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Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training

Using AutoTitler


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Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training

with Ashley Kennedy

Video: Using AutoTitler

One of the most powerful tools in Marquee is called Auto Titler, which allows you to create multiple titles of the same template based on the information in a simple text document. Let's take a look at how it works. All right, so here is the title that I've created from scratch, and what I'd like to do is use this template for about seven or eight other people in the same show. So what I'm going to do is use the Auto Titler to achieve that. Before going in to Auto Titler, I'd like to first show you how an Avid template looks in regard to its text boxes, which is a really important part of this.
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  1. 3m 55s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 39s
  2. 22m 54s
    1. Touring the Select Project window
      4m 45s
    2. Exploring bins
      4m 23s
    3. Customizing user settings
      3m 36s
    4. Setting up and organizing a project
      5m 57s
    5. Saving and backing up the project
      4m 13s
  3. 57m 27s
    1. Touring the Composer Monitor and the Timeline
      2m 29s
    2. Touring the Edit interface
      5m 6s
    3. Splicing shots
      7m 43s
    4. Splicing non-linearly
      2m 43s
    5. Overwriting shots
      4m 35s
    6. Removing shots using Extract and Lift
      4m 38s
    7. Using Segment mode (Extract/Splice) to switch shots
      6m 37s
    8. Using Segment mode (Lift/Overwrite) to move shots
      6m 31s
    9. Using Extract/Splice and Lift/Overwrite together
      3m 32s
    10. Manipulating the Timeline directly
      4m 34s
    11. Creating subclips and subsequences
      3m 48s
    12. Adding multiple video and audio tracks
      5m 11s
  4. 23m 28s
    1. Understanding trimming
      3m 19s
    2. Performing single-roller trims
      5m 15s
    3. Performing dual-roller trims
      3m 54s
    4. Using Ripple Trim and Overwrite Trim
      5m 4s
    5. Understanding sync
      3m 17s
    6. Solving sync problems
      2m 39s
  5. 54m 26s
    1. Navigating with JKL
      3m 26s
    2. Using navigation shortcuts
      4m 47s
    3. Using the Command palette
      6m 4s
    4. Customizing the Timeline
      4m 54s
    5. Using bin layouts
      3m 49s
    6. Using workspaces
      6m 41s
    7. Sorting and sifting clips
      5m 57s
    8. Using the Find tool
      5m 13s
    9. Using markers
      5m 54s
    10. Using PhraseFind
      3m 21s
    11. Using ScriptSync
      4m 20s
  6. 20m 42s
    1. Trimming with JKL
      4m 53s
    2. Performing Slip edits
      6m 1s
    3. Performing Slide edits
      5m 39s
    4. Performing Replace edits
      4m 9s
  7. 27m 17s
    1. Reading audio levels and pan
      5m 42s
    2. Using the audio mixer
      10m 1s
    3. Keyframing audio
      7m 6s
    4. Recording audio adjustments on the fly
      4m 28s
  8. 55m 1s
    1. Using Quick Transition effects
      4m 6s
    2. Using the Transition Manipulation tool
      3m 12s
    3. Using the Effects palette and the Effect Editor
      6m 1s
    4. Keyframing segment effects
      5m 30s
    5. Nesting and auto-nesting
      5m 54s
    6. Saving effect templates
      3m 23s
    7. Building basic composites using vertical effects
      4m 7s
    8. Using the picture-in-picture (PIP) effect
      5m 14s
    9. Using the Color effect
      4m 24s
    10. Creating basic motion effects
      6m 55s
    11. Using Timewarp
      6m 15s
  9. 11m 48s
    1. Understanding system performance
      6m 13s
    2. Rendering intelligently
      5m 35s
  10. 26m 44s
    1. Analyzing footage for problems
      2m 27s
    2. Using the Y-Waveform monitor to set whites and blacks
      7m 16s
    3. Using the RGB Parade to correct color casts
      5m 50s
    4. Using the Vectorscope to improve skin tones
      5m 34s
    5. Using auto color correction
      5m 37s
  11. 30m 10s
    1. Formatting and enhancing text using Avid Marquee
      5m 32s
    2. Using Marquee to apply shapes and gradients
      5m 18s
    3. Using title templates
      3m 45s
    4. Bringing the title into Media Composer
      3m 54s
    5. Revising the title
      2m 17s
    6. Creating rolling and crawling titles
      5m 14s
    7. Using AutoTitler
      4m 10s
  12. 32m 37s
    1. Importing files
      6m 47s
    2. Linking to files using AMA
      3m 36s
    3. Linking to hi-res stills
      5m 59s
    4. Using the Avid Marketplace
      2m 50s
    5. Using the Capture tool
      5m 19s
    6. Capturing footage
      3m 41s
    7. Batch capturing
      4m 25s
  13. 12m 58s
    1. Deleting material from the bin
      5m 29s
    2. Understanding the Media tool
      4m 46s
    3. Deleting unreferenced clips
      2m 43s
  14. 17m 35s
    1. Preparing your sequence for output
      5m 44s
    2. Performing a digital cut
      5m 26s
    3. Exporting your sequence as a file
      6m 25s
  15. 19m 2s
    1. Solving offline media
      6m 48s
    2. Re-linking media
      3m 0s
    3. Resetting Avid settings
      5m 9s
    4. Using the Avid Attic
      4m 5s
  16. 44s
    1. Additional resources
      44s

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Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training
6h 56m Beginner Dec 08, 2011

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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.

