Avid Xpress Pro 5.5 Essential Editing
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Avid Xpress Pro 5.5 Essential Editing

with Chris North

Video: Creating a new project

Okay, so once you have launched the Avid application, this is the first window you are going to see, the Select Project window, and let's have a quick look at the various things that it's telling us. The first thing is the User. That's the user that's logged on this computer at the moment and there are really kind of three main areas where you can store your projects. The first is in a private area and you can see here that is storing it in my own personal folder, in My Documents and that means that only I have will be able to access this project. The other option is in a shared folder and you notice now that's being stored in All Users, which means that any user can access my project and the third option is External, which means I can store this project anywhere on this computer or on a network. So, when you click on External, you should see the Avid Essential Training project. If you don't see that, you may need to refer to Using the Exercise Files, which is the previous movie. There's also the option, of course, to create a new project, which is very easy to do. Just click on New Project and I will give the project a name, and we'll call this Example Project. On the right here, we have the available formats that you can create your project in. Everything from standard-definition NTSC through to the European PAL formats and high definition as well. Now, we are not going into too much detail about these right now. There is another lynda.com title you might like to refer to, Digital Video Principles, which will go into much more detail about those.
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  1. 4m 8s
    1. Welcome
      1m 28s
    2. Different versions of Avid
      54s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 46s
  2. 36m 41s
    1. Creating a new project
      2m 15s
    2. The Project window
      4m 26s
    3. The bin windows
      5m 16s
    4. The Source and Record windows
      3m 26s
    5. The timeline
      6m 45s
    6. Zooming on the timeline
      2m 10s
    7. Understanding tracks and patches
      6m 12s
    8. Assigning hotkeys
      3m 17s
    9. Customizing your toolset
      2m 54s
  3. 15m 19s
    1. Media creation settings
      4m 37s
    2. Organizing your media
      7m 17s
    3. Planning your story
      3m 25s
  4. 36m 58s
    1. Start
      3m 48s
    2. Selecting source clips and marks
      3m 58s
    3. Cutting clips onto the timeline
      4m 12s
    4. Moving clips around on the timeline
      3m 47s
    5. Deleting clips
      3m 40s
    6. Setting the snapping behavior
      1m 12s
    7. The three-point edit
      4m 12s
    8. Building your story
      12m 9s
  5. 30m 30s
    1. Trim mode overview
      8m 29s
    2. Single roller edits
      3m 52s
    3. Dual roller edits
      3m 3s
    4. Overlapping picture and sound
      3m 36s
    5. Keeping audio and video in sync
      2m 49s
    6. Slip edits
      3m 33s
    7. Slide edits
      2m 33s
    8. Fixing audio that has slipped out of sync
      2m 35s
  6. 20m 34s
    1. Using the Quick Transition window
      4m 15s
    2. Using cross dissolves and fades
      4m 25s
    3. Creating audio transitions
      2m 36s
    4. Applying transitions to multiple clips
      2m 32s
    5. Modifying transitions
      4m 0s
    6. Other transitions
      2m 46s
  7. 22m 54s
    1. Using the Effects palette
      2m 16s
    2. Using the Effects editor
      3m 53s
    3. Using Effects presets
      2m 45s
    4. Keyframe essentials
      4m 19s
    5. Rendering principles
      2m 52s
    6. Basic color correction
      2m 19s
    7. Basic motion effects
      4m 30s
  8. 32m 42s
    1. Creating titles
      10m 10s
    2. Creating a lower third
      15m 17s
    3. Adding credits
      7m 15s
  9. 25m 28s
    1. Using the Audio Control panel
      2m 50s
    2. Setting audio levels
      3m 53s
    3. Setting audio pans
      2m 56s
    4. Creating an audio transition
      3m 1s
    5. Cleaning audio
      5m 34s
    6. Adding music
      7m 14s
  10. 30m 3s
    1. Understanding the file structure
      5m 55s
    2. Live capturing from a tape
      10m 41s
    3. Batch capturing from a tape
      3m 51s
    4. Recapturing your footage
      2m 36s
    5. Importing files
      5m 14s
    6. Relinking files
      1m 46s
  11. 15m 19s
    1. Preparing to record
      9m 35s
    2. Printing to tape
      5m 44s
  12. 14m 20s
    1. Exporting to a file
      8m 33s
    2. Exporting for the web
      3m 41s
    3. Exporting for DVD
      2m 6s
  13. 5m 0s
    1. Differences from other NLE systems
      5m 0s
  14. 31s
    1. Goodbye
      31s

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Watch the Online Video Course Avid Xpress Pro 5.5 Essential Editing
4h 50m Beginner Mar 28, 2007

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All filmmakers and television producers (budding and experienced alike) will probably use an Avid product at some point in their careers. Avid Xpress Pro 5.5 Essential Editing covers the latest version of this high-end editing application, from the basics of using its interface to the ins and outs of rendering, creating titles and credits, and importing and exporting footage. Chris also demonstrates a range of hands-on editing techniques. Exercise files accompany this training.

Topics include:
  • Exploring and customizing the user interface Organizing media and planning a story Editing essentials Moving clips around on the timeline Adding and modifying transitions Using the Effects palette and editor Rendering principles Creating titles and credits Editing and manipulating audio Importing footage and live capture Recording to tape Exporting files and media
Subject:
Video
Software:
Xpress Pro
Author:
Chris North

Creating a new project

Okay, so once you have launched the Avid application, this is the first window you are going to see, the Select Project window, and let's have a quick look at the various things that it's telling us. The first thing is the User. That's the user that's logged on this computer at the moment and there are really kind of three main areas where you can store your projects. The first is in a private area and you can see here that is storing it in my own personal folder, in My Documents and that means that only I have will be able to access this project. The other option is in a shared folder and you notice now that's being stored in All Users, which means that any user can access my project and the third option is External, which means I can store this project anywhere on this computer or on a network. So, when you click on External, you should see the Avid Essential Training project. If you don't see that, you may need to refer to Using the Exercise Files, which is the previous movie. There's also the option, of course, to create a new project, which is very easy to do. Just click on New Project and I will give the project a name, and we'll call this Example Project. On the right here, we have the available formats that you can create your project in. Everything from standard-definition NTSC through to the European PAL formats and high definition as well. Now, we are not going into too much detail about these right now. There is another lynda.com title you might like to refer to, Digital Video Principles, which will go into much more detail about those.

So, if I click OK, you will notice now that's created my Example Project in this particular instance on my desktop, which is just fine. There may be a number of users who are using this particular program on this computer and each one of them may have their own preferences that they prefer to use and this is selected from up here in the User Profile. We can select to myself or we can create a new user profile from scratch. Alternatively, we can import a user profile and this means that if we have preferences on a memory stick or on USB device, we can actually import those into this program. Now, I am a freelance video editor and I tend to work on many different machines, in many different locations and I'd like to have everything sets up exactly the same way. So, what I will do is set up my preferences as I like, save them on a USB stick and then when I go to another Avid system, I just simply import my settings straight away and everything sets up as I like.

So, it a very useful function there. So, let's click now on the Avid Essential Training project and click OK. That's going to open up our main training project and now we are going to go through these windows and start talking more detail about the Avid interface.

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