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Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training

Using the Command palette


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Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training

with Ashley Kennedy

Video: Using the Command palette

While it's certainly useful to be able to use classic keyboard shortcuts to build a more efficient editing workspace, the truth secret is customization lies in the creation of a workspace using the Command palette. In this movie we'll take a look at the Command palette, which is a collection of all the possible buttons and menu items that you can use to construct your most ideal editing workspace. The Command palette is found in the tools menu and you'll see that Ctrl+3 will pop it up. It's Command+3 on a Mac. We also want to open our keyboard.
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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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Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training
5h 54m Beginner Jul 07, 2010

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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.

Topics include:
  • Adding and removing shots to build multi-track sequences
  • Trimming shots to improve audio timing and refine video
  • Learning navigation shortcuts
  • Customizing the workspace for an individualized editing experience
  • Using advanced trim methods
  • Adjusting audio levels and panning
  • Applying effects, such as Picture-in-Picture and Timewarp
  • Color correcting footage using a variety of built-in video scopes
  • Understanding the rendering and system performance relationship
  • Titling footage with Avid Marquee
  • Capturing and importing footage
  • Performing intelligent media management strategies
  • Exporting and printing to tape
Subjects:
Video Video Editing
Software:
Media Composer
Author:
Ashley Kennedy

Using the Command palette

While it's certainly useful to be able to use classic keyboard shortcuts to build a more efficient editing workspace, the truth secret is customization lies in the creation of a workspace using the Command palette. In this movie we'll take a look at the Command palette, which is a collection of all the possible buttons and menu items that you can use to construct your most ideal editing workspace. The Command palette is found in the tools menu and you'll see that Ctrl+3 will pop it up. It's Command+3 on a Mac. We also want to open our keyboard.

keyboard is found in the Settings and just a tip. If you click on any settings and then hit K you pop right to keyboard. A lot of these should look familiar. We have our Play buttons, our step through buttons, our JKL, our I and O, we have a lot of things that we're already using. But we can take a look at other things that we're using, map them to our keyboard, and start building the most ideal editing workspace possible. Now I have my own keyboard settings and I'll show a couple of the things that I use, but the real way to make this work for you is to see what you're using on a more regular basis as far as buttons and menu items, and then map those to your editing workspace.

No two editors have the same settings. Okay, we just covered Match Frame. Instead of having to go into the Fast menu to locate that, let's go ahead and map that to our keyboard. Match Frame is found in the Other tab right here, and I usually map it to Shift+M, so I'll go ahead and do that, notice that this is my regular keyboard and as soon as I press Shift, I get a whole another keyboard. So I'm going to make sure Button to Button Reassignment is on, grab Match Frame and drag it to Shift+M. Now if I close these windows and I'd like to Match Frame this shot here, my Magician and assistant medium close up, I'll just Shift+M and it comes up in the source monitor.

Let's go ahead and open our Command palette again, Ctrl+3 and our keyboard and keep going. One other set of buttons that I always map to my keyboard are Lift/Overwrite Segment Mode and Extract Slice Segment Mode. Notice that they are not on the regular keyboard. They are on the shifted keyboard by default on Shift+A and Shift+S. However, because of geographical reasons, I like to map them to 9 and 0. This means that I can use JKL to navigate, I can use I and O to mark my clips, and then I can extend my fingers just a little bit further and use 9 and 0 to move my clips around.

So that's found in the Smart Tools tab and I'm simply going to make sure Button to Button Reassignment is on and then drag it to 9 and 0, and now I have what I call a pyramid of power. I can navigate using the buttons at the bottom of the pyramid, I can mark clips using the buttons in the middle, and I can move using the buttons at the top or use Shift+A and Shift+S, which is where Avid puts them originally. So Button to Button Reassignment is fairly basic. You can go through these tabs, figure out what you'd like to map to your keyboard, and by the way you can also map this to the interface.

So if I wanted to drag my Match Frame to my interface, I can do so like this and I have it on the interface as well. You can drag it to your keyboard, your Interface, wherever you like. We also have Menu to Button Reassignment. Menu to Button Reassignment allows you to assign menu items to your keyboard or to user interface. There is a couple of menu items that I always map, and one is to map more detail and less detail to my Up Arrow and Down Arrow.

Remember that it's already mapped to Ctrl+Left Bracket and Ctrl+Right Bracket, but I like to have it on up-and-down because I'm always zooming in and out of the Timeline and up-and-down makes sense to me. So I'm going to click on my Up Arrow and then I'm going to go down into my Fast Menu, choose More Detail, and then I'm going to click on the Down Arrow, go to my Fast Menu, choose Less Detail, let's go ahead and close these windows, and now I'll hit my Up Arrow and my Down Arrow to zoom in and out of the Timeline.

Let's get that back up, Ctrl+3. One other menu item that I always map to my keyboard is the Sample Plot, and remember Sample Plot displays my audio waveform. I usually put Sample Plot on Shift+S, and so what I'm going to do is make sure Menu to Button Reassignment is on, hit Shift+S, come down here to my Fast Menu. Audio Data > Waveform. Waveform is my Sample Plot, and now I have waveform mapped to Shift+S. If I close my windows and hit Shift+S, my waveform is now toggled between being on and off. Very, very useful.

I'll open my Command palette again and the one in the middle is Active palette, you almost never use Active palette because this simply turns all of these into active buttons. My rule of thumb is that if you use it enough to display Active palette, you may as well map it to your keyboard, so primarily we're going to stick with Button to Button and Menu to Button Reassignment. Remember when we setup the personalized user profile at the beginning of the course? Just know that every change we're making to the keyboard is tied to our own personal user setting. This means that we can then take our personal keyboard settings with us along with our other user setting as we move from system-to-system.

So all of these changes that I'm doing are getting saved in my user profile. The Command palette is truly the key to developing a dynamic, personalized editing environment. I highly recommend you begin building your own keyboard settings at this early stage and then with each new concept you learn map the corresponding button and menu item to your keyboard. By the time you go through this course, your keyboard should be rich and robust with personalized edit settings.

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