Avid Media Composer 6.x Cookbook

Avid Media Composer 6.x Cookbook
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Table of Contents
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  • Hands-on recipes in a step-by-step logical approach to quickly get started with Avid Media Composer and gain deeper understanding
  • Learn Avid Media Composer in a completely new way— gain intensive exposure with various editing options to develop your abilities, become even more creative, and acquaint yourself with various methods that you never thought were possible
  • Understand not only why it works, but also how it works and browse through lots of tips and techniques to perform professional quality editing

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 422 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : December 2012
ISBN : 1849693005
ISBN 13 : 9781849693004
Author(s) : Benjamin Hershleder
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Other, Cookbooks

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Assets into Your Media Composer Project
Chapter 2: Customizing Your Work Environment
Chapter 3: Polishing Gems
Chapter 4: Creating Split Edits
Chapter 5: Maintaining and Regaining Sync
Chapter 6: Managing Your Media Files
Chapter 7: Mono and Stereo Audio Mixing
Chapter 8: Editing with Group Clips and MultiCamera Mode
Chapter 9: Output Tips and Tricks
Chapter 10 : Time Savers in the Title Tool
Appendix A: Additional Tips, Tricks, and Explanations
Appendix B: Details on Trimming, Slipping, Sliding, and Segment Mode
Appendix C: Helpful Details about MultiCamera Editing
  • Chapter 1: Getting Assets into Your Media Composer Project
    • Introduction
    • A strategy for project organization at the desktop level
    • Understanding Media Creation settings
    • Mixing frame rates
    • Tape capture tip: Adding Markers while Capturing
    • Tape capture tip: Making Subclips while Capturing
    • Logging clips tip: Logging from the keyboard
    • Logging clips tip: Keeping the Capture Tool active after logging a clip
    • Quickly calculating total duration of clips (or any items in a bin)
    • Combining available drive space and/or controlling where media is stored
    • Making sure your Batch Capture continues without you
    • Modifying clips before capture
    • Modifying clips after capture: Adding tracks
    • Modifying clips after capture: Deleting tracks
    • Capturing and editing at the same time
    • Preparing to use AMA (Avid Media Access): Getting the plug-ins
    • AMA (Avid Media Access) Linking
    • Getting the AMA file's image to display as desired
    • Consolidating (copying) AMA Master Clips
    • Transcoding AMA linked clips before beginning to edit
    • Transcoding AMA Master Clips after editing has begun
    • Consolidating an AMA sequence or subclips
    • Transcoding an AMA sequence
    • Importing stills and video files such as QuickTime
    • Importing audio
    • Adjusting audio levels before editing
    • Adjusting audio pan settings before editing
    • Setting stereo-audio tracks
    • Chapter 2: Customizing Your Work Environment
      • Introduction
      • Settings overview
      • Creating Site Settings
      • User Profile Settings – transferring to another workstation
      • Interface settings
      • Font size adjustment
      • Creating Bin Views
      • Creating Timeline Views
      • Customizing Workspaces
      • Creating Bin Layouts
      • Linking Bin Layouts with Workspaces
      • Linking other settings with Workspaces
      • Mapping Workspaces and Bin Layouts
      • Mapping buttons and menu selections
      • Chapter 3: Polishing Gems
        • Introduction
        • Understanding Track Sensitivity
        • Snapping actions for the Position Indicator and in Segment Mode
        • Enabling and disabling all Track Selectors from the keyboard
        • Enabling and disabling Track Selectors using the Shift key plus drag method
        • Enabling and disabling Track Selectors using the Lasso
        • Replace Edit: How and why
        • Sync Point Editing: How and why
        • Seeing source material in the Timeline Window
        • Clipboard tips
        • Using the Match Frame function
        • Using the Reverse Match Frame function
        • Setting clip colors in a bin
        • Setting clip colors in the Timeline Window
        • Chapter 4: Creating Split Edits
          • Introduction
          • Creating a Split Edit with Double Roller or Overwrite Trim
          • Creating a Split Edit with the Extend function
          • Creating a Split Edit with Asymmetric Trimming
          • Chapter 5: Maintaining and Regaining Sync
            • Introduction
            • Adding Filler within a sequence with Splice or Overwrite
            • Adding Filler at the end of a sequence
            • Sync Break Indicators: Understanding them and making your own
            • Splicing and Extracting: Methods for staying in sync without Sync Locks
            • Segment Mode: Methods for staying in sync
            • Using the option/Alt + Add Edit method to stay in sync in Trim Mode
            • Asymmetric Trimming type 1: A-Side/B-Side
            • Asymmetric Trimming type 2: Two Heads/Two Tails
            • Opening up the sequence using Splice with Sync Locks enabled
            • Extracting with Sync Locks enabled
            • Extending using Ripple Trim with Sync Locks enabled
            • Shortening using Ripple Trim with Sync Locks enabled
            • Getting back in sync
            • Chapter 6: Managing Your Media Files
              • Introduction
              • Moving media files
              • Copying a borrowed clip's media
              • Sharing clips/backing-up clips
