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Avid: July 2010 Archives

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After Effects CS5 can read and write native MXF and OMF video media essence, as used in Avid MXF and OMF essence files. You can import MXF and OMF files as you would other footage types. When you import an AAF file that references an OMF file, the OMF footage also imports. The audio files are not imported at the same time. You can import them later to sync up with your OMF file but if you are going to export the file back into Avid Media Composer this is not necessary. The great feature that I use everyday is the export to MXF or OMF. This not only saves space on your hard-drive but it also helps to preserve quality. Just remember the audio that is associated with the MXF and OMF will not export. This is a great new feature of After Effects for Avid Media Composer users! One of the many things you will learn in our up and coming After Effects Classes! 
With the recent addition of Media Composer 5.0, I've realized there have been some nice shortcuts implemented into the Avid software.

As a user of Media Composer software for almost 20 years, I've grown accustomed to the standard Media Composer shortcuts.  Keep in mind, most of my editing experience comes from editing on a Macintosh.

Previous versions of Media Composer had limited right click functionality on a MAC.  This is because the older Macintosh systems only had a one button mouse.  After right click functionality was introduced into the Media Composer software, it required a strange keyboard combination or (CTRL + SHIFT + mouse click)  to bring forward the shortcut menu.

New to me, are the (right click) shortcuts for individual tracks within Avid Media Composer.  In particular, the ability to perform a 'match frame edit' from a specific track.

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In the past, you had to de-select all the tracks, then turn on a single track in order to perform a match frame edit.  Now, you can right click on a specific track.  Other 'right click' functions include 'Locking / Unlocking' a track.  Also, the ability to delete a specific track without having to 'de-select all the other tracks'.

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The new Media Composer 5.0 software features a new enhanced image stabilization feature that uses Avid's built in tracking function.

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All you need to do is drag it onto a segment within your Media Composer sequence.  That's it! Media Composer will automatically do the rest for you.  Try it! I've found the results to be quite amazing.

GeniusDV now teaches Media Composer 5.0 as part of the GeniusDV institute and certified Media Composer training course.
Every once in awhile I run across an amazing feature within Avid Media Composer that I've overlooked.  Here's one of them:  'The Fluid Morph effect'. 

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Yes, I'll admit, this effect has been in the software for awhile, but I never realized how useful it is until now. The 'FluidMorph effect' is a transition effect that morphs from from clip to another. Suppose you have a 'talking head' clip, and you need to cut out a section of the interview without cutting away to 'B roll'.  You can use the 'FluidMorph' transition to hide the cut. 

Check out this example (in slow motion) showing the same exact clip with the FluidMorph filter applied to the second clip.

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Truly amazing!  In the past, I would try to use a dissolve to hide the edit.  Now, with the FluidMorph filter, the transition is almost unnoticeable.

I've found using a duration of 5 frames of  'FluidMorph" is quite adequate to hide a jump cut.  To do this, simply park over the FluidMorph effect in the timeline and click on the Avid effect editor.

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The effect editor dialog box will open.  Then enter in a value of 5 frames.

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There are various ways to ingest media from your Sony EX camera. There is no difference in performance when using the camera vs a card reader, the only difference is the availability of the camera and the speed of transfer. With tape based cameras we tend to avoid ingesting from the camera, to protect the camera. File based cameras are not nearly as sensitive to this, because there is not the same kind of wear and tear. The actual rate of transfer will be the same when connected to a card reader or the camera. To increase transfer speed you can take the SxS card from the camera and insert it into the PCI slot of your laptop, and dramatically improve the ingest time. 

During a recent test of a full 8gb SxS card, 28 minutes of footage, there were significant differences in the transfer time. The fastest was by far using the PCI slot of a laptop. The media was being transferred to an external hard drive from the PCI slot via Firewire 800, and took 2 minutes. When transferring to the the same hard drive via Firewire 800 when connected to the camera's USB port, the transfer took 9 minutes. When connected to the camera's USB port and transferring to the same hard drive, but this time via USB 2.0 the transfer took 12 minutes.

The new 17" MacBook Pro has the required PCI slot for inserting your SXS cards for your fastest transfer rates. The latest models of the MacBook Pro 13" and 15" will require you to use the USB plug on the camera or some other form of transfer hardware.
Apple Compressor will allow users to embed chapter markers. This can be very useful when going into DVD Studio Pro. DVD Studio Pro can be difficult to place chapter markers exactly where you want them, because you are at the mercy of the GOP’s. By embedding chapter markers where you want them in Compressor, you guarantee that they will be where you want them in DVD Studio Pro. Final Cut Pro users will typically embed their chapter markers in Final Cut before outputting. However I know Avid users that have purchased the Final Cut Studio primarily for Compressor and DVD Studio Pro, and embedding chapter markers in Compressor vs DVD Studio Pro would certainly be the better workflow.


To apply a chapter marker in Compressor, simply move the playhead to the frame that you wish to have a chapter marker, and hit the M key to set a marker. Next you can either go to the Modify Marker Settings menu, and choose Edit, or just use the command + E keyboard shortcut, to bring up the Marker Edit Settings. Change the type from Compression to Chapter. You can also give the chapter marker a specific name at this time. Upon encoding with Compressor, and importing into DVD Studio Pro, the chapter markers will appear at the desired location, with the desired name.
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