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Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training

with Ashley Kennedy

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One of the most exciting organizational tools within Media Composer is the Find tool, which lets you search through the text in all the clips and sequences in your bins, and the metadata in the Timeline and monitors, and within your imported scripts. Let's take a look at how it works. So I'm going to enable my Project window here, and then I'm going to open up the Find tool by pressing Ctrl+F, or Command+F on a Mac. And we have three parts within Media Composer that we can search--again, the Clips and Sequences, Script Text, and Timeline and monitors.
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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 Find tool

One of the most exciting organizational tools within Media Composer is the Find tool, which lets you search through the text in all the clips and sequences in your bins, and the metadata in the Timeline and monitors, and within your imported scripts. Let's take a look at how it works. So I'm going to enable my Project window here, and then I'm going to open up the Find tool by pressing Ctrl+F, or Command+F on a Mac. And we have three parts within Media Composer that we can search--again, the Clips and Sequences, Script Text, and Timeline and monitors.

Let's start over here with Clips and Sequences. So I want to search through all of the clips and sequences in all of my bins in my project. I want to find all of the clips that have Kim in them, so I'm going to just type in Kim, and I can either come over here and press Find or I can just press Enter. I do want to make sure that my Bin Index is lit up green, because that means that it has analyzed all of the text in all of the bins and it's ready to go. So green light, I can go ahead and press Enter.

So, as you see, it found fifty-one clips, and if you're following along with exercise files, you'll probably have fewer than that, because I have a few more files than you. So, it says, "Found: 51; after filtering: 51." We do want to filter that down, because this is still a lot of clips to sift through. So I'm going to add some criteria that I want it to search by, and let's find all of the Kim and Dave shots. So I'll just type in Dave and Enter. So initially, I found 51, but after filtering, we are down to 23.

Let's filter it down even further. Let's go ahead and add a criteria, and I'm going to find all of the suitcase scenes that Kim and Dave did. So I'm just going to type in suitcase. It actually updates on the fly, so I don't need even have to press Enter. We're down to 13 here. Let's go one further. If I want to find all of the clips where Kim and Dave set down their suitcases, I'm just going to type in set down, and we're down to four. So, much more manageable, and if I wanted to load any one of these clips, I just have to double-click on it.

You'll notice that the clip comes forward in the bin and it's highlighted, and in the source monitor, we see the clip loaded right here. So it's ready to go. As you can see, this is a really powerful tool. We can search through all of the bins; they don't have to be open; it just knows exactly where those clips are. I'm going to pop on over here to Script Text. And I want to talk just a little bit about scripts. You can bring scripts into Media Composer. Now, they can be narrative scripts, they can be transcripts from documentary interviews. And I happen to have a transcript from Kim's interview.

I just went through and I transcribed the interview before bringing it into Media Composer. And we'll talk about how to import scripts in a future movie, but just realize that that's here in Media Composer. So let's go ahead and search through that script, and it can be this script, and if I have multiple scripts, it will search across all of them. Let's search for the moments when Kim refers to vintage clothing. So I'll just go ahead and type in vintage clothing, hit Enter, and as you see, it found six instances where she said vintage clothing. And I can just double-click here, and it brings the script up and I can kind of see the context of what she's saying at that point in time.

So again, a very handy tool, searching through scripts. Let's just move on to Timeline and monitors. And this searches through all of the text in the monitors, as well as the metadata text within my Timeline. Now, I do want to make sure that Timeline text is checked as well, so it searches through that. One last thing I need to do is to actually select my Timeline so that it knows to search through my sequence and not my source clip. I'll do that by pressing Ctrl+0, or Command+0 on a Mac.

All right, and I'll come back into my Find window and I'll type in dip and click on Find. Great! So let's go ahead and take a look at my Timeline. I'm going to activate it by pressing Ctrl+0 or Command+0, and as you see, the position indicator went to this clip right here, and if I zoom in--again, that's mapped to my up arrow-- you can see that this is the Swing dance Dave dip shot. So it brought me to the exact right place. And you can imagine that this is a very helpful tool, especially when you have a sequence that is a half-an-hour or an hour long.

So, I'm just going to bring my Find tool back to the forefront by pressing Ctrl+F or Command+F, and I'm going to go ahead and close it out. So, as you can see, the Find tool is a tremendous organizational time-saver, allowing you to search through the text of your clips in your bins, as well as the metadata in your Timeline and monitors, and imported scripts.

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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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