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Understanding deletion types and cases

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Video: Understanding deletion types and cases

An important part of the postproduction process is managing your media in a way that doesn't totally clutter your workspace and your drives. Therefore, deletion is often a necessary step in cleaning up after a project. There are several methods of deleting files. This chapter will address each one. In this movie, we'll discuss the differences between each of these. As you remember from the very beginning of the course, you need both the master clip and the media file for nonlinear editing to work. As you remember, once you take one of these away, the relationship is broken and you cannot edit.

Understanding deletion types and cases

An important part of the postproduction process is managing your media in a way that doesn't totally clutter your workspace and your drives. Therefore, deletion is often a necessary step in cleaning up after a project. There are several methods of deleting files. This chapter will address each one. In this movie, we'll discuss the differences between each of these. As you remember from the very beginning of the course, you need both the master clip and the media file for nonlinear editing to work. As you remember, once you take one of these away, the relationship is broken and you cannot edit.

Why? Because master clips, which are pointer files won't work if they're not pointing to something. Media files, which need pointer files to be read, are no good to you if nothing is pointing to them. So that part is clear. But sometimes you want to delete data so that you can clear up drive space or so that you can better organize multiple projects on one drive. Well, let's take a look at how you might want to do this. The most common practice of deletion by far is to delete media files from a project, but keep all of the project data.

Your master clips, your sub-clips, your sequences, essentially the entire project folder. Why? Well, we just talked about how the master clips are no good to us if they're not pointing to anything. Well, that's true, but because project data is so powerful and lists every piece of information about the clip even without the clip actually being present... For example, if we look in our Bin here. In Text view, I'm going to go ahead and display every piece of data I have.

We have so much information about each of these clips regardless of they are offline or not. You can use this to your advantage if you ever need to recapture media back into your project. You can bring an entire project back online even years after you deleted the media files from it as long as you kept the tapes or other source media. Because project data is so small, only a few megabytes, you can literally store dozens or hundreds of projects on a simple thumb drive.

I highly recommend that you keep your project files in at least two locations, on the thumb drive, in a special folder on your computer or just email them to yourself. You also need to keep your tapes or whatever other type of source media you use in a safe, well-ventilated box in storage. Now, the second option is to clear out both the project data and the media files. You would only ever do this if you're sure that you'll never ever need anything from that project again. To be honest, unless it was just an awful project or a throwaway demo project, you'll really never say that you can't spare a few megabytes of space to keep your project files safe.

Bottom line. Just keep your project data. You may thank yourself later that you did. So we've seen the benefits of clearing up drive space by either clearing out both parts of the equation, if we're sure we'll never need anything from it again, or more likely by deleting the media file, but keeping the project data. The only combination left is to delete the project data, but not the media file. Let me say that you would never ever do this. Why? Because you've cleared out all the small files, the crucial data, the pointer files that make editing possible and you've left the big media files that are of no use without something pointing to them.

These files are now called orphan files and are of no use to you. They're simply clogging up room on your drive. Deleting is an important and necessary part of the postproduction process, so you need to know what you're deleting and why. Again, 95% of the time you're going to choose option number one, deleting the media files but keeping the project data, so that you can bring your project back online in the future if needed.

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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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