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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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Transcoding an AMA sequence

Before Transcoding a sequence, it is recommended that you carry out a small test of the process to familiarize yourself with additional options and results. These additional options include, but are not limited to, Debayer settings (found in the Media Creation settings) for RED footage, which also need to be configured. The steps that follow focus on only one specific result. Ideally, you would be able to perform your small-scale test prior to receiving the mission-critical files and prior to the intensity of working under a deadline.

Some formats cannot be Consolidated (copied) using their original codec, and Media Composer will alert you that they will also need to have their codec (also known as resolution) changed during the copy process. This is referred to as Transcoding.

Transcoding a sequence simply means that you'll be making copies of only the portions of the media files that are being referred to by your sequence. (Essentially, Media Composer will take each shot used in the sequence and make a brand new Master Clip for it.) Further, as it generates new media files, it will also be changing the media files' codec.

Unlike Consolidating, Transcoding does not offer the option to delete the original media files after it has completed the Transcoding process.

Getting ready

Before Transcoding a sequence, it is a very wise idea to first make a backup copy and place it in its own well-labeled bin (for example, My Movie Before Transcode). This extra version protects you in case you make an error, and will help to keep your project organized for future reference.

How to do it…

The steps to Transcode an AMA linked sequence are as follows:

  1. First, review the information presented earlier in this chapter, in the Transcoding AMA Master Clips before beginning to edit recipe.

  2. In the Project Window select the Format tab.

  3. Select the Project Type and Aspect Ratio.

    Important note from Avid Technology:

    New clips created through the Transcode operation are in the project format. When you transcode a clip across formats, for example if you transcode a 16:9 clip in a 4:3 project, the Reformat bin setting determines how the clip is conformed to the new format.


    For details on the Reformat option, see the Getting the AMA file's image to display as desired recipe.

  4. Select the sequence in the bin.

  5. Clip menu | Consolidate/Transcode (you may also right-click on the sequence).

  6. In the top left of the Consolidate/Transcode window, select Transcode.

  7. In the Video/Data region of the window, select the drive you want the copied files to be stored.

  8. In the Handle Length entry box, enter the number of frames you want added to the head and tail of each new Master Clip.

  9. Be sure to select the Create new sequence check box. Even though I suggested earlier that you make a backup copy manually prior to the Transcode process, this provides an additional layer of protection.

  10. Click on the Transcode button at the bottom of the window.

  11. The Transcode process begins.

  12. On completion of the process you will have the following:

    • Master Clips that have the extension .new added to them. The duration of each clip will be whatever it is in the sequence plus the added duration of the handles.

    • A new sequence with the addition of .Transcoded at the end. This sequence is linked to the .new clips.

    • Your original sequence will remain linked to the original Master Clips that you edited from.