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Media Composer Audio Mixing Shortcuts

Learn some great shortcuts using Avid Media Composer 7 when it comes to mixing audio levels.  You'll also learn how to map menu commands to the keyboard for critical functions when it comes to mixing audio.

play_avid_tutorial.pngOne of the new features in Avid Media Composer 7 is the ability to mix audio levels with an audio slider directly within the timeline window.


Avid Media Composer 7 features another great way to adjust audio levels directly within a sequence.

To start, navigate to the fast menu in the lower left corner of the timeline.

Choose audio data - Clip Gain.

You will now see a small white volume control icon for each audio segment in the sequence.

Click on the white icons to adjust the audio level for a segment.

You can also adjust the audio level by leaving the position indicator parked over an audio segment, and then use the keyboard shortcut alt+shift with the up or down arrows on your keyboard.

Now, it can cumbersome by constantly having to navigate to the fast menu each time you want to turn on or off the items like the clip gain, waveforms, or volume gain.

I recommend that you map these functions to a key on your keyboard.

To do that, navigate to the Tools menu and choose command palette.

In the lower right corner of the command palette window, choose Menu to Button Reassignment.

Now navigate to the project window, and click on the settings tab.

Find the keyboard setting and double click on it.

The keyboard layout window will appear.

Now, if you run out of keys shortcut keys, or if you do not want to change the default keyboard layout, hold down the shift key.

This will give you some extra keys that do not have anything assigned to them yet.

In this example, I'll choose the letter V with the shift key held down.

Now navigate back to the fast menu and re-select audio data - clip gain.

Okay, so now the clip gain function is mapped to the V key with the shift key is held down.

Now go ahead and close keyboard window and the command palette window in order for the shortcut function to work.

So now when you press shift V the audio clip gain will toggle on or off
without having to navigate back to the fast menu each time.

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


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