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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
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Deleting unused media files: Just Master Clips, just Precomputes, or both

Throughout the editing process, we create a good deal of media files by capturing off of tape, importing files, Consolidating, or Transcoding files linked by AMA, and of course by rendering effects. It is likely that you will want to determine what media is being used by your sequence(s) and what is not, so that you can delete it. This will not only free up drive space but also in some instances may even improve the performance of the system because the Media Composer software will have fewer media files to keep track of.

Deleting unused Precomputes is something you may want to do every few weeks. Deleting unused clips is generally something you'd do in the very late stages of a project in order to make room on the drives for some new footage that has arrived.

When deleting media, slow down, take your time, think things through, eliminate distractions, and don't do it when you're tired.

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