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Auto-Save Attic Avid Media Composer

The latest version of Avid Media Composer 6.0 has 99 undos.  However, there are a couple of scenarios that may require an additional steps to recover from a bad situation.

  • If you close your project, the undo list will reset.
  • If you accidentally delete a sequence from a bin, you cannot undo that function.
  • If an Avid Media Composer bin becomes corrupted, the undo command won't help out.

Here's a short Media Composer tutorial that show how to recover a bin from an earlier point in time.

Before watching this tutorial keeps the following in mind:

There are many different version's of Avid Media Composer out there.  The latest version is 6.01.  Unfortunately, the location of the Avid Attic has changed over time. 

There directory location is different locations for PC and MAC.

As of today (Media Composer 6.01) the Avid Attic is located at:

  • On a MAC:  Internal HD / Shared / AvidMediaComposer / Avid Attic
  • On a PC: C:/ Users / Public / Documents / Avid Media Composer / Avid Attic

Click the Title of this article to continue reading the tutorial.

Avid Media Composer features something called an Attic that allows you to recover older versions of bins.

Click on the settings tab within the project window.

Double click on the Bin Settings.

This is where you tell Media Composer how often to auto-save. 

Notice the default setting is to auto-save every 15 minutes.

When Media Composer performs an auto-save, it saves copies of all your bins.

It’s in this window where you can tell Avid Media Composer how many versions of those bins to keep.

Click on the bins tab.

The most important bin is the one that contains your sequence.

Therefore, it’s really important that you keep your bins labeled within Avid Media Composer.

So if I double click on my sequences bin, you can see I’ve got a sequence inside there.

If a bin is accidentally deleted, or you need to recover an earlier version of a bin you can find older copies of your bin in the Avid Attic.

The easiest way to find the Avid’s attic is to do a quick keyword search on your internal drive.

If you are on a MAC, hold down the command key and press the spacebar.

Type the keyword attic within the spotlight search box.

Press the return key to open the Avid Attic folder.

Within the Avid Attic folder, you will see a list of Avid Projects.

Inside each project folder, you will see a list of all your bins.

Click on one of the bins that you would like to recover. 

The most likely candidate would be the bin that contains your sequence.

In this example, I have 23 different saved versions of my sequences bin.

Next, you must either copy or move the bin outside the Avid Attic folder.

So, I’ll grab the last saved version and move it to the desktop.

After you have  moved or copied bin that you want to recover, you can re-open it within Avid Media Composer.

Okay, but before you can do this, you must make sure any previous versions of that bin are closed, otherwise you will get an error.

Next navigate to the file menu and choose open bin.

It’s important that you change this enable pull-down menu to ‘any’. 

Otherwise you will not be able to open the bin.

Then you’ll be able to select the bin that you’ve copied to the desktop in order to open it.

This bin will now appear within the project window and it will be located within a folder called other bins.

There you go, you’ve now recovered an earlier version of your bin.

For other great tips like this, or to enroll in an Avid Media Composer training class, visit GeniusDV.com




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