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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
Credits
About the Author
Acknowledgement
About the Reviewers
www.PacktPub.com
Preface
Index

Setting stereo-audio tracks


In Avid Media Composer, you can have Master Clips that are interpreted by the software as mono, stereo, 5.1 surround, and 7.1 surround. Each type can only be edited onto matching tracks in your sequence. For example, a stereo Master Clip can only be edited onto a stereo track.

There are three methods available, depending on your situation and needs. The recipe will present one method and you'll find two alternative methods in the There's more... section.

How to do it...

This method is used on one or more clips in a bin:

  1. Import or capture your clip(s) that contains audio tracks into a bin.

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

  3. Go to the Clip menu | Modify.... (You may also right-click on the selected clips and choose Modify....)

  4. The Modify dialog window opens.

  5. From the pull-down menu select Set Multichannel Audio.

  6. From the menu below the tracks, configure how you want the audio tracks to be interpreted by Media Composer (for example, as stereo).

  7. Click on OK.

There's more...

Here are the two additional methods for setting tracks to stereo:

Using Import Settings

The steps that follow indicate how to set tracks to stereo using Import Settings:

  1. Open the Import Settings by going to the Project Window, selecting the Settings tab, and then double-clicking on Import Settings.

  2. Select the Audio tab.

  3. In the section labeled Multichannel Audio, click on the button labeled Edit.

  4. The Set Multichannel Audio dialog window opens.

  5. From the menu below the tracks, configure how you want the audio tracks to be interpreted by Media Composer.

  6. Click on OK.

  7. Now, when you import the clips containing audio, they will automatically be configured as you set.

During capture from tape

Following are the steps to set tracks to stereo during the capture from tape:

  1. Open the Capture Tool.

  2. From the menu below Audio Track Selectors, configure how you want the audio tracks to be interpreted by Media Composer.