Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video Saving and backing up your project, part of Avid Media Composer 8 Essential Training.
In this movie, we'll discuss how to appropriately save and back up your work so that you can avoid unforeseen catastrophes with computer crashes and data loss. Now, I'm just in my hot glass project, but I've set this up so that I have a bunch of unsaved bins. And you'll likely won't have that scenario, so just sit back and follow along for the first part of this. So, if you've worked in any other type of software, you're probably pretty used to hitting Cmd+S, or Ctrl+S on a PC, to save your project along the way. Now, Media Composer should be no different, but there are a couple of things that you should know about saving.
If you just want to save an individual bin, you can simply select the bin, and then press Cmd+S or Ctrl+S. But before I do that, how do you actually know that a bin needs to be saved? Well, you see this little asterisk next to the bin title? That indicates that it hasn't been saved. Basically something inside of this bin has changed since the last time the bin was saved. And that's really important when you have a bin full of sequences. On a Windows machine, by the way, this is a little diamond. So, if you just want to save this one bin, you select it, and I'm going to press Cmd+S.
And you'll notice that the asterisk is no longer there. This bin is saved. Now, most of the time you're not going to go around saving individual bins. Most of the time when you want to save you just want to save everything. So fortunately, if you're active in any other part of the software, not just a single bin, but the project window, for example, or the timeline, or the composer window. All the bins save when you press Cmd+S. All right? So, take a look at these two asterisks when I just press Cmd+S. Okay? Everything saves. And because absolutely everything in Media Composer must live in a bin, all my clips, all sequences, everything, are saved once all my bins are saved.
However, lucky for you, Media Composer doesn't rely on you, alone, to save the project along the way. Media Composer also saves the project via a great feature called auto save. To see your auto save settings, I'm going to come over to my Settings tab in my project window, and then go into Bin, and it's right here, Auto Save Interval. And we're also going to take a look at Inactivity Period and Force Auto Save At. Basically, the way it's set up right now, is that every 15 minutes it's going to save my project, as long as I am inactive for 15 seconds.
Inactivity, by the way, is measured by keyboard or mouse access. However, because auto saving is so important, it will only wait until 17 minutes until it forces a save no matter if you're inactive or not. Now quite honestly, I think these amounts are all too high. I like to auto save every eight minutes and I don't need 15 seconds of inactivity. I can change this to ten for example. And then we can force auto save at ten minutes. All right, so every eight minutes it's going to come in and do an auto save.
It's going to wait for me to be inactive. It doesn't want to throw me off my editing groove, unless I have an inactivity period of ten seconds. But then, it's going to force it at ten minutes. Now, I'll say OK, and now, these changes have been reflected in my Avid user profile. All right? So, every time I make a change to a setting here, my user profile is going to reflect it. Now, while saving a project is critically important, it does you absolutely no good if your computer or hard drive crashes, taking all of your hard work with it.
Therefore when editors back up their work, they always back up in multiple locations. Okay, so always remember, a crash should really never affect you as an editor because you've taken the time to back up your projects in multiple locations, every single time you edit. I am going to minimize Media Composer, Cmd+H, and I'm going to take a look here at my F Drive. Inside Exercise Files, I have my Avid Projects, and I'm working right now in my Hot Glass project. The way that Media Composer sets up a project is that you have a project folder, and then you have all the necessary components inside of that folder.
And what you want to do is just back up this folder. So, here's my external location. And I'll just do a new folder and call it backups. And I can just drag this from one location to another, and if you want to you can also append a date to this. So, today's date is the 16th of July. And now, I versioned out this backup, and I can come back to this if I need it. If I right-click and choose Get Info here, you can see that this is only 2.7 megabytes, so super small.
It's just storing the metadata for the entire project. So, you should also, therefore, save your media in multiple locations as well, so that you can easily bring your project back online in the case of a computer crash or hard drive failure. All right, so remember, as an editor, it's important for you to protect yourself and your work. Be as religious about saving and backing up your projects as you possibly can. And you'll eventually thank yourself that you had the foresight to do so. All right? So, now that we've gotten our feet wet inside of Media Composer, it's time to tackle the fast track chapter two, where we take a small project from start to finish.
After that, we'll step back, slow down and dissect each phase of the editing process. Let's get started
Note: This Avid Media Composer v. 8 Essential Training only addresses software updates up to v. 8.5. if you are using Media Composer v. 8.6 or later, please access the following courses instead:
Media Composer 8.7 Essential Training: 101
Media Composer 8.7 Essential Training: 110
- Setting up the editing environment
- Importing media
- Building a rough cut with basic editing and trimming techniques
- Navigation and customization techniques
- Editing audio
- Adding effects
- Multicam editing
- Performing color correction
- Creating titles with Avid Marquee and NewBlue Titler Pro
- Managing media
- Exporting your project
- Troubleshooting in Avid Media Composer
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 12/12/2014. What changed?
A: We added and revised tutorials to cover the changes to Avid Media Composer in v8.2 and v8.3. Watch the "What's new" movies for an overview of the updates.
Q: This course was updated on 8/24/2015. What changed?
A: Avid released the 8.4 version of Media Composer in June 2015. We added two new movies to this course to describe the update and covering working with high-resolution files in the newest version of the software.
Q: This course was updated on 02/25/2016. What changed?
A: We added five tutorials covering the Avid Media Composer 8.5 update, released in January 2016.