Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video What's new in 8.9: Display options, part of Media Composer 8.7 Essential Training: 110.
- [Instructor] For this video I've created a new projected called display options. This is in the update project file folders inside the MC4 media composer 89 folder. Just click okay to open this up. And this is a pretty simple project, we've got some clips in the bin and a sequence with a couple of extra audio tracks. The first thing I want to show you that's new in the 8.9 release of Media Composer, is an interface display option.
So here in the project window, I've got the settings displayed. I'm going to double click on interface and we've got a couple of extra options; show source record colors in composer and show source record colors in timeline. I'm going to turn these on, apply that setting. And let's take a look at our composer. Right away you can see we've got a green background to the play head area, the timeline down here in the player and in the record side we've got blue.
Also if we look in the timeline, you'll see as well we've got green on the left and blue on the right. This is fantastic when your learning Media Composer. Although I must admit I'm a little bit old school about having a gray interface when I'm cutting. But there is another major benefit to this; if I right click in the composer and choose, show single monitor, now you can see when I toggle between the source and record display, it's a little bit easier to see which I'm looking at.
I'll just turn this back to show dual monitor. Another nice new interface feature in Media Composer 8.9, if I scroll down to the timeline settings here is under the edit tab. We've got this option applying effects, opens effect editor. I'll just turn this option on and click okay and I'm going to pick one of these shots pretty randomly, let's go for this one. I'm gong to go to my effects and maybe just in the image category here, let's take something like the mosaic effect and apply this to a clip.
As soon as I do that, the effect editor comes up and I'm ready to start working on the effect. I can give this a region and start modifying and applying some settings. It's a very small feature but one that I really think is worth highlighting cause it does speed up the work flow and save you hunting for the effect editor. So I'll just close that. And probably the biggest display option that's changed in Media Composer 8.9 is the introduction of more narrow, faded controls for the audio mixer. So let's take a look at that.
Go into the tools menu here and choosing audio mixer and you can see right away by default we have this new design. These are, according to Avid's description, 35 to 45% thinner depending on the tracks you've got selected. This option is on by default. And I'm a fan of anything that takes up less real estate on the screen. You'll notice in this mode, the fader controls and the volume display has been combined for each of the tracks.
Just takes up a little bit less room horizontally. The button size has been reduced, stereo sound panels have been combined, stereo link and mirror buttons are combined. There's a few things that have been done to shrink down the size but none of the functionality has been removed. Now if I right click anywhere here in the mixer, you'll see down towards the bottom of the menu, I've got the option to turn off or on narrow mixer mode. This is in the set display options menu. I'll just turn it off so you can see the original design on this relatively low screen resolution, it looks really massive, obviously on a higher screen resolution it won't be quite so bad.
Ill just right click and turn this back on. You'll notice as well if I right click and go back into the set display options. I've got a few options for my fader legends. Well what does that mean? Well first of all the fader legends just means I'm getting DB markings for my faders. So if I make an adjustment, your seeing the numbers that apply to the fader. If I right click, go back into set display options and choose meter legends, now I'm getting the numbers that apply to the meters.
If I play back a little (playback noises) Well you can see we're getting the numbers that relate to the audio level. However, if I right click and choose set to play options and choose dynamic legends, this is kind of interesting. By default, I'm going to see the levels for the meter but you've just seen it there. I'm going to move this out of the way, I'm going to click back into the timeline. Now, I'm seeing the DB ratings for the audio level but if I move my mouse over the top of a fader, now I'm getting the fader adjustment controls.
But the jury is out for me on whether this is a really useful feature. I probably end up using the dedicated meter if I really cared about level while I was making these audio level adjustments. But we'll see, I think it's pretty handy and it does mean that you can use the audio mixer as a multi track level indicator and also to give you some fader controls for your automation gain. By the by as well, the audio mixer now allows you to use the mouse wheel, you can scroll and this will do .1 db adjustments.
And if you hold the shift key as I am now, you get one db at a time adjustments and that's a feature I really do appreciate. So those are the new display and interface updates in Avid Media Composer 8.9
- Importing and transcoding media
- Creating a group clip
- Syncing picture and sound clips
- Making quick edits such as stringouts
- Recutting a scene
- Creating subsequences
- Pacing a scene with Media Composer's trim tools
- Mixing sequence audio
- Working with high-res media
- Retiming video
- Nesting effects
- Keying video
- Animating titles and graphics
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Q: This course was updated on 10/13/2017. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover what’s new in Media Composer 8.7, 8.8, and 8.9.