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Learn Avid's Media Composer
Kevin P McAuliffe

Toronto, Canada

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Kevin P McAuliffe joins Creative COW to bring another great tutorial series. This set will deliver to you the tools you need to use Avid's Media Composer.
 
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Unbreakable Conform for Avid Symphony & DaVinci Resolve

Unbreakable 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.

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Scott Freeman
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Learn Media Composer Lesson 93: Add Logos to Credit Crawls
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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.

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Kevin P McAuliffe
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Learn Media Composer: Michael Bay Film Look Part 1
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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!

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Kevin P McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 92: FrameFlex
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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.

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Kevin P McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 91: Transfer Modes
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe talks about Transfer Modes, or Blend Modes as they are more commonly referred to, and how even though most editors think that you cannot work with them inside of Media Composer, you actually have the tools right at your fingertips...you probably just don't realize it.

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Kevin P McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 90: Intro to Audio Effects
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe introduces the Audio EQ tool, as well as the Audio Suite Plug-ins. These great tools let you create audio effects like the "telephone" effect, as well as letting you speed up and slow down audio, to make it fit wherever you need it to, in your timeline.

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Kevin P McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 89: Consolidating & Transcoding
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows off a new feature inside of Media Composer 7, and that's Background Consolidating and Transcoding. Not only can this great new feature be used from within the editing application, but you can also set up external folders, and C/T without even knowing that it's happening!

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Kevin P McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 88: Creating Video Walls Part 4
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In his final look at creating video walls, Kevin P McAuliffe talks to Mac users out there, specifically ones who have switched from Final Cut Studio to Media Composer, and shows them how to create the same video wall effect using the new MC7 and Apple's Motion 5.

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Kevin P McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 87: Creating Video Walls Part 3
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe looks at creating a video wall inside of Adobe's After Effects CC. Since every video wall needs video clips as the base, Kevin starts out inside of Avid's Media Composer, and does all the prep work there, and then switches over to AE CC to quickly and easily build a complex video wall.

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Kevin P McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 86: Creating Video Walls Part 2
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe wraps up his look at creating a video wall solely within your Media Composer timeline by not only dropping multiple video clips into each "monitor" with a few clicks of the mouse, but he adds "icing on the cake" by adding a stylized title to the final composite.

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Kevin P McAuliffe
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Learn Media Composer Lesson 85: Creating Video Walls Part 1
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you why you don't always need to go to a compositing application to create what might seem like a complex video wall. What Kevin is going to show you, in many cases, is created with a plug-in, but once you see how easy it is to create right in your timeline, it will be an effect you can pull out anytime to amaze your client!

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Kevin P McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 84: Creating DVDs Part 2
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe talks about encoding your exported Media Composer timelines using Apple's Compressor. This lesson is specifically focused on Editors who have made the switch from Final Cut Pro/Studio to Avid's Media Composer, but still want to get the most out of the applications in the bundle, and not have to use a new third party encoding application. Compressor has some huge workflow enhancements like Droplets, that will make the encoding process a breeze.

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Kevin P McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 83: Creating DVDs Part ONE
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In this first of a multi-part tutorial series, Kevin P McAuliffe takes a look at setting up your Media Composer or Symphony timelines for creating SD DVD's. He covers formatting issues you need to keep in mind, as well as the proper way to export your sequence in three important, but very different ways.

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Kevin P McAuliffe
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Learn Media Composer Lesson 82: Consolidate/Transcode
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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.

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Kevin P McAuliffe
AVID
CatDV Connects with Avid

CatDV Connects with Avid

Square Box Systems' has just unveiled a CatDV asset management system for integration with Avid nonlinear editors. Pegasus is a premium CatDV client that is based on the CatDV Enterprise product and, in addition to integration with Avid Media Composer, also offers metadata support for RED Epic. With this addition, CatDV now offers support for Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere and Apple Final Cut Pro.

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Debra Kaufman
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 81: Multichannel Audio Exports
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe answers a viewer's e-mail about creating multichannel audio exports. Most people think that this is a hardware limitation for most PC's and Mac's, but Kevin quickly shows you that this is very easy to set up right from within your export settings, and once you have a preset, you can set it and forget it.

