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Working in the Project window

From: Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training

Video: Working in the Project window

Once you've launched Media Composer, you'll see a number of windows in front of you. In this movie, we'll focus on the Project window located here in the lower left-hand corner of the screen. The Project window is the central repository of everything inside your project. Across the top are six tabs: Bins, Settings, Effect palette, Format, Usage, and Info. In this movie, we'll focus primarily on Bins and touch on Settings.

Working in the Project window

Once you've launched Media Composer, you'll see a number of windows in front of you. In this movie, we'll focus on the Project window located here in the lower left-hand corner of the screen. The Project window is the central repository of everything inside your project. Across the top are six tabs: Bins, Settings, Effect palette, Format, Usage, and Info. In this movie, we'll focus primarily on Bins and touch on Settings.

So, Bins are where our clips live. As you remember, clips are half the equation of editing. So to open the Bins and look inside, you just double-click on the Bin icon. Note that I cannot double-click in the bin text. If I do that, it's just asking me to rename the bin. You have to double-click on the Bin icon. To close a bin, I simply close the red X in the right-hand corner. On a Mac, it'll be in the left-hand corner. To create a new bin, I simply click on New Bin or Ctrl+N, and immediately name your bin.

Don't name it named a generic name. I'm going to create a Sequences bin. I usually like to put an underscore before Sequences, because as you see, it sends it to the top, because bins are ordered alphanumerically. Usually, I like to have instant access to my sequences. Go ahead and close this for now. I can also organize bins inside of folders. I just come up here to this menu called a Fast Menu.

It pulls down a series of choices. I'll go ahead and click New Folder, and type Selects, because I'll have my Magician Selects and Montage Selects live in this folder. I just click-and-drag my bins inside the folder. To see my folder content, I just click on the triangle to the left. There they are. To drag Bins outside of folders, I simply click on the bin icon, drag to an empty space in the Project window, and release.

To delete a bin or a folder, I simply click on the bin or folder icon, and press Delete on my keyboard. It creates a Trash folder. To view the Trash contents, I click on the triangle to the left. Note that I cannot open anything in the Trash. It says I need to move them out first. So again, I just click-and-drag outside into an open area of the Project window, and then I can open it. Keep in mind that most editors leave the Trash alone and don't empty it until the end of the project.

However, when you do want to empty it, you simply come back up to the Fast Menu, and choose Empty Trash. It'll ask me if I'm sure. Yes, I am. It's gone. Coming over here to the Settings tab, I have all of the settings that I can customize for my User, Project, and Site settings. I can see exactly what each of the settings is associated with, either a User setting, a Project setting, or a Site setting. Now the vast majority of these settings are User settings, which are the settings that you changed to create your user profile.

By the way, the user profile can be changed, or created, or imported via this pull-down menu here as well. User settings follow you, the user, no matter what project or system you're working on. Therefore, the settings in this category are completely specific to the editing experience, not the physical setup of the project or the system. Common User setting is something like my keyboard setup. If I want to jump to my keyboard settings, I simply type K and it'll jump alphabetically to the list.

If I want to open these settings, I just double-click and it brings up my Keyboard settings. I can change it accordingly. Now Project settings are project-specific. The settings in this category are specific to the setup of each individual project, rather than to the editor or system. Common Project settings are things like Audio Project or Media Creation, the type, format, and resolution of the media you're creating in your project.

Finally, Site settings are site or system-specific. Site settings are specific to the way in which Media Composer interfaces with this computer and this general editing environment. A common Site setting is something like Deck Configuration, which is the way that Media Composer interfaces with any deck or camera connected to it. One last thing to know about the Project window is that it must always stay open for this project to be active. The moment I close it, I close the project and it sends me back to the Select Project window.

Here I can select a new project and then open it, or I can quit out of Media Composer altogether. In many ways, the Project window is one of the most important parts of the entire Media Composer interface, because it contains almost everything you'll need to build your project. It's important to get familiar with where everything lives and how everything works, because as we go forward, we'll begin slowly adding to this information until you set up an efficient, comfortable editing workspace.

