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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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Creating accurate Color Bars and Tone

First, it's helpful to understand what Color Bars and Tone are for. The goal when mastering is to make sure that the image and sound meet broadcast standards, and that you do as much as possible so that your program is viewed and heard outside of your facility just as you created it. In order to do this, we all agree to use a common reference for picture and a common reference for audio. This way, when your film or program is broadcast or duplicated, if there are any deviations from these agreed upon reference values on the Master Tape or Master Digital File, then adjustments can be made, so that the image and audio remain within broadcast specifications as well as are consistent to the levels they were when mastered at your facility.

Before mastering, we start by using Color Bars and Tone to calibrate the equipment in our edit bay/facility. We'd use Color Bars to properly calibrate the external NTSC, PAL, and/or HD monitor that is connected to the editing...