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Kevin P McAuliffe
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Learn Media Composer Lesson 80: Creating Client Approvals
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe answers a viewer's question about how to create client approval Quick Time files in MC/Symphony. To take things to the next level, Kevin also shows you how to create HD YouTube files ready to upload to show your work to the masses.

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Kevin P McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 79: Power Keyboard Settings PT 2
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe continues his talk about Power User keyboard settings and you'll quickly see that you don't need to remap the entire keyboard to speed up your workflow. In most cases, it's simply about choosing the right tools to have at the tip of your fingers to get the job done that much faster.

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Kevin P McAuliffe
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Learn Media Composer Lesson 78: Power Keyboard Settings PT 1
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe uses a Linkedin forum discussion about what keyboard settings are useful for an editor to not only show you his settings in depth, but also explain in detail what each customized setting does, and why you're going to want to add it to your editing workflow.

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Kevin P McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 77: The 24 Commercial Bumper
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you another real-world example of how to create "Hollywood-Style" effects right from within your timeline, by creating the "24" commercial break bumper. With some very simple title work, and a little forward thinking with the 3D Warp Tool, you can create this awesome effect without having to leave the comfort of your MC/Symphony timeline.

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Kevin P McAuliffe
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Learn Media Composer Lesson 76: Motion Tracking
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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.

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Kevin P McAuliffe
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Learn Media Composer Lesson 75: Creating a Video Viewfinder
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe answers a viewer's question about creating a video viewfinder effect. There are different plug-in packages that you can purchase that have this effect, but why spend your hard earned money, when the effect is something that is easily buildable inside of Media Composer or Symphony.

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Kevin P McAuliffe
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Learn Media Composer Lesson 74: Import, QC and Export
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe answers another viewer e-mail from someone who's having quality issues when importing into Media Composer. Kevin goes over some importing tips, and shows you how to make sure you're monitoring the highest possible quality in the NLE application, and then he discusses a common exporting problem, and takes about how, with a little bit of forethought, you can get those excellent looking exports that your clients are asking for.

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Kevin P McAuliffe
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Learn Media Composer Lesson 73: Creating a Countdown
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe answers a viewer's e-mail about creating a countdown inside of Media Composer and Symphony. Most people would think a plug-in is required, but with a little forethought, this is something that can be created in no time flat!

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Kevin P McAuliffe
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Learn Media Composer Lesson 72: The Schindler's List Effect
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how simple it is to create the effect made famous by film's like Schindler's List and Pleasantville, but he doesn't do the effect as a color correction effect. Instead, he gives you a great introduction to an included Rotoscoping effect called Animatte. Once you see how versatile this effect is, you find yourself going less and less to third party compositing applications to do your Roto work.

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Kevin P McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 71: Creating a Sports Scorecard
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe answers a viewer's question about creating a tennis scoreboard, like you would see in a professional tennis broadcast. Most people immediately think they need Photoshop or a compositing application to create this element, but the easiest way to build is with the tools you have right at your fingertips.

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Kevin P McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 70: The Ken Burns Effect
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how to create the Ken Burns effect, known more commonly as a "Pan & Zoom" effect. This effect, which people will normally create in a compositing application, can be easily created right from within your MC/Symphony timeline with no 3rd party plug-ins needed.

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Kevin P McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 69: Advanced Compositing THREE
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how to take a green screen shot with a lot of compression, and create a great looking key right from within your MC/Symphony timeline. Most editors choose to use the RGB keyer, but after seeing this tutorial, SpectraMatte will be your new "go to" effect for all your keying needs.

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Kevin P McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 68: Advanced Compositing 2
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Advanced Compositing TWO: Network Promo Effect. In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you another great promo technique that you would see during primetime on one of the major networks. These Advanced Compositing tutorials are hugely important to take your work to the next level! Not only are they simple to do, but they also create an awesome end product!

