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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.
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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