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Avid Media Composer 6.x Cookbook

By : Benjamin Hershleder
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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

Replace Edit: How and why

By default, you can find Replace Edit in the Fast Menu Tool Palette (the Fast Menu that, by default, is between the Splice In and Overwrite buttons as well as in the Timeline Toolbar), and in the Command Palette (Tools menu | Command Palette | Edit tab).

I often call Replace Edit the mysterious blue arrow, because so many don't know what it does and avoid using it. This is too bad because Replace Edit is a very useful tool that allows you to quickly replace existing segments (shots) in your Sequence as well as to sync a specific frame of video to a specific frame of audio (or vice versa).

Since I call it the mysterious blue arrow, which sounds like the name of a cartoon super hero, let me first explain its two super powers, which are as follows:

  • You don't have to Mark In or Out in either the Source Window or the Record Window when you use it. Replace Edit knows how much to edit into the Sequence based on the duration of the segment that's already in the Sequence...