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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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Splicing and Extracting: Methods for staying in sync without Sync Locks

When you are editing in Source/Record mode you have four main editing functions available. Two functions place material into the sequence (Splice and Overwrite) and two functions remove material from the sequence (Extract and Lift). As discussed in the Introduction section of this chapter, the functions that affect the duration of a track are colored yellow, specifically Splice and Extract.

As long as you affect all the tracks in your sequence when using Splice or Extract, you will stay in sync. However, there is a particular situation that can sometimes confuse people so we are going to focus on that.

Below is a screenshot of an example editing situation:

  • You're editing the scene of a comedy television program

  • Loaded in the Source Window is a clip that contains one video track and two audio tracks

  • Loaded in the Timeline Window is a sequence that contains one video track and four audio tracks

The goals in this example are...