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Editing directly from a Bin in Media Composer

Learn how to play and edit clips directly from a Media Composer bin without having to load them into the source window.  This can save time if you have to quickly edit a bunch of clips to a sequence.

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In Avid Media Composer there are all sorts of tricks to improve your editing workflow.  

If you find yourself working with clips that need rough in and out points, you may find it useful to edit your clips directly from the bin window to your sequence.

To do this, navigate over to the project window and click on the settings tab.

Then, double click on the bin settings.

Enable the option to edit from a bin.

Next, click on the frame tab within your bin window.

You can enlarge the frame sizes by pressing the keyboard shortcut command L.

If the frames do not fit the window size, right click within the grey area of the bin and select fit to window from the contextual menu.

Okay, so within the bin window you can actually play your clips and mark in and out points while the each of the clips are playing.

To do this, I'm pressing the L key to play forward, and the J key to play backward.  

I'm also marking rough in and out points by using the 'I' key to mark an in, and the 'O' key to mark an out.

Then at any time, you can simply press the 'B' key to perform an overwrite function directly to your sequence.

Or, you might choose to mark in and out points for your clips first and then use the arrow keys to select a particular clip to edit to your sequence.  

For other great tips like this or to enroll in a Media Composer training course, visit GeniusDV.com

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