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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
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Quickly calculating total duration of clips (or any items in a bin)

After logging many clips you'll Batch Capture them. However, it's helpful to know the total duration of all the clips added together so you can make sure that your drive can accommodate that amount of media.

How to do it...

Below are the steps to calculate the total duration of selected clips:

  1. Select all the clips that you want to calculate the duration for. Methods include Shift + clicking to select a range of clips, or going to the Edit menu and choosing the Select-All command.

  2. Right-click on one of the selected Master Clips.

  3. From the menu select Get Bin Info.

  4. The Console window will open.

  5. There will be an entry in the Console that reads Total duration of selected items:. The duration is displayed as Hours:Minutes:Seconds:Frames (refer to the screenshot below).

There's more...

This is also useful for calculating the total duration of multiple sequences (for example, if your movie or TV program is still divided into separate sequences for each act).