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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


In this chapter, the goal is to give you a solid understanding of why the Avid Media Composer system works the way it does with regard to sync, how you can be in complete control of staying in sync when using any of the editing modes without Sync Locks enabled, what Sync Locks do and how they work, and what to do if you find yourself out of sync.

This introduction itself will cover two topics:

  • Understanding Filler

  • The core concepts of Sync

First, understanding what Filler is will help you to stay in sync. In this chapter, we'll go over all the different methods in which you can add Filler to your sequence, including at the end. However, let's begin by discussing what Filler is and why Avid Media Composer uses it.

Avid Media Composer is a blend of editing methods, concepts, and terminology, many of which come from film and videotape editing. Filler is a concept from film editing. However, in film editing, it isn't called Filler, it's called Slug or Leader. Essentially, Filler is...