Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video Deleting unreferenced clips, part of Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training.
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Often, once you have edited your show you'll want to keep the media associated with your finished sequence and delete the media that didn't make it into the cut. In this movie, we will learn how to isolate that unneeded media from your needed media and discard it. Okay, so here is our sequence. Let's pretend it's the sequence. We like everything in here, and we want to delete everything that is not in the sequence. In addition to the clips, we also have some rendered files.
We have some rendered blue-dot effects. We have a rendered composite here and some more rendered blue-dot effects. So, we want to make sure that we keep all of the master clips and all of the render files, or precomputes, associated with the sequence. So to do that, I am going to make sure that I have this bin opened and only this bin. If you have your sequence in a bin with other things, I would highly recommend taking it out and putting it in its own bin and then opening it, and you will see why in just a moment.
Now, I am going to open up my Media tool and select the associated drives and projects that this sequence is related to. And I want to make sure that I choose both Master Clips and Precomputes. Okay, so I am going to say OK. Again, here is all of the media that we have been working with. And again, we just want to look at the media associated with this and then discard everything else. So I have this bin open. I am now going to go to the Media Tool Fast menu and choose Select Unreferenced Clips.
This is going to highlight everything that is not associated with my sequence that's in my open bin. I am going to select Unreferenced Clips and then here is where it says, "Select Unreferenced Clips will select all clips that are unreferenced by sequences in currently open bins." That's this. "References to Clips from bins that are closed are not taken into account." Okay, this is exactly what we want, so we will press OK. And now it's highlighted all of the clips and precompute files that are not associated with my sequence, which is most of them. And then when I press Delete, I have the option to break it down even further.
I can select just my video, just my audio, just my precomputes, any combination therein, and if I press OK, it's gone, because deleting things from the Media tool is permanent. However, I don't want to do this, so I am just going to cancel. But you may want to do this. You just want to treat this process with care, and you want to make sure that you are deleting only the material that you don't need. Once you are sure though, this is great way to clear clutter from your drives.
- Adding and removing shots to build multi-track sequences
- Trimming shots to fine-tune sequences
- Exploring navigation shortcuts and project management strategies
- Customizing the editing workspace
- Using advanced editing and trimming methods
- Adjusting audio levels and pan
- Applying, nesting, compositing, and revising video effects
- Understanding the relationship between rendering and system performance
- Incorporating intelligent media management strategies