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Using the Command palette


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Avid Media Composer 6 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 true secret to customization lies in the creation of a workspace using the Command palette. In this movie we'll take a look at how to use the Command palette, which is a collection of all the possible button and menu items that you can use to construct your most ideal editing environment. So, we open the Command palette by choosing it from the Tools menu, or its keyboard shortcut is Ctrl+3, or Command+3 on a Mac.
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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 the Command palette

While it's certainly useful to be able to use classic keyboard shortcuts to build a more efficient editing workspace, the true secret to customization lies in the creation of a workspace using the Command palette. In this movie we'll take a look at how to use the Command palette, which is a collection of all the possible button and menu items that you can use to construct your most ideal editing environment. So, we open the Command palette by choosing it from the Tools menu, or its keyboard shortcut is Ctrl+3, or Command+3 on a Mac.

We also want to open our Keyboard Settings. I just need to click on the Settings tab, and I'm just going to click on any setting and type K to go down to the keyboard. In the first chapter, we duplicated the keyboard and made an audio and an edit keyboard, so we're going to be working in our edit keyboard, as indicated by this check mark. Let's go ahead and open it, and this should look pretty familiar to you. We've already learned many, many of these commands, and we're just going to be adding a couple more. In the Command palette, we want to make sure that we have Button to Button Reassignment selected.

That will allows us to map any of the buttons within this list to our keyboard. I'll just go through and quickly show you all of the various categories and all of the buttons inside of them. We have all of the buttons related to moving things in the Timeline, playing, basic edit functions, trimming, effects, 3D, color correction, multi-cam. Here are our various video and audio tracks. Here are our smart tools, and in the Other and More tabs, we have Miscellaneous tools, and at the end, we have Workspaces.

So I'm going to start in Smart tools, because something I always do is I map the Lift Overwrite Segment mode and the Extract/ Splice Segment mode to 9 and 0. Why is that? Well, we've already talked about how J,K, and L, and I, and O are conveniently located all in one space in our keyboard setup. So, if I mapped Lift Overwrite Segment mode to 9, and Extract/Splice Segment mode to 0, I can rest three fingers on J,K, and L, I can extend those fingers to I and O to mark, and then I can extend them just a little bit further to move material in the Timeline.

I call this pyramid of power. I'm also going to map my Matchframe button to my keyboard, and I like to map that to Shift+M. Notice that when I press Shift I get a mostly blank keyboard. That's convenient because I have a lot of commands that I want to map to my keyboard and the shifted keyboard allows me to do that. So I'm going to go to Other, I'm going to hold down Shift, and I'll drag Matchframe to Shift+M. All right, so let's just check it out. I'll go ahead and press 9 and you can see that that enables Lift Overwrite Segment mode.

I'll press 0 and you can see that that enables Extract/Splice Segment mode, and I'm all set to begin moving my segments. Now let's go ahead and try a matchframe. I'll press Shift+M, and there's my matchframe mapped to my keyboard. Next I want to show you how to map menu items to your keyboard. I'll go ahead and open my Edit Keyboard and I'll press Ctrl+3 to open my Command palette, and I want to change this to Menu to Button Reassignment, okay.

Now, what I'm going to show you how to do is map the More Detail and Less Detail button to the up and down arrow. Now as you'll see, as I bring this cursor through my interface, it looks like a little white menu. This is telling me that I am all set to map my menu items. What I do is I click on my keyboard. I'm going to click on the down arrow, then I come to my Timeline Fast menu, and I'm going to choose the menu item, Less Detail.

You can see that it was mapped to the down arrow. I'll do the same thing for the up arrow. Again, you press on the button first, then you navigate to the menu item, and you can see that we now have this mapped to the up and down arrow. I think it's a lot easier to remember than Ctrl+Left Bracket or Ctrl+Right Bracket. I'm also going to map my waveform to Shift+W. So again, I'm going to hold down Shift, click on W, come down to my Timeline Fast menu, go to Audio Data, and Waveform.

Now you can see that Waveform was mapped to Shift+W. Let's go ahead and close. Again, if you don't close, they won't work. And let's try these out. So I'm going to click on my up arrow here to zoom in and my down arrow here to zoom out. It's a lot easier to remember and a lot easier to navigate. Now I'm going to press Shift+W to show my waveform, and I'll press it again to turn it off. I think this is a much easier way to show your waveform than to constantly be opening your Track Control panel.

I'm going to just open the Command palette one more time to just briefly touch on Active palette. If you chose this then all of the buttons within this menu are just active, they are those buttons. But you really never use this, because if you take the time to go into the Command palette to find a button, you might as well just map it to your keyboard. So, that is available, but it's something I don't use that often. Using the Command palette is truly the key to developing a dynamic, personalized editing environment. I highly recommend that you begin building your own keyboard settings at this early stage and then with each new concept to 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 settings.

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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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