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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.

  • 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

  • In Detail

    Avid Media Composer has quickly become the tool of choice for Editing professionals, when it comes to Non-Linear Editing. Whether your project involves editing heavy television programming, independent films, or even corporate industrials, this cookbook shows you exactly how to successfully do that, in a step-by-step and practical manner, to get the most out of the latest Avid Media Composer 6.

    ""Avid Media Composer 6 Cookbook"" is an expert, clear and logically-sequenced resource with highly effective recipes for learning Avid Media Composer essentials and beyond with a task-based approach. It is your one-stop shop to learn professional-quality editing quickly and easily.

    This book helps you get the most out of Media Composer 6 to gain a deeper understanding of the software. It will familiarize you with the essentials, common as well as core editing features, tips and techniques that help you get to the grips with powerful capabilities of Media Composer 6.

    You will understand 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 Wordspaces, Bin Layouts, Timeline Views, Bin views, Keyboard Mapping, and much more. The recipes inside are packed with practical examples, time-saving tools and methods and everything you need to make captivating videos.

    Table of Contents

    1. Avid Media Composer 6.x Cookbook
      1. Table of Contents
      2. Avid Media Composer 6.x Cookbook
      3. Credits
      4. About the Author
      5. Acknowledgement
      6. About the Reviewers
      7. www.PacktPub.com
        1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers and more
          1. Why Subscribe?
          2. Free Access for Packt account holders
      8. Preface
        1. What this book covers
        2. What you need for this book
        3. Who this book is for
        4. Conventions
        5. Reader feedback
        6. Customer support
          1. Errata
          2. Piracy
          3. Questions
      9. 1. Getting Assets into Your Media Composer Project
        1. Introduction
        2. A strategy for project organization at the desktop level
          1. How to do it...
          2. How it works...
        3. Understanding Media Creation settings
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
            1. Drive filtering and indexing
            2. Video resolution
            3. Video drive/Audio drive
            4. Media type
        4. Mixing frame rates
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. There's more...
            1. Duplicating clips
            2. Cloning clips
            3. Sequences will never be Cloned
            4. Motion Adapters
        5. Tape capture tip: Adding Markers while Capturing
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Adding notes in a marker during capture
        6. Tape capture tip: Making Subclips while Capturing
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        7. Logging clips tip: Logging from the keyboard
          1. How to do it...
          2. There's more...
          3. See also
        8. Logging clips tip: Keeping the Capture Tool active after logging a clip
          1. How to do it...
          2. See also
        9. Quickly calculating total duration of clips (or any items in a bin)
          1. How to do it...
          2. There's more...
        10. Combining available drive space and/or controlling where media is stored
          1. How to do it...
          2. See also
        11. Making sure your Batch Capture continues without you
          1. How to do it...
          2. There's more...
        12. Modifying clips before capture
          1. How to do it...
        13. Modifying clips after capture: Adding tracks
          1. How to do it...
          2. See also
        14. Modifying clips after capture: Deleting tracks
          1. How to do it...
        15. Capturing and editing at the same time
          1. How to do it...
        16. Preparing to use AMA (Avid Media Access): Getting the plug-ins
          1. How to do it...
          2. There's more...
        17. AMA (Avid Media Access) linking
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. There's more...
            1. Linking to files on a camera card
            2. Changing the link between different resolutions of media
            3. Having trouble with AMA?
          4. See also
        18. Getting the AMA file's image to display as desired
          1. How to do it...
          2. How it works...
        19. Consolidating (copying) AMA Master Clips
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. See also
        20. Transcoding AMA Master Clips before beginning to edit
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. See also
        21. Transcoding AMA Master Clips after editing has begun
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
        22. Consolidating an AMA sequence or subclips
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
        23. Transcoding an AMA sequence
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
        24. Importing stills and video files such as QuickTime
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. There's more...
            1. Image size adjustment
            2. File Pixel to Video Mapping
            3. Additional selections
            4. Layered Photoshop files
          4. See also
        25. Importing audio
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. See also
        26. Adjusting audio levels before editing
          1. How to do it...
          2. There's more...
            1. Using Import settings
            2. Using the Audio Mix tool
        27. Adjusting audio pan settings before editing
          1. How to do it...
          2. There's more...
            1. Using the Audio Mix tool
            2. Using Import settings
        28. Setting stereo-audio tracks
          1. How to do it...
          2. There's more...
