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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 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
Avid: Third Party Integration and CollaborationAvid: Third Party Integration and Collaboration

Avid announced updates to its line of products that focus on third party integration and collaboration, including a new Interplay MAM, ISIS 1000 shared storage and Avid Artist I/O device with third party support, and a free version of Media Composer.

Editorial, Feature
Kylee Peña
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 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: 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
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 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
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 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
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 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 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 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
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 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 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 Media Composer Lesson 28: Video Mixdowns vs. CollapsesLearn Media Composer Lesson 28: Video Mixdowns vs. Collapses

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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID
Learn Media Composer Lesson 63: Basic Motion Effects Part 1Learn Media Composer Lesson 63: Basic Motion Effects Part 1

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.

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
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 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 53: Animation Techniques: ListsLearn Media Composer Lesson 53: Animation Techniques: Lists

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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
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