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Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training

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  1. 3m 43s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 27s
  2. 22m 59s
    1. Understanding clips and media files
      2m 34s
    2. Understanding the Select Project window
      5m 40s
    3. Working in the Project window
      5m 35s
    4. Setting up and organizing a project
      5m 13s
    5. Saving and backing up
      3m 57s
  3. 50m 15s
    1. Using the Composer Monitor and the timeline
      6m 32s
    2. Adding shots using Splice
      5m 57s
    3. Adding shots using Overwrite
      7m 2s
    4. Removing shots using Extract and Lift
      4m 31s
    5. Using Extract/Splice Segment Mode to switch shots in the timeline
      5m 1s
    6. Using Lift/Overwrite Segment Mode to move shots in the timeline
      5m 59s
    7. Using direct timeline manipulation
      4m 6s
    8. Using subclips and subsequences
      3m 48s
    9. Adding and patching video tracks
      7m 19s
  4. 26m 39s
    1. Understanding trimming
      3m 42s
    2. Using A-side Single-Roller Trim to improve audio timing
      7m 59s
    3. Using B-side Single-Roller Trim to improve audio timing
      5m 41s
    4. Using Dual-Roller Trim to refine video
      6m 5s
    5. Using Ripple Trim and Overwrite Trim
      3m 12s
  5. 24m 8s
    1. Using the J-K-L keys for navigation
      4m 15s
    2. Using navigation shortcuts
      6m 26s
    3. Using the Command palette
      6m 4s
    4. Sorting and sifting clips
      7m 23s
  6. 20m 38s
    1. J-K-L trimming
      4m 11s
    2. On-the-fly trimming
      7m 18s
    3. Advanced trim methods: Slip mode
      5m 18s
    4. Advanced trim methods: Slide mode
      3m 51s
  7. 21m 33s
    1. Using the Audio tool to read audio levels
      6m 18s
    2. Using the Audio Mixer to adjust audio level and pan
      8m 27s
    3. Keyframing audio for intra-segment audio adjustments
      6m 48s
  8. 55m 23s
    1. Using Quick Transition effects
      5m 19s
    2. Using the Effects palette and the Effects Editor
      5m 21s
    3. Keyframing segment effects
      6m 0s
    4. Using nesting and auto-nesting
      5m 49s
    5. Saving effects templates
      5m 34s
    6. Building basic composites using vertical effects
      4m 53s
    7. Using the Picture-in-Picture effect
      6m 41s
    8. Creating basic motion effects
      5m 55s
    9. Using Timewarp
      5m 56s
    10. Using the Color effect
      3m 55s
  9. 9m 48s
    1. Understanding system performance
      5m 58s
    2. Rendering tracks
      3m 50s
  10. 20m 30s
    1. Analyzing footage for problems
      3m 8s
    2. Using the Y-Waveform monitor to set whites and blacks
      5m 34s
    3. Using the RGB Parade to correct color casts
      4m 42s
    4. Using the Vectorscope to improve skin tones
      3m 27s
    5. Correcting color automatically
      3m 39s
  11. 29m 16s
    1. Formatting and enhancing text using Avid Marquee
      6m 52s
    2. Using Marquee to apply shapes and gradients
      4m 23s
    3. Using title templates
      2m 40s
    4. Bringing a title into Media Composer
      3m 42s
    5. Revising the title
      2m 49s
    6. Creating rolling and crawling titles
      4m 40s
    7. Using Auto-Titler
      4m 10s
  12. 22m 3s
    1. Using the Capture tool
      5m 7s
    2. Capturing footage
      4m 26s
    3. Batch-capturing
      4m 46s
    4. Adjusting settings for import
      5m 7s
    5. Using AMA (Avid Media Access) for QuickTime imports
      2m 37s
  13. 16m 54s
    1. Understanding deletion types and cases
      3m 51s
    2. Performing bin deletion
      3m 17s
    3. Understanding the Media tool
      6m 17s
    4. Identifying and deleting media relatives and non-relatives
      3m 29s
  14. 15m 31s
    1. Understanding media delivery types
      2m 28s
    2. Preparing a sequence for digital cut to print to tape
      2m 48s
    3. Performing a digital cut
      5m 8s
    4. Exporting a QuickTime movie or QuickTime reference
      5m 7s
  15. 14m 39s
    1. Solving the offline media problem
      3m 58s
    2. Re-linking media
      2m 19s
    3. Solving Avid settings corruption
      4m 35s
    4. Using the Avid Attic to find and retrieve bins
      3m 47s
  16. 19s
    1. Goodbye
      19s

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