Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Delete clips, part of Media Composer 8.7 Essential Training: 101.
- [Voiceover] Understanding the relationship between clips inside your project, and the media files in your storage, is critical to understanding Media Composer more broadly. And of course, one of the key factors is, what happens when you delete a clip inside of Media Composer. Now, we'll get into importing and ingesting and converting media files later on, but before we do that, I just want to show you here, I've got a few clips in a bin, and let's say I decide that I want to delete them.
I want to clean up my project, maybe I even want to clear up some space in my storage. You'll notice that these clips in my selects bin have different icons, these three at the bottom have kind of a chain link icon, and the item at the top does not. The item at the top of the list is a clip that's been transcoded and ingested and converted, and added to a specific directory called the Avid media files folder, on my storage drive.
Again, we'll get into why you might choose to do that, but what's important to understand is that, when you have a clip imported in that way, the media is managed my Media Composer. There's a media database and it manages the information relating to that content. The other clips here are just linked. So, I have some media files that are in a folder, in my storage, and I've imported them in such a way that there is no conversion, there's no transcoding, there's no adaptation in any way, we just created a shortcut to the media in my storage.
When I select one of these items, or several items, and hit the delete key, or the backspace key, I get one option, do you want to delete a master clip. A clip inside this bin is referred to as a master clip. It links to a media file and has settings associated with it. If I choose to delete this master clip, nothing's going to happen to the original media that it links to, in my storage. I'll just cancel this. If I select instead, a clip that has been transcoded, and ingested and brought into the Avid media files folder, and now hit delete, I get a couple of additional options.
First of all, I've still got the option to delete the master clip, but I've also got the option separately to delete two associated media files. This is two media files because it's got video and audio. If I select this option and click Ok, I can then specify which media resolutions I want to delete. Media Composer allows you to produce multiple resolutions of the same media. A classic use of this would be to have full resolution content that you intend to use for output, and in addition, very much lower resolution content that you'll use as a proxy, maybe because you want to edit on a less powerful system.
Lower resolution media is easier to playback. You'll get better playback performance in general, and a lot of editors toggle between the high resolution and low resolution media. In this case, I've only got one option, so I can choose if I want to keep or remove media, choose all or none, and I can click Ok or Cancel. If I click Ok, Media Composer will both delete the clip, and delete the media. Once you've deleted the media, it is gone, you cannot re-import it.
Of course, you might have your original media files available, the original camera media, and you might be able to import from that, but if you don't, you no longer have the media. So be warned that, when you're deleting content from inside of Media Composer, you do have the option to delete the media as well. Now, Media Composer is described as a non-destructive, non-linear editing system. And that means, changes you make to the master clip inside of Media Composer, won't also make changes to the media.
And that is true, Media Composer is a non-destructive NLE. However, there are a small number of exceptions, and this dialog is one of them. So, if you're looking at some clips in a bin, and you think, ah, I put them in the wrong bin, or I didn't really mean to import them, I don't really need them here in this project right now, and you hit the delete key, be very careful about also choosing this associated media files option. Again, if you've just linked to the media, which we'll cover a little bit later, it doesn't matter, you don't have the option.
But if you do delete the media files, they will be gone. So, to my mind, it's a little too easy to get to this dialog, a little too easy to delete your original media, especially because now, we're almost entirely transitioned to a file-based media workflow. Very few people are using tapes, or of course film, so we don't have any other media to go back to. Of course, you should have two or three copies of you media, just for safety. But not everybody does. So, that's what happens when you delete clips, in a bin in Avid Media Composer.
- 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