              • Consolidating Subclips
              • Consolidating Sequences
              • Transcoding Sequences for archiving or before up-res
              • Transcoding Sequences of mixed SD and HD video
              • Changing the Sample Rate of clips in a bin before editing them into your sequence
              • Changing the mismatched audio that has been edited into your sequence
              • Prevent editing with audio that does not match the Project's Sample Rate
              • Setting the Media Tool display
              • Borrowing a clip from another project
              • How to determine where media files are stored and how to move them
              • Isolating video of a specific resolution
              • Deleting specific media files from clips (for example, just the A3 and A4 files)
              • Deleting unused media files: Just Master Clips, just Precomputes, or both
              • Locking Clips and Sequences
              • Locking sequences to make them less easily editable
              • Chapter 7: Mono and Stereo Audio Mixing
                • Introduction
                • Understanding the Track Control Panel and Keyframe Selection Tool
                • Understanding the Audio Mixer Tool – Clip Mode
                • Understanding the Audio Mixer Tool – Auto Mode
                • Understanding the Audio Tool (Audio Meters)
                • Understanding Clip Gain and Pan versus Volume and Pan Automation
                • Understanding Audio Project Settings
                • Performing audio scrubbing: digital type scrubbing
                • Performing audio scrubbing: analogue type scrubbing
                • Displaying Audio Waveforms ( also known as Sample Plot)
                • Displaying Clip Gain, Volume Automation, and Pan Automation in the Timeline
                • Clip Mode Level and Pan Adjustments
                • Using Clip Mode with Dissolves to smooth Level and Pan adjustments
                • Clip Mode: Setting a common Level or Pan to multiple segments
                • Clip Mode: Adjusting multiple segments by a uniform amount
                • Manually adding and adjusting Volume and Pan Automation keyframes
                • Removing/Deleting Volume and Pan Automation Keyframes
                • Adjusting multiple audio keyframes simultaneously
                • Real Time Volume and Pan Adjustment
                • Creating Stereo, 5.1 and 7.1 ("Multichannel") Tracks in a Sequence
                • Converting a multichannel track into mono tracks in a Sequence
                • Making Multichannel Clips (Stereo, 5.1 and 7.1)
                • Using AudioSuite Plug-ins
                • Removing AudioSuite plug-ins
                • Saving and Applying AudioSuite Templates
                • Using Real Time Audio Suite (RTAS) Plug-Ins
                • Removing RTAS plug-ins
                • Saving and Applying RTAS Effect Templates
                • Copying RTAS Effects between Tracks
                • Chapter 8: Editing with Group Clips and MultiCamera Mode
                  • Introduction
                  • Syncing and Grouping clips with common timecode
                  • Syncing and Grouping Clips with common reference points
                  • Creating a syncing Sequence for syncing and grouping clips
                  • Using the Group Clip Menu
                  • Using the Multicamera display and methods of switching camera angles
                  • Swap Cam Bank: Toggling the MultiCamera Display
                  • Editing with a Group Clip – not using MultiCamera Mode
                  • MultiCamera Mode Editing
                  • MultiCamera Mode Settings
                  • Chapter 9: Output Tips and Tricks
                    • Introduction
                    • Creating accurate Color Bars and Tone
                    • Methods for setting Sequence Timecode
                    • Adding Filler for Color Bars, Tone, and Slate
                    • Exporting a still image
                    • Exporting multiple still images using Markers
                    • Exporting a QuickTime Reference Movie
                    • Exporting a QuickTime Movie (Self Contained)
                    • Using the Timecode Burn-In effect
                      • Appendix B: Details on Trimming, Slipping, Sliding, and Segment Mode
                        • Trimming terminology
                        • Trimming icons and colors
                        • How Trimming works
                        • Enabling and configuring the Trimming Tools
                        • Trimming methods
                        • Monitoring during Trimming
                        • Slipping with Trim Mode
                        • Slipping outside of Trim Mode
                        • Sliding in Trim Mode
                        • Trimming and effects
                        • Smart Tool overview
                        • Using the Trim functions in the Smart Tool
                        • Using Segment Mode with the Smart Tool
                        • Nine Segment Mode Tips
                        • Appendix C: Helpful Details about MultiCamera Editing
                          • Uses for Group Clips and MultiCamera Mode
                          • Definition of a Group Clip
                          • Definition of a MultiGroupClip
                          • Definition of MultiCamera Mode
                          • Overview: Syncing Methods
                          • Editing multiple camera angles without Group Clips
                          • MultipleCamera Editing Resolutions
                          • Understanding System Performance with Group Clips and MultiCamera Mode

