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Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started
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Working with clips, bins, folders, and the Project window


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Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started

with Steve Holyhead

Video: Working with clips, bins, folders, and the Project window

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.
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  1. 4m 13s
    1. Welcome
      1m 31s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 42s
  2. 21m 40s
    1. Starting Media Composer and creating a new project
      4m 15s
    2. Understanding Media Composer
      5m 47s
    3. Working with clips, bins, folders, and the Project window
      3m 44s
    4. Saving and backing up your work
      4m 16s
    5. Retrieving a project from the Attic
      3m 38s
  3. 27m 58s
    1. Understanding media formats and the Format tab
      8m 25s
    2. Importing media
      6m 11s
    3. Linking to media using AMA
      5m 43s
    4. Accessing media from other projects
      2m 56s
    5. Working with clips in the bin
      4m 43s
  4. 23m 49s
    1. Getting started with editing
      7m 25s
    2. Creating a new sequence
      5m 39s
    3. Removing material from your sequence
      6m 20s
    4. Editing segments in the Timeline
      4m 25s
  5. 30m 44s
    1. Using Splice, Overwrite, and three-point editing
      5m 25s
    2. Understanding trim concepts
      4m 39s
    3. Working with trim techniques
      6m 6s
    4. Using the Timeline
      7m 49s
    5. Building multitrack sequences
      6m 45s
  6. 14m 21s
    1. Adjusting audio levels and pan
      6m 42s
    2. Diving deeper into audio
      7m 39s
  7. 23m 8s
    1. Setting quick transitions
      5m 33s
    2. Working in the Effects palette
      3m 42s
    3. Keyframing effects
      7m 1s
    4. Setting system performance and rendering effects
      6m 52s
  8. 17m 37s
    1. Creating freeze-frames and motion clips
      4m 40s
    2. Understanding timewarp effects
      7m 15s
    3. Understanding Timeline compositing
      5m 42s
  9. 19m 44s
    1. Working with basic color correction
      7m 13s
    2. Stabilizing shaky footage
      1m 44s
    3. Creating a basic title
      5m 0s
    4. Mixing down video and audio
      5m 47s
  10. 6m 33s
    1. Building the final output
      6m 33s
  11. 18s
    1. Goodbye
      18s

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Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started
3h 10m Beginner Jun 10, 2010

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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.

Topics include:
  • Working with clips, bins, and folders
  • Importing media
  • Creating sequences
  • Editing in the Timeline
  • Using the Splice, Overwrite, and Three-Point editing techniques
  • Trimming sequences
  • Refining audio
  • Adding and keyframing effects
  • Compositing
  • Mixing down audio and video
Subject:
Video
Software:
Media Composer
Author:
Steve Holyhead

Working with clips, bins, folders, and the Project window

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.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started.


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Q: I'm having a little trouble in the Chapter 2 "Linking to media using AMA" video.

When I follow the procedure shown to link to AMA volume - Humming Birds, instead of the bin with the clips opening as shown in the training video, I'm presented with a Bin Selection dialog box. All options in this dialog result in the same message:

Unable to link to any clips at/ (followed by the directory)

Do I need to have a particular camera codec installed on my system in order to read/import these training files in the AMA folder?
A: With Media Composer 5.5 onwards, the AMA plug-ins must be downloaded and installed after installing the Media Composer application.

If the AMA plug-in for your camera type (in this case P2) has not been installed manually, then the AMA link will fail. This is a change from Media Composer 5.0, when the AMA plug-ins were bundled into the main application installer.

Once the AMA plug-in needed (in this case P2) has been downloaded and installed, this will solve the problem.

All AMA plug-ins can be found at http://www.avid.com/US/products/Avid-Media-Access. Choose the Plug-In sub-tab and download from there.
 
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