            1. Using Import Settings
            2. During capture from tape
      10. 2. Customizing Your Work Environment
        1. Introduction
        2. Settings overview
          1. Types of settings
          2. Duplicating settings to create alternate versions
          3. Naming settings
          4. Activating alternate settings
          5. Alternate settings ideas
          6. Deleting settings and two warnings
          7. Restoring a setting back to default
        3. Creating Site Settings
        4. User Profile Settings – transferring to another workstation
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
        5. Interface settings
          1. How to do it...
        6. Font size adjustment
          1. How to do it...
          2. There's more...
            1. Additional bin font programming
            2. Effect Editor font size
        7. Creating Bin Views
          1. How to do it...
          2. There's more...
            1. Creating a custom column
            2. Changing an existing Bin View
          3. See also
        8. Creating Timeline Views
          1. How to do it...
          2. There's more...
            1. Default Timeline View
            2. Updating Timeline Views
            3. Offline warning
            4. Timeline background color
            5. Switch Timeline Views from the keyboard
            6. More color selections
          3. See also
        9. Customizing Workspaces
          1. How to do it...
          2. There's more…
            1. Workspace example
          3. See also
        10. Creating Bin Layouts
          1. How to do it...
          2. There's more...
        11. Linking Bin Layouts with Workspaces
          1. How to do it…
        12. Linking other settings with Workspaces
          1. How to do it…
        13. Mapping Workspaces and Bin Layouts
          1. How to do it…
          2. See also
        14. Mapping buttons and menu selections
          1. How to do it...
          2. There's more…
            1. Mapping menu items using the command palette
            2. Erasing a button
            3. Moving a button
            4. Copying a button
            5. Keyboard mapping ideas
      11. 3. Polishing Gems
        1. Introduction
        2. Understanding Track Sensitivity
          1. How to do it...
          2. How it works...
          3. There's more...
            1. Fast Forward/Rewind
            2. Mark Clip and Go to Previous/Next Edit
        3. Snapping actions for the Position Indicator and in Segment Mode
          1. How to do it...
          2. There's more...
        4. Enabling and disabling all Track Selectors from the keyboard
          1. How to do it...
          2. There's more...
        5. Enabling and disabling Track Selectors using the Shift key plus drag method
          1. How to do it...
          2. How it works...
        6. Enabling and disabling Track Selectors using the Lasso
          1. How to do it...
          2. How it works...
        7. Replace Edit: How and why
          1. How to do it...
          2. There's more...
            1. In and Out Marks work too
            2. Syncing example with Replace Edit
            3. Fast montage creation
          3. See also
        8. Sync Point Editing: How and why
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. There's more...
        9. Seeing source material in the Timeline Window
          1. How to do it…
        10. Clipboard tips
          1. How to do it…
          2. There's more...
            1. Making Copy To Clipboard faster and more efficient
            2. Using Copy to Clipboard with Lift and Extract
            3. Examples of using Copy To Clipboard
        11. Using the Match Frame function
          1. Getting Ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. There's more
        12. Using the Reverse Match Frame function
          1. Getting Ready
          2. How to do it...
        13. Setting clip colors in a bin
          1. How to do it...
        14. Setting clip colors in the Timeline Window
          1. How to do it...
          2. There's more...
      12. 4. Creating Split Edits
        1. Introduction
        2. Creating a Split Edit with Double Roller or Overwrite Trim
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. There's more...
          4. See also
        3. Creating a Split Edit with the Extend function
          1. Getting Ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. See also
        4. Creating a Split Edit with Asymmetric Trimming
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. See also
      13. 5. Maintaining and Regaining Sync
        1. Introduction
        2. Adding Filler within a sequence with Splice or Overwrite
          1. How to do it...
          2. There's more...
            1. Additional method for adding Filler at the beginning of a sequence
          3. See also
        3. Adding Filler at the end of a sequence
          1. How to do it...
          2. There's more
        4. Sync Break Indicators: Understanding them and making your own
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
        5. Splicing and Extracting: Methods for staying in sync without Sync Locks
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        6. Segment Mode: Methods for staying in sync
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        7. Using the option/Alt + Add Edit method to stay in sync in Trim Mode
          1. How to do it...
          2. How it works...
        8. Asymmetric Trimming type 1: A-Side/B-Side
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
        9. Asymmetric Trimming type 2: Two Heads/Two Tails
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more…
            1. Alternate method
            2. Quickly return to the last used Trim Roller configuration
            3. Asymmetric Trimming with methods other than dragging
        10. Opening up the sequence using Splice with Sync Locks enabled
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works...
        11. Extracting with Sync Locks enabled
