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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.
If you ever need to delete media across multiple bins, multiple projects, or multiple drives, you'll most likely want to use the Media tool. The Media tool is like a super bin, allowing you to bring in master clips from a self-selected group of projects or drives and then manage the media accordingly. The Media tool is accessed via the Tools menu > Media tool. We have a couple of displays. On the left, it displays all of my media drives and on the right it displays a list of projects.
If you know exactly where your media lives, which drives, as well as what project it was originally captured into, you can make the selections accordingly. So, if I know that I'd like to access media from my data drive and I know that the media that I'm looking for lives in both Urban Nutcracker Basics and Urban Nutcracker Full, I can select them like this. If I know that the media I'm looking for was originally captured into Urban Nutcracker Basics and Urban Nutcracker Full, I can select those.
Coming down here we have Master Clips, Precomputes, and Media Files. When you're dealing with video or audio files, you'll choose Master Clips, because that refers to all of the clips that were originally captured into a project. Precomputes refer to render files, which is media that you've created within the project to playback effects and titles in real time. Another option is Media Files. You'll almost never choose this, only when you're troubleshooting media with a technical support representative.
So let's take a look at all of the Master Clips and Precomputes that live on our D drive, from clips that were originally captured into Urban Nutcracker Full and Urban Nutcracker Basics. So, we have our audio files, our video files, and our precomputes all displayed in one large bin. Notice that it is a bin. I can look at it in Brief view, in Text view, where I can customize exactly what to look for, Frame view, as well as Script view.
So it's a very powerful bin. I'm able to really hone in on exactly what I want by selecting the appropriate choices at the previous window. Keep in mind that because this is a bin, I can also sort and sift. If I want to come down to my Fast Menu, go to Custom Sift and pull up all of the shots that have ballerina in them, I'll press OK, and the Media tool sifts all of my ballerina shots, both my master clips as well as one precompute file.
Show Unsifted. We can also sort. So, if I want to sort by the Start time code, I can go ahead and Sort on Ascending, and now everything is sorted by time code and if they were all on the same tape that could be useful for me. I also have all of my precomputes sorted together at the top of the bin. Now let's say that I don't need any of my precomputes. If I click on them and I'll Shift+Click to select them all, and press Delete, it asks me if I want to delete my 28 precompute files.
Now, if I've deleted something, sometimes this is useful. If I've rendered something and then cancelled the render that file still exists on my drive. It's called an orphaned file, because it's there but nothing is referring to it. If you know what render files you don't need anymore, it's a good idea to come into your Media tool and delete them away. In the next movie, we'll talk about exactly how you can hone in on what render files you need and which you don't need. I'm going to cancel this and I'm going to select a video file.
Let's go ahead and press Delete here. From the Media tool, I have the ability to either delete my video or my audio and I can delete one track of audio or the other. If you remember from the bin, I was only able to delete either my master clip or all three associated media files. The Media tool allows me to break it down even further than that. Now I'm going to minimize my Media tool for a moment and I'm going to come back to the bin.
Remember how I said that you would never delete the master clip and leave the media file? Well, if you accidentally do this, the Media tool can help you out. Let's go ahead and rename this clip something that is very obvious to me when I can look for it in the Media tool. I'll name it, CLIP I DELETED, and I'll click on it, press Delete, delete my master clip. Again, this is something that I recommend you never do, but we'll do it for demonstration purposes. Deleting the master clip, leaving the media file on the drive, say OK.
It's gone. It still lives on my drive. It's called an orphan file now. Let's go ahead and reopen my Media tool and I'll go ahead and Sift. Let's go ahead and just call it exactly what I named it, CLIP I DELETED. OK. And there it is. My Media tool hangs on to it, because the Media tool looks at the media on the drive and not the project data. All I have to do is drag this back over to my bin and I have it back online.
We'll go ahead and rename this what it was and we're good to go. The Media tool is a very powerful tool and whether you need to delete media across multiple bins, multiple projects, or whether you need to resurrect master clips that you've accidentally deleted, you'll certainly find the Media tool will help you out in a variety of situations.
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