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Avid Media Composer 6.x Cookbook

By : Benjamin Hershleder
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Avid Media Composer 6.x Cookbook

By: Benjamin Hershleder

Overview of this book

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.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Avid Media Composer 6.x Cookbook
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Chapter 1. Getting Assets into Your Media Composer Project

In this chapter we will cover:

  • 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