This training class provides the critical fundamentals of learning Avid Media Composer from the ground-up.
It is recommended that you have a recent version of Avid Media Composer installed. Avid offers a 30 day fully functional trial if you do not own an active license.
This training represents a culmination of 20+ years experience of using Avid Media Composer. Each lesson has been methodically scripted and presents specific concepts at an easy to learn pace.
* Please note: There are a few bonus lessons that require Avid FX, and Boris Continuum. Depending on the version of Avid Media Composer that you are running you may not have these third party plug-ins. This online training does not require these plug-ins, but if you have access to them, please enjoy the free bonus lessons.
When you start a new project, you have three choices.
The first two choices are fixed directories, and the third choice 'external' allows you to specify your own directory path.
Also, it's very important that you choose the correct project format before ingesting media. In particular, pay special attention to the different frame rates available. Make sure the project format matches the majority of your content to avoid lengthy render and transcode times.
The project window is the heart of Avid Media Composer, and it must always remain open. The project window contains a list of all your bins, settings, and effects.
Make sure you are comfortable with opening, closing, and attaching bin windows together before moving onto the next lesson.
I recommend that you spend the extra time and storage requirements to import your media into Avid Media Composer for larger projects.
Also, there are two third party products that will help you archive media that has been imported into Avid. You can read about them by clicking on the link.
It is possible to edit directly from Media Volumes when using the Link to AMA function. However, it's important to note that playback performance will be reduced based on the number of edits in your project.
Therefore, it's important to understand the consolidation process, in which a volume is converted into .mxf media. This will improve performance if you have the time and/or storage to create .mxf files.
Watch this short tutorial if you are using 4K media within Avid Media Composer. Please note, you will need Media Composer version 8.3 or higher to work within a 4K project.
When working in Frame View or Text View, make sure you memorize the following keyboard shortcuts.
Command L - makes clip thumbnails larger
Command K - makes clip thumbnails smaller
If you need to find the Attic, it's best to a simple search on your internal hard drive for it. With that being said, if you are running the current version of Avid Media Composer, here are the current locations of the Avid Attic folder.
On a PC: c: / public / public documents / Avid Media Composer / Avid Attic
On a MAC: Mac HD / Users / Shared / AvidMediaComposer / Avid Attic
The location of the Avid Attic cannot be changed. Therefore, it may be wise to store your projects somewhere other than the internal hard drive. This way, you will have have back up copies of all your bins if the internal hard drive were to fail.
This means, if you drag a clip directly to a sequence, it will always default to a splice-in function unless a different smart tool is turned on.
For most types of projects, the red segment is a very practical tool. The red segment smart tool allows you to easily move clips around in a sequence. It will makes it easy to replace existing content.
The key thing to remember about the ripple trim function, is that it will change the duration of your sequence. Therefore, be very careful when using the ripple trim, and insure you have the correct tracks indicators turned on when performing a trim. Otherwise, you risk moving clip segments out of sync from their associated audio elements.
The red overwrite trim tool is a very practical tool learn master.
With the being said, pay special attention to this lesson if you choose to leave all the smart tools enabled while editing.
You can press the U key to enter directly into rolling trim mode.
The keyboard shortcut for the overwrite edit is the B key. Using the overwrite edit function is one of the most efficient methods of editing within Avid Media Composer.
The splice edit function is a commonly used editing tool for narrative style video editing. Be careful when using the splice-edit function, because it will always change the duration of your sequence.
The Replace Edit function is one of this hidden gems within Avid Media Composer. It's similar to the overwrite edit, but provides additional functionality that is a must-have for professionals.
The replace edit function, allow you to easily replace content within a sequence without having to mark in-out points. It also allows you to edit your content based on a sync point, which makes it easy to pin point where specific action within a clip takes place.
I urge you to become efficient in using the replace edit tool. The replace edit tool is hidden, and I recommend that you map it to your keyboard to use as a shortcut.
Note: If you do have in/out points with a timeline, the replace edit will obey those in/out points instead of replacing the clip segment based on the position of the playhead indicator.
Note: A title object can contain a single color or a blend of colors. However, you cannot change the color of each glyph within a title object.
The following rules apply to title objects.
The work around would be to create a separate object for each character and then group them together into a single object.
A new title tool is available for those who own Media Composer 7.X. It's called NewBlue Titler Pro.
It's located within the effects palette under the NewBlue Titler category within the effects palette.
Avid FX is a plug-in that now ships with Avid Media Composer. If you have a current version of Avid Media Composer, you can download Avid FX from Avid's Download Center.
Avid FX is essentially the same thing as 'Boris FX' which is licensed to be used with Avid Media Composer.
You must have a minimum of Media Composer Version 7 in order to adjust volume sliders directly within a clip segment.
This lesson will also demonstrate how to much a menu function to a shortcut key. So for example, you could map the Audio Waveform functional to 'Shift W'.
If you don't have one of those fancy Avid Video Editing Keyboards , the keyframe button is mapped to the comma key.
Otherwise, I recommend that you map the add-keyframe button to an empty tool palette location by using the command palette.
The video lesson covers the basic fundamentals of using the RTAS (Real Time Audio Suite) filters within Avid Media Composer.
Key concepts covered in this lesson include:
Note: It's important to remember that when using a RTAS filter, the audio filter will affect the entire track. If you need to apply a filter to an individual clip segment you have two options.
It's important to note a few limitations of using audiosuiite filters:
When adjusting a picture in picture within the composer window, it's important that you keep the playhead indicator parked over the pink keyframe. Otherwise, you may accidentally create unwanted additional keyframes.
If you need slide a keyframe within the composer window, hold down the alt key and you will be able to drag the keyframe to the left or right.
Learn the basics of applying an effects filter to create a lightning bolt strike.
Note: The most recent version of Avid Media Composer no long ships with BCC (Boris Continuum). However, many previous retail version of Avid Media Composer did ship with BCC.
If you own Avid Symphony, the most recent version still ships with BBC.
If you'd like to follow along, but do know have a BCC license, you can download a 15 day trial version by visiting BorisFX.com and clicking on the free trial button.
This is a fantastic lesson that demonstrates how to correct a color cast problem when working with multiple cameras.
Important concepts that are covered in this lesson include:
*This lesson has a downloadable QuickTime file within the module so you can follow along.
John has a Masters Degree from prestigious Florida State Film School that is now one of the top 5 film schools in the country. He has worked on a variety of national television shows, and has traveled the country teaching film and video editing. High profile agencies such as ESPN, NASA, Lockheed Martin, MTV, CIA, and other film/video organizations have praised his training expertise. John is one of a very select few that is an active certified Avid Media Composer and Final Cut Pro instructor.
John has taught over 1,000 individuals covering 46 states, and a large area of the Caribbean. His recent work includes a YouTube channel that contains hundreds of Avid Media Composer and Final Cut Pro Tutorials. He is also a writer, and has published a book called 'The Portable Genius for Final Cut Pro.
John has been editing and teaching for 20 years. He has an active Certified Media Composer and Final Cut Pro instructor. He is also available for on-site consultation and training.