Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Consolidate media to a new drive, part of Media Composer 8.7 Essential Training: 110.
- [Narrator] When working with larger projects or perhaps when working with limited storage, it's quite possible that you're going to want to pull together just the media that you're using in sequences or perhaps even just collect all of the media for your project into a new location. It's also possible you're going to want to convert the media files you're using into one of the DNX flavors, either DNxHD or DNxHR. Media Composer allows you to do this with the consolidate and transcode tools.
And I'm going to show you using this sequence although you can just as easily select a number of clips in a bin. So I'm going to right-click on this sequence. And by the way, this sequence is in our source bin. I've just added this as a sequence based on the three items we just imported with the source browser. I'm going to right-click and I'm going to choose Consolidate/Transcode. First of all, are we going to consolidate which just means pulling everything together to a new drive, or are we going to transcode? And notice that in my description of Consolidate, I did not say a new file location.
All this tool allows you to do is specify a specific drive. I'm going to come to Transcode in a moment. But first of all, what options do we have here? Remember I choose a sequence rather than clips. And for that reason, just in case I've chosen parts of the clips, Media Composer's going to let me specify handle length. That means beyond the part of the clip that's included in the sequence, take a little bit extra, and that way if you decide later that you want to trim or adjust the timing of the edit, you've got some room to do it.
Create new sequence means that we'll have a new sequence in the bin that links to the newly copied media. And this is probably a good idea because you probably want to keep the original sequence so you can compare and contrast and make sure that the newly copied versions of the media work. Here we've got the option to consolidate only linked media which is a great way to change your mind about linking rather than ingesting or importing. This option's pretty dangerous. Delete original media files when done, I probably would not choose to do unless you absolutely know that you are discarding that original content.
This is one of the rare occasions that you can damage the original media files, because in most ways, Media Composer is nondestructive. Here we've got an option that's pretty obvious: skip native media files that are already on the target drive. There's no point doubling them up if you already have them. And a secondary option here is to relink the selected native clips to the target drive before skipping. What this means is if the media's already in the target location, you're still going to want to relink to that because the point of the exercise is to create a new sequence that links to the newly located content.
But of course, you might not want that. You might just be wanting to rewrap or pull together the other media. We've got this option that doesn't apply here: consolidate all clips in a group edit. Media Composer allows you to group clips together into a single item to make it easier to manage them. And if you're using that kind of media, you probably want to turn this option on so that all of the clips are brought over, not just the one that's being displayed at the particular time. And down here, we've got the option to convert our audio sample rate, bit depth, and even audio format. It's unlikely you're going to want to change these, but it may be that you're working to a particular standard.
Maybe you've got an in-house standard and you want to convert these to make sure everything matches. Over on the left here, I can specify whether I want video and audio on the same drives. I turn this off, I get a separate drive for each. Of course, my machine only has one drive. But if I had more, I could choose different ones. And down at the bottom, we've got the option to run in the background. Media Composer does have the option to perform operations like consolidating and transcoding using a separate service, a separate application. And in fact, it's been running all this time up here at the top, right up here.
This would be down in the System tray in Windows. And you can see we've got the option to start or stop background services. I won't go into this right now. It is an option. It allows you to continue working in Media Composer while the conversion takes place or while the copying takes place. I'll come onto transcoding in the next lesson. But just for now, again, the Consolidate window which is part of the same Consolidate/Transcode dialog just allows you to pull together your media into a single location rather than being specifically intended to convert your media.
And that's what Transcode is for that we'll come to next.
- Importing and transcoding media
- Creating a group clip
- Syncing picture and sound clips
- Making quick edits such as stringouts
- Recutting a scene
- Creating subsequences
- Pacing a scene with Media Composer's trim tools
- Mixing sequence audio
- Working with high-res media
- Retiming video
- Nesting effects
- Keying video
- Animating titles and graphics
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 10/13/2017. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover what’s new in Media Composer 8.7, 8.8, and 8.9.