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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.
We're going to take customization one step further by customizing our workspaces. Now, a workspace is the entire editing interface, which includes all of your main windows, as well as bins and tools that you open and keep open. By default, Media Composer has six workspaces, and I want to show you those right now. Go to the Windows menu > Workspaces, and by default, we're already in Source Record Editing, and that's what we've been working in for the duration of this course.
It's just basic editing where we have a Source monitor and a Record monitor and our Timeline, the Project window, and any open bins. I want to show you these other ones. We have Audio Editing. We have Color Correction. There's also Full Screen Playback-- and Escape out of this to get out of Full Screen Playback.
We also have Effects Editing, and finally, our Capture workspace. So, I'm going to go back to Source Record. And by the way, if you ever accidentally resize any of your windows and you want to get back to just the regular old way of editing, just come up to Windows and go to Workspaces and go to Source Record and everything will reset for you. So as you see, there are quite a lot of tools during different phases of the post-production process that you might want to use.
And I'm going to show you how to create your own workspace, because you never know what tools you want to have open, which bins, how you want your Timeline and your Composer window to look, so let's take a look at how to customize this. So, I'm going to open up my Audio Mixer, my Audio EQ tool, and my Audio tool. And I know we haven't covered these yet, but I just want to show you how to customize these, so that when we get to it, you'll have an idea of how to go forward.
So, right now these are floating windows, but as we know, we have the ability to send this to a tabbed interface, so I'm going to just grab the title of my Audio tool and drag it to this window, and do the same thing here. Now, we can toggle through these tabs. And as you see, it's kind of resting on top of my Project window and I have some bins behind it, so I'm going to need to do some resizing here. So, let's go ahead and make my Project window a little smaller and size down my Timeline as well. And I'm just going to do a couple of changes, as far as positioning of my Audio tools, and I'll resize my Composer window here, and I've just got a little space for my bins down here.
And let's go ahead and change this just a little bit, so we get it exactly how we like it. So, this is the configuration of what my Audio Editing workspace looks like. I have my Composer window. I have my Project window, my Timeline. I have some space for some bins, and then here are my Audio tools, which are tabbed here in this main window. So, let's go ahead and save this out. I'm going to go to Windows > Workspaces > New Workspace.
I'm going to name this 3-Audio, and that will become apparent why in just a moment. So, I'm going to name this 3-Audio and say OK. So, now, if I come up to Windows > Workspaces, this is one of my options. So, I can go back to Source Record, and I'll go to my 3-Audio. So why did I call this 3-Audio? Well, if you've watched some previous movies in this course, you know that I named my Timeline view 3-Audio, and we're about to link our Audio Editing workspace to our Audio Editing Timeline view.
So let's go ahead and open up my Settings, and I'm going to go down to my Workspaces. There's my 3-Audio workspace. I'm going to go ahead and open it. And up at the top it says Link to Settings. I'm going to Link to Named Settings, and I'm going to call this link to other settings called 3-Audio. Notice that I can also link to a bin layout. Now, I don't really have the space to link to a Bin Layout, so I'm going to leave this alone.
So, I'm going to click OK. And you see that this automatically populated with my Audio Timeline view. So, now I'm going to go back to Source Record editing. You'll notice that my Timeline view stayed as my Audio Editing Timeline view because I haven't linked my Source Record workspace to any particular Timeline. Let's go ahead and do that now, so that we can see a visual change when we switch between our workspaces. Again, I'm going to go to Settings and I'm going to go to Source Record workspace.
Let's go ahead and map this to my 2-Edit Timeline view, and press OK. Now, let's go back to our Audio Workspace. So, I'll go to Workspaces > 3-Audio, and there we go. This is getting really, really powerful, and as you can see, it's extremely customizable. It gets better: we can map those to our keyboard. So, let's go ahead and open up our Command palette, Ctrl+3 or Command+3, and we'll open up our keyboard, press K to jump to my keyboard, and again, it's my edit keyboard.
I'll go to Workspaces. I'm going to pull up Source Record, and I'm going to pull up 3-Audio. I'm going to map Source Record to Shift+ S via button-to-button reassignment, and I'm going to map my audio to Shift+A. I'm going to go ahead and close. And now let's go ahead and try it out. I'm going to just activate my Timeline here, and I'm going to press Shift+S.
Here we go, in our Source Record editing mode that's linked to my Edit Timeline view, and I'll press Shift+A to go to my audio view, and there you have it. We're switching entire workspaces and entire Timeline views with a press of a button.
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