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Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training

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Video: Touring the Select Project window

In this movie, we'll talk about setting up a project and user setting for starting a project in Avid Media Composer. I'm going to launch Media Composer by clicking on my Media Composer alias on my desktop, and if I was working on a Mac, I'd of course click on the icon within my Dock. Media Composer works equally as well on both Mac and a PC. Now, we're brought to a screen called the Select Project window. Here's where you're going to make choices about which user profile to use and which project to work on.
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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

Touring the Select Project window

In this movie, we'll talk about setting up a project and user setting for starting a project in Avid Media Composer. I'm going to launch Media Composer by clicking on my Media Composer alias on my desktop, and if I was working on a Mac, I'd of course click on the icon within my Dock. Media Composer works equally as well on both Mac and a PC. Now, we're brought to a screen called the Select Project window. Here's where you're going to make choices about which user profile to use and which project to work on.

Right now, I have my user profile loaded up, and it happens to be the same name as my operating system log-on, and it's the only one available to me right now. If I wanted to create a new user profile, I would just click on Create User Profile and only in this default. And the reason for that is that if I ever need to go back to the Media Composer Default factory settings, I can do that easily. However, I do want to use my own user settings because user settings are customizable.

It allows me to have a unique editing experience in regard to what tools are available to me, how I access those tools, the arrangements of windows in my user interface, and so on. In this way, Media Composer editors can isolate exactly how they like to work, make a user profile, and access those settings every time they edit. Many experienced editors consider their user profile one of the most important parts of feeling at home in the editing environment. It allows them to move quickly and instinctually through the editing process.

We'll go into customizing user settings in another movie. One other option within this dropdown is Import User or User Profile. I would choose this if I had already created a user profile and had them stored somewhere. This allows editors to travel from system to system and bring their user profile with them. In the middle of the screen are three radio buttons that tell me where my project is located: Private, Shared, and External. The Private location refers to a folder in my user's Document folder.

I would choose this if I'm working alone on the system and I'm not sharing the project with anyone else. If I need to create a new project in this location, I click on New Project. And I immediately want to rename this. And I have a number of options that I need to choose from, which are located right here. Under Format, I can choose from a number of standard-definition NTSC and PAL choices and lots of HD options. Now, I happened to know that my footage was shot in 1080i59 94, and I'm going to choose that here.

I also have options for Aspect Ratio, Color Space, Raster Dimension, and this 3D option. Now I'm not working in 3D so I'm going to leave that off, and we're also not matching back to film so I'm going to leave that unchecked, and I'll press OK. Now I have a project located in the Private location. If I move on to Shared, I would choose this if I am working on this computer with another editor that has a different log-on. It's in a Shared Avid Projects folder, and as you can see, there's nothing located here right now.

For External, this is a location that is anywhere else that's not in the Private Projects folder or Shared Projects folder. This can be a flash drive location, as indicated here, or my computer's desktop or anywhere else in my computer system. This is a flexible option that allows me to dictate exactly where I want my project to live. The way that I dictate that is clicking on this folder here and navigating to that location. Now, I happen to know that my projects are located on my desktop.

I have my desktop selected. Right in here in this folder called exercise files, and it's in Avid Projects. I'm going to go ahead and say OK, and here are the two projects located in that folder. So now that we've appropriately located a project and loaded our user setting, I can simply click on my project, Swing Dancing BASIC, and press OK. Media Composer launches, the project opens, and we're ready to edit.

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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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