now first off, Media Composer has various configurations. It can be used as software on a laptop or a workstation, and the software can also be used in conjunction with various hardware that expand the options for monitoring input and output.
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  1. 4m 13s
    1. Welcome
      1m 31s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 42s
  2. 21m 40s
    1. Starting Media Composer and creating a new project
      4m 15s
    2. Understanding Media Composer
      5m 47s
    3. Working with clips, bins, folders, and the Project window
      3m 44s
    4. Saving and backing up your work
      4m 16s
    5. Retrieving a project from the Attic
      3m 38s
  3. 27m 58s
    1. Understanding media formats and the Format tab
      8m 25s
    2. Importing media
      6m 11s
    3. Linking to media using AMA
      5m 43s
    4. Accessing media from other projects
      2m 56s
    5. Working with clips in the bin
      4m 43s
  4. 23m 49s
    1. Getting started with editing
      7m 25s
    2. Creating a new sequence
      5m 39s
    3. Removing material from your sequence
      6m 20s
    4. Editing segments in the Timeline
      4m 25s
  5. 30m 44s
    1. Using Splice, Overwrite, and three-point editing
      5m 25s
    2. Understanding trim concepts
      4m 39s
    3. Working with trim techniques
      6m 6s
    4. Using the Timeline
      7m 49s
    5. Building multitrack sequences
      6m 45s
  6. 14m 21s
    1. Adjusting audio levels and pan
      6m 42s
    2. Diving deeper into audio
      7m 39s
  7. 23m 8s
    1. Setting quick transitions
      5m 33s
    2. Working in the Effects palette
      3m 42s
    3. Keyframing effects
      7m 1s
    4. Setting system performance and rendering effects
      6m 52s
  8. 17m 37s
    1. Creating freeze-frames and motion clips
      4m 40s
    2. Understanding timewarp effects
      7m 15s
    3. Understanding Timeline compositing
      5m 42s
  9. 19m 44s
    1. Working with basic color correction
      7m 13s
    2. Stabilizing shaky footage
      1m 44s
    3. Creating a basic title
      5m 0s
    4. Mixing down video and audio
      5m 47s
  10. 6m 33s
    1. Building the final output
      6m 33s
  11. 18s
    1. Goodbye
      18s

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Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started
3h 10m Beginner Jun 10, 2010

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In Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started, author Steve Holyhead explores the tools and techniques in Media Composer for producing great looking video, as well as the basics of high definition media formats. This course walks through the video production workflow from input to editing to output, covers key information such as trim concepts and frame rates, and introduces techniques such as color correction, footage stabilization, and real-time audio effects. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Working with clips, bins, and folders
  • Importing media
  • Creating sequences
  • Editing in the Timeline
  • Using the Splice, Overwrite, and Three-Point editing techniques
  • Trimming sequences
  • Refining audio
  • Adding and keyframing effects
  • Compositing
  • Mixing down audio and video
Subject:
Video
Software:
Media Composer
Author:
Steve Holyhead

Starting Media Composer and creating a new project

Creating and managing projects is the first layer of control that you have over your media, which are the actual audio and video files you'll be working with, and your project data, which is going to be the information about your clips and the sequences you create. Let's start your Media Composer system, create a new project and have a look at how to set where the media files will go when you start importing them into your system. Now first off, Media Composer has various configurations. It can be used as software on a laptop or a workstation, and the software can also be used in conjunction with various hardware that expand the options for monitoring input and output.

Examples include the Matrox Mini, the Mojo SDI, the Mojo DX and the Nitris DX. First, power up all external devices before switching on your Mac or PC, and that includes any external storage devices. Next, wait for your computer and your operating system to completely power up. And as your computer starts, make sure you wait for all extensions, drivers and external devices to load and be recognized by the operating system.

Now, go ahead and launch Media Composer. And after a short while, you'll arrive at the Select Project dialog. Now this is a very important moment, because the first level of organization possible when using Media Composer are Avid Projects; these are the containers for your work. Let's take a moment to have a look at the Select Project dialog. You can see here, right at the top, my User name has come up as Producer.

And that's inherited from my OS logon. Now if I wanted to, I could create a User Profile here, and you'll see the reasons to do that as we go thorough the course. For now, we can just leave it on the defaults. Next, the Folder location. At the moment, I've defaulted to my personal documents. And that's because this radio button here is lit up: Private. In other words, these are the projects that I'm working on, and no one else who uses this computer can see these projects. If I go to Shared, then these are accessible to all people who use this computer.

On a Mac, this may well be called the Public folder. And then finally, External is used for browsing out to other locations where you may keep project data: on a thumb drive, on a storage area network, or a network share, something like that. What I'm going to do is I'm going to come back to Private here and show you that now, when I select New Project, that's the location where the new project will be created. I can give it a name. I'm going to call this one first project.

Next, over here, we would select the Format. At this moment, I don't need to worry about what you see in here. Just come and select 720p/23.976. And I will explain all of that a little bit later. Now, click OK. You can see the fourth project has been put in this location, which is specified here. And I can go ahead and open that project up. Great! There we go. So this is the Media Composer interface. We've created a project, and we've specified where that project will be saved.

The next thing I want you to do, when you first create a project, is come to the Tools menu. And I want you to go to the Media Creation settings, because it's here where we get to designate where the media will be put when we imported into our system. In this case, I'm using the D Drive. And I can use the same drive for all categories by simply applying to all, like so. With that done, we're pretty much ready to get to work. With the Project Selection dialog, we specified where our project would be stored. With the Media Creation settings, we specified where the media will be stored.

Organization is essential to the editing process. And these skills will be useful on a daily basis for every project that you do.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started.


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Q: I'm having a little trouble in the Chapter 2 "Linking to media using AMA" video.

When I follow the procedure shown to link to AMA volume - Humming Birds, instead of the bin with the clips opening as shown in the training video, I'm presented with a Bin Selection dialog box. All options in this dialog result in the same message:

Unable to link to any clips at/ (followed by the directory)

Do I need to have a particular camera codec installed on my system in order to read/import these training files in the AMA folder?
A: With Media Composer 5.5 onwards, the AMA plug-ins must be downloaded and installed after installing the Media Composer application.

If the AMA plug-in for your camera type (in this case P2) has not been installed manually, then the AMA link will fail. This is a change from Media Composer 5.0, when the AMA plug-ins were bundled into the main application installer.

Once the AMA plug-in needed (in this case P2) has been downloaded and installed, this will solve the problem.

All AMA plug-ins can be found at http://www.avid.com/US/products/Avid-Media-Access. Choose the Plug-In sub-tab and download from there.
 
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