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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
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Understanding Track Sensitivity

The results you get when using several functions depends on which tracks are enabled/selected in the Timeline window and how the transitions are constructed (i.e. straight cuts or split edits/"L-Cuts"). I call this Track Sensitivity. The functions that have this programming behavior are as follows:

  • Fast Forward & Rewind

  • Mark Clip

  • Go to Previous Edit and Go to Next Edit

How to do it...

Let's use the Fast Forward function to present the basic steps, and to point out the differences in the results, depending on what Track Selectors are enabled. In this example recipe, it's important to understand that we have several different segments (shots) in the sequence that have been placed on tracks V1, A1, and A2, and that the transition between each shot is a split edit (in other words, the cuts between shots are not straight, but are instead staggered. This is frequently referred to as an L cut). Follow these steps:

  1. On the Record Track Selector Panel, enable only the...