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Understanding the Media tool

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Video: Understanding the Media tool

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.

Understanding the Media tool

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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  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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