Topics include:
  • Adding and removing shots to build multi-track sequences
  • Trimming shots to fine-tune sequences
  • Exploring navigation shortcuts and project management strategies
  • Customizing the editing workspace
  • Using advanced editing and trimming methods
  • Adjusting audio levels and pan
  • Applying, nesting, compositing, and revising video effects
  • Understanding the relationship between rendering and system performance
  • Incorporating intelligent media management strategies
Subjects:
Video Video Editing
Software:
Media Composer
Author:
Ashley Kennedy

Using AutoTitler

One of the most powerful tools in Marquee is called Auto Titler, which allows you to create multiple titles of the same template based on the information in a simple text document. Let's take a look at how it works. All right, so here is the title that I've created from scratch, and what I'd like to do is use this template for about seven or eight other people in the same show. So what I'm going to do is use the Auto Titler to achieve that. Before going in to Auto Titler, I'd like to first show you how an Avid template looks in regard to its text boxes, which is a really important part of this.

So, I'm just going to go to File > New Title, and then I'm going to go into Templates and then Avid Templates, Lower Thirds and I'm just going to load one of these and as you see here, we have two text boxes. I'm going to open up these layers so you can see what each of this corresponds to. So I'll click on Name, and you can see that this corresponds to something called Text Box 1. I'll click on Location and this corresponds to Text Box 2. It's really important that these are named just like this or Auto Titler won't work.

So, just keep that in mind as we go back to our own template. So I'll go back to our template, and I'm going to open up the Layers and I'll click on the name here. And you can see that it's just called Text Box, so I have to call this Text Box 1. And here, we'll just go ahead and rename this to Text Box 2. And one more thing we have to do. Because there are quite a few names that are longer than Kim's, we need to make room for them to be created.

So I'm just going to extend the bounding box and then right-justify that. And pretty much everybody is a swing dancer, but I'll just extend the bounding box, just for safe measure and right-justify that. Okay, so now we are set to go ahead and get our text document. Let's go ahead into Microsoft Word, and I want to show you what each of those text boxes corresponds to. So the very first line that you type corresponds to Text Box 1.

So I'll just type Kim's name and one carriage return and then her title, then I'll press Enter twice, and we'll go on to the next name, and one return and the title, which corresponds to Text Box 2, and two returns, and keep going. So, this is a great way for you to really quickly enter in some data, maybe perform a spellcheck on it, hand it off to others, make sure everything looks good. And I actually have a finished text document, so let's go ahead and get that.

Everything looks good here. We have Text Box 1, Text Box 2, it corresponds correctly and so now, we're going to go up to File > Auto Titler. I'm going to go to my Desktop, into the Exercise Files, into Additional Files, and then in the Credits folder, I have my autotitler document. I'm going to go ahead and press Open. We're going to start on number 1 here. Press OK. The titles are automatically being created, fitting into my template.

All right, wonderful, all possible titles are created. You can access them from the Windows menu. So you can't really see much here, because these are giant high-definition titles. I'm going have to scroll down a little bit and scroll over so that you can see them. So I can pull each of these up from the Windows menu, check them out, make sure they look good. I think they look great. And then when you're done, you just send them to Avid in the same way that you send any title to Avid.

You go to File, and this time, since there are multiple titles, we're just going to press Save All to Bin. This does take just a little bit of time, so I encourage you to go through this yourself. But basically, that's all there is to it. We just created eight titles with just the click of a button, using the Auto Titler.

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Q: When I open the exercise files, the media is all offline. I tried to reconnect using the steps in Chapter 14, but that isn't working. What do I do?
A: Make sure to watch the "Using the Exercise Files" video. The Avid MediaFiles folder must be located at the root directory of the media drive (i.e. not inside any other folders, such as the exercise files folder), or all media will be offline. Here's a summary.

1. In the lynda exercise files, there is a folder called Avid MediaFiles. Inside of that folder is a folder called MXF, and inside of the MXF folder is a folder called 1.

2. Rename the "1" folder to "2" (or any other number).

3. In a separate window, open the MXF folder of the Avid MediaFiles folder that's already on your system (not the exercise files folder). Drag the "2" folder from the exercise files to this MXF folder. You will now have both a "1" and a "2" folder. 
The media for this course will be in the "2" folder.
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