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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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Snapping actions for the Position Indicator and in Segment Mode

With just a couple of keyboard shortcuts, you can make your Position Indicator snap right to the transition you want, and in the exact position you need, exactly on the head frame (first frame) or on the tail frame (last frame).. Plus, the convenient thing is that Media Composer uses the same keyboard shortcuts for segments when you're moving them around.

How to do it...

Let's begin by making the Position Indicator or a segment Snap to Head. Follow these steps:

  1. Press and hold the cmd (on Mac) or Ctrl (on PC) keys.

  2. To make the Position Indicator snap, drag it forward or backward in the sequence, or click the cursor near a transition, to make the Position Indicator snap to the Head Frame (first frame) of a segment.

  3. To make a segment snap, do the following: Select a segment with either Segment Mode arrow (red or yellow). Now, when dragging segments, holding the cmd or Ctrl key makes the beginning (left-hand side, or head) of the segment...