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Unbreakable Conform for Avid Symphony & DaVinci ResolveUnbreakable Conform for Avid Symphony & DaVinci Resolve

There's nothing easy about roundtripping MXF files between Avid Symphony and DaVinci Resolve, especially if you want to keep handles intact. Longtime online editor Scott Freeman has come up with a way to actually make it easy, while automatically taming media management beasts. Best of all, the time savings are stunning: 8 hour conforms can be done in 4, and 40-hour media management marathons can be accomplished in seconds. Here are the steps for that, and so many other things that become possible as a result.

Editorial, Feature
Scott Freeman
AVID
Avid Dips Their Toes into the Subscription WatersAvid Dips Their Toes into the Subscription Waters

Now Avid is dipping their toes into the subscription model and for editors everywhere, this is a GREAT development. Avid offering the subscription model plays well into the small shop / independent editor / independent post house extremely well

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Walter Biscardi
AVID
Learn Avid's Media Composer 6 - Lesson 1: Getting StartedLearn Avid's Media Composer 6 - Lesson 1: Getting Started

In this tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe gets you started in Avid's Media Composer 6, and talks about some important concepts that you need to understand before you start editing. This tutorial series will teach you everything you need to know about not only Avid's Media Composer, but Avid's Symphony as well.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID
Learn Media Composer Lesson 9: Export SettingsLearn Media Composer Lesson 9: Export Settings

In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe talks about export settings, and how with a little forward thinking, you will be able to create multiple export templates, so exporting your final product is as simple as clicking a little checkbox.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID
Learn Avid's Media Composer Lesson 14: Basic TransitionsLearn Avid's Media Composer Lesson 14: Basic Transitions

In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe talks about working with basic transitions in your timeline. He shows you the long way, and the short way to access the effects, and also shows you everything you need to know to adjust transitions once they've been applied in your timeline, as well as quick ways to add transitions to multiple clips.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID
Learn Media Composer Lesson 11: Importing & AMA Linking ToLearn Media Composer Lesson 11: Importing & AMA Linking To

In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you the last two "common" ways to bring footage into Media Composer, and that is importing and AMA linking to, and discusses why it's important that FCP editors switching to Media Composer are going to want to pick the right one, so they are up and running as quickly as possible.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID
Learn Media Composer Lesson 40: The Marquee Title Tool 2Learn Media Composer Lesson 40: The Marquee Title Tool 2

In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how simple it is to not only add drop shadows and strokes to your text, but also how to create true 3D extruded text right within the Marquee Interface.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID
Learn Media Composer Lesson 92: FrameFlexLearn Media Composer Lesson 92: FrameFlex

In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe takes a look at the new FrameFlex feature inside of Media Composer 7. Ideal for working with large frame sizes inside of HD and SD timelines, this new feature is almost a hidden gem, as it's automatically added to your clips, once you drop them in the timeline. The trick for you is knowing how to harness its power.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P McAuliffe
AVID
Learn Media Composer Lesson 3: Audio SettingsLearn Media Composer Lesson 3: Audio Settings

In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe begins at the top of the Settings window by looking at the Audio and Audio Project settings, and how a commonly overlooked setting can really get you into trouble, if you don't know what you're looking for.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID
Learn Media Composer Lesson 6: Capturing Part ONELearn Media Composer Lesson 6: Capturing Part ONE

In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe continues his talk about settings, this time talking about the capture setting, and he gives a tour of the capture tool, and gives some tips on how to get yourself even more organized when you are editing.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID
Learn Avid's Media Composer Lesson 13: Basic EditingLearn Avid's Media Composer Lesson 13: Basic Editing

In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe walks you though the basics of editing, and discusses one of the most fundamental processes all editors need to understand, and that is 3-point editing.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID
Learn Media Composer: Michael Bay Film Look Part 1Learn Media Composer: Michael Bay Film Look Part 1

In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows all the Symphony editors out there how to create a Michael Bay inspired film look right from within their Symphony timeline. Everything that is shown in this tutorial is designed to get you excited to stay in your NLE which not only saves you time, but will make you more money in the end!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P McAuliffe
AVID
Learn Media Composer Lesson 8: Composer SettingsLearn Media Composer Lesson 8: Composer Settings

In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe talks about organizing your editing interface by adjusting your Composer settings. These settings, if used and set correctly, will give you all the timecode information you need when editing, without having to searching through bins to find it.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID
Avid Media Composer Quick Tip 1 - Nesting EffectsAvid Media Composer Quick Tip 1 - Nesting Effects

