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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.
If you're a Premium member of the lynda.com Online Training Library or if you're watching this tutorial on a DVD-ROM, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this title. Once you unzip your folder, you'll see a folder called Exercise Files and inside of there are three additional folders: Avid Projects, Avid MediaFiles and Additional Files. You can put Avid Projects and Additional Files anywhere that you want. Avid MediaFiles, however, has to live at the root directory of your media drive.
In this case, my C drive is where my operating system and all the programs are installed, and my data drive, or D drive, is where I'm going to place my media. I recommend just clicking and dragging on the Avid MediaFiles folder and then dropping it right on your data drive. Notice that I already have the Avid MediaFiles folder living here, so I'm not going to perform this right now, but because this is not inside any other folders and because it's at root directory of my data drive, Avid will see this media.
I do want to just mention that in the Avid Project's folder you'll see two projects: Swing Dancing BASIC, which is used in chapter one of this title and Swing Dancing, which is used in chapters two through fourteen. Now, let's go ahead and launch Media Composer. Once Media Composer finishes launching, choose External. Then click on the folder here to navigate to the folder where you have your Avid projects. Go ahead and click on Avid Projects and click OK.
The projects Swing Dancing and Swing Dancing Basic will appear here on the left part of the window. Since the majority of the course is spent in Swing Dancing, I'll go ahead and select this and press OK. Once inside the Avid project, you'll notice that everything is laid out for you so that you can follow along with the exercise files. Here at the top, in the folder called Editing Materials, are all of the materials that you can use throughout the duration of the course. Below that are folders and inside those folders are bins so that you can follow along in each movie and have material to work with.
For example, if you're watching the movie on trimming 03.1, just open the bin by double-clicking, load the sequence, and you have the sequence to work with. If you're a Monthly subscriber or an Annual subscriber to lynda.com, you don't have access to the exercise files, but you can follow along from scratch with your own assets. Now, let's get started.
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