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works...
        12. Extending using Ripple Trim with Sync Locks enabled
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works...
        13. Shortening using Ripple Trim with Sync Locks enabled
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        14. Getting back in sync
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. There's more
            1. Method one: Undo (cmd/Ctrl + Z)
            2. Method two: Slip/Slide
      14. 6. Managing Your Media Files
        1. Introduction
        2. Moving media files
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        3. Copying a borrowed clip's media
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        4. Sharing clips/backing-up clips
          1. How to do it…
          2. How it works...
        5. Consolidating Subclips
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        6. Consolidating Sequences
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        7. Transcoding Sequences for archiving or before up-res
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
        8. Transcoding Sequences of mixed SD and HD video
          1. Getting ready…
          2. How to do it...
        9. Changing the Sample Rate of clips in a bin before editing them into your Sequence
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. There's more...
        10. Changing the mismatched audio that has been edited into your Sequence
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        11. Prevent editing with audio that does not match the Project's Sample Rate
          1. How to do it...
          2. How it works...
        12. Setting the Media Tool display
          1. How to do it...
          2. How it works...
        13. Borrowing a clip from another Project
          1. How to do it…
        14. How to determine where media files are stored and how to move them
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. There's more...
            1. Using the Sift feature
        15. Isolating video of a specific resolution
        16. Deleting specific media files from clips (for example, just the A3 and A4 files)
          1. How to do it…
        17. Deleting unused media files: Just Master Clips, just Precomputes, or both
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
        18. Locking Clips and Sequences
          1. How to do it...
        19. Locking sequences to make them less easily editable
          1. How to do it…
          2. There's more...
      15. 7. Mono and Stereo Audio Mixing
        1. Introduction
        2. Understanding the Track Control Panel and Keyframe Selection Tool
          1. How to do it...
          2. How it works...
        3. Understanding the Audio Mixer Tool – Clip Mode
          1. How to do it...
          2. How it works...
        4. Understanding the Audio Mixer Tool – Auto Mode
          1. How to do it...
          2. How it works...
        5. Understanding the Audio Tool (Audio Meters)
          1. How to do it...
          2. How it works...
        6. Understanding Clip Gain and Pan versus Volume and Pan Automation
          1. How to do it...
          2. How it works...
        7. Understanding Audio Project Settings
          1. How to do it...
          2. How it works...
        8. Performing audio scrubbing: digital type scrubbing
          1. How to do it...
        9. Performing audio scrubbing: analogue type scrubbing
          1. How to do it...
          2. How it works…
        10. Displaying Audio Waveforms ( also known as Sample Plot)
          1. How to do it...
          2. How it works…
          3. There's more...
            1. Displaying Waveforms for Source Material
            2. Tips When Displaying Waveforms
        11. Displaying Clip Gain, Volume Automation, and Pan Automation in the Timeline
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
        12. Clip Mode Level and Pan Adjustments
          1. How to do it...
          2. How it works...
        13. Using Clip Mode with Dissolves to smooth Level and Pan adjustments
          1. How to do it...
          2. How it works…
          3. There's more...
            1. Remove Match Frame Edits In Source/Record Mode
            2. Remove Match Frame Edits In Trim Mode
        14. Clip Mode: Setting a common Level or Pan to multiple segments
          1. How to do it...
          2. How it works...
        15. Clip Mode: Adjusting multiple segments by a uniform amount
          1. How to do it...
          2. How it works...
        16. Manually adding and adjusting Volume and Pan Automation keyframes
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
        17. Removing/Deleting Volume and Pan Automation Keyframes
          1. How to do it…
          2. There's more...
          3. How it works…
        18. Adjusting multiple audio keyframes simultaneously
          1. How to do it...
          2. There's more
        19. Real Time Volume and Pan Adjustment
          1. How to do it...
          2. How it works…
        20. Creating Stereo, 5.1 and 7.1 ("Multichannel") Tracks in a Sequence
          1. How to do it...
        21. Converting a multichannel track into mono tracks in a Sequence
          1. How to do it...
          2. See also
        22. Making Multichannel Clips (Stereo, 5.1 and 7.1)
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. There's more
            1. Making Multichannel Clips During Import
            2. Making Multichannel Clips During Capture
        23. Using AudioSuite Plug-ins
          1. How to do it…
        24. Removing AudioSuite plug-ins
          1. How to do it…
          2. There's more
            1. Using The AudioSuite Window to remove effects
            2. Using Segment Mode to remove effects
        25. Saving and Applying AudioSuite Templates
          1. How to do it…
        26. Using Real Time Audio Suite (RTAS) Plug-Ins
          1. How to do it…
          2. There's more...
            1. Applying RTAS Plug-ins in the Timeline
            2. Applying RTAS Plug-ins from the Effect Palette
