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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
About the Reviewers

Capturing and editing at the same time

If you're in a hurry, it's possible to edit the clip(s) being captured into the Sequence at the same time that you capture from the tape.

How to do it...

Here are the steps to capture and edit at the same time:

Create a new sequence or load an existing sequence into the Timeline Window.

  1. In the case of an existing sequence, clear any existing In and/or Out Marks.

  2. Place the blue Position Indicator where you'd like to begin adding the clips.

  3. Open the Capture Tool using any of these methods:

    • Tools menu | Capture Tool

    • Workspaces menu | Capture

    • cmd/Ctrl + 7

  4. Open the Capture Settings by either:

    • Right-clicking on the Capture Tool and choosing Capture Settings

    • Going to the Project window, selecting the Settings tab, and double-clicking on the Capture Settings

  5. In the Capture Settings window, click on the tab labeled Edit.

  6. Select/enable the feature labeled as Enable edit to timeline (splice, overwrite). Click on OK.

  7. Look at your Capture Tool. At the top, two new buttons have appeared, one for Splicing and the other for Overwriting.

  8. Select/enable either the Splice or Overwrite function in the Capture Tool.

  9. Begin capturing a portion of the tape.

  10. End the capture of that clip.

  11. That clip will automatically be edited into the Sequence.

  12. Continue to capture to add more clips to the Sequence.

  13. When you are finished, to avoid unintentional editing into the Sequence during a future capture session, be sure to either:

    • Deselect the Splice or Overwrite button in the Capture Tool

    • Disable this feature in the Capture Settings