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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

Asymmetric Trimming type 2: Two Heads/Two Tails

Editor and fellow ACI Paul Petschek assisted me with this example, as well as reminded me that this is an editing capability that was inspired by another editing application called Lightworks. This relatively new addition to the trimming programming in Avid Media Composer is useful in some specific situations. You may not use it every week but when you need it, you'll have it in your bag of tricks. Its most frequent use would come when editing a montage of video that sits on top of a bed of music and/or voiceover, as is often found in music videos, television commercials, and film trailers.

This recipe will take you through the steps to use the Two Heads/Two Tails Asymmetric Trimming method, and then for the sake of comparison, an alternate method will be presented in the There's more... section of this recipe.

Getting ready

Below is a screenshot of the situation before editing. Note that to help you follow along with what is happening, I've placed...