Nesting effects in Avid's Media Composer is not as easy as it is in other applications, but with this quick tip, you'll be compositing in your favorite NLE in no time flat.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID
Learn Avid's Media Composer Lesson 15: Effects: 3D Warp ToolLearn Avid's Media Composer Lesson 15: Effects: 3D Warp Tool

In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe gives you an introduction to effects work inside of Media Composer, by showing you the 3D Warp Tool. It's the equivalent to the clip based parameter adjustments (Scale, Position, Rotation, etc) you can make inside of FCP or Premiere Pro CS6. This is going to be your "go to" effect while editing, and this primer lesson is a must, if you want to start doing effects work in your sequences.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID
Multicam Editing in Avid Media ComposerMulticam Editing in Avid Media Composer

In this tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how easy it is to edit multicam footage with no timecode reference in Avid's Media Composer 6 and Symphony 6.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P McAuliffe
AVID
EDL, a tutorial from Dennis KutcheraEDL, a tutorial from Dennis Kutchera

There are more modern ways of exchanging edit information such as OMF and AAF, but not everyone is going to have this. Media 100 now has OMF export as an extra option in version 8 and Final Cut Pro is supported through an OMF export plug in from Automatic Duck. But the old EDL text file is still with us. If you must use an EDL, you are going to be in for some frustration if you do not follow these procedures that Dennis Kutchera shares with us.

Tutorial
Dennis Kutchera
AVID
Learn Media Composer Lesson 93: Add Logos to Credit CrawlsLearn Media Composer Lesson 93: Add Logos to Credit Crawls

In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how to add logos to your title crawls, by introducing Photoshop to your Media Composer workflow. What might seem to be limitations inside of Media Composer can bypassed by unitizing the Marquee Title Tool! Once you see how easy this technique is, you'll be adding logos to every one of your title crawls.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P McAuliffe
AVID
Difference Matting within the AvidDifference Matting within the Avid

In this tutorial, Ra-ey Saleh will show you how even without shooting Green Screen you can replace the background of a shot whilst keeping the moving foreground undamaged. He'll use a technique called 'Difference Matting' and do it all within the Avid!

Tutorial
Ra-ey Saleh
AVID
Avid Media Composer: Batch ImportingAvid Media Composer: Batch Importing

This tutorial for Avid Media Composer/Symphony covers the basics of batch importing in Avid, and includes replacing a file with another file so it will auto-update across sequences, renaming clips in your bin then finding the original imported file name, batch importing with an alpha channel, importing a file with audio then replacing only the video portion, caveats to batch importing (the importance of file duration), and batching importing groups of clips that have moved from their original location.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Hancock
AVID
Avid Media Composer Quick Tip 2 - Importing Image SequencesAvid Media Composer Quick Tip 2 - Importing Image Sequences

Importing clips into Avid's Media Composer might seem straight forward, but what if a client has sent you a Targa sequence? Don't over think the import process, as importing Targa sequences is just as easy as regular clips.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID
Learn Media Composer Lesson 19: Avid Title Tool Part ONELearn Media Composer Lesson 19: Avid Title Tool Part ONE

In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe starts off his look at the Avid Title tool by talking about the basics, like the setup and launching of the title tool, creation of text, adjusting colors, adding shadows, and saving out to your timeline. Once you've watched this lesson, you'll be able to create a basic title for just about any project you are working on.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID
Learn Media Composer Lesson 82: Consolidate/TranscodeLearn Media Composer Lesson 82: Consolidate/Transcode

In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe answers a common question, and that is "What is the difference between Consolidating and Transcoding?". Not only does he explain the difference and show you how easy both are to use, but he also discusses Batch Importing, and how what might seem like the best way to work, isn't.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P McAuliffe
AVID
Learn Media Composer Lesson 76: Motion TrackingLearn Media Composer Lesson 76: Motion Tracking

In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you the basics of tracking a background plate, and applying that information to a title you create in your timeline. Then he shows you, with the power of the fantastic Animatte effect, how to create a realistic effect of a car driving in front of a title. Advanced looking end product, but very easy to create.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P McAuliffe
AVID
Learn Media Composer Lesson 10: Keyboard SettingsLearn Media Composer Lesson 10: Keyboard Settings

In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe discusses probably the most important setting, and that is the keyboard setting. He also shows you, how in conjunction with the command palette, you will be able to map just about any command to any button on your keyboard or editing interface, and even talks about why you might not want to do just that.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
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