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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.
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Avid Media Composer 6.x Cookbook
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Getting the AMA file's image to display as desired

If you link to media using the AMA process and the clip does not match the aspect ratio and frame size set in your Format tab, then Media Composer will allow you to change the way it is displayed at any time.

An important note from Avid technology:

If you are working in an Interplay environment, do not change the Reformat attribute from the Stretch setting. If you use a different setting, and you then use 'Interplay Transcode' or 'Send to Playback,' the results might not be what you expect.

How to do it...

Below are the steps to display the AMA file's image as desired:

  1. Set your bin to be displayed in Text View from the Bin Display menu in the lower left of your bin.

  2. You're going to display the Reformat column. Start by going to the Bin menu and selecting Choose Columns.

  3. In the Bin Column Selection window choose Reformat.

  4. Click on OK to close the window.

  5. Select the clip(s) in your bin for which you want to Reformat the display.

  6. In the Reformat column of the selected clip(s), click to reveal, and also choose, the alternate display options. If multiple clips are selected, you can change the Reformat setting for one of the selected clips and have that setting applied to all of the selected clips.

  7. Note that if you loaded the clip into the Source Window, you will see the Reformat display change occur. Whatever you set here will be applied to the clip when it is edited into your sequence. However, if you have already edited the clip into a sequence, the version in the sequence will continue to display in the manner that it was set in when it was first edited into the sequence. This is to prevent changes being applied to the sequences that are considered complete and ready to export or master to tape. If you want to update all the instances of the clip in your sequence to use the new Reformat setting, this can be done without having to re-edit the clip(s). Follow the next set of steps:

  8. Select the sequence(s) in the bin.

  9. Right-click on the selected sequence(s).

  10. Choose Refresh Sequence.

  11. From the submenu select Reformatting Options. See the next section for details.

How it works...

Below are the Reformat options that are available along with the explanation of each.

  • Stretch: If the Project is set to display 4:3, then a 16:9 image will be stretched vertically. If the Project is set to display 16:9, then a 4:3 image will be stretched horizontally.

  • Pillarbox/Letterbox: This feature scales the image as large as possible within the currently set aspect ratio that you've set for your Project's display. If the Project is set to display 4:3, then a 16:9 image will be letterboxed (black bars on the top and bottom). If the Project is set to display 16:9, then a 4:3 image will be Pillarboxed (black columns on the left and right-hand side of the screen).

  • Center Crop: No scaling occurs in this option. If the project is set to display 4:3, then a 16:9 image will have the left and right hand side portions of the image cropped. If the project is set to display 16:9, then a 4:3 image will have the top and bottom portions cropped.

  • Center Keep Size: If the image is larger, when it is centered in the window, portions of the image on all the sides may be cropped. If the image is smaller, then its native size will be displayed and black color will appear around it.


Changing the project's aspect ratio display

Note that not all formats support multiple aspect ratio displays. Here are two methods that are available:

Method 1: Project Window | Format tab | Aspect Ratio menu.

Method 2: Right-click in either the Source Window or the Record Window and select Project Aspect Ratio, and then select the desired display from the submenu.