Join Steve Holyhead for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a custom tool palette, part of Migrating from Final Cut Pro 7 to Avid Media Composer 5.5.
As we finish up our chapter on settings, I'd like to show you a tip that can be very useful as you're learning Media Composer. It's absolutely optional, so feel free to just watch and disregard what I'm saying if you like, but I heartily recommend using this approach if you're going to start to learn all the icons and what they mean in Media Composer and get comfortable using them. The first thing I'm going to do is make sure that I'm in Source/Record Editing mode. Now I'm going to resize my Timeline window a little bit. Notice that I don't want to obscure the Keyframe button there at the bottom of the window, so I'm going to drop it just about there--and we can get a little bit more space out.
Now I'm going to move the Timeline window down a little bit. That's good. We're going to go to the Fast menu at the bottom of the Composer window, click and hold down and drag out the Tool palette that's inside. Reposition the Tool palette a little bit and then drag it out until we get a couple of strips of Tool buttons that we can use to now map many of the commands that we're going to be looking at and using throughout the rest of this course. We're going to bring up the Command palette.
Let's put the Command palette down near our Tool palette there, and we can more easily map the buttons that we need from the Command palette to the Tool palette. Make sure that you're in Button to Button Reassignment. So, here we go! I'm going to be darting around the different palettes and creating a custom tool palette to help us with our learning. The first place I'd like to go is the Other tab. From here I'd like to map Toggle Source/Record mode. I'm just going to drag and drop this over the top of any existing icons that happen to be on the Tool palette.
Toggle Source/Record in timeline. This button is toggling between the Source and Record viewers, and this button here is toggling the view in the timeline from either the Record viewer to the Source viewer. From the same tab, I'd also like to map Match Frame and Reverse Match Frame, Find Bin and Find Frame. Now from the Move tab, Step Forwards and Backwards one field at a time, and also Go to Previous and Go to Next Locator.
From the Play tab, Play Loop, Play IN to OUT, Edit Review, and Play to OUT. Then from the Edit tab, Segment Mode Overwrite, Segment Mode Splice-in, Add Edit, Fit to Fill, Replace Edit, Overwrite Edit, Splice Edit, Lift, and Extract.
From the Smart Tools tab, I'm going to add the Smart Tool Toggle and the Link Selection Toggle. Back on the Edit tab, I'm going to add Top and Tail. Then I'm going to move to the Trim tab. I'm going to add the Extend button, Slip Left, Slip Right, Trim A Side, Trim B Side, and Trim A and B sides.
Then I'm going to return to the Smart Tool tab and I'm going to add Overwrite Trim and Ripple Trim. Now, I'm going to go to the Effects tab. I'm going to add Add Keyframe, Quick Transition, Render Effect, and Remove Effect. I'm also going to add the Grid Tool and the Title Tool. Now back on the Other tab, I'd like to add Transition Corner Display.
From the More tab, I'm going to add the Red, Yellow, Green, and Pink Locators. And now from the Multi-Cam tab, I'm going to add Quad Split, Nine Split, Swap Camera Bank, Previous in Group, and Next in Group. Now, I want to close the Command palette, go back to my Toolset menu and Save Current. The next time I come back to Source/Record Editing mode, my Tool palette will be there with all of the tools that we're going to be using throughout the rest of the course.
- Working with clips, bins, folders and the project window
- Customizing user settings and keyboard layout
- Importing video, audio, and graphics
- Accessing clips from other projects
- Comparing backup structure
- Organizing media and project assets
- Understanding media resolution and locations
- Editing in the timeline
- Mixing audio
- Compositing with keyframes
- Creating titles
- Color correcting footage
- Preparing and outputting master sequences