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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

Understanding the Audio Tool (Audio Meters)

In addition to evaluating a sound mix subjectively, we have to also evaluate it technically. The Audio Tool provides a variety of features to help us with the technical evaluation (and more).

How to do it...

  • To open the Audio Tool, use either of the following methods:

    • Tools Menu | Audio Tool

    • cmd/Ctrl + 1

How it works...

Now lets take a closer look at the display and features of the Audio Tool.

  • The measurement scale on the left-hand side is digital and uses the decibel scale, which is written as dB.

  • The measurement scale on the right references the analog Volume Units scale, which is written as VU.

  • On the digital scale, the highest value is zero. Audio above this level is clipped, and this is very undesirable as digital clipping causes distortion, making it sound terrible. On the VU scale, clipping occurs at approximately 20 VU. After doing some mathematical calculations, it works out that -20 dB on the digital scale equates to 0 VU on the analog scale...