Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Work with bins, part of Media Composer 8.7 Essential Training: 101.
- [Narrator] Remember, bins are your organizational system in Media Composer, and they're obviously pretty important. So let's take a quick look at some of the options we have for organizing our content in a bin. I'm just going to open up the rock climber bin that I've got in the rock climber project, and this is a bin with just a series of clips in it. These are various different pieces of media of people rock climbing, so I guess the clue's in the name. Down at the bottom of the bin I've got a list view, and you'll notice if I just stretch out the bin window a little, I've got a substantial amount of information available in the bin.
Now I can view these as a list or as thumbnails, and when I'm viewing as thumbnails, if I want to I can single click to select one of these items and then I can use the space bar to play back the clip. So, take a look at this. This is fantastically useful. Now, there are three keys that are extremely useful in Media Composer, and those are J, K and L. If you're familiar with any non linear editing system, you're probably familiar with using those three keys.
K is pause. J plays backwards, and L plays forwards. And so if I press the L key now. The K key pauses, the J key plays backwards. And K pauses, again. Now what's special about these keys is if you press the J or L keys multiple times, the video will play back at multiple speeds.
You get double speed, four times, and so on. Before I get into showing that, I want to show you another valuable keyboard shortcut. Don't worry about remembering this for now because you're going to come across this particular keyboard shortcut quite a few times in different ways in the application, anyway. I'm going to press command here on Mac OS. This would be control on Windows, and the L key a few times. There we go. And now, I've got much larger thumbnails in my bin. In fact though, I've lost some of the other thumbnails.
If I scroll down, you can see they're down here. I've got some gaps from where I've moved clips over to other bins. So, I'm going to right click and I'm going to choose fill window, and this is going to just use the available space more efficiently. Now that I've got these larger thumbnails, let's see if I select one of these clips and press L a couple of times, let's see how this plays back.
Now I don't know if you heard there, but first of all there was a little bit of vocal and we got that kind of chipmunk very high pitch sound from people's speech, but there was a point where the sound cut out all together. And that's because beyond a certain speed Media Composer just stops playing the audio because I suppose the engineers realized you're not going to get any useful information from it anyway, so there's no point in playing it. I'll play backwards a few speeds here with J key to get this in reverse.
And then K to pause. This is a fantastic feature in Media Composer. Being able to browse your media and play it back inside the bin is really useful. And you would think I suppose that double clicking to open a clip in the composer monitor, this source monitor, would be no great loss. But just those two extra clicks though, they do add up. They take up quite a bit of time. You'll notice that whichever thumbnail frame you end up on sticks in the bin. So, if I want to I can play forward a bit here.
And choose a different thumbnail. This is particularly useful, but I want to show you a really neat advanced editing tip that an old Avid editor told me some years ago. I'm going to press control A, or command A, here on Mac OS to select all of the clips in the bin. And now, you can see, the names are all highlighted here. I'm going to press the number two key along the top of my keyboard. If you look at the keyboard map for Media Composer, the number two jumps 10 frames ahead. So I'm going to press this.
Takes a moment to update, especially cause I'm capturing the screen. A couple of times. And what's happening is we're jumping 10 frames at a time into the shot. On this material, it's not that big a deal, but if you're working, for example, with fiction material, where the first frame is maybe the slate where you've got the slate and take being shown to the camera, it's not particularly useful. So, pressing the number two key and jumping ahead into your media in this way makes the thumbnails much more helpful.
You'll notice that some of these have names that are similar. For example, I've got hands turning up a couple of times, or boulder, or bouldering. And down at the bottom of the bin, I've got a quick search, which is referred to in Media Composer as sifting. So I'm just going to start typing in here the word boulder. I don't need to get to the end. You can see four clips. Maybe I've got some further down. There we are, there's three down at the bottom, as well. Match the text that I'm typing in. This is a really useful, quick way to reduce the clutter in a bin to find the content that you want.
You have a to be a little bit careful though, because you'll notice now that I've sifted the bin, there's very little to indicate that I'm hiding some of my contents. I'll go back to the list view, so you can see here. It's even harder to tell, there's just no indication that there's anything missing from the bin. So, when you start working with Media Composer, do make sure you take the time to check whether the bin is sifted when you're looking at it, or not. I'll just clear this sifting box, and get all of the clips back. And I want to show you another great tip, here.
I'm just going to resize my bin a little bit, so you can see the source or player monitor here in the composer window. If I double click on any of the items in the bin they open in the composer window, which is great. That's what it's there for. It's for me to check my media and take a look at my shots. But, if I hold down the alt key, I can double click, and open the clip in its own floating source monitor. Let's do this for a couple of clips here.
There we go. So now, I'm opening up multiple source monitors, multiple players, in which I can view, compare, and contrast my media. And these are fully functional source monitors. I can playback my clips. I can mark in and out points that's the beginning and end to the section I want. I can do basically anything I want in these floating source monitors that I could do in the composer window. I'll just close each of these. Many more players than I need.
It's easy to move items between bins. I'm going to open up this slow shots bin, and just pull this over to one side, and you can see. Let's say I want this fingers closeup shot in the slow shots bin. I can just click and drag, and I've moved it from one to the other. You'll notice that there's a little asterisk next to the name for each of these bins, but not for the sequences bin. Let's pull this down so you can see. And that's because a change has been made to the contents of these bins, but not that sequences bin.
If I want to, I can have a bin active and press control or command S and that saves the individual bin. But if in doubt, you can click into the project window, and press control or command S, and any open bins will be saved. I just pull this forward so you can see it. Making a new bin is easy. You just click the new bin button in the bins section of the project panel, and let's name this selects, for example. There we go. And maybe I like this clip, and this clip, and this clip.
If you want to, you can also create folders in the project panel. So, here I'm going to right click, and I'm going to choose new folder. Let's call this media. And now I can move each of these bins into the media folder, which I can expand and see the contents of, and it's just a way for me to stay organized inside my project. So that's an introduction to working with the bins inside of Avid Media Composer.
- 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