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In Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started, author Steve Holyhead explores the tools and techniques in Media Composer for producing great looking video, as well as the basics of high definition media formats. This course walks through the video production workflow from input to editing to output, covers key information such as trim concepts and frame rates, and introduces techniques such as color correction, footage stabilization, and real-time audio effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
Just as an architect uses different views of a building, and sculptor will pace around the stone block, an editor requires different views of the available media in order to select the best material for the piece they're working on. Clips are not just dumb media references. They contain all sorts of other data and attributes that are of enormous benefit during the production process. Bins can give us different views on our clips, so that we can work with our data in the most useful way for our current project needs.
Here in the bin, for example, we've got the Brief tab, the Text tab, the Frame tab and the Script tab. Let's have a look at what these do. The Brief really does give us some very basic information. The Text tab, again, is textually based, but if I expand the bin out, you can now see that there's a whole range of information available for all of these clips that can aid us in the production process. These columns along the top are controlled through the Fast menu.
If I click here and go to Choose Columns, here is where I got to choose which columns are currently displayed. If I make a change and add a column, let's add Format, now I can go ahead and Save this new bin view using this button here as my own bin view. In the Frame view, you can see that I get a Head Frame of my clips.
If the Head Frame isn't representative enough for my needs, what I can do is highlight the clip and use the Spacebar on my keyboard to play through the clip (Clip playing.) until I find just the right frame, which displays that clip for me so I know exactly what's in there. And then in the Script view, you can see it's a hybrid between the Frame view and the Text view. We get data in columns, and we also get a picture that we can look at here in the bin.
If I switch back to Text view, I can show you something else that's very handy, and that's the fact that any of these columns can be sorted alphanumerically. If I click on the Duration column and then right-click and say Sort, Ascending, I get the Durations from the smallest to the largest. The same is true for the Creation Date. If I right-click once I've selected the column and say Sort, Ascending, I get the earliest clips that were created to the latest clips, and the same of course is true for the Name, A through Z.
So that's a very quick way to be able to sort your clips in your bin. If you need to rename a clip, then let's take the cobweb here. Maybe we need to change the name to spider. Just highlight the clip, type over and then click outside of the text field to have that entered. Let's close this bin and open up the delete bin. Here, I'm going to be discussing the deletion process. If we have a clip that we need to get rid of, maybe it's a clip that was brought in accidentally, or it's a clip that we no longer need, then to delete it what we do is highlight the clip and then hit the Delete key on the keyboard.
Now this is important because we are offered two choices: Delete 1 master clip, Delete 1 associated media file. The media file is in the managed media file location, and the master clip is stored with your project information. So if I choose to delete the media file, I'll get a confirmation dialog. Once I've done that, notice I no longer have any picture information associated with this clip. If I load it, it says Media Offline. However, all of the data about that clip is still available in the bin.
So this is exactly the methodology you would use once you had finished your project. If you had captured material from a camera, you could delete the media files, but keep the clip data in your bin, in case you ever need it to recapture those clips. If we really do want to remove this clip completely, that is remove the clip data as well as the media, then if I highlight it once more and hit Delete once more, now I'm just given the choice to Delete the master clip. If I select that, now the media and the clip data is gone for good.
As with any art form, the process of creation requires a mixture of perspiration as well as inspiration. Using the power of clip and bin management tools will cook down on you perspiration and leave you more time for the valuable inspiration.
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