Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Delete project media, part of Media Composer 8.7 Essential Training: 101.
- [Instructor] When your project is finished and you've output your file, the next thing you're probably going to want to do is clean up your system. The project files themselves in the bins are pretty small. They don't take up a lot of space, and you're probably going to want to keep them and archive them. But you might well want to clear out the media. If you're working with linked media, there isn't all that much to do. Here for example, I have a climbing media bin. There's lots of clips here. If I select one of these and hit delete, you can see all I'm deleting is the master clip.
That's the link to the media. Media Composer doesn't manage media that is linked in this way, although you can search for clips using the media tool even if they're not fully ingested. Just cancel this. If I toggle over to my finder, here's our rock climber QuickTimes. And if you're not sure where the media is, you can always right click and choose reveal file. Here it is, and I'll go up a couple of levels, and now, I can delete that folder.
If I remove this media as we saw earlier, the clips in the project will just go offline. If you're working with ingested media, that's stuff that Media Composer has imported, transcoded, rewrapped, put into the Avid Media files folder, then it's probably advisable for you to delete the content inside of Media Composer. And the reason is that--if I just take a look now at our Avid Media files folder, you can see the names for the media files are often very hard to interpret.
Media Composer uses unique media ID for each file, and associates them both with projects and with master clips. Now, of course, if you are going to be just clearing out your storage entirely when you finish a project and moving onto the next one, you can just select the Avid Media files folder itself and delete it and move on. But if you want to selectively remove media associated with a project, you can do a more subtle and selective job inside of the application.
And here's a good example. I'm going to close this climbing media bin, and here I've got a sequence I've created called delete imported media so it's pretty easy to spot. I'm going to go into this running the Sahara, runners in action bin, and now if I select a clip and hit delete, we get the option to delete the clip and the media from inside of Media Composer, and if I right click and choose reveal file, there it is in our Avid Media files folder, so we know where it is.
But what if I want to select exactly the items that are used in the sequence, so I can automatically or at least systematically identify the clips that I don't need? Well, I'm going to go to my sequence here in the RTS sequences bin, and I'm going to go to the files menu in the bin, and I'm going to choose Select, and I'm going to choose Media Relatives. And right away, this open bin, and in fact any open bin will highlight the items that are incorporated into this sequence.
Inside this bin, I can go to the files menu, choose select and reverse, and I now know that these clips are not actually included. These are the items that I had available and chose not to use in my sequence, and I can now hit delete. These nine master clips that have associated media files. It's 11 because some of these have a little audio, I suppose. There are various resolutions to remove, and I can specify, for example, if I want to keep high-resolution or low-resolution content.
And click okay. There's another way to do this because this is bin by bin of course. If I go to Tools and into the Media Tool, and choose these projects on all drives. I've only got one, but that's okay, and click okay. Now I can go to my sequence and choose select media relatives, and I've got all of the clips regardless of the bin they're in displayed in the media tool. Now the media tool is showing me the media directly on my storage, but it displays that media as master clips, so I can hit delete, I can specify what's being removed.
But you'll notice what's not on the list here is the master clips themselves. The media tool does not display the master clips in bins. It displays the media files those master clips link to, and it merges things like video and audio into single items to make it easier for you interact with them. But if I click okay now, which I won't because I want to keep this media online, I'll keep the master clips and just lose the media. This is a fantastically useful workflow. So that's a couple of ways of approaching deleting the media that you don't need as you continue to work on new projects 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