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Media Composer® 6: Professional Picture and Sound Editing

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MEDIA COMPOSER 6: PROFESSIONAL PICTURE AND SOUND EDITING will give you the skills and in-depth, under-the-hood knowledge you need to distinguish yourself as a true editing professional and go for the high-profile jobs you want. With the step-by-step guidance in this book, you'll learn the skills you need to work on big-budget productions: media management (become the media management guru others look to for expert advice), advanced picture editing (learn precision cutting techniques and how to master Script Integration for long-form projects), and advanced sound editing (learn to impress your producer by creating great audio mixes). The book includes media and projects that you can work with at your own pace. As an official part of the Avid Learning Series for Media Composer, MEDIA COMPOSER 6: PROFESSIONAL PICTURE AND SOUND EDITING, along with its counterpart, Media Composer 6: Professional Effects and Compositing, will prepare you for Professional Media Composer 6 certification at an Avid Learning Partner. MEDIA COMPOSER 6: PROFESSIONAL PICTURE AND SOUND EDITING (Course # MC 201) is part of the Avid Learning Series. To find more books on Media Composer, Pro Tools, Sibelius, or any other Avid product, visit www.courseptr.com/avid.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Dedication
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. About the Author
  6. Table of Contents
  7. Introduction
  8. Lesson 1 How Workflow Makes, Manages, and Moves Media
    1. Understanding Workflow
    2. Goals of Great Workflows
    3. Understanding Offline and Online Procedures
    4. Understanding Media and Clips
    5. Media Drives Contain Media Files
    6. Understanding Media Files
    7. Codecs Are Secret Decoder Rings
    8. Clips Are Linked to Media Files
    9. Deep Dive into Media Files and Clips
  9. Exercise 1 Exploring Projects, Clips, and Bins
    1. Exercise 1.1: Revealing Bins: Which Final Is Final?
    2. Exercise 1.2: Viewing the Media Files
    3. Exercise 1.3: Exploring Resolutions (Codecs)
    4. Exercise 1.4: Understanding Subclips
    5. Exercise 1.5: Media File Folders and Databases
  10. Lesson 2 Professional Acquisition
    1. Tape: It’s Alive
    2. Workflows for Capturing
    3. Preparing to Ingest from Tape
    4. Extra Audio Setup
    5. Extra Features of the Capture Tool
    6. Using the Console While Capturing
    7. File-Based Acquisition Using Avid Media Access
    8. Using the AMA Workflow
    9. Caveats of AMA
  11. Exercise 2 Professional Acquisition
    1. Exercise 2.1: Exploring Tape-Based Capture
    2. Exercise 2.2: Checking the Installed Plug-Ins
    3. Exercise 2.3: Installing an AMA Plug-In
    4. Exercise 2.4: AMA Linking to a File
  12. Lesson 3 Advanced Picture Editing
    1. Working with Multiple Tracks
    2. Cleaning Tracks
    3. Enhancing Functions with Modifier Keys
    4. Three-Point Editing Power User Tricks
    5. Integrating Mixed Media
    6. Modifying Motion Adapters
    7. Reformatting Media
  13. Exercise 3 Editing and Refining Your Sequences
    1. Exercise 3.1: Sequence Cleaning
    2. Exercise 3.2: Sync Point Editing
    3. Exercise 3.3: Using Mixed Media in a Sequence
  14. Lesson 4 Play Together
    1. The Editor’s Dialogue
    2. Play Together
  15. Exercise 4 Using Markers and Comments
    1. Exercise 4.1: Adding Markers
    2. Exercise 4.2: Adding Timeline Comments
    3. Exercise 4.3: Adding Bin Comments
  16. Lesson 5 Multicamera Editing
    1. Preparing the Production Team
    2. Avid’s Multicamera Editing Workflows
    3. Setting Up Multicamera Editing
    4. Editing Audio
    5. Multicamera Performance
    6. Editing a Multicamera Sequence
    7. Committing Multicamera Edits
  17. Exercise 5 Editing a Scene from Hell’s Kitchen
    1. Exercise 5.1: Preparing to Use the Media
    2. Exercise 5.2: Editing Multicam Material with Sync Timecode
    3. Exercise 5.3: Editing the Hell’s Kitchen Material
    4. Exercise 5.4: Exploring Multicam Editing Keyboard Techniques
