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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

Importing audio

There are a couple different methods to import audio files (or files containing audio), which I'll cover here. Check out the sections that follow for some additional audio tips and settings.

If you are importing BWF (Broadcast Wave Format) audio files, see Avid Media Composer Help for additional information. The search term is BWF.

Getting ready

Organize your files before importing. Some suggestions are in the A strategy for project organization at the desktop level recipe.

How to do it...

These are the steps to import an audio file:

  1. Go to the Media Creation settings using any of these methods:

    • Go to the Project Window, select the Settings tab, and then double-click on Media Creation

    • Tools menu | Media Creation

    • cmd/Ctrl + 5

  2. Select the Import tab.

  3. From the Drive menu set a destination for the imported media.

  4. Click on OK to close the Media Creation window.

  5. This is an optional step: adjust Import Settings as discussed in the Adjusting audio levels before editing, Adjusting audio pan settings before editing, and Setting stereo-audio tracks recipes.

  6. You can now import with one of the following two methods:

    • Method 1: Drag the file(s) from their location on a drive directly into a bin. All the settings you previously configured will dictate how the Master Clip will be set (for example, level adjustment and/or stereo tracks) and on which drive the media will be stored. Once you drop the files into the bin, both the Master Clips and media will be created.

    • Method 2: Select an open bin. Then, either right-click and select Import from the Contextual menu or go to the File menu and select Import.

  7. The following steps relate to using Method 2 to import.

    When using Method 2 note that in the Select Files To Import window, you have the ability to do the following:

    • Click on the Options button to access the Import Settings

    • Set the drive where you want to store the media you will be creating

    • Set the Resolution for the video media that you may create during the import

  8. In the Select Files To Import window, navigate to the file(s) you want to import.

  9. Select the file(s).

  10. Click on the Open button.

See also

  • The Adjusting audio levels before editing, Adjusting audio pan settings before editing, and Setting stereo-audio tracks recipes