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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
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
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 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 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 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
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
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
Avid Video Mixdowns as DaVinci Resolve SourcesAvid Video Mixdowns as DaVinci Resolve Sources

People have been asking advice from television online editor and frequent Creative COW contributor Scott Freeman on what to do when an Avid video mixdown is going to be used as a source for DaVinci Resolve.Here are his thoughts on how to get in on the fun of linking metadata to essence.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Scott Freeman
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 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
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 2: The Interface & Intro to BinsLearn Media Composer Lesson 2: The Interface & Intro to Bins

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.

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
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 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 18: Migrating FCP7 Project to MCLearn Media Composer Lesson 18: Migrating FCP7 Project to MC

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.

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: 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 22: Audio Mixing Part ONELearn Media Composer Lesson 22: Audio Mixing Part ONE

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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID
Learn Media Composer Lesson 70: The Ken Burns EffectLearn Media Composer Lesson 70: The Ken Burns Effect

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.

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 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 91: Transfer ModesLearn Media Composer Lesson 91: Transfer Modes

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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P McAuliffe
AVID
Learn Media Composer Lesson 61: Basic Color Correction ONELearn Media Composer Lesson 61: Basic Color Correction ONE

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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
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