When you import media into Edius what's actually happening is Edius is creating shortcuts to your media files. Edius is not really importing any media into your project. But when you're cutting, when you're working with everything, it just feels like you've got the Media files there and you're playing them back and you're making changes to them. But it's important to understand that this is really not what's happening. Here I've got my Asset Bin. I just resize this a bit. You'll see if I perhaps toggle the Asset Bin over to a Text View.
Here we go. I'm getting all this information about the media, the aspect ratio, the size and so on and so on and that's fine because I need to know that stuff but although it appears that the information I'm seeing about these clips is the clip itself, it's really just pretending. It's nothing more than a shortcut to the media. So if I right-click on an item here, you'll see there's an Explorer option and if I click on this, I'm going to see a folder that contains my original media.
And in fact here I can see this Head & Shoulder follow two shot is a Quicktime movie, 69.7 meg on my hard drive. And in fact the location of this media is completely different to the location of my project file that I created when I started out with this project. It can make a huge difference to your learning experience when you start working with Edius. If you're very, very clear about this distinction between the clip shortcuts inside of Edius and the media files that those shortcuts point to on the hard drive.
And here's one very simple example of why it makes things very different. Here's a clip. In fact let me take this straight from the Asset Bin. Here's a clip that I have in the Asset Bin, and down here I've got a sequence that I'm building. If I want to put that clip into my sequence there's a few ways I can do it. One way is just drag and drop and there it is. I'm just going to zoom out a little bit so you can see more clearly what's going on. So here is that clip and I know I've got the whole clip because I can see triangles at the beginning and end of the clip segment that tell me it's on the last frame. So I've got the whole thing down in my sequence.
If I want to, I can take this clip, again and again and again. I can tell you that if I really were working with 69 meg files, and these can often be very, very large files indeed, if you're working with fully uncompressed HD, you get something like maybe nine seconds of media per gigabyte of storage space. There's no way a regular computer could handle that quantity of information this fast. But it can handle, if I just resize this a little bit, it can easily handle five shortcuts.
But again, I still only have one item on my hard drive. I've now got the same clip again and again and again. And all Edius needs to do is play the clip. Play it, play it, play it, play it. It's the same item. If I remove that item, this is the head and shoulders shot here. If I go to my Explorer and, for example, if I rename this, I'll just change this to .old. Are you sure? Yep. If I go back into Edius, straight away all five copies have gone offline. And this is what happens when clips are offline.
You get these diagonal lines across the clip and you get the checkerboards in the monitor. And in fact, if I look in my Asset Bin, you can see the icon changes as well. Let's just toggle over to a thumbnail view. You can see I get this broken link icon. If I go back I'm just toggling with Alt+Tab to my video folder if I just select it and rename it .mulfigan. Yep, I'm sure. Go back into Edius, there we go we're back online. Now the words offline and online are used in multiple ways in the media and it can get a little bit confusing because you really need to know the context in order to understand the intent.
In this context online means the media is connected to the shortcuts inside of Edius. Offline means the media is not connected. If you lose the connection, you can always go and click on the File menu, and restore offline clip, and Edius will give you options to browse to a new file to link. One thing to be aware of is that you can link to a different file if you want, and you can update your media accordingly. It works really, really well. However, you can't link from a PAL clip to an NTSC media file and vice versa.
There's a divide between NTSC and PAL. Or more broadly speaking, between 50 hertz and 60 hertz. Again, understanding this relationship between shortcuts inside of the project and original media files actually gives you quite a lot of flexibility. You can apply different effects to multiple instances of a clip, because although you're working with a shortcut to the same original media file those shortcuts themselves are independent. So I can do different things with different instances, and I'm still using the same media on my hard drive which is very, very efficient in terms of storage space.
- Overview of editing with EDIUS
- Setting up the interface
- Importing media
- Adding, removing, and moving clips
- Working with audio
- Adding effects and titles
- Outputting to tape, DVD, and files