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 67: The Bachelor Commercial FX
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how to re-create the commercial bumper from The Bachelor, right from within the MC/Symphony timeline. Seeing how easy it is to recreate this look will have you scoping out other "looks" from shows, and finding unique ways to include them in your upcoming projects.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 66: Advanced Compositing ONE
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how to take an fire element with no matte, and not only create a matte from nothing, but also how to take that matte, and use it to reveal text for a lower third animation. When your client sees that this is something you can do right inside your timeline, they will be truly blown away!

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
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Learn Media Composer Lesson 65: Motion Effects PART THREE
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you a technique that he uses in corporate video work, and that is how to not only slow your footage down, but create highlights that you can use to focus on certain areas of a shot. With a little forward thought, and the Marquee Title Tool, this technique is something you can pull off in minutes, without the aid of a compositing application.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 64: Motion Effects PART TWO
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe expands on lesson one by showing you how to create variable speed motion effects inside your MC/Symphony timeline. Most people think that a technique like this requires either a third-party plug-in, or a compositing application, Kevin shows you how simple it is to create some very cool slo-mo's.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 63: Basic Motion Effects Part 1
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how to create some basic Motion Effects, i.e. - Slow Mo's, and shows you a great technique that he uses all the time to create a dynamic "isolated" slo-mo effect.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 62: Basic Color Correction TWO
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe continues his look at basic color correction by talking about what to do in situations where the color of an image has been altered (incorrect White Balance, for example) from what would be considered "normal". He gives you a basic overview of the color wheels and how simple they are to use, to achieve the "proper" look across all the clips in your timeline.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
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Learn Media Composer Lesson 61: Basic Color Correction ONE
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you the basics of color correction by simply adjusting the Setup, Gamma and Gain values to take a shot that was totally washed out, and give it the punch to really make it stand out above all others. The best part about it, is the technique is so simple, it can (and should) be used on every clip in your timeline.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 60: A Proper Fadeout
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe addresses a common mistake that editors make when doing a simple fade out, shows you how simple it is to fix, and then goes over other "simple fade in/out editorial mistakes" that are easily correctable. This lesson is crucial, as these simple techniques will show your clients your attention to detail, which is key in having them become repeat customers!

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 59: Composite 23.98 from 1080i
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you a fantastic technique on how to revert your 1080i footage back to 23.98 fps for compositing in After Effects (assuming it was originally shot 23.98), and then how to render it out of AE to back to 1080i. No transcoding of footage is necessary, just a little bit of thought, and a few clicks of the mouse!

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 58: A Good Day to Die Hard Text
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe gives you a lesson "right out of the edit room" with a breakdown of how he created a title treatment for the French Canadian "A Good Day to Die Hard" commercials. Once you see how easy it is to create inside your NLE, you'll wonder why you don't create all your text treatments this way.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 57: Animation: Split Screens 4
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In this last part of our look at Split Screens inside of Media Composer and Symphony, Kevin P McAuliffe gives you an introductory look at Matte Keying, and shows you why working with them has a huge, hidden advantage while working inside of your MC/Symphony timeline.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 56: Animation: Split Screens 3
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In the third part at our look at Split Screens inside of MC and Symphony, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how easy it is to take the technique from the previous tutorial, and add realistic motion to the footage inside of the split screen elements.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 55: Animation: Split Screens 2
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In this second lesson in our look at Split Screens inside of Avid's Media Composer, we look at how to create our own, right from within the MC/Symphony timeline using the standard title tool, and the 3D Warp effect.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 54: Animation: Split Screens 1
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe answers a viewers question about a common technique that you see in show's like X Factor, and that is "How do you build split screen elements inside of Media Composer?" Well this first of four part tutorial shows you how to take a aplit screen element, possibly created by your Graphic Designer, and work with it in your Media Composer and Symphony timeline.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
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Learn Media Composer Lesson 53: Animation Techniques: Lists
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how to create a simple list, and animate it in your timeline. Most people get tripped up with which is the better way to do this technique, but Kevin shows your why you might want to consider the 3D tool, as it is simple to use, and easy to animate with.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 52: Working with Photoshop Files
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how easy it is to create, import and work with Photoshop files. There are a few options that come with importing graphics alone, and add in Photoshop files to the mix, and things can get tricky very quick. Kevin shows you the ropes so if creating titles in Photoshop is your workflow, working with them in your timeline will be a snap.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
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Learn Media Composer Lesson 51: Decomposing
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe answers a viewer's question where they have accidentally deleted footage from their sequence that they need, and they don't have the master clips to go back and recapture/re-import. Is all lost? Not after watching this tutorial. Kevin shows you how easy it is to not only get your Master clips back, but get your footage back into your timeline in no time flat.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
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Learn Media Composer Lesson 49: Advanced Marquee Techniques
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Advanced Marquee Techniques PART 6: In this last lesson in our almost 3 hour in-depth look at the Marquee Title Tool, Kevin P McAuliffe talks about lighting in your Titling scenes, and goes into great detail on light types, light manipulation and shows you how to set-up realistic looking lighting scenarios in the Marquee Title Tool.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
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Learn Media Composer Lesson 48: Advanced Marquee Techniques
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Advanced Marquee Techniques Part FIVE: In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe talks about applying textures to your text, he shows you why seamlessly tileable elements are the way to go, and even how to manipulate your textures, once they have been applied. Finally, he wraps things up by showing you how easy it is to apply textures to any element you have created inside of Marquee. If you've started creating 3D text inside of Marquee, this lesson is a must!

