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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
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Modifying clips after capture: Deleting tracks

It's possible you don't discover that you have tracks that you don't need until after the capture is completed. In this case you'll want to:

  • Delete the unnecessary media to free up the drive space and ensure that you don't have orphan media files that are not linked to any clips.

  • Modify the clips so they no longer refer to media files that don't exist (since you deleted them). This will help avoid confusion during the editing process.

Before we get into the specifics, here is an overview of the process. First you're going to use the Media Tool to delete the specific media files that you don't need. Then you'll find that once a clip has been captured, some modifications, such as setting tracks, are not possible without a little extra work called Unlinking. This temporarily breaks the connection (in Avid terminology, the Link) between the clips and their media files. After Unlinking, you'll modify the clips to remove the unnecessary tracks, and, finally, you'll relink the clips to the media that remains.

How to do it...

The following are the steps to modify clips (deleting tracks) after capture:

  1. First, you're going to determine where the media files have been stored. Select the bin that contains all of your clips in order to make it active.

  2. Change the bin display to Text View from the Bin Display menu at the bottom-left of the Bin window.

  3. Open the Bin Column Selection window using any of the following methods:

    • In the Clip menu, choose Columns

    • Right-click in the bin and select Choose Columns

    • Right-click in the Column Headings section at the top of the bin and select Choose Columns from that menu

  4. The Bin Column Selection window opens. From the list of possible columns of information types, select Drive and click on OK.

  5. Take note of the media drive(s) your clips are referring to.

  6. Open the Media Tool by going to the Tools menu and selecting Media Tool.

  7. In the Media Drives column of the Media Tool, select only the media drive(s) that your clips are referencing (those listed in the Drive column in your bin).

  8. Click on the button labeled as Current Project, since you'd generally want to display media that belongs only to the currently open project and no other. If you did want to display media from other projects, you can Shift + click to select the additional project names.

  9. Select the Master Clips checkbox. Note that in the end, you'll still be looking at media files. It's just that they will be displayed in a more familiar way, as Master Clips.

  10. Deselect both the check boxes for Precompute Clips and Media Files and click on OK.

  11. A window will open titled Media Tool. This window has all the features of a bin.

  12. Arrange your Bin window and the Media Tool window so you can see both of them at the same time.

  13. The next few steps are going to ensure that only the correct clips become selected in the Media Tool. Start by selecting the clips in your bin.

  14. Go to the Bin Fast Menu at the bottom-left corner of the bin and choose Select Media Relatives. Note that the clips in your Media Tool have become selected.

  15. Click on the top title portion of the Media Tool so that it is selected/active. Make sure that when you select the Media Tool, you don't mistakenly deselect the clips.

  16. Press the Delete key on your keyboard.

  17. The Delete Media dialog window will open.

  18. Enable the check box for each track of media you want to permanently delete and click on OK.

  19. Another dialog window will open. If you are positive that you want to permanently delete the media files you've selected, click on OK.

  20. Close the Media Tool.

  21. The unnecessary media is now deleted, but you are left with clips in your bin that are still looking for that media even though it isn't there or, in other words, is Offline. This can be very confusing during editing, so the next set of steps will fix that. If the clips have become unselected in your bin, be sure to select them before continuing.

  22. In order to modify the clips, we have to temporarily break the connection (the Link) between the clip(s) and the media file(s), which is called Unlinking. To do this, press and hold the Shift key and the cmd/Ctrl key at the same time (this changes the Relink menu selection to Unlink).

  23. Select the Unlink command by either:

    • Selecting Clip menu | Unlink

    • Right-clicking on any of the selected Master Clips and choosing Unlink

  24. If the clips have become unselected, be sure to select them.

  25. Open the Modify window by either:

    • Selecting Clip menu | Modify

    • Right-clicking on any of the selected Master Clips and choosing Modify

  26. In the Modify window, click on the pull-down menu and choose Set Tracks.

  27. Deselect the tracks that no longer have media to link to, since you just deleted it. In other words, make sure only the tracks that still have media available on the drive(s) are selected. Click on OK.

  28. If the clips have become unselected, be sure to select them.

  29. Open the Relink window by either:

    • Selecting Clip menu | Relink…

    • Right-clicking on any of the selected Master Clips and choosing Relink…

  30. Relink the clips. Additional information on Relinking is available in the Avid Media Composer Help.