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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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Transcoding Sequences of mixed SD and HD video

Before Consolidating, Transcoding, or Decomposing sequences, I recommend that you perform a small test of the process, using unimportant clips to familiarize yourself with the workflow, additional options, and final results.

Before you Consolidate (or Transcode, or Decompose), a sequence I highly recommend that you make a duplicate of it and place it in its own well-labeled bin (for example, My Movie Before Transcode). This extra version is a protection in case you make an error, and will help to keep your project organized.

When you have a sequence of mixed Standard Definition (SD) video and High Definition (HD) video, you need the sequence to be a consistent format throughout in order to output it. In other words, it must be entirely SD or entirely HD.

What does Transcoding a sequence do? A discussion of this, along with some important notes, can be found in the introduction of the previous Transcoding sequences for archiving or before up-res...