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
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Learn Media Composer Lesson 47: Advanced Marquee Techniques
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Advanced Marquee Techniques Part FOUR: In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe expands on his Title Roll lesson (Advanced Marquee Technique #3), and shows how you would go about integrating client logos into your title rolls and crawls. Again, this is a technique that is normally done outside of Media Composer or Symphony, but as this lesson shows, we can do it right here from within the timeline.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
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Learn Media Composer Lesson 46: Advanced Marquee Techniques
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Advanced Marquee Techniques, Part THREE: In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe answers a viewers e-mail about Title Rolls and Crawls. He starts out in the standard title tool, and then shows you how simple it is to create the same crawl in Marquee. Finally, he takes it up a notch, and shows you how to add 3D extrusion to your title roll in Marquee, that will have your client singing your praises.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
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Learn Media Composer Lesson 45: Advanced Marquee Techniques
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Advanced Marquee Techniques, Part TWO: In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how simple it is to create a complex animation inside of Marquee in a matter of minutes, when creating the same look in After Effects or a 3D application could take hours. No other applications are used here, just Marquee, and a little bit of creativity!

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
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Learn Media Composer Lesson 44: Advanced Marquee Techniques
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Advanced Marquee Techniques: Part ONE: In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how to take a complex looking scene, and create it very easily within the Marquee interface. This tutorial is normally something that can only be done in a compositing application, but with the power of Marquee, and a little forward thinking, you can save yourself time, and your clients money, by not leaving the comfort of your NLE.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
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Learn Media Composer Lesson 43: The Marquee Title Tool 5
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Exporting titles for 3rd Party Applications: In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how easy it is to export Marquee titles for use in 3rd party compositing applications such as Adobe's After Effects and Apple's Motion. There are always exclusive plug-ins you wish you could apply to your titles inside of Media Composer and Symphony, now, you can take your titles directly to those awesome effects!

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
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Learn Media Composer Lesson 42: The Marquee Title Tool 4
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Path Text Animation: In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how to animate text on a path, and also a couple of tricks to spice up your animation once it's back in the Symphony interface.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
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Learn Media Composer Lesson 41: The Marquee Title Tool 3
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Basic Animation & Rendering: In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe talks about basic animating in Marquee, and shows you why it's better to do your animation there, as opposed to doing it in the 3D Warp tool. He also discusses rendering/saving out your titles, and how simple it is, so you're back up and editing in no time flat!

