Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Launch Avid Media Composer, part of Media Composer 8.7 Essential Training: 101.
- [Narrator] Here we are, we've got our exercise files setup and we're ready to launch Avid Media Composer. The first thing that you're going to find when you go into Media Composer is this Select Project dialogue and there aren't many options on here, but they're pretty important. First of all, you'll notice that I'm logged in here as Max Imjago, so the user is listed as Max Imjago and I can change my user profile here or I can create a new one or I can import one. Your user profile is really important because of a lot of the settings associated with the application are embedded inside of it.
You can take your settings file with you on a USB stick or email it to yourself or use Dropbox or whatever you like and sit down at any media composer machine and carry on using it as if it were your own. For this reason, it's important that you do make sure you do have the right user profile selected when you're using the system and I'll talk a little bit more later about how to create one. Then, we've got the option to specify where we're looking for Avid projects. Now, as you'll have seen, when setting up the exercise files, you had to pretty particular about where you put your project files and the naming is pretty important too.
When we get into the application, we only really have three options, Private, Shared, and External. If you look at the Shared location, you'll see we've got the file path here, it's just in the user's folder in our operating system. I'm on Mac OS of course, so this isn't giving me a drive letter. It would do in Windows. I'm in the Shared folder and then Media Composer makes its own directory and inside of there, it makes another directory called Shared Avid Projects. Because this is the Shared folder, anybody using the machine will be able to access those projects.
If I switch over to the Private view, you can see this is inside my user folder and of course, that's locked down by my log-in to the operating system. Other users would not be able to see these projects. The option that I want to draw your attention to is External and this allows you to browse to any location on your computer and access projects files there. Now, this could be an external drive, this could be a USB stick. One of the limitations of the application, is that you can only specify one External location at a time.
Here, you can see we're setup for the Desktop and that's because, as you can see at the top right of my screen, I've put my exercise files there and that includes this project I'm going to open, Running The Sahara. If I had multiple projects in that folder, they would all appear on this list and I can just choose the project that I want and open it up. If I click to browse, then I can choose any location I like. Here I am in the Finder on Mac OS, this would be Windows Explorer on Windows. So far, so straightforward. If I want to go into a project, all I have to do is select the one I want and click OK or for that matter, I can double-click, but before I do that, I want to draw your attention to the option over on the right here where Media Composer is showing me the frame rate.
It's letting me know that this is NTSC and the Raster Dimension, that's the image resolution if you'd like, of my project is 720x486. That's standard definition NTSC. Notice that we're not using Stereoscopic 3D here, we're not going to touch on that in this course. Up here, of course, I've got a New Project button and this take me into the settings for any new project that I'm going to create. Now, again, I'll go into these in more detail later, but there's one setting in particular I want you to be really clear about and it's this one.
Up here, you're going to specify the image resolution for your project and importantly, you're also going to specify the frame rate. You can change quite a lot of settings inside of Media Composer, but what you can't change is the frame rate, so it's particularly important that you get that detail right. Image resolution, no problem. Frame rate, you cannot change. Here for example, I'm going to choose 720p/59.94. That's an interlaced NTSC standard definition resolution.
Usually, most HD stuff these days, seems to be produced progressive. That means, without interlacing, and you can see here, I'm getting the raster dimensions and the frame rate is a little bit soft gray on gray, but you can see 59.94 frames per second. Again, we'll look in more detail at how to use this dialog, but you can see, all the options are here. I'm going to cancel out. Of course, I've got a Quit button, so I can quit Media Composer if I want to, but if I click OK, I'm going to go into my Running The Sahara project and I'm ready to begin using Avid Media Composer.
That's how you launch the application and choose the project that you want to work with.
- 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