Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Restore a bin from the Attic, part of Media Composer 8.7 Essential Training: 101.
- [Instructor] The Avid Media Composer Auto-Save saves each bin file as a separate item in the Avid Attic. If, of course, you have a problem with the bin, you're going to need to restore the file from the Attic. Let's take a quick look at how that works. I've created a bin in this project. The New Climber here, called Experimental Media. I've just open this up. It has three clips in it, and every time you save or an Auto-Save occurs, a copy of the bin file is added to the Attic.
And you're going to toggle to the Finder here on MAC OS. This would be Explorer in Windows. And, I know this is the New Climber project, which of course we've been reusing in quite a lot of folders for this course. But, if I go into the folder, you can see we've got each bin that's been created, at one time or other, displayed as a folder. Here's our Experimental Media bin. And if I expand that, we can see we've got a version one, and a version two made one minute later.
Restoring a bin from the Avid Attic, which, by the way, you can see at the bottom here, is stored in the Users, in the Shared Users folder. There's an Avid Media Composer directory. Attic is inside of that, and then where, where we were. It's the same basic layout in Windows, but of course, the User directory is in a slightly different location. But restoring this is very easy. It's just a question of moving the file from one place to another. Now, when I've had system crashes before, the very first thing I've done is, quit out of Media Composer, and make a backup of all of the bins in the Attic for a particular project.
I would just take the whole project folder, and copy it somewhere else. And then also take a copy of the contents of the project folder inside my Projects directory. I've been browsing through this a little bit. Right now, we are in Chapter 12. Right here. And I can see, here's my Experimental Media bin as a file. And as you can probably guess, all I need to do to switch one for the other is delete the old one, and introduce the new one.
So, let's try this out. Back in Media Composer, I'm going to Save. I suppose I should make a change to it first. So let's bring in another clip. Here we go. A little asterisk shows that a change has been made. And we've got this Small Toes shot, which is easy to spot, and I'm going to Save that. Control + S, or Command + S. And back in the Attic, we can see there's a version three now. Okay, so, in Media Composer, I'm going to remove this clip.
Delete that master clip, and click OK. And now, course, we have a problem. If I close the bin, the bin is saved. And if I go back into the bin, of course, I no longer have that shot. So how am I going to get it back? This could, of course, be a sequence that you've done a lot of work on, and maybe at some point, you've lost sync in there. You've messed up an effect, and you really just want to go back to an earlier version. I'm going to close this bin. So, it's no longer actively being edited by Media Composer. I'm going to go over to, in this case, my Finder.
Would be Explorer in Windows. I'm going to select the bin. Let me go into the New Climber project here. I'm going to select this Experimental Media avb file. Now, of course, in reality, I've probably backed this up somewhere, because I'd want to be sure as absolutely certain before I discard anything. But I'm just going to delete this, and I'm going to take the version three, which included the correct file. Remember, version four is going to include the missing clip.
I'm going to take the version three. I'm going to Copy. Control or Command + C, or up here in the Edit menu on MAC OS. There's an Edit menu that does the same thing on Windows, of course. Then I'm going to go into the New Client bin, and I'm going to paste. Control or Command + V. Or again, under the Edit menu, Paste Item. If I go back into Media Composer, I've got a problem, and the problem is that suddenly this bin is called Experimental Media point 3. If I open this up, it's okay.
In MAC OS. But in Windows, you'll find that the operating system depends a little more heavily on the correct naming of bins, and all files, in fact. And in particular, in the use of file extensions. It's a little quirk of one of the differences between MAC OS and Windows, that MAC OS has a similar system for attributing file types. But it doesn't depend upon the file extension. So, I'm going to click, and click again. And I'm going to rename this .avb.
MAC OS is going to check-in with me, Windows does the same. Are you sure you want to change the file extension? I'm going to say yup. Use avb. And then go back to Media Composer, and you'll notice that now, the file extension has disappeared. In the process of changing the name, it looks like Media Composer's gone a little bit confused. We've got an Other bins folders opened up. And this is what you get when you open a bin from another project. And we can try closing the Media Composer project window, and going back into the project.
And, it's gone. If this hadn't disappeared, you should be able to just select the item, and delete it like any other unwanted bin. So, that's how you restore bins from the Attic. Simply by copying them into the correct project folder, and renaming them .avb. This is actually a similar workflow to sharing bins between projects, by copying them and pasting them, so that you've got an independent copy.
- 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