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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

Monitoring during Trimming

When you're Double Roller trimming, Slipping, or Sliding, there is a simple method to tell Media Composer what you want to hear, or to focus on visually, as you're trimming. This is done with what Avid calls the Trim Monitors. These are the green lights below the purple trim counters. The arrow in the next screenshot points to the green monitor light for the A-Side, while the light on the B-Side is off and is colored gray.

When you're in Double Roller Trim Mode, all you have to do is momentarily hover (don't click) your cursor over either the A-Side Trim Monitor (the left monitor displaying the image) or over the B-Side Trim Monitor. Notice that if you move your cursor back and forth across the two that the green monitor light will change as well.

  • Example 1: You're in Double Roller Trim Mode on track A2. On the A-Side (left-hand side) of the transition is audio and on the B-Side is Filler, which of course is silent. In this case I'd want to have the green monitor light on the A-Side, so that as I trimmed in real time, using JKL, I could hear the audio at the same time.

  • Example 2: When Slipping a shot, you can choose to monitor either the Head Frame (the first frame) of the shot or the Tail Frame by momentarily hovering your cursor over one or the other to set the green monitor light. Then, as you trim in real time using JKL, you'll also see the selected image update in real time. Also note that if you have a third Client Monitor(a PAL or NTSC monitor) attached to your editing system, then the image you have selected for monitoring is also displayed there.