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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

Using Segment Mode with the Smart Tool

While it is possible to have as many of the Smart Tool functions enabled as you like at any time, here we'll focus on just enabling the Segment Mode functions. And, just as with the Smart Tool trimming functions (discussed earlier), once the Segment Mode functions are enabled, they can be accessed in the Timeline, based on where you place your cursor. Let's take a closer look:

  • Within the Smart Tool, enable both the red Lift/Overwrite Segment Mode as well as the yellow Extract/Splice In Segment Mode. Note that enabling a function(s) within the Smart Tool also enables the Smart Tool itself. Use any of the methods described in the the Smart tool overview section to disable and/or re-enable the Smart Tool as a whole at any time.

  • When multiple Smart Tool functions are enabled, you access them directly in the Timeline based on where you place your cursor. Remember, in this example, we're discussing only the red Lift/Overwrite Segment Mode and the yellow Extract/Splice - In Segment Mode, though you can have any combination of functions enabled that you like.

    • Placing your cursor in the upper portion of a segment displays the Red Arrow, while placing it in the lower portion displays the Yellow Arrow (notice that the Smart Tool palette reminds you where to position your cursor in the Timeline by placing the red tools above the yellow tools)

    • Once you have displayed the tool you want (red arrow or yellow arrow), then click the mouse to engage it

    • There are additional Segment Mode tips next.