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Configuring go to next edit buttons in Avid Media Composer

If you're a Media Composer user, you may have noticed the 'A' and 'S' keys are labeled as 'Go to Previous Edit, and 'Go to Next Edit'.

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This is true, but these keys also send you directly into trim mode.

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For many editors, this is an unexpected behavior.  Don't worry, you can configure the 'A' and 'S' keys so they act differently.

Check out this short tutorial on how to alter the 'A' and 'S' keys so they truly jump to each edit point, instead of sending you into trim mode.

play_avid_tutorial.pngIf you are new to Avid Media Composer, you may want to make a few quick modifications to the keyboard layout.


One quick example is re-configuring the A and S keys so they go to each edit point.

The default setting for the A and S keys sends you into trim mode.  

Watch this short tutorial on how to change this behavior.

If you find this tutorial useful, be sure to check out GeniusDV's Media Composer training packages to Orlando, FL.

Navigate to the Avid project window and click on the settings tab.

Double click on the keyboard settings.

Next, navigate to the tools menu and choose command palette.

Map the Rewind button to the A key, and then map the Fast Forward button to the S key.

Now go ahead and close the keyboard and command palette windows.

Navigate back over to the settings tab within the project window and double click on the Composer settings.

Click on the Fast Forward / Rewind Settings tab

Activate the Ignore Track Selectors, and press the ok button.

That's it!  now you've configured the A and S keys so they go to each edit point.

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

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