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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
3 Columns for Flawless Conform. Every File. Every Time.3 Columns for Flawless Conform. Every File. Every Time.

Avid editor and workflow consultant Scott Freeman sometimes has to conform thousands of clips in a single project. Get one of them wrong, and the whole thing falls apart. Follow along as he shows you the three metadata fields to keep an eye on for flawless Avid-Resolve roundtripping. Every file. Every time.

Tutorial
Scott Freeman
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 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
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
Learn Media Composer Lesson 24: Audio Mixing Part THREELearn Media Composer Lesson 24: Audio Mixing Part THREE

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.

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 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
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
Learn Media Composer Lesson 64: Motion Effects PART TWOLearn Media Composer Lesson 64: Motion Effects PART TWO

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.

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 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 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
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 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 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
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
Learn Media Composer Lesson 52: Working with Photoshop FilesLearn Media Composer Lesson 52: Working with Photoshop Files

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.

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 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 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 Media Composer Lesson 90: Intro to Audio EffectsLearn Media Composer Lesson 90: Intro to Audio Effects

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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P McAuliffe
AVID
Learn Media Composer Lesson 73: Creating a CountdownLearn Media Composer Lesson 73: Creating a Countdown

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!

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 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
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