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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
The Art of Being Industrious: Dody Dorn ACE on Cutting FuryThe Art of Being Industrious: Dody Dorn ACE on Cutting Fury

Oscar-nominated film editor Dody Dorn is best known for her work on films like 'Memento' and 'End of Watch', with her latest film 'Fury' involving 16 Avids across two continents. Working her way up from switchboard operator, Dody brings decades of experience to the edit, with a personal advocacy for taking career risks and accepting any opportunity.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Wall
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 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 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 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 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 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
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
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 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 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 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 29: Media Management/Media ToolLearn Media Composer Lesson 29: Media Management/Media Tool

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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
AVID
Learn Media Composer Lesson 54: Animation: Split Screens 1 Learn Media Composer Lesson 54: Animation: Split Screens 1

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.

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 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 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 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
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 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
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 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
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