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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.
If you have control of your media and project data, then you have the freedom to be creative. The Media Composer Project window gives you the opportunity to organize your material on a folder, bin, and clip level. If I open up this bin here, al_clips in my 01_03 folder, you can see that I've got a range of different material here, in the bin, the titles, sound effects, regular video clips, et cetera, even sequences. So, if I can put all of my clips here in a single bin, why create any other bins? The fact of the matter is that once you start to get a lot of material into your project, you really are going to get overwhelmed if all of the clips in a single bin.
Let me show you how we can begin to organize clips and bins. Let me move my al_clips Bin here for a moment, and I'm going to use this button here to create some new bins. Let's just create three bins, and I'm going to give them some useful names. I want to call one of them audio. Let's take the audio bin and put it over here. I'm going to call one of them video, put that one over here, and then the final one, I'm going to call graphics. So just typing in that text field they will change the name of the bin.
Now the reason I've lined them up like this is because I'm going to start to organize my clips into these bins. What I'm going to do is I'm going to select these graphic files at the beginning of my piece here, and I'm going to click down and drag those to the graphics Bin. Next, I've got some video clips, and I'm going to drag those to the video Bin. And then finally some audio clips. Drag and move those to the audio Bin. Notice I'm moving these files. I'm not copying them, so once I've taken them out of the al_clips bin, they now reside in these bins instead.
Sometimes, however, we need a reference to a clip, not just in one bin, but in another bin, as well. See, for example, here I've got this flower clip in my video bin. What if I need to have another bin for organizational purposes, which is plants_animals, for example, and I want to be out to access the flower clip both in the video bin and in the plants_animals bin. That's pretty easy. What I'm going to do is I'm going to select the flower clip, and now I'm going to use Ctrl+D or Command+D to duplicate the clip.
Notice we've got flower.Copy.01 now. Now I can drag the copy to the plants_ animals bin, and I've got a reference to the same clip in both of those bins. I've shown you how to create new bins; how do we create a new folder? Here, in the Fast menu, if I click down, I can create a new folder, like so, and I could call that wildlife. Then if I wanted to put the plants and animals bin in there, I just click and drag and drop that into the wildlife folder, like so.
Okay, let's go ahead and close up these bins now. And as you can see, Media Composer saves the bins when I close them. The final thing I'd like to show you is how to delete a bin and a folder, if you need to do so. Highlight the bin, hit Delete on your keyboard, and it moves to the Trash. Highlight the folder, hit Delete on your keyboard, and it also moves to the Trash. If I right-click on the Trash then I can empty it. The editing process is beginning even as you organized your bins and clips.
Well before you make the first cut, you're evaluating multitudes of potential connections between sounds and images, words and character, story and message.
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