Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Avid Media Composer: Narrative Scene Editing.
If you're a Premium Member of the lynda.com online training library, or if you're watching this title on a DVD, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this title. Now your main exercise files download contains two folders: Avid MediaFiles and Castles_Narrative_Editing. This folder contains media for the three specific scenes that we're going to use to edit in this course. Optionally, you can download a second download of media which covers extra material so that you can practice editing the entire movie.
This download contains seven extra scenes of media so that you can go beyond what we actually cover in this course. I'm going to close this for now, and let's just take a look at the main exercise files download. So first things first, you need to place the Avid MediaFiles folder in the correct location, and that is at the root directory of your Media Drive. Now if I open up my Media Drive A, you can see that there isn't an Avid MediaFiles folder here. So it's as simple as just dragging this and placing it at the root directory, which means it's at the top level not inside any other folders.
The other possible scenario is if you already have an Avid MediaFiles folder if you're working in other Avid projects. In this case, just go inside the MXF folder, and you'll see a folder called 104. Then, if you go inside the Avid MediaFiles folder on your Media Drive, there is also an MXF folder, and there is always a numbered folder here, it's most likely going to be 1. So all you need to do is just take the 104 folder and drag it right next to the 1 folder, it can live right along side of it.
The reason this folder is called 104 is that this is the structure we've used in several other lynda.com courses, so you could essentially work with all of the courses side by side, and we named those 101, 102, 103, and so on. So again, just to review, you would only do one or the other of these operations. You would either place the entire Avid MediaFiles folder at the root directory of your media drive, or if your media drive already contains a media folder then you would burrow in and use the numbered folder like I showed you.
Let me go head and close these out, and I'll eject this drive because we won't be needing it. All right, I'm going to go ahead and open up Extra Media. You can see that the folder inside of Extra Media is called 105. So if you would like to use this Extra Media, you just need to place it right alongside the 104 folder. Okay, so our Avid MediaFiles folder is in the correct location. The other folder is the Castles_Narrative_Editing which is the Avid project, this can live anywhere.
You can leave it in this exercise files folder on your Desktop, you can place it in your Documents folder, you can place it on another drive, wherever you like. So let's go ahead and launch Media Composer and take a look at what we have inside. Once you get to the Select Project window just click on this button here, and then navigate to your project folder. Again, I kept mine in this exercise files folder, and it's called Castles_Narrative_Editing. If you place it somewhere else, you would just need to navigate to that location. And I'll press Open and the project will open.
Also, just so you know, I'm on a Mac right now, but if you are on a PC the workflow is exactly the same. You place your Avid MediaFiles folder at the root directory of your Media Drive, and then when you launch the software just navigate to your project. Okay, so once the project is open you can go ahead and just twirl down and look inside your exercise files folder and follow along. So if you are in Chapter 3 and movie 2 you can just twirl that down and open up your Bin and load it and follow along with the movie as necessary.
Now if you're not a Premium subscriber to lynda.com, you don't have access to the exercise files, but you can follow along from scratch with your own assets. Now, let's get started.
- Evaluating the goals of the project
- Working with digital scripts
- Understanding coverage, shot composition, and camera movement
- Editing dialogue
- Adding cutaways and reaction shots
- Building a montage scene
- Editing a flashback
- Laying in off-camera audio
- Adding effects
- Color-grading a scene
- Receiving feedback and refining the rough cut