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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
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Adjusting audio levels before editing

There will be times when a Master Clip's audio levels are too loud (as is very often the case with imported audio) or too low, and you want to adjust the level setting before playing it in the Source Window or editing it into your sequence. There are three methods available. The steps that follow present one method, and the other two can be found in the There's more... section. None of the methods make any changes to the actual media file(s). Each method just applies a setting for the Master Clip that can be adjusted at any time, including in the sequence.

How to do it...

This method is a fast and simple way to adjust one or more clips in a bin:

  1. Import or capture clips into a bin.

  2. Select the clip(s) you want to adjust.

  3. Clip menu | Apply Gain.

  4. The Apply Clip Gain window opens.

  5. Enter the value that you want to be applied.

  6. Click on OK.

There's more...

The following are two additional methods to adjust audio levels before editing clips into the sequence:

Using Import settings

This is particularly helpful when importing music and sound effects, as they generally come in very loud. I find that adjusting to a level of -14 is a good starting point, as it can always be adjusted later:

  1. Open the Import settings: Project Window | Settings tab | double-click on Import.

  2. Select the Audio tab.

  3. Enable/check the setting that says Apply attenuation/gain effect on Import.

  4. In the entry box, type in the level value that you want to be applied.

  5. If you want this setting to be applied only to audio coming from a CD rather than from all the audio files, check the box that says CD Only. Since I organize my files as discussed in the recipe titled A strategy for project organization at the desktop level, I leave this selection disabled/unchecked.

  6. Now, when you import an audio file (or a video file containing audio), this level setting will automatically be applied.

Using the Audio Mix tool

This method only affects one clip at a time:

  1. Open the Audio Mixer tool from the Tools menu.

  2. Set the Audio Mixer to Clip Volume and Pan mode, which is abbreviated simply as Clip. This is done by clicking on the Audio Mixer Mode button in the upper right-hand corner of the Audio Mixer tool.

  3. Load a Master Clip into the Source Window.

  4. With the Source Window active, the level adjustment you make to the Master Clip using the Audio Mixer will be applied before you edit it into your sequence.