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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
About the Reviewers

Trimming terminology

Before we get into Trimming, it will be helpful to be familiar with a couple of terms. So, in this section, we'll discuss A-Side and B-Side as well as the concept of HANDLE.


When you are editing (for example, using Splice and Lift, and so on), the Composer Window displays two monitors. The Source Monitor is on the left-hand side and the Record Monitor is on the right-hand side.

However, when you are Trimming shots longer or shorter (we'll talk about Slipping and Sliding later), monitors of the Composer Window change their display. The left monitor is displaying the tail frame (the last frame) of the shot on the left-hand side of the transition (the cut), while the right monitor is displaying the head frame (the first frame) of the shot on the right-hand side of the cut. However, we need a more generic and succinct way to describe them. So, we refer to the shot on the left-hand side of the transition as the A-side shot and the shot on the right-hand side, as you guessed it, the B-side shot. You may also hear people refer to the A-side shot as the outgoing shot and the B-side as the incoming shot. I'll be sticking with the terms A-side and B-side.


Handle is the material that was not edited into the Sequence, but is still available in the clip.


Handle gets revealed when you trim a Segment longer (of course, once it's revealed it's no longer Handle). On the other hand, when you trim a Segment shorter you are creating Handle. Further, Handle also comes into play whenever you apply a transition effect (for example, a dissolve). The transition effect uses the material in the Handle to do its job creating the effect.