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In Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training, author Ashley Kennedy demonstrates basic and intermediate editing techniques in Media Composer, one of the most widely used nonlinear, video editing systems. This course covers how to build sequences, mix audio, color correct footage, apply effects, and troubleshoot common post-production issues in Media Composer. Exercise files accompany the course.
So we have just learned what to do in case your media goes offline, but what about the other half of the editing equation? What if your project data goes missing? You will be glad to know that if any of your files whether it be master clips, sequences or even entire bins becomes corrupted or you accidentally delete something crucial, you don't have to panic. Remember, Avid auto saves your project every 10-15 minutes. Every time you explicitly save or every time Avid AutoSyncs a bin, a version of that bin is send to the attic.
So let's take a look at our bin here and we have our sequence and for our intents and purposes let's assume that this is our master sequence that we have been working on for days and it's a really important, and due to some 2 a.m. mistake, it gets deleted and we come in the next day and we see that our bin is empty. Now this also applies to entire bins that have been accidentally deleted or to bins that won't open due to corruption.
So no problem, we just need to minimize Media Composer for a moment and we need to access the attic. I'll just type in avid attic and you can see that on a Window 7 version of a PC, it's in User/Public/Documents/ Avid Media Composer/Avid Attic. On a Mac, it's located in Users/Shared/ Avid Media Composer/Avid Attic and here are all the projects that I have been working on, on this system.
That's one thing about the attic, is that it system specific. So if you go from system to system when you edit and you need to get back some project data, you'll just need to remember the last system you run where everything was intact. So I am going to go into Urban Nutcracker Full/Bins and these are all of the bins that I have been working on while I have been in this project. Now the bin that I was working on when I deleted my sequence was 15.4, and here you can see 15.4 versioned from this time at this day to this time at this day.
So I can go back five minutes or I can go back a couple days ago. Now this looks like the last time that my bin was intact with my sequence, so I am simply going to Ctrl+C or Command+C if I am on a Mac, and I'll just put it on my Desktop, Ctrl+V. I am going to type .avb after it and say Yes, I want to change it. And you will notice that it changes to a bin, and now I'll go back into Media Composer. I want to make sure that my current 15.4 bin is closed.
I can't have two versions of the same bin open at the same time and I'll just go into File > Open Bin, Open, and there we go. We have brought it back, good as new. Now because my other bin is now empty I can get rid of it and what I will do is I'll just create a new 15.4 bin and Command+D and Ctrl+D or Command+D to duplicate and bring it into that bin and then I don't need that one any more.
Delete and we'll put it back into our folder. Retrieving bins from the attic has saved many an editor on many an occasion. Whether it's to retrieve lost work or simply to track a sequence back to a previous version, you will certainly find the attic useful in resurrecting project data.
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