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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

MultipleCamera Editing Resolutions

In the past (in the days before High Definition video) it was necessary to use specific, optimized video compressions (resolutions) in order to be able to play multiple Standard Definition (SD) video clips at the same time in the Quad Split and Nine Split displays (which are frequently used when editing Group Clips and when using MultiCamera Mode). These SD resolutions were denoted with the letter m following them, for example, 4:1m. Today, with the improvements in both hardware and software, using the m resolution is not mandatory with Group Clips/MultiCamera Mode. However, using it will provide increased performance. Avid states that you will see the best real-time playback performance when you play [SD] material that was recorded at 10:1 m, 4:1 m, or 1:1 resolutions. Further, you can certainly edit Group Clips comprised of HD video. However, since the amount of data for each frame of HD is so much more than SD, there are some issues and features to be aware of, which are discussed in the next section.