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Avid Media Composer 6.x Cookbook

Benjamin Hershleder

What better way to learn the professional editing possibilities of Avid Media Composer than by trying out practical, real-world examples? This book has over 160 hands-on recipes and guidance covering both basic and advanced techniques.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849693004
Paperback422 pages

About This Book

  • 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

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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Assets into Your Media Composer Project
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 Master 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Syncing and Grouping clips with common timecode
Chapter 9: Output Tips and Tricks
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

What You Will Learn

  • 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.


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