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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

Creating Stereo, 5.1 and 7.1 ("Multichannel") Tracks in a Sequence

Before we dive into the recipes, let's go over some information about the differences between Mono tracks and Stereo tracks in a Sequence:

  • At the time of writing, Media Composer provides up to 24 audio tracks in a Sequence and provides the ability to hear any 16 of the displayed 24 tracks. In Avid ProTools lingo, they'd say that there are 24 tracks and 16 Voices. For most of us, 16 tracks are enough. For those that need to output more, they can perform an Audio Mixdown (also known as Bouncing Tracks in the audio mixing world). Audio Mixdown is a selection from the Special Menu.

  • Avid refers to Clips and Tracks that are Stereo, 5.1 and 7.1 as being Multichannel.

  • Clips and their Audio Tracks can be Mono, Stereo, 5.1 Surround Sound, or 7.1 Surround Sound. A recipe a bit later in this chapter discusses how to create Multichannel Clips .

  • You can have any combination of track-types in a Sequence.

  • Only Mono elements can be edited onto...