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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
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Segment Mode: Methods for staying in sync

On the left-hand side of the Timeline Window, and included as part of the Smart Tool, you'll find the red arrow that points to the right as well as the yellow arrow that points to the right. Together these two features are called Segment Mode. This is because they are a separate mode of operation. The red arrow is the Lift/Overwrite Segment tool. As its name tells us, it contains both of those editing abilities. The good news is that this tool can never alter the material that is downstream of the edit points causing them to go out of sync. This is because:

  • At the original location from which the segment(s) is removed, it performs a Lift that leaves an equal duration of Filler behind

  • At the new location where the segment(s) is placed, it performs an Overwrite that replaces (covers up) the material that was previously there

Then we have the yellow Extract/Splice-In Segment tool. As its name suggests, it contains both abilities:

  • At the original location...