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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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Sync Break Indicators: Understanding them and making your own

If you are editing without your Sync Locks enabled, it is possible to knock one or more tracks out of sync with the others. Sync Locks are discussed in more detail later in this chapter.

When the tracks no longer align or sync properly, if the video and audio come from the same clip (or have been AutoSynced), then Media Composer will display what Avid calls Sync Break Indicators. These are the small white or black numbers (depending on the color of your tracks) that appear in the segments (shots) when they are out of alignment. Media Composer is able to determine sync breaks because it's programmed to compare a segment's clip source data and timecode across tracks. If the segments on the different tracks come from the same clip and the timecode numbers align, then they are in sync. If they don't align, then that means the timecode numbers do not match and Media Composer can easily calculate the amount of frames for which they are...