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The video quality settings that are available to you in Avid Xpress Pro and sometimes misunderstood. They are for playback only. If you are rendering out a Quicktime or any other type of export Avid will default to the highest quality setting. The Video Quality Menu button in the Timeline bottom toolbar allows you to switch display resolutions when real-time effects are enabled. This allows you to trade off video quality with smooth playback of real-time effects. If you notice missing frames or choppy video during real-time playback, switch to a lower quality setting. The Video Quality Menu button in the Timeline bottom toolbar allows you to switch display resolutions when real-time effects are enabled. This allows you to trade off video quality with smooth playback of real-time effects. If you notice missing frames or choppy video during real-time playback, switch to a lower quality setting.
full quality.gif The Video Quality Menu button in the Timeline bottom toolbar allows you to switch display resolutions when real-time effects are enabled. This allows you to trade off video quality with smooth playback of real-time effects. If you notice missing frames or choppy video during real-time playback, switch to a lower quality setting. med quality.gif The Video Quality Menu button in the Timeline bottom toolbar allows you to switch display resolutions when real-time effects are enabled. This allows you to trade off video quality with smooth playback of real-time effects. If you notice missing frames or choppy video during real-time playback, switch to a lower quality setting. low qaulity.gif The Video Quality Menu button in the Timeline bottom toolbar allows you to switch display resolutions when real-time effects are enabled. This allows you to trade off video quality with smooth playback of real-time effects. If you notice missing frames or choppy video during real-time playback, switch to a lower quality setting.
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Avid has now released the latest  issue of Avid Xpress Pro. This release, which is available for both Intel- and PowerPC-based Macs in addition to PC systems, includes additional codec support and a number of quality improvements over the previous version 5.7.7. Avid Xpress Pro v5.8 is available free of charge to all registered customers of Avid Xpress Pro 5.7.x and Avid Xpress Studio 5.7.
  • Support for VC-1 codec. This release adds native support for the Microsoft VC-1 codec. You can import, playback, render, mixdown and transcode in native VC-1 resolutions. Please note that VC-1 support is currently not available on Macintosh Power PC and playback-only on MacPro platforms.
    Please refer to the Avid Xpress Pro v5.8 ReadMe document located on the avid.com Knowledge Base for a detailed list of the capabilities and limitations of VC-1 support in this release.
  • Mac OS X support. This release supports Mac OS 10.4.11. Support for Mac OS X Leopard (10.5) will be added in a future release.
  • Quality improvements. Refer to the Avid Xpress Pro v5.8 ReadMe document located on the avid.com Knowledge Base for a detailed list of improvements in this release.
Download the Avid 5.8 and get your system up-to-date!

Avid_Timeline_settings.gif When you open a new timeline in your Avid editing application you will notice you receive one video track and two audio tracks. Most of my sequences have at least 3 video tracks and 4 audio tracks, so every time I open a new timeline I end up adding at least two extra video tracks and two audio tracks. This is not a big deal but wouldn't it be nice if you created a new timeline and you could have your desired amount of video and audio tracks? Well, you can. Simply navigate to the timeline settings in the project window and open the timeline settings dialog box. You can also do this by right-clicking on an open timeline. Under the edit tab you will see New Sequences with Video Tracks and Audio Tracks. If you click on the pull-down triangle next to the number you will see your options. You can have up to 24 video and 24 audio tracks to start. This makes it easy to start editing and not worry if you have enough tracks to lay down your media.
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If you are new to editing or if you are considering purchasing a new editing machine make sure you check the requirements before you buy. As of right now, Window's Vista and Apple's Leopard are not supported operating systems by Avid. Eventually they will be supported but right now you will need to take an alternate route. If you have no choice and you are buying a new machine you have two distinct options. You can purchase a Windows machine and then buy a copy of Windows XP and install it on your new PC. This will cost you about $200.00 above the price of your new computer but it is the best way to get your Avid up and running. Your second option is to purchase a new MAC Pro and install Windows XP alongside your MAC OS. This is a great option and the route I am about to take myself. There is much more than just the operating system to consider. You need to make sure you have at least 2GB of RAM. Avid states only 1GB for DV and 2 GB for HD but I have found that 2GB is the minimum you should consider for either. This just scratches the surface of requirements; make sure you read through the read me files on Avid's support site and make sure your system meets all the requirements for your editing machine. 

You have to be careful using your cell phone near digital video equipment. In production and post production some cel phones can cause interference. I recently captured 10 minutes of video, and when I brought it into Final Cut Pro I noticed that 3 minutes in the video was jittery, and the audio was crackled. I had noticed this a couple other times over the past year, but this particular time I remembered recieving a call when that portion of video was being captured. An Avid editor in Las Vegas told me of having the same problem, primarily with audio pops. This is easy enough to fix by simply recapturing, the real issue comes when the interference comes when shooting. Some cell phones can interupt the camera recording process, which embeds the distortion on the tape. Whenever possible turn your cel phone off, especially the the ones with the direct connect feature.

Avid Media Composer comes bundled with an incredible title tool called Avid Marquee.  In case you are curious, Marquee used to cost $7500, and it was recommended that you run the software on a SGI running Irix. It is now included with all current versions of Avid Media Composer.

Marquee doesn't ship with any manuals and the learning curve can be daunting.  Here are the basic steps to creating an extruded title.

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