Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Media creation settings, part of Media Composer 8.7 Essential Training: 101.
- [Instructor] When you import media into Media Composer so that means taking a copy and transcoding it into some other format, rather than linking to the original media file, there are some default settings. So if I right-click in a bin here and choose input and import media and go to options, you can see we've a default resolution and a drive for the media to go on to. Settings are applied here and I'll just cancel out and go into my project window so you can see this.
We've got a media creation setting. This is a project setting which makes a lot of sense. It wouldn't really be a user setting you'd move from one machine to another. I'm going to go into this setting and let's take a look at the key options. First of all, we've got the option to filter out. That really just means hide specific drives that your Avid editing system might be able to see. Now by default, Avid will have access to any drives that your operating system shows it so if you find the drive in Finder on MacOS or in Explorer in Windows, Avid should see it too but you have the option to exclude some drives just I suppose to save you some clicking later on.
First of all you can specify to exclude drives that are accessed by a network. Perhaps you're working on a network where it's not intended for live streaming or playback of media and you really just don't want to even see them on the list inside of Media Composer. Next up we've got the option to filter out the system drive. That means the storage drive that your operating system is installed on and then separately we've got the option to filter out the launch drive. This means the drive on to which Avid media composer itself is installed.
Now by default, the system drive and the launch drive would be the same but you do have the option to install Media Composer on to a different store drive and you can get slightly better performance by doing that. Anyway these options just allow you to exclude seeing those drives when you're browsing for media or importing and storing newly created media files. That takes us on to these other sections of the media creation dialogue. If I go to capture, you can see that when I'm recording media from tapes so capture is specifically when you've got a tape that's connected to your system and you're converting the contents of that tape to files on your storage.
What do I want my default video resolution to be? Notice it's not such a massive list. There are specific options here and these relate in particular to our project setting. Remember we're in a HD project here. If I choose one of the options on this list and click apply to all, it'll apply to every other section of the media creation settings and here again I've got the option to specify if we're going to have the video and audio on one drive or separately and so we go on.
We've got titles, we've got import. That's the dialogue that we've looked at already where we're importing video clips. Then we've got mixed down and transcode and this is when you're converting media that's already on your storage and you're having Media Composer convert it into something else. Quite a few more options on this list and I suppose most of the time you'd leave the same option as the rest of your media but there are occasions that you'd want to change it. Motion effects are actually speed changes and there's a couple of approaches.
One is flat level speed change adjustment. Another one raises and lowers the speed over time. Either way, although I think the name is a little bit misleading because in my mind it kind of implies shapes moving around on the screen. Avid refers speed change effects as motion effects and it's important to be aware of that because when you're looking for visual effects that change playback speed, that's what they're going to be described as. When you're working with special effects in Media Composer, there are times where you're probably going to want to render.
That means if you like calculating the final look of the special effect rather than trying to play it back on the fly. The same as source option means that when you render visual effects, they'll be rendered with the same image resolution as your media, as your clips and save after render simply means that when rendering's been performed, Avid will automatically save and I think that's kind of useful if you're out of the room while it's rendering. We've got some options here to do it with the quality of the renders as well that we'll come to later on.
Media type doesn't give up many options and this is because when you're working in an HD project of the kind that we're using here, MXF is the file format. If you're working on standard definition or ultra high definition, you'd see some different options here. So the media creation dialogue doesn't give you all that many new options but it's important to know that it's there because when you click import and bring content into the system and in particular, if you drag and drop media straight from the operating system into a bin, these are the settings that will be applied.
So I'll just click OK and we're ready to carry on.
- 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