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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

Uses for Group Clips and MultiCamera Mode

Group Clips and MultiCamera Mode editing are especially useful in any situation where footage from multiple cameras is recorded at the same time and/or shares a common sync reference. For example:

  • Music Videos: Even though you may have shot your music video with just one camera, all the different angles and locations in the footage still have at least one common sync reference: the song. Professional music video shoots will also use a timecode reference tied along with the music track to aid with syncing footage.

  • Small Shoots: This relates to shoots with two or three cameras, such as an interview, a lecture, or a presentation. It’s always preferred to have all the cameras share the exact same timecode (referred to as Common Timecode) and that the cameras be exactly synced together (frequently referred to as Jam Synced). Unfortunately, this may not always be possible (due to the capability, or in this case the incapability, of the cameras being used). However, you can still provide a common sync reference point for all the cameras by using a Clapper Slate (see screenshot and discussion later in the Overview: Syncing Methods recipe).

  • Large Shoots: This relates to shoots of various kinds with multiple cameras, covering a large expanse, and/or not necessarily recording the same image and audio at the same time, yet all the footage needs to be synced (Grouped) together. In these instances, using a Clapper Slate is most likely not practical and you would want to make sure that all the cameras (or decks, if you’re feeding the signal to a control truck or control room) are jam-synced together so that they share identical timecode. Some examples would be:

    • A music concert where one camera records the singer, another camera the drummer, another camera the entire band, another camera the audience, and so on

    • An American Football game where one camera records the Quarterback, another camera a coach, another camera the fans in the stadium, and so on

    • A studio production like a situation comedy (for example, The Big Bang Theory), a talk show (for example, The Ellen DeGeneres Show or The Graham Norton Show), or a court show (for example, Judge Judy)