                          Benjamin Hershleder

                          Benjamin Hershleder (Hershleder.com) currently freelances as an Avid Editor and Director. He has been teaching Avid Media Composer since 1995, and became an Avid Certified Instructor in 1997. He teaches as an adjunct professor at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, at Avid Authorized Training Partner institutions, and also provides private, customized training to individuals and facilities. Hershleder is an award-winning Producer-Director and accomplished Editor. He has produced and/or directed a variety of projects for such companies as Shapiro/West, The Spark Factory, and Old Fashioned Pictures. This work includes co-writing and directing the award-winning (including an Emmy and the Gold Ebenseer Bear) short film "Paul McCall" and directing and editing the Telly award-winning documentary "The Bronx Boys – Hosted by Carl Reiner", which aired on PBS and as part of the Cinemax anthology series "Reel Life". Benjamin is currently completing the follow-up to this film. It is again hosted by Carl Reiner and is titled "The Bronx Boys – Still Playing At 80". His other credits include developing, producing, and directing the pilot of "Spoilers" (not to be confused with Kevin Smith's new production of the same name), serving as a Consulting Producer on comedian Andy Kindler's concert film "I Wish I Was Bitter", and editing Paramount Studios' "The Original Latin Kings Comedy" (George Lopez, Paul Rodriguez, Cheech Marin). His background in post-production also includes editing the indie-feature film "Hollywood Capri", two years as an editor for E! Entertainment Television, and editing an hour-long pilot episode of "In Search Of…" for Fox.
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                          What you will learn from this book

                          • Hands-on recipes with cutting edge methods and techniques to effectively learn Avid Media Composer 6
                          • Understand Import settings and how to mix frame rates
                          • Extensive coverage of trimming
                          • Detailed recipes on staying in sync with complicated sequences and multiple tracks
                          • Master the essentials to develop your media management skills and projects at your own pace
                          • Customize your work environment with Workspaces, Bin Layouts, Timeline views, Keyboard Mapping, and more
                          • Get the most out of Replace Edit, Sync Point Edit, the Clipboard, and much more
                          • Get to the grips with different methods of mixing audio
                          • Learn how to use group clips and perform multi cam editing like never before

                          In Detail

                          Avid Media Composer has become the tool of choice by editing professionals worldwide. Whether your project involves editing television programming, independent films, corporate industrials or commercials, this cookbook shows you exactly how to do so in a step-by-step and practical manner, and get the most out of Avid Media Composer editing.

                          "Avid Media Composer 6.x Cookbook" is an expert, clear and logically-sequenced resource with highly effective recipes for learning Avid Media Composer essentials and beyond. It's task-based approach will help users at all experience levels gain a deeper, more thorough understanding of the software.

                          It will help you master the essential, core editing features as well as reveal numerous tips and tricks that editors can benefit from immediately. Just some of the topics include understanding Import settings, mixing frame rates and understanding AMA (Avid Media Access), along with thorough explanations of Trim Mode, Segment Mode, and the Smart Tool. You will learn to customize your work environment with Workspaces, Bin Layouts, Timeline Views, Bin Views, Keyboard Mapping, and much more. The recipes inside are packed with practical examples, time-saving tools and methods to get you working faster and more confidently so that you can spend less time dealing with technical and operational issues and instead focusing on being creative.


                          Written in a Cookbook style, it's packed with logically-sequenced recipes to gain deeper understanding of the software. Each recipe contains step-by-step instructions followed by analysis of what was done in each task and other useful information. The book is designed so that you can read it chapter by chapter, or you can look at the list of recipes and refer to them in no particular order.

                          Who this book is for

                          If you are new to editing with Avid, this book will help you get the most out of Avid Media Composer right from the start. Even if you are intermediately experienced with Avid, you will discover new methods and gain a deeper understanding to take your Avid experience to the next level, with greater confidence.

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