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
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Learn Media Composer Lesson 40: The Marquee Title Tool 2
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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.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
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Learn Media Composer Lesson 39: The Marquee Title Tool 1
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe gives you a "lay of the land" inside of the Marquee title tool by talking about the top and side tool bars, and showing how easy it is to not only create text, but do some otherwise complicated text adjustments, with a few clicks of the mouse.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
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Learn Media Composer Lesson 38: E-Mail Notifications
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how to set up e-mail notifications, so Media Composer/Symphony will notify you when your renders, exports or transcodes are done. He also shows you some great settings tricks to streamline the process, and make sure you get the notifications you need as quickly as possible.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
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Learn Media Composer Lesson 37: Media Organization
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Project Archiving: In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe answers a viewer's e-mail about the organization of media outside of MC/Symphony, and then shows you how using a free, third-party media management application will make your archiving process quick and simple.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
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Learn Media Composer Lesson 36: Advanced Audio Export Part 4
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OMF Export for Audio Post: In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how easy it is to set up a preset for exporting the audio in your sequence for audio post. He also shows you the ideal type of video file to export, so your audio engineer can check sync, and even shows you how simple it is to import your mix into a 3rd party audio mixing application, in this case, Adobe's Audition.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
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Learn Media Composer Lesson 35: Advanced Exporting Part 3
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you a "hidden" gem inside of Media Composer and Symphony, and that is how to export a multichannel audio file. Most editors think that is is not possible in MC/Symphony, but Kevin shows you just how easy it is in a few short steps.

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Learn Media Composer Lesson 34: Advanced Exporting Part 2
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HD to SD Centercut: In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe talks about the importance of setting your title safe markers correctly to properly downconvert HD footage and centercut it, so that the image fills an entire 4x3 frame.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
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Learn Media Composer Lesson 33: Advanced Exporting Part 1
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HD to SD Letterbox: In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you why you don't need any third party applications to create SD Letterboxed content from your HD footage. Not only does he show you how easy it is, but also shows you a great trick to get around titling issues when downconverting.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
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Learn Media Composer Lesson 32: Building Custom Transitions
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how to start to create advanced effects inside of MC/Symphony by building some custom transitions. Not only does he show you how to create them, but he also shows you quick ways to apply them to multiple edits, as well as save them, to be used in any production you might be working on.

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Learn Media Composer Lesson 31: Motion Graphics for Motion 5
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe answers a viewer's question about rendering an element with a matte key out of Apple's Motion 5, for use inside of Avid's Media Composer/Symphony. This lesson is not only great for Motion users, but it gives all VFX artists a look at the proper render and import process that can be applied to any motion graphics application, whose end destination is MC/Symphony.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
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Learn Media Composer Lesson 30: FX Lesson ONE: Rocky Effect
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe takes another look at the popular "Rocky Effect" tutorial he did, but takes things to a whole new level by showing you how to add unique clips to each of the letters, and make something that's "WOW", "AMAZING"!

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
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Learn Media Composer Lesson 29: Media Management/Media Tool
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe talks about media management inside of your project, and he shows you how to take advantage of the Media Tool to help you shrink those projects down, and free up more room on your bulging hard drives.

