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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.
We've just learned what to do in case your media goes missing, but what about the other half of the equation? What if your project data goes missing? You'll be glad to know that if any of your project files, whether it be master clips, sequences, or entire bins, becomes corrupted or if you accidentally delete something crucial, you don't have to panic. Remember, Avid autosaves your project at whatever you set your autosave interval, and you also probably save your project an awful lot. Every time an autosave or an explicit save that you do happens, a version of that bin gets sent to what's called The Avid Attic.
So let's simulate a 2 a.m. mistake, where we think we're going to do a little bit of housekeeping for our Sequences bin and maybe we accidentally delete it, and maybe we accidentally empty the trash. So, we come back in the next day. We see that our Sequences bin is totally gone. It has everything that we've been working on in it, and we start to panic, but then we remember The Attic. So, I'm going to go ahead and minimize Avid, because we want to do this at the operating-system level, and again, you don't need to remember where the Attic is, because you can just search for it.
So in Windows, I can just search in this search field and on a Mac you can search in the Spotlight. But I'm just going to type in Avid Attic. And here it is. I'm going to go ahead and right-click and Open Folder Location, and there's my Attic. I'm going to go inside, and here are all the projects that I've been working on in this system. So I need to make sure that I go into the correct project. So I know it's in Swing Dancing. And then I want to go into Bins. Now here are all of the bins that I've been working on in this project.
There are a lot. But I know that the name of the bin that I accidentally deleted is called Sequences. Okay, so I'm just going to go inside there, and as you see, here's all of the times that the Sequences bin was saved. The first time was on November 3rd at 2:48 p.m. and at the time it was 214 KB, and we have different sizes, and the date increases. So I know that I had my bin intact today, just a little bit ago, and this is the version that I need to copy and paste back into my project.
So I'm just going to click on this bin and press Ctrl+C or Command+C on a Mac, and then I can just go back into my project in Exercise Files/Avid Projects, and here it is, Swing Dancing, and I can just paste into my project. Okay. One thing you do need to make sure of is that you don't have a version of this bin open. You can't have two versions of the same bin open in the application.
Now, I don't have the bin, because I accidentally deleted it, so we should be good to go here. I'm going to just paste. There it is. And on a Windows system it likes for you to rename this .avb. And you can just go ahead and click Yes to this message. And notice that when I typed .avb, it now looks like a bin file. Now you normally don't have to do that step on a Mac. Okay, so I've copied and pasted my Attic bin into my project.
I'm going to go ahead and go back into Avid, and there it is. So I'll open it up, and now I have all of my sequences back. Everything is online, and I'm good to go. Believe me, retrieving bins from the Attic has saved many an editor on many an occasion. So, whether it's to retrieve lost work or simply to track a sequence back to a previous version, you'll certainly find the Attic useful in resurrecting project data.
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