Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Create a user profile, part of Media Composer 8.7 Essential Training: 101.
- [Instructor] If you look in the project window at the settings list. I'm just going to resize this and stretch it out quite a lot. You'll notice that there are three kinds of setting. There are project settings, which relates specifically to the project you're working on right now. There are site settings, which relate to usually the hardware that you have at the particular location of your machine. That's things like video decks and so on. And you also have a lot of user settings.
Those user settings are stored in your user profile. And you'll notice that at the top of the project window, we've got a menu where you can choose to create a user profile, import or export one, or update your existing user profile. Right now, here I am, maximjago. And so all of the user settings in this project are based on my profile. I'm just going to close the project panel for a moment here, and show you the same menu that we have here inside the select project window.
I'm going to create a user profile and let's just call this Editor just so you can see it. And I'll click OK. Not much seems to happen. But, I'll click OK and go into Media Composer. And let's close down the source browser. You'll notice that, of course, we're in the new user profile so we're back to the default version of the source record editing workspace. Let's close that down. And just to demonstrate this, I'm going to go to my settings, you can see here I'm now using Media Composer as the Editor.
And I think what I'll just do is scroll down a little bit and go here into the interface setting. We're going to come into this setting in more detail later on. But just for now, I'm going to show you. Let's brighten up this interface a bit. Let's apply that. Looks a bit brighter, and I'll click OK. Now, the interface setting is, of course, a user setting. So, if I switch my profile now to maximjago, right away you can see the interface goes darker.
I don't know how clear that's going to be on a bright sunny day if you're this watching outside, but I'll just switch back again to Editor and there we go, we're back into the Editor settings. And if I go into my settings, scroll down to interface. You can see that we've got that brighter interface. This is of course, and I'll just cancel this dialog, a very simple illustration, but if you look down the list, and just take a few moments to do this, at all of the user settings available, there's a lot of functionality in the application which is specific to your user profile.
This is a very useful feature. I'm just going to bring up a finder window and I'm going to go into my hard drive and into Users and Shared and I'm going to go into Avid Media Composer, and into Avid Users, and here we are. There's maximjago, and inside of that folder, we've got Editor. Now, maximjago is my login for this machine and so inside of that login, you can see I've got these Editor user settings.
You can actually take this folder and move it to any Avid Media Composer machine and the profile will appear automatically when you go into the application. Of course, you need to know where to put it for your particular machine. And you can see, it's a bit of a journey to get into there. You can look up online and you can see in the Avid help but essentially, you're looking inside the Avid Media Composer folder in the Shared Users directory on your machine, rather than any private section.
And that makes sense because of course, multiple users are going to log in, and they're going to need to be able to access their profiles. Here again, I'm logged in as maximjago, so the new profile was created as a subfolder inside of that. But, that's not too important. You could always pull this out and make this accessible by either emailing it to yourself or putting it onto your machine with a USB stick. And just close this window. For now, I'm going to go back to my main profile. If you click the profile selection menu here in the project window and choose to export, I'll just choose this option now, you get a few odd options.
You can choose to export a personal, a group, or a standard local profile. This actually relates to working with networked storage, where you've got multiple Avid systems connected to the same storage, and those Avid systems are sharing a user profile. If you choose the personal option, then when you open up the profile on one machine on the network, or another machine on the network, then the settings from that profile will update the machine you're sitting at. And if you make changes to the profile, you change the user settings, it'll automatically update that user profile so that it's changed on every machine you sit at.
If you choose group, then making changes to the settings for that user profile won't update for other machines. And of course, if you choose standard, then it's not shared at all across the network. It's just particular to this machine. Don't worry too much about these settings. The main thing is that you've got a user profile that you can move from one system to another and incorporated in that user profile is all of the settings on this list that are referred to as user.
- Setting up the editing environment
- Creating a new project
- Importing media
- Finding, organizing, and linking clips
- Building a sequence
- Editing and trimming
- Adding transitions
- Applying segment effects
- Combining effects
- Applying freeze frame and motion effects
- Creating titles
- Exporting video projects