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By Michael Ninness | Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Avid dot-release for Media Composer 5 now available

Avid recently released an update to its popular Media Composer 5 video editing software that fixes several bugs, including:

1) Default Segment Mode setting The MC default for the timeline setting “Default Segment Tool” has been changed from overwrite to insert.

2) Copy/Paste Segment Mode fix When copy/pasting mark in/out with no segment tool active, the paste mode will no longer be the last used segment mode but the default segment mode. Most editors want to paste in insert mode so unless an editor changes the default (insert), MC will paste in insert mode. The only time MC will paste in overwrite is if the user has only the segment overwrite tool active when paste is executed, as in versions prior to 5.

3) Smart Tools auto selection bug A bug has been fixed that auto selected the default segment tool when an editor cut a marked in/out selection (Ctrl+X) with no segment tools active.

For information on how to obtain the 5.0.3.4 patch, go to Avid’s support area on its site: http://www.avid.com/US/support/downloads/

If you are a brand new user of Avid Media Composer 5, be sure to check out our crash courseAvid Media Composer 5 Getting Started with Steve Holyhead. For a deeper dive, Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training with Ashley Kennedy is also available.

By Megan O. Read | Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Premiere Pro CS4 course shows how to tell better stories with creative editing

Images from Chapter 4, The Art of Video Editing

Several examples from Chapter 4, The Art of Video Editing. Clockwise from top, two clips from "House on Haunted Hill" with Vincent Price, Kuleshov's Effect, from "Amar el Cine," music video for the Zen Chemists, scene from "Ninja Death 3."

Premiere Pro CS4 Beyond the Basics with Chad Perkins is an exciting release for video editors, but I’d argue that there could be something for everyone in this course.

In Chapters 2 and 4 for instance, (Tips for Shooting Video, and The Art of Video Editing), Chad touches on key tips that anyone with a camera and a story to tell can use. From telling better stories through suggestive editing, to setting a mood using emotional cutaways, the importance of pacing, and thankfully, how to avoid bad edits.

A few other highlights that caught my eye were the chapter on Editing a Music Video, the advanced video concept of getting video to look like film (in Chapter 14), and the awesome creating a day-for-night shot in Chapter 7. (So that’s how they shoot all those night shots in movies!)

Chad also covers special effects, color correction, and keying and compositing, integrating all these concepts as he builds a music video project from scratch. Check it out and let us know what you think.

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