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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

How Trimming works

To be concise, the way that editing works with Media Composer (and other nonlinear editing applications) is that rather than make permanently destructive changes to the actual picture and audio files (the media), it instead makes changes to the references to the media. However, let me give you some detail.

Let's start at the beginning. A clip (for example, Master Clip) in your bin is not actually the picture and/or audio file. It's just a reference to it. The classic analogy (most likely given to me by Greg Staten many years ago) is this:

In a time before computers, libraries used a card catalog to help you locate books. These were filing cabinets which held small, paper index cards.

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The cards contained helpful information about a book such as the author, publication date, number of pages, a short synopsis, and so on. It also contained the all-important Dewey Decimal System number that was assigned to that book, so you could locate it in the expansive library. Obviously, that small card was not the book. Its purpose was to point you to the book. Well, that's similar to how clips and media work together too. A clip is a small collection of information that points to (in Avid terminology, links to) the media:

Now let's turn to Sequences. A sequence is really just a collection of references. Each shot (known in Avid terminology as a Segment) is a reference that tells Media Composer what image to show and/or what audio to play from a media file when you press play.

My analogy is this: the media are like books and the Segments in the Sequence are like reading assignments for Media Composer. The reading assignment of each Segment can be lengthened or shortened (trimmed) with no affect on the actual book (the media).