Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Create a 4K project, part of Media Composer 8.7 Essential Training: 110.
- [Instructor] In this course, we're going to be looking at higher resolution media, and how to deal with that in Media Composer. We're also going to be looking in a little more detail at managing and organizing projects. Something that seems a bit dull at the beginning but is absolutely crucial as you get into larger scale projects. To start things off I'm going to make a new project. Here I am on the Select Project dialog. I've just loaded up Media Composer. I'm going to click New Project, and I'm going to call this project Anesthesia.
In the Format menu, we've got quite a lot of options, and some of these are fairly new to Media Composer. In particular, you'll notice that we have HD resolutions, 1080 and 720, and within those resolutions, we've got our various frame rates or field rates, but you'll notice that although 1080p or 1080i for example are both pretty close to 2K resolution. We also separately have 2K, and we've got these described as 2K 2048x1152, and 1536, and then we have this DCI Flat version, and DCI Full.
There's quite a few 2K deliverable image resolutions for your projects. Remember that when you get into your project, it's fairly straightforward to change the resolution, but very difficult to change the frame rate, so, in fact, you can't, so I would make sure that you get that aspect of this right, but broadly speaking, if you are producing what people refer to as 2K video, which is a DCI standard as you can see here, you're probably going to go for this one, 2048x1080 pixels.
It's pretty similar to 1920x1080, but a little bit wider. As we'll move onto the 4K image resolutions, you can see here it's just double both axes. Full DCI compliant 4K is 4096x2160. There's again a few variations here, but we need to make a distinction that a lot of TV manufacturers don't make between 4K resolution and Ultra HD. Most of the time, you're probably going to be working not actually with 4K, unless you're producing feature films for theatrical distribution, but instead you'll be working with Ultra HD.
Now, Ultra HD or UHD, means I suppose anything bigger than HD, but in practice these days, it usually means four times the resolution of HD. So, that's 3840 pixels by 2160. You'll notice that those numbers aren't mentioned here because UHD just is UHD. So the key thing is that we choose the correct frame rates, and I happen to know that the media we're going to be working with here is 23.976 progressive, so that's what I'm going to choose.
Notice that this is something that I just happen to know. You're going to need to check this before you choose the frame rate of your project. The content we're working with has 709 color, so that's fine as well. We don't need to change the color mode in this menu. I'm happy with the raster dimension. For me I think raster is kind of an old school word to describe image resolution, and it's a helpful reminder that we're working with rasterized content rather than vector content that you'd see in shape animation for example, in an application like After Effects.
We're not working with stereoscopic media. We don't need a film neg cut list, so we're not going to choose our frame size and the number of perfs. I'm happy with any search data associated with the project to be inside the project folder. I could save this as a preset of course, but it's a bit pointless because it is just the built-in preset for Media Composer for UHD 23.976 media. In fact the Save Preset button is switched off because it already exists. So in fact, switching from working with SD or HD media in Media Composer to working with higher resolution media, like UHD, really is just a question of choosing the option in the Format menu here in the New Project dialog.
I'm going to click OK. I get a confirmation of the settings, and I'm going to double-click to open up this project. One last note of course is that we need to make sure we're putting this project in the right place. So here's my new automatically generated Anesthesia Bin. If I close the project window, I can see that I'm browsing external projects, and that I've got the correct location on the Desktop, and if I toggle over to the Desktop, we can see here with our media, we've got an existing project called Borrow that we'll come to later, and the new project folder that we created.
So I'm good to go, and I'm ready to start editing.
- 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.