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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

Trimming and effects

There is a feature that tells Media Composer to compute and display an effect (for example, a dissolve or a Picture-in-Picture) whenever the Position Indicator is placed on it. This feature is called Render On-The-Fly, and is found in two locations.

The first location it can be found is: Special menu | Render On-The-Fly. When you're in Source/Record Mode, this feature is enabled by default. This is why when you place the Position Indicator on a dissolve (or another effect) that you can see it.

The second location you'll find Render On-The-Fly is in your Trim Settings: Project Window | Settings tab | Trim settings | Features tab. Here you'll notice that this feature is disabled by default. This is because it can often be frustrating to have to deal with seeing an effect (for example, a dissolve) when you're attempting to trim a shot. However, what if you're trimming a layered video effect you've constructed that includes multiple video tracks? In that case, there's a good likelihood that being able to see what is happening in the video layers as you trim would be helpful. So, now you know where to enable that feature when you need it.