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Understanding the Select Project window

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Video: Understanding the Select Project window

In this movie, we'll talk about setting up a project and user settings for starting a new project in Media Composer. Let's launch Media Composer by clicking on the Media Composer alias on the Desktop. If you're working on a Mac, it would be an icon within the dock. If you think about it, a desktop alias is a lot like the virtual relationship that we just talked about. The alias points to or refers to the software program installed on your computer. When you click it, it finds and accesses the program and allows you to use it.

Understanding the Select Project window

In this movie, we'll talk about setting up a project and user settings for starting a new project in Media Composer. Let's launch Media Composer by clicking on the Media Composer alias on the Desktop. If you're working on a Mac, it would be an icon within the dock. If you think about it, a desktop alias is a lot like the virtual relationship that we just talked about. The alias points to or refers to the software program installed on your computer. When you click it, it finds and accesses the program and allows you to use it.

Now we're brought to a screen called the Select Project window. Here is where you'll make choices about what project to work on, as well as what individual user setting to use while you're working on your project. We're going to start here in this Select a Project portion of this window. We have three buttons, Private, Shared, and External. The Private Button shows projects stored in the Avid Projects folder within the My Documents portion of your operating system. You'll use this if you are primarily the only one working on this system and don't need to share projects with another user under a different log-on.

Shared refers to projects in the Shared Avid Projects folder. You can use and store projects under Shared if you're sharing a project with another editor that works under a different log-on account on this system. You can see here the path that it lives in. External refers to projects listed in the external view. It allows you to access projects located anywhere. It can be on this computer, on an external hard drive, or on a thumb drive. You can use and store projects under External, if you need flexibility about where you want to work on your project. For this project, we'll choose External.

To access externally located projects, you simply click on this folder icon here to browse to where your project lives. In this case, we have a project living on our Desktop, in this folder here, the Avid Media Composer Essentials Training. I have an Avid Projects folder, which I'll click on. When I do that, you can see two projects listed under there. I can either click on them individually, or if I choose the Avid Projects folder, you'll see them listed here in the view to the left. If I wanted to launch a project, I would simply click on it and click OK.

Before doing that, I'm going to talk a little bit about how to set up a new project. To select a new project, you have this button here. But first, you have to choose where you want it to go. Do you want it to go to the Private portion of the Avid Projects folder, the Shared Avid Projects folder, or do you want it to go somewhere else? In this case, let's go ahead and put it on the Desktop. So we'll navigate to the Desktop. Say OK. Here is our path, and then click on New Project. We have some choices to make here.

The first one up here to the left is New Project. You want to name that immediately. Do not leave any projects named New Project. It will just cause confusion later. We'll go ahead and just name this project Urban Nutcracker Interviews. Then we come over here, and look at some other choices that we have. We have to choose the Project Format, Color Space, and Raster Dimension. We won't really get into this right now, but it's just important to know that whatever you shot in, or whoever shot your footage, you need to choose the appropriate project type.

So this was shot using an HD camera, the 1080p flavor at 23.976 frames per second. That's what we'll choose and we'll say OK. You can see here that it's externally located at our Desktop. It's listed here in this window on the left. We're not going to work on this. We're going to go back to the project that we saw before in the Avid Media Composer Essentials Training > Avid Projects folder. There is the one's that we looked at before.

We're going to be accessing the Urban Nutcracker Basics for these first few exercises. So I'll choose that. Before doing so, however, I would like to go over User Profile. User Profile is one last decision to make in this window. It's what User Profile you use while editing a project. The User Profile is customizable. It will allow you to have unique editing experience in regard to what tools are available to you, how you access the tools, the arrangements of windows in your 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 that setting each 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 definitely go into user profiles in Chapter 5. If I click here, you can see that I have two user profiles already loaded. If I wanted to access one of those, I would simply click on it and the checkmark moves appropriately.

If I wanted to create a new user profile, I simply click on Create User Profile, and type in here, we'll just say Default View. It's good to a have a Default View, in case you should ever need to go back to a user profile that has no customization. So we'll say OK. You can see that it changes here. A third option is Import User or User Profile. This is what you would use if you do have a user profile that you are saving to a thumb drive and you go to another Avid system, and you would just simply import it, navigate where it's located, click OK, and have it come in.

For this, we're just going to use this user profile. So, now that we have our project selected, our user profile selected, we're going to go ahead and click OK to launch Media Composer the rest of the way and get started editing.

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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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