Sometimes, the most important information you can generate about your clips is the user data that you define. In Part 1 of this two-part tutorial series, find out how to create custom columns and save your custom bin views in Avid Media Composer.
Inserting video inside of titles in Avid Media Composer is a cinch, and can add pizazz to any project. Check out this tutorial for this fun technique!
Create hundreds of titles in just moments by tapping into the extreme power of Avid Marquee’s AutoTitler. Using just a simple title template and an external text document, you can streamline this otherwise tedious process of lower third creation.
In the past, one feature that many Avid editors have missed when moving to Final Cut Pro is the lack of one-button Top and Tail editing. Top and Tail editing allows you to instantaneously extract either the beginning or end of a clip, which is a great way to quickly assemble B-roll. This feature has now been added to FCP X — check out this tutorial to find out more!
Keyframing audio—otherwise known as rubber banding—is a fairly standard procedure in Avid Media Composer, as it allows you to easily raise and lower your audio levels within the boundaries of clips in your Timeline. This tutorial will go over the basics of how to perform rubber banding, as well as some useful tips for quick audio keyframe manipulation.
Avid Media Composer contains many complex manual color correction tools that require deep knowledge of various video scopes and proper color correction workflow. It also contains several useful automatic color correction tools that can help you arrive at correct luma and chroma levels. Check out this tutorial for tips on how to use these automatic color correction controls.
Working in today’s world of dozens of different video formats can often be a difficult business; you’re constantly having to negotiate different video sizes and aspect ratios when combining them in the same project. This video tutorial will discuss several of the various reformat effects—the 16:9 and 4:3 letterbox effects, as well as the Pan and Scan effect—which you can use to bring all the clips in your sequence to a single aspect ratio.
With the recent backlash following the launch of FCP X, both Avid and Adobe are reaching out to FCP users, offering deals to entice them to try out the other options in professional editing.
If you’ve ever been left with an imported image that doesn’t look quite the way it did before you brought it into Avid Media Composer, you may be interested to learn more about specific Import Settings that help preserve the integrity of your image’s size and aspect ratio. Watch this video tutorial for a step-by-step glimpse at how image size and pixel aspect ratio play a part in successful imports.
With the recent release of Final Cut Pro X, many editors are scrambling to figure out if they should upgrade or not. With a lack of forward compatibility (which doesn’t allow you to bring projects forward from previous versions of the software), many are wary. I asked several of my editor acquaintances what they thought. Here’s what they had to say.
Have you ever imported a graphic or movie file into Avid Media Composer, only to have it result in being stretched, squeezed, or the wrong opacity? Learn how to master the different settings within Avid’s Import dialog box, and prevent these types of issues from occurring again! (This is Part 2 of a two-part post.)
Have you ever imported a graphic or movie file into Avid Media Composer, only to have it result in being stretched, squeezed, or the wrong opacity? Learn how to master the different settings within Avid’s Import dialog box, and prevent these types of issues from occurring again! (This is Part 1 of a two-part post.)