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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.
If ever you need to delete material across multiple bins, multiple projects, and multiple drives, you'll most likely want to use the Media tool. The Media tool is like a super bin, allowing you to bring master clips in from a self-selective group of projects or tribes and then manage the media accordingly. I am going to open up the Media tool by coming up to Tools > Media tool. And as we here on the left, we have the drives that we can choose from, and on the right we have the projects that we can choose from.
Now, my drive has only one project on it, but I do want to give you one note about the projects in this list: this is not necessarily the projects on your system. You can delete all the projects from your system and there'll still be a list of projects here, because what this list is measuring is the project that the media on your drives was originally captured into. That metadata is stored in those media files, so even if you delete a project, your media files can still live on the drive and their project name will still be listed here.
Down here you can choose whether you want to search through master clips, pre-computes, or media files. Master clips are obviously the clips in your bins, pre-computes are render files, and media files are the actual media files on your drives. You almost never choose this. This is something that you may choose if you call contact technical support and someone walks you through it, but otherwise, leave option number three alone. So if I choose Master Clips and Pre- computes, I am going to choose the Master Clips and Render files on my data drive in the Swing Dancing project.
Again, if I wanted to access multiple projects and I have them available to me, I would just select them here. I will say OK, and as you can see, there is quite a lot of stuff here to look at. If you look at it though, you will notice that this is just a big bin. I have the headings across the top. I have the ability to choose columns and display just certain pieces of metadata. I have the ability to show text view or frame view or script view.
I have the ability to custom sift searching for something. I have the ability to use the Find tool. Anything I can do in my Avid project I can do in the Media tool too, but this is searching across the drives and the projects that I selected at the previous screen. When I press Delete on a clip in the Media tool--which I will go ahead and select this clip and press Delete-- I have the option of deleting video, audio, or both.
When I press Delete here, it is gone. There is no getting it back unless I recapture or re-import it. So, I am not going to do that in this case. Also, because the Media tool looks at media on your drive, you can do something pretty special here. I am going to close the Media tool for a moment, and I am going to come back to this bin and I am going to pretend that I accidentally deleted this master clip. If you remember from the last movie, I said this is something you never want to do.
If I highlight the clip, press Delete, and delete the master clip, leaving my media files on the drive, and say OK, it is gone from my bin, and I have what is called an orphan file. You can use the Media tool to your advantage to help you out in this situation. If you know that you have an orphan file, you can go get it back. So if I go to Tools > Media tool, again, I can select my Data drive, the projects that I want to look through, master clips.
And I know that that is not a render file so I will deselect that and press OK. And I can go ahead and sort this so that everything is now in alphabetical order. It already was. And here it is, Dave smiling. So I literally just pick it up and put it in my bin. I am going to click with my mouse, drag over, and there it is. Notice that it didn't leave my Media tool, because again, the Media tool reads the media on the drive. After all, this media is still there.
But I got my master clip back, and I have reunited the master clip with the media file, and Dave is still smiling. The Media tool is really powerful. And whether you need it to delete media across multiple bins, multiple projects, or multiple drives, or whether you need to resurrect master clips that you have accidentally deleted from your bins, you will certainly find the Media tool will help you out in a variety of situations.
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