Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the Find tool, part of Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training.
One of the most exciting organizational tools within Media Composer is the Find tool, which lets you search through the text in all the clips and sequences in your bins, and the metadata in the Timeline and monitors, and within your imported scripts. Let's take a look at how it works. So I'm going to enable my Project window here, and then I'm going to open up the Find tool by pressing Ctrl+F, or Command+F on a Mac. And we have three parts within Media Composer that we can search--again, the Clips and Sequences, Script Text, and Timeline and monitors.
Let's start over here with Clips and Sequences. So I want to search through all of the clips and sequences in all of my bins in my project. I want to find all of the clips that have Kim in them, so I'm going to just type in Kim, and I can either come over here and press Find or I can just press Enter. I do want to make sure that my Bin Index is lit up green, because that means that it has analyzed all of the text in all of the bins and it's ready to go. So green light, I can go ahead and press Enter.
So, as you see, it found fifty-one clips, and if you're following along with exercise files, you'll probably have fewer than that, because I have a few more files than you. So, it says, "Found: 51; after filtering: 51." We do want to filter that down, because this is still a lot of clips to sift through. So I'm going to add some criteria that I want it to search by, and let's find all of the Kim and Dave shots. So I'll just type in Dave and Enter. So initially, I found 51, but after filtering, we are down to 23.
Let's filter it down even further. Let's go ahead and add a criteria, and I'm going to find all of the suitcase scenes that Kim and Dave did. So I'm just going to type in suitcase. It actually updates on the fly, so I don't need even have to press Enter. We're down to 13 here. Let's go one further. If I want to find all of the clips where Kim and Dave set down their suitcases, I'm just going to type in set down, and we're down to four. So, much more manageable, and if I wanted to load any one of these clips, I just have to double-click on it.
You'll notice that the clip comes forward in the bin and it's highlighted, and in the source monitor, we see the clip loaded right here. So it's ready to go. As you can see, this is a really powerful tool. We can search through all of the bins; they don't have to be open; it just knows exactly where those clips are. I'm going to pop on over here to Script Text. And I want to talk just a little bit about scripts. You can bring scripts into Media Composer. Now, they can be narrative scripts, they can be transcripts from documentary interviews. And I happen to have a transcript from Kim's interview.
I just went through and I transcribed the interview before bringing it into Media Composer. And we'll talk about how to import scripts in a future movie, but just realize that that's here in Media Composer. So let's go ahead and search through that script, and it can be this script, and if I have multiple scripts, it will search across all of them. Let's search for the moments when Kim refers to vintage clothing. So I'll just go ahead and type in vintage clothing, hit Enter, and as you see, it found six instances where she said vintage clothing. And I can just double-click here, and it brings the script up and I can kind of see the context of what she's saying at that point in time.
So again, a very handy tool, searching through scripts. Let's just move on to Timeline and monitors. And this searches through all of the text in the monitors, as well as the metadata text within my Timeline. Now, I do want to make sure that Timeline text is checked as well, so it searches through that. One last thing I need to do is to actually select my Timeline so that it knows to search through my sequence and not my source clip. I'll do that by pressing Ctrl+0, or Command+0 on a Mac.
All right, and I'll come back into my Find window and I'll type in dip and click on Find. Great! So let's go ahead and take a look at my Timeline. I'm going to activate it by pressing Ctrl+0 or Command+0, and as you see, the position indicator went to this clip right here, and if I zoom in--again, that's mapped to my up arrow-- you can see that this is the Swing dance Dave dip shot. So it brought me to the exact right place. And you can imagine that this is a very helpful tool, especially when you have a sequence that is a half-an-hour or an hour long.
So, I'm just going to bring my Find tool back to the forefront by pressing Ctrl+F or Command+F, and I'm going to go ahead and close it out. So, as you can see, the Find tool is a tremendous organizational time-saver, allowing you to search through the text of your clips in your bins, as well as the metadata in your Timeline and monitors, and imported scripts.
- Adding and removing shots to build multi-track sequences
- Trimming shots to fine-tune sequences
- Exploring navigation shortcuts and project management strategies
- Customizing the editing workspace
- Using advanced editing and trimming methods
- Adjusting audio levels and pan
- Applying, nesting, compositing, and revising video effects
- Understanding the relationship between rendering and system performance
- Incorporating intelligent media management strategies
Skill Level Beginner
Q: When I open the exercise files, the media is all offline. I tried to reconnect using the steps in Chapter 14, but that isn't working. What do I do?
A: Make sure to watch the "Using the Exercise Files" video. The Avid MediaFiles folder must be located at the root directory of the media drive (i.e. not inside any other folders, such as the exercise files folder), or all media will be offline. Here's a summary.