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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

Definition of a Group Clip

First, I think it’s good to know that you can edit with a Group Clip without using MultiCamera Mode. MultiCamera Mode editing gives you some additional editing abilities, but is not required to edit a Group Clip.

A Group Clip is a single clip that you create from multiple Master Clips and/or Subclips. During the process of creating Group Clips (referred to as Grouping), you instruct Avid Media Composer how to sync the clips. Examples of syncing methods include a common Mark In point on all the clips, or matching timecode on all the clips.

A Group Clip is able to Link to (you could also say point to, or refer to) up to 99 Master Clips and/or Subclips at one time. For example, let’s say you’re editing a sit-down interview with one Interviewer and two people being interviewed (the Subjects) which was shot with four cameras, and the recording was continuous on all the cameras for the entire duration of a 45-minute interview. Each of the four cameras would produce one Master Clip (each about 45-minutes long) which you would then combine into a single Group Clip. In the end, that one single Group Clip would link to/refer to all four Master Clips (camera angles) at the same time:

  • Camera A: Interviewer

  • Camera B: Interview Subject 1

  • Camera C: Interview Subject 2

  • Camera D: Roams between a Two-Shot of the Interview Subjects and a Wide-Shot that includes both the Interviewer and the Subjects

The benefits of editing with Group Clips include:

  • Having all the different camera angles contained in one clip means that it will only have to occupy one video track in your Timeline (the alternative is discussed later in the Editing multiple camera angles without Group Clips recipe)

  • You can quickly and easily change video angles from one to another, and/or from one audio source to another (the various methods are discussed in the chapter about Group Clips and MultiCamera Mode)

The duration of the Group Clip is dictated by the longest clip in the Group. That means that while editing, if you change to (also known as Switch to) one of the camera angles (that is, Master Clips) at a point in time when that clip does not have any video (for example, at the beginning or end of a Group Clip), Media Composer will display black.

The icon for a Group Clip is a square that is divided into four parts. This symbol is inspired by the four-image display, known as the Quad Display which is frequently used when editing with Group Clips. This icon is pictured in the next screenshot: