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Using 4K Media Avid Media Composer

Avid Media Composer version 7.X can now reference 4K media.  You can use a function called frame flex to move around within a 4K video frame. 

Composer Window.pngCheck out this short Avid training tutorial on how to do this.


In Avid Media Composer version 7, you can now reference media that exceeds HD resolution.  This means you can re-frame and move around in your video image to a certain extent without losing quality.

This functionality is similar to the old Avid Pan and Zoom effect, except that you can now point to a video file instead of just a still image.

To make this work, the key is to have media that exceeds the resolution of your project's video format.  You can view your project's format by clicking on the format tab within the project window.

format tab.pngSo ,in this example, I'm working within a 1920 x 1080 project.

To start, navigate to the File menu and choose AMA link.

ama_link.pngFind a high resolution picture or high resolution video file on your hard drive, which in this case is a 4K movie file.  Then press the open button.

Okay, so now edit the 4K high resolution video clip to an empty sequence.  Then move the playhead to the first frame of the clip segment

You should see a green dot within the clip segment in the timeline.

Green Motion Adapter.pngThis means the native video resolution of the file that you are pointing to does not match the project's resolution.

Navigate to the upper left corner of the timeline window and press the effect mode button.  This will launch the effect editor window.

Effect Mode Button.pngIn the lower right corner of the effect editor window click on the keyframe graphs button.

Keyframe Graph Button.pngThen click on the pink keyframe button choose add to all parameters.

Add to all Parameters.pngIn doing so, this will make keyframing easier when it comes to moving around within the video frame.

To preview the area that you will be seeing within the 4K video file, click on the box that says match project raster.

Match Format Raster.png
In doing so, you should see a smaller box appear within the right side of the composer window.  This box represents the area that fits within your project settings. In this case, it's the standard HD size of 1920 by 1080.

format raster.pngNow, as you move the box around, you can see the area it represents on the left side of the composer window.

Also, notice how Avid Media Composer automatically creates a pink keyframe within the right side of the Composer window based on the position of the wireframe box. This indicates your starting point.

keyframe.pngWithin the right side of the composer window, move the position indicator to the last frame of the clip segment. 

Then place and/or scale the wireframe box.  This will represent what you will see at the end of the clip segment.

Then go ahead and close the effect editor window.

Now move back to the right side of the composer window, and back up to the first frame and press play.  Okay fantastic, now you have the basics of re-framing 4K media within Avid Media Composer.

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


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