Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started

with Steve Holyhead
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Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started
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In Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started, author Steve Holyhead explores the tools and techniques in Media Composer for producing great looking video, as well as the basics of high definition media formats. This course walks through the video production workflow from input to editing to output, covers key information such as trim concepts and frame rates, and introduces techniques such as color correction, footage stabilization, and real-time audio effects. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Working with clips, bins, and folders
  • Importing media
  • Creating sequences
  • Editing in the Timeline
  • Using the Splice, Overwrite, and Three-Point editing techniques
  • Trimming sequences
  • Refining audio
  • Adding and keyframing effects
  • Compositing
  • Mixing down audio and video
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Hi, I'm Steve Holyhead, and this is Media Composer 5 Getting Started. Media Composer has been used for a long time in TV and film production, but these days being out to produce great-looking videos is essential for all types of business. And these skills give you the edge as an employee or contractor. In this course, we'll explore the world of Media Composer, from input to editing to output. And I'll explain the basics of the tools, the technology and HD Media Formats in plain English.

Now if you're new to editing, or Media Composer, or both, then this course will provide you with some great lift off. I'll walk you through the Media Composer workflow and interface so that you have the skills to get creative. In less than half a day, you'll be ready to edit your first project. Now if you already work with Media Composer, then you'll want to take a look at the new interface, tools and editing functionality that Media Composer 5 brings to the table, making your life as an editor easier and more productive. Whatever your interest in Media composer 5, after this course you'll have a refreshed and simplified understanding of HD Formats, trim concepts and frame rates.

We'll also introduce color correction, stabilizing shaky footage, and real time audio effects, tools which will take your production to the next level. I'm really excited to be the part of bringing you this course. So let's dive into Media Composer 5 Getting Started.

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Q: I'm having a little trouble in the Chapter 2 "Linking to media using AMA" video.

When I follow the procedure shown to link to AMA volume - Humming Birds, instead of the bin with the clips opening as shown in the training video, I'm presented with a Bin Selection dialog box. All options in this dialog result in the same message:

Unable to link to any clips at/ (followed by the directory)

Do I need to have a particular camera codec installed on my system in order to read/import these training files in the AMA folder?
A: With Media Composer 5.5 onwards, the AMA plug-ins must be downloaded and installed after installing the Media Composer application.

If the AMA plug-in for your camera type (in this case P2) has not been installed manually, then the AMA link will fail. This is a change from Media Composer 5.0, when the AMA plug-ins were bundled into the main application installer.

Once the AMA plug-in needed (in this case P2) has been downloaded and installed, this will solve the problem.

All AMA plug-ins can be found at http://www.avid.com/US/products/Avid-Media-Access. Choose the Plug-In sub-tab and download from there.
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