  18. Lesson 6 Script Integration and ScriptSync
    1. What Is a Lined Script?
    2. Using Script Integration
    3. Working with Slates
    4. Adding Script Marks
    5. Additional ScriptSync Options
    6. Using Avid ScriptSync
    7. Editing with the Script Window
    8. Enriching Scripts
  19. Exercise 6 Using Script Integration and ScriptSync
    1. Exercise 6.1: Preparing the Script
    2. Exercise 6.2: Familiarizing Yourself with the Project
    3. Exercise 6.3: Associating Takes with the Script
    4. Exercise 6.4: Adding Script Marks Automatically
    5. Exercise 6.5: Enriching Scripts with Metadata
    6. Exercise 6.6: Editing with the Script Window
  20. Lesson 7 Advanced Dialogue Editing
    1. How Trimming Works
    2. Trim Tool: Reloaded
    3. Creating a Radio Edit
    4. Using Dynamic Trimming
    5. Using Split Edits
    6. Advanced Trim Techniques
  21. Exercise 7 Performing Advanced Editing
    1. Exercise 7.1: Performing a Radio Edit
    2. Exercise 7.2: Using Dynamic Trimming
    3. Exercise 7.3: Creating Split Edits
    4. Exercise 7.4: Using Advanced Trimming Techniques
  22. Lesson 8 Working with Multichannel Audio
    1. Understanding Tracks, Channels, and Voices
    2. Multichannel Enhancements in Media Composer
    3. Using the Track Control Panel
    4. Working with Surround Sound
    5. Using the Audio Mixer for Multichannel Mixing
  23. Exercise 8 Working with Multichannel Audio
    1. Exercise 8.1: Modifying Clips and Experimenting with Voices
    2. Exercise 8.2: Understanding Active and Inactive Tracks
    3. Exercise 8.3: Stereo Panning
    4. Exercise 8.4: Using Surround Panning (Optional)
  24. Lesson 9 Fundamentals of Audio Mixing
    1. Sound Mixing Is Important
    2. Goals of Sound Mixing
    3. What Is Dynamic Range?
    4. Creating a Mix
    5. Understanding the Mixing Workflow
    6. Understanding Avid Pro Tools Interoperability
  25. Exercise 9 Working with Sound
    1. Exercise 9.1: Analyzing Audio
    2. Exercise 9.2: Creating a Mix
    3. Exercise 9.3: Sending Sound to Pro Tools
  26. Lesson 10 Adjusting Audio EQ
    1. Understanding Audio Equalization (EQ)
    2. Using Average Frequencies for Common Sounds
    3. Exploring Audio EQ Tools and Plug-Ins
    4. Using the AudioSuite EQ III Plug-In
    5. Attacking an Unwanted Noise
    6. Audio EQ Examples
    7. Using EQ Tool’s Preset Filters
  27. Exercise 10 Equalizing Audio
    1. Exercise 10.1: Removing a Hum with the Audio EQ Tool
    2. Exercise 10.2: Removing a Hum with the AudioSuite Tool
    3. Exercise 10.3: EQ for Creative Storytelling
  28. Lesson 11 Real-Time AudioSuite (RTAS)
    1. Introduction to AudioSuite Plug-Ins
    2. AudioSuite Plug-Ins Extend Media Composer
    3. Inserting RTAS Effects
    4. Editing an RTAS Plug-In
    5. Understanding RTAS Mixdown Workflows
    6. Limiting and Compressing Peak Values
  29. Exercise 11 Working with Real-Time AudioSuite Effects
    1. Exercise 11.1: Removing Interference and Restoring Vocal Presence
    2. Exercise 11.2: The Royal Rumblesssssssssss
    3. Exercise 11.3: Creating a Mixdown
  30. Lesson 12 Wrapping Up a Project
    1. Preparing for Online Editing
    2. Creating an Online Project
    3. Archiving Your Project
  31. Exercise 12 Preparing for the Online Editing Stage
    1. Exercise 12.1: Creating an HD Online Project
    2. Exercise 12.2: Setting a Sequence’s Format
    3. Exercise 12.3: Archiving to a Folder
  32. Lesson 13 Mastering the Media
    1. Understanding the Media Tool
    2. Solving the Problem of Corrupt Media Files
    3. Clearing Rendered Effects
    4. Consolidate Means Copy
    5. Transcode Means Convert
    6. Relinking Media Files
    7. Adding and Stripping Out Tracks
  33. Exercise 13 Managing Media
    1. Exercise 13.1: Duplicating a Master Clip’s Media by Consolidation
    2. Exercise 13.2: Promoting Subclips to Master Clips
    3. Exercise 13.3: Transcoding Clips from an Online to an Offline Resolution
    4. Exercise 13.4: Adding Tracks of Captured Master Clips Using Unlink and Relink
    5. Wrapping Up
  34. Appendix A: Technical Reference
  35. Index