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Learn Media Composer Lesson 28: Video Mixdowns vs. Collapses
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe talks about Video Mixdowns. They are a handy tool to have at your disposal, and in many NLE's, creating a "Video Mixdown" is normally a multi-step process. Kevin discusses the pros and cons of using mixdowns, and also shows you why a "collapse" might be a better, non-destructive, alternative.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
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Learn Media Composer Lesson 27: Music/Montage Music Editing
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows how simple it is to edit music down to custom durations, and how a one frame dissolve, that's technically not possible, will help you get out of audio jams. He also shows you how to cut music montages without any video needed. If you work on a lot of music montages, this is the lesson for you.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 26: The Basic Audio Mix Part 2
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you the other way to do mixing inside of Avid's Media Composer and Symphony, and we're talking about the Keyframe Method. This lesson shows you how simple it is to do keyframe audio editing, and also discusses why this might not be your best way to mix, inside of of MC/Symphony.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 25: The Basic Audio Mix Part 1
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe talks about the setup and follow though for a basic audio mix. Not only does he show you how simple it should be, but he also gives you a few great tips to speed up your mix, and get it done faster than ever.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 24: Audio Mixing Part THREE
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In this tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe introduces you to the Audio Mixer, the core tool for audio mixing. He shows you the basics about panning and adjusting your audio levels, and even gives you a great trick to adjust your audio tracks before you even edit them into your timeline.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 23: Audio Mixing Part TWO
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe talks about a tool you'll want to have open at all times when working with audio, and that's the Audio Tool. Not only does it give you a close up look at your VU meters, but it also contains some commands you'll want to have at your finger tips when cutting with a client.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 22: Audio Mixing Part ONE
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In this tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe walks you through importing your audio two different ways, and explains the differences so you can pick the right technique for the right job. He also shows you how to set up your timeline views, and why setting them up a certain way will really save you time when a client is sitting next to you in the suite.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 21: Avid Title Tool Part THREE
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe concludes his look at the Avid Title Tool by going over text gradients and transparencies, as well as creating simple title Rolls and Crawls. Once you've finished this tutorial, you will have seen over 40 minutes of in-depth training on the Avid Title Tool.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 20: Avid Title Tool Part TWO
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe continues his look at the Avid Title Tool by going over simple Kerning and Leading, how to create shapes, saving Style Sheets, and even how to create a simple stacked title, save it, and then animate it into your timeline. Once you watch this tutorial, you will quickly see that you don't need to spend time going back and forth to Photoshop to create simple, cool titles. Just do it right from within the Title Tool.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 19: Avid Title Tool Part ONE
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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.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 18: Migrating FCP7 Project to MC
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In this tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you, with the help of a free 3rd Party Plug-in, how to take all of your current and legacy FCP7 projects, and convert not only the sequence, but the actual media itself over to use in your new MC or Symphony setup. Once you see how easy it is, you won't need to work in two NLE's, you can just migrate all of your FCP7 projects over, and never look back.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 17: Adjusting Clips Part TWO
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe looks at both Basic trimming, as well as advanced trimming and the fantastic Smart Tools. This tool combines what we've covered in both parts of our adjusting clips lesson to give you one tool that will let you do everything.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 16: Adjusting Clips Part ONE
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Now that you've edited clips into your timeline, in this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how to move clips around inside of your edits using the Segment Modes feature, accessed right from within your timeline. This is a must watch lesson for FCP7 or any editor switching to Media Composer, as it shows a common workflow for editors who are accustomed to working in other NLE's.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Avid's Media Composer Lesson 15: Effects: 3D Warp Tool
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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.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Avid's Media Composer Lesson 14: Basic Transitions
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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.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Avid's Media Composer Lesson 13: Basic Editing
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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.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 12: Settings Wrap Up
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe wraps up his look at the main settings you will need to get up and running in Media Composer by looking at the Marquee Title, Media Creation, Timeline and Workspace settings.

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Kevin P McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 11: Importing & AMA Linking To
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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.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 10: Keyboard Settings
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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.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 9: Export Settings
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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.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 8: Composer Settings
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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.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 7: Capturing Part TWO
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe picks up right where he left off in part 1, and shows you how to log clips for batch capturing, and then gets in and shows you the capture settings you're going to want to know, to get your footage into Media Composer as quickly as possible. He also shows you that all the capture settings are not necessarily in your "Capture Settings" setting.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 6: Capturing Part ONE
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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.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 5: Bins PART TWO
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In part two at our look at Bins inside of Media Composer/Symphony, Kevin P McAuliffe gets more in-depth with organization, and shows you some great quick tips to not only better organize your projects, but also help speed up that organizational process to get you editing a lot quicker.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 4: Bins PART ONE
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In part one of this two part look at Bins, Kevin P McAuliffe talks about creating not only customized bin views, but also shows some great hidden gems to really organize your projects so all of your edit sessions go as smoothly as possible.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 3: Audio Settings
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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.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Media Composer Lesson 2: The Interface & Intro to Bins
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe introduces you to the Media Composer interface, talks about Bins and the important part they play in your workflow, and begins his talk about Settings, and how you will use them to not only help your workflow, but help you out of problems when you run into them.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID


Learn Avid's Media Composer 6 - Lesson 1: Getting Started
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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.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe




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