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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.
So far, we've looked at how we can customize our keyboard, interface, and Timeline. Let's take it a step further and talk about how you can customize the layout of your bins. And this is a new feature as of Media Composer 6. During various points in the editing process, you'll want to have different bins open and available to you, so let's go ahead and just open a couple of bins here. Most of the time, we do want our sequences bin open. And let's go ahead and put that up at the top, because I like to have of my sequences nice and available to me on the top. Then let's go ahead and pretend that we're working on our narrative story scene.
So we don't need our interviews, but we do need our dancing Broll and our narrative story Broll. So, I'm just going to open up this Broll bin, and let's go ahead and just resize it so that it fits in this space here. You'll probably have a little bit more space than I have here, so feel free to take up that space. And we'll go ahead and open this one and this Broll bin as well. This view, having my Sequences bin here, and my three Broll bins here, this is something that I'm going to use quite often, so I'm going to come up to Windows > Bin Layout > New Bin Layout, and because this is the way I'm going to work most of the time, I'm going to call this bin layout Edit.
All right, so now I'm going to click OK. As you see here, this is now my Edit bin layout. Let's go ahead and create one more. I'm going to go ahead and close this out by pressing the red X, and this time let's go ahead and create a bin layout for when we're doing our interview scene. Again, I'm going to open up my Sequences bin, and let's open up our interview. And we'll also want our Music bin open for this.
And we also want our Event Broll open here. So, this is for a different type of project, but it's still very important for me to be able to have all of these open at once when I'm working on it. So, I'm going to come up to Windows > Bin Layout > New Bin Layout, and let's just call this Edit 2. Press OK. So, let's go ahead and test this out. If I come up to Windows, go to Bin Layouts, I can toggle back and forth between these various layouts.
Now again, this is a new feature and it's really, really handy. I like it a lot so far. But you know what? It gets better. We're going to map these to our keyboard. So, I'm going to come down to my settings, type K to go to my keyboards, open my edit keyboard. I'm going to my Command palette, Ctrl+3 or Command+3. I'm going to go to Workspaces. You'll probably see that I don't have my Edit bin layout or Edit 2 bin layout, but you know what? These are dropdown menus and I can make these anything I want.
So, I'm going to make these my Edit layout, and I want to make this my Edit 2 layout. Okay, so there they are. They are ready for us to map. We want to make sure that Button to Button Reassignment is on, and in a moment, I'm going to press Shift, and I think I will map them to Shift+Minus and Shift+Equals. So, I'll press Shift and just drag this to Shift+Minus, drag this to Shift+Equals, and let's go ahead and try it out. All right, I am activating my Timeline, and I am going to press Shift+Minus, and that is my Edit 1 layout. And I'm going to press Shift+Equals, and there's my Edit 2 layout.
So, as you can see, if you customize your bin layouts, this can be a real time-saver.
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