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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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Understanding the Track Control Panel and Keyframe Selection Tool

Becoming familiar with the locations of these tools and features will help with the discussions of using them, which are covered later in this chapter.

How to do it...

Open the Track Control Panel by either of these methods:

  • Timeline Window Fast Menu (hamburger) in the bottom-left corner of the Timeline Window | Track Control Panel

  • Click the Track Control Panel disclosure triangle found in the top-left of the Timeline Window, next to the Timecode display (see letter A in the previous screenshot)

How it works...

Now we'll take a look at the features in the previous screenshot:

  • B – 5 Real Time Audio Suite (RTAS) buttons: The RTAS Plug-Ins are placed here. In addition, clicking on the buttons opens the RTAS Tool.

  • CActive/Inactive Button (with Outline): I think of these as the power button for each track, especially since that's the icon the designers chose.

    • Making a track Inactive is different than Muting it (see letter F). When you...