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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
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Editing multiple camera angles without Group Clips

Just for purposes of comparison, let’s examine how we would have to edit without the benefit of Group Clips. Let’s use our previous example of a sit-down interview with one Interviewer and two people being interviewed:

  • 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

Without the ability to create Group Clips, you would have at least four video tracks; and you’d have at least two audio tracks (presuming the interviewer was recorded on one audio channel, while both subjects were recorded together on a different channel). Likely you’d have at least three audio tracks in this situation (each person recorded on a different audio channel), and possibly a fourth that was recorded with all the cameras’ audio channels mixed into one (as a safety/reference). In the Sequence, the video would be stacked onto different tracks and placed in sync with each other. You might configure the stacked clips like this (depending on your own preferences):

  • V1: Camera A

  • V2: Camera B

  • V3: Camera C

  • V4: Camera D

While editing like this is not impossible (there are a couple of different methods you might use, though I won’t bother you with detailing them), it is a great deal slower and more cumbersome than using Group Clips, whether you’re using MultiCamera Mode or not.