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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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Locking sequences to make them less easily editable

It's important to make sure to communicate with others in your workgroup so they know a sequence has been locked and can't be edited, and ensure that they know how to unlock it if they need to. Not everyone knows about locking tracks in sequences and this may cause confusion in a workgrup.

There are two methods you can use to lock tracks in a sequence so that it is more difficult to perform an edit on those tracks. The first method will be presented in the How to do it... section, and the second will be in the There's more... section.

How to do it…

  1. Load the sequence into the Timeline Window.

  2. Using the Track Selectors, select the tracks you want to lock by enabling them. Only the enabled tracks will eventually become locked.

  3. With the Timeline Window still active, go to Clip menu | Lock Tracks. Notice that in the Clip menu, right below the Lock Tracks choice, is Unlock Tracks.

  4. Result – in the Timeline Window there is now a small lock icon where...