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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
About the Reviewers

Creating a Split Edit with the Extend function

By default, you'll find the Extend function below the Record Monitor and in the Fast Menu Tool Palette. It can also be mapped from the Command Palette (Tools menu | Command Palette | Trim tab). The icon looks like the following:

In many instances Media Composer offers two or more methods for getting something done. This provides you with choices, depending on your preference or the needs of a particular situation. This is the case with Extend. The end result of using the Extend function is identical to using Double Roller Trim or Overwrite Trim. One of the benefits of using Extend is that if it's mapped to the keyboard, then all the operations required to use it can be done using the keyboard without even entering Trim Mode.

Getting Ready

You'll find it helpful to read the previous Creating a Split Edit with Double Roller or Overwrite Trim recipe, if you haven't already, because I'll be using the same scene between MIKE and RICK for this example...