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Avid Media Composer 6.x Cookbook

By : Benjamin Hershleder
Book Image

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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Combining available drive space and/or controlling where media is stored

The Capture Tool has a feature that lets you create a Drive Group that designates more than one drive for Media Composer to be used for media storage. This is helpful in the following situations:

  • You want to make sure that the media files go to the drive(s) that you want when one becomes full, rather than Media Composer simply selecting the drive that happens to have the most free space

  • You have a large amount of media to capture but there is not one single drive that has enough space

  • Making a Drive Group is especially helpful when you want to leave the Capture process unattended

How to do it...

  1. Open the Tools menu | Capture Tool.

  2. Click on the Drive Selection menu. It's located directly below the Bin Selection menu and the Resolution Selection menu (refer to the next screenshot).

  3. From the Drive Selection menu select Change Group….

  4. A dialog window will open, listing all the available drives.

  5. Press cmd/Ctrl and click to select your desired drives.

  6. Press the OK button.

See also

  • If you're Batch Capturing, also see the Making sure your Batch Capture continues without you recipe

  • The Quickly calculating total duration of all logged clips (or any items in a bin) recipe may be helpful as you'll generally want to determine how much space is required for your media