Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Understand project files, part of Media Composer 8.7 Essential Training: 101.
- [Instructor] One of the great features in working with Avid Media Composer is the direct relationship between the application and the files in your storage. With a lot of editing applications, take Premiere Pro for example, everything is kind of bound up inside the Premiere Pro project file. But in Media Composer, the bins are separate files, the project itself is a separate file, and the folder structure that you create in the project is reflected in your storage. I just want to run over this for a moment so we're really clear about which items we're working with.
I've got my finder window displayed in the background here. This is our projects, it's on the desktop. It doesn't really matter where it is. I just want to have this onscreen, it's the same on Windows, of course, we'd be using an Explorer window. And here in Media Composer I'm going to make a new project at that location. So I make a new project, and let's call this New Project. That kind of works, I'm happy with these settings, it's not too important. I'm going to click OK. And right away, when I do that, you can see, New Project appears on the list here in Media Composer, and also in the Projects folder.
I'll just expand that so you can see, if I resize a little bit, we've got a Settings file, the project itself, and some statistics information that's generated in the course of using Media Composer. Now, I'm going to go into that folder so we can see what happens as we work in Media Composer. Back in Media Composer, I'm going to click OK. There we are, and now of course we've got our default bin that's created. And there's a funny story about this new bin. Way back, a few years ago, when you created a new project in Media Composer, there was no initial bin, and quite a lot of technical support calls came through to Avid asking where media should go, where clips should go.
Because of course new users didn't necessarily understand that they needed to create a bin in order to put things into it. And so to save on half the technical support calls they were receiving, Avid changed the system so it created a bin by default. And now people at least wondered what it was for and had a direction to go. Now that I've created the project and opened it, you can see we've got some search data, which at the moment is pretty empty. I think that file is probably, there we go, 73 kilobytes, it's nothing.
If searches are performed in Media Composer, they get added to a little search database here, and there's a waveform cache. Now, historically, whenever you wanted to display the waveform for an audio file, Media Composer would draw it on the fly, and that took quite a long time. But now the images of the waveforms are stored and so it's much more responsive, much, much faster. It really makes a difference. If you're new to Media Composer, you won't know how big a deal this is, but it's pretty cool. Now, I've got a bin, and I'm going to go to my Project window and I'm going to add a folder.
And just watch what happens in my folder at the desktop level. Right away, Untitled Folder appears. And I'm going to call this Scene 1. And immediately it updates in the folder. I'm going to take my new project bin, and let's rename that. Here it is in the folder, New Project Bin.avb, Avid bin. And let's call this Camera 1. Immediately it updates. If I put the bin into the folder, it moves as well.
There it is. And I can put folders in folders, so let's make a new folder and call this Media. Let's move this in here. There we go. And I think you can see pretty clearly what's going on here. Now, if I import some media, which I'm going to do right now, I'm going to go to my Tools menu, I'm going to go to my Media tool. I'll just search for versions of this Running The Sahara content is OK, so I'll pull in just one of these clips so you can see absolutely nothing happens in the folder.
And that's because the bin, although it looks and feels like a folder inside of Media Composer, is actually a file as far as the operating system is concerned. There it is, Camera 1, Camera 1, and it's not actually a folder in reality. So I think you can see pretty clearly what's going on here. I'm going to close this bin, I'm going to close the Media tool, I'm going to close the project, and in this folder, let me just go up a level to our projects so we can see New Project on the list.
If you want to remove a project from your system, and I suppose from Media Composer, you can literally just delete the folder and it's gone. However, it's important to be clear that what you're deleting is not the media associated with the project. All you're deleting is the bins that contain shortcuts to or links to those media files. You're still separately going to need to manage the media. Now, when you ingest media, not just link to it, but ingest it, Media Composer associates that media with the specific project into which the media was imported.
Which means you can use the Media tool to look for that particular project, as I did just now, and identify all the media, and then delete it. It's fairly straightforward. But I do want you to be clear about the difference between deleting your media and deleting your project. In fact, you can also delete the project right inside of Media Composer. Here is the new project, and if I hit Delete, I get this question, are you sure you want to delete New Project, the project folder, and all its contents, OK.
Now, I'm getting an error on this particular machine, and I think it's just particular to this machine. You should find that you can click OK and the project will disappear, but I thought I might as well keep this in in case you encounter the message. I'm going to choose Abort, and Media Composer is now saying do you want to leave, again, this is consistent behavior. I'm going to click Cancel. The project's still listed here, but if I go to my Projects folder, I can, if I want to, delete it here, and go back to Media Composer, and it's still here because I haven't refreshed the display.
If I go to one of the other locations for project files, I'm going to go to Shared here, and then back into External, you can see it has disappeared. So don't worry too much about the information that's displayed inside of Media Composer in these kinds of situations. The file itself, the folder itself, is what really matters.
- 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