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Media Composer® 6: Part 1—Editing Essentials

Book Description

MEDIA COMPOSER 6: PART 1–EDITING ESSENTIALS is the first step in achieving confidence, creativity, and efficiency with Avid Media Composer 6, the non-linear film/video editing application used in most movie and television productions. Along with its counterpart, MEDIA COMPOSER 6: PART 2–EFFECTS ESSENTIALS, this book provides the foundation for Media Composer User Certification through an Avid Learning Partner. This book leads you through the interface and basic editing techniques before moving on to trimming, fine-tuning the edit, adjusting audio, handling multi camera editing, adding transitions, adding titles, and outputting your finished project. The training is hands-on and features project-based lessons in which you work on real-world projects ranging from extreme sports and dazzling documentary footage to an episode of the television show Hell's Kitchen. This official training course book is the best first step in mastering Avid Media Composer 6, the standard editing system used by professionals in the film and television industries.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Dedication
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. About the Author
  6. Contents
  7. Introduction
  8. Lesson 1 Exploring the Interface and Preparing to Edit
    1. Starting the System
    2. Opening a Project
    3. Exploring the Workspace
    4. Understanding the Project Window
    5. Working with Bins and Folders in the Project Window
    6. Exploring the Editing Interface
    7. Working with the Source Monitor
    8. Organizing Clips and Bins
    9. Saving Your Work
  9. Exercise 1 Sorting Clips and Saving Projects
    1. Sorting Clips
    2. Organizing and Saving the Project
  10. Lesson 2 Assembling a Basic Sequence
    1. Opening the Project
    2. Understanding the Record Monitor
    3. Creating a New Sequence
    4. Combining Bin Tabs
    5. Marking Edit Points
    6. Finding an Audio Edit Cue
    7. Performing Basic Editing
    8. Splicing Clips into the Timeline
    9. Adding Tracks to a Sequence
    10. Overwriting Clips into the Timeline
    11. Marking Edits in the Timeline
    12. Editing Audio and Video
    13. Extracting and Lifting Segments from the Timeline
  11. Exercise 2 Improving the Teaser
    1. Creating an Extended Version of the Teaser
    2. Building an Interview Sequence
    3. Bonus Exercise
  12. Lesson 3 Ingesting File-Based Media
    1. Opening the Project
    2. Understanding Importing and AMA Linking
    3. Importing Still Images
    4. Creating a New Project
    5. Importing Audio Files
    6. Opening a Bin from Another Project
    7. Understanding AMA
    8. Linking to a QuickTime Volume
    9. Understanding Consolidate Versus Transcode
    10. Adding Comments to Master Clips in Script View
  13. Exercise 3 Organizing and Consolidating Your Media
    1. Adding More Comments
    2. Linking Shots
    3. Editing a New Sequence
  14. Lesson 4 Manual Timeline Editing
    1. Opening the Project
    2. Creating Subclips
    3. Preparing the Project for Editing
    4. Drag-and-Drop Editing in the Timeline
    5. Finding Clips in the Bins Pane
    6. Dragging Clips to Splice-In or Overwrite the Timeline
    7. Sorting and Sifting Clips
    8. Building a Storyboard
    9. Arranging a Storyboard
    10. Editing a Storyboard into a Sequence
    11. Trimming Segments with Top and Tail
    12. Trimming Segments with Extend
  15. Exercise 4 Building a Storyboard and Montage
    1. Creating Subclips
    2. Creating a Storyboard
    3. Editing a Montage
  16. Lesson 5 Refining the Edit
    1. Opening and Preparing the Project
    2. Understanding Your Trimming Options
    3. Overwrite Trimming with the Smart Tool
    4. Using the Trim Keyboard Shortcuts
    5. Preparing the Project
    6. Using Ripple Trim to Fix Dialogue
    7. Trimming on-the-Fly
    8. Trimming in the Composer Window
    9. Preparing the Project
    10. Using Additional Video to Enhance a Sequence
    11. Slipping or Sliding Segments
  17. Exercise 5 Making Further Refinements
    1. Finishing the Sequence
    2. Using Ripple Trimming
    3. Improving the Montage
  18. Lesson 6 Refining and Mixing Audio
    1. Tailoring the Interface for Audio Editing
    2. Working with Markers
    3. Adding and Patching Tracks
    4. Monitoring, Soloing, and Muting a Track
    5. Recording a Voiceover
    6. Using the Audio Tool
    7. Setting Levels and Pan in the Audio Mixer
    8. Changing Levels Within a Segment
    9. Audio Crossfades
  19. Exercise 6 Setting Levels
    1. Correcting the Distorted Segment
    2. Adding and Editing Sound Effects
  20. Lesson 7 Customizing Media Composer
    1. Creating a New User Profile
    2. Viewing and Changing User Settings
    3. Changing the Font Size
    4. Working with the Command Palette
    5. Customizing a Workspace
  21. Exercise 7 Customizing Your Media Composer Setup
    1. Modifying Keyboard Shortcuts
    2. Creating a Customized Interface
    3. Creating a New User Setting
  22. Lesson 8 Introduction to Multicamera Editing
    1. Creating Group Clips
    2. Editing with Multicamera Displays
    3. Exploring Multicamera Editing Techniques
    4. Revising a Multicamera Edit
  23. Exercise 8 Practicing Multicamera Editing
  24. Lesson 9 Creating Quick Titles and Basic Transitions
    1. Making a New Title
    2. Editing a Title Over Video
    3. Working with Shapes and Gradients
    4. Applying a Fade Effect to Titles
    5. Adding Quick Transitions
  25. Exercise 9 Creating a Title Credit Roll
  26. Lesson 10 Preparing for Output and Exporting a File
    1. Creating a Sequence Report
    2. Adding Bars, Tone, and Filler
    3. Reviewing Work in Full-Screen Mode
    4. Exporting a Sequence for Web Sharing
    5. Using Send To Templates for DVD Authoring
    6. Creating Your Own Send To Template
  27. Exercise 10 Preparing and Exporting a Sequence
    1. Preparing a Sequence
    2. Exporting the Program Portion of the Sequence
  28. Appendix A Technical Fundamentals
    1. Understanding Compression, Codecs, and Wrappers
    2. Understanding Metadata
    3. Managing Your Media
  29. Appendix B Capturing Tape-Based Media
    1. Setting Up Your System for Capture
    2. Capturing Your Footage
    3. Logging and Batch Capturing
    4. Capturing from a Non-Timecode Source
    5. Deleting Clips and Media Files
  30. Appendix C Outputting to Tape
    1. Preparing a Sequence for Digital Cut
    2. Preparing Your Equipment for Output
    3. Working with the Digital Cut Tool
  31. Appendix D Glossary
  32. Appendix E Answers to Review/Discussion Questions
  33. INDEX