        27. Removing RTAS plug-ins
          1. How to do it…
        28. Saving and Applying RTAS Effect Templates
          1. How to do it…
        29. Copying RTAS Effects between Tracks
          1. How to do it…
      16. 8. Editing with Group Clips and MultiCamera Mode
        1. Introduction
        2. Syncing and Grouping clips with common timecode
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
            1. There's more...
            2. See also
          3. Syncing and Grouping Clips with common reference points
            1. Getting ready
            2. How to do it...
            3. See also
          4. Creating a syncing Sequence for syncing and grouping clips
            1. Getting ready
            2. How to do it…
            3. There's more...
              1. Syncing Staggered Start and Stop Footage
              2. Software Help
          5. Using the Group Clip Menu
            1. How to do it…
            2. How it works…
            3. There's more...
          6. Using the Multicamera display and methods of switching camera angles
            1. How to do it…
            2. There's more...
              1. How Split display affects Multicamera Mode
              2. Setting-Up The MultiCamera (Quad Split and Nine Split) Displays
                1. Situation 1 – Sorting before Grouping
                2. Situation 2 – Customizing the Order
          7. Swap Cam Bank: Toggling the MultiCamera Display
            1. How to do it…
            2. How it works...
          8. Editing with a Group Clip – not using MultiCamera Mode
            1. How to do it...
            2. How it works...
            3. There's more…
              1. Premapping Edit Points (also known as Transitions)
              2. Removing unwanted edit points
              3. Details about the MultiCamera Angle Keys (The M Keys)
              4. Color Coding Clips/Camera Angles
          9. MultiCamera Mode Editing
            1. How to do it...
            2. How it works...
            3. There's more...
              1. Swap Cam Bank In MultiCamera Mode
            4. See also
          10. MultiCamera Mode Settings
            1. How to do it...
      17. 9. Output Tips and Tricks
        1. Introduction
        2. Creating accurate Color Bars and Tone
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Accessing the Create Tone Media Dialog Window
            2. The Test Pattern Files
            3. Color Bars I and Q Blocks
        3. Methods for setting Sequence Timecode
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. There's more...
            1. Changing Timecode in the Bin
            2. Setting a default starting Timecode value and type
          4. See also
        4. Adding Filler for Color Bars, Tone, and Slate
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. There's more...
          4. See also
        5. Exporting a still image
          1. How to do it…
        6. Exporting multiple still images using Markers
          1. How to do it…
          2. How it works...
        7. Exporting a QuickTime Reference Movie
          1. How to do it…
          2. How it works...
        8. Exporting a QuickTime Movie (Self Contained)
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
        9. Using the Timecode Burn-In effect
          1. How to do it...
            1. Overview of Features
            2. The other Timecode Burn-In effect
      18. A. Additional Tips, Tricks, and Explanations
        1. Find Bin Function Tips
          1. The context
            1. Method 1: Using the Source Window
            2. Method 2: Directly from the Timeline
          2. There's more...
        2. Moving around: Methods and tips
          1. Play Reverse, Pause, and Play Forward (also known as JKL or Three-Button Play)
          2. Fast Forward and Rewind
          3. Go to Previous/Next Edit
          4. Home and End (also known as Go To Start and Go To End)
          5. Frame Offset – Jumping Forward or Backward by Typing
          6. Timecode
          7. Step Forward and Step Backward by Frames
          8. Step Forward and Step Backward by Fields
        3. Getting more use from the Grid
        4. cmd/Ctrl + L and K: Several uses
          1. Enlarge/reduce display image tips:
          2. More on track height:
        5. Locking and unlocking
      19. B. Details on Trimming, Slipping, Sliding, and Segment Mode
        1. Trimming terminology
          1. A-Side/B-Side
          2. Handle
        2. Trimming icons and colors
        3. How Trimming works
        4. Enabling and configuring the Trimming Tools
          1. Methods for entering Trim Mode
          2. Configuring the Trim Rollers
        5. Trimming methods
        6. Monitoring during Trimming
        7. Slipping with Trim Mode
        8. Slipping outside of Trim Mode
          1. How to do it…
        9. Sliding in Trim Mode
        10. Trimming and effects
        11. Smart Tool overview
          1. Enabling/disabling the Smart Tool
          2. Link Selection and Smart Tool functions
          3. Navigating the Timeline when using Smart Tool
          4. Disabling the Smart Tool
        12. Using the Trim functions in the Smart Tool
        13. Using Segment Mode with the Smart Tool
        14. Nine Segment Mode Tips
          1. Sync Locks
          2. Snapping
          3. Selecting Methods
          4. Moving Segments
          5. Exiting Segment Mode
          6. Segment Mode Track Placement
          7. Link Selection
          8. Setting a Preference
          9. One at A Time
      20. C. Helpful Details about MultiCamera Editing
        1. Uses for Group Clips and MultiCamera Mode
        2. Definition of a Group Clip
        3. Definition of a MultiGroupClip
        4. Definition of MultiCamera Mode
        5. Overview: Syncing Methods
          1. Clapper Slate
          2. Audio Waveform Display
        6. Editing multiple camera angles without Group Clips
        7. MultipleCamera Editing Resolutions
        8. Understanding System Performance with Group Clips and MultiCamera Mode
          1. How to do it…
      21. Index