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Media Composer: February 2014 Archives

This lesson focuses focuses on the basic fundamentals of using Multi Camera Mode within Avid Media Composer.  Understand Multi-camera mode can save you countless hours of time.

play_avid_tutorial.pngMulti-camera editing in Media Composer is easy, so check out his short sequence and I will walk you through the steps.

To start, you can see I have four clips within a bin.  Each clip represents one camera angle. 

The first step is to find a sync point for each camera. which means you need to mark an in-point for each of your cameras.

mark_sync_points.pngThen navigate to the bin menu and choose group clips. Click okay to group by the in-points.

group clips.pngThis will create a grouped clip in your bin.  The next step is to drag your grouped clip into an empty timeline.

edit_grouped_clip.pngThis will create an untitled sequence.  I recommended that you give your sequence a name.

Now navigate to the special menu and choose multi-camera mode.

Now, as I back up through the timeline, you can see all the camera angles are in sync.  So now as soon as you press the play button, you can cut between the different camera angles in real time.

multi_camera_editing.pngPlease note:  You will not see the actual edit points until you stop the play indicator.

Now, If you decide to make a change to one of the angles, park the playhead indicator over the segment you want to change within the timeline, and then hold down the alt key and click on the camera angle to switch out.

However, there's one catch.  Notice how Media Composer kept the audio from the first camera and only performed video cuts.

To fix this, navigate to the project window and click on the settings tab. Then double click on the composer settings.

Within the composer settings, under the window tab, click on the option to display two rows of data.

two_rows_data.pngIn the upper left corner of the source window, you will now see a multicam icon. In this menu you can tell Media Composer to cut your audio and video together.

second_row_data.pngYou can also switch out a specific audio or video segment by selecting a different camera angle.

So in this case, I'll choose the audio from the lockdown camera.

And remember, you'll still have access to all the standard Media Composer editing features even after you choose to leave multi-camera mode.

For example, if I made a particular camera edit at the wrong point in time, I can enter into trim mode by dragging a lasso around an edit point, and make a quick adjustment.

trim mode.pngThen click on the timecode track  bar to enter back into Multicamera mode.

It's that easy! Don’t forget, GeniusDV also offers classroom and flat rate onsite Avid Media Composer training.

This lesson focuses on how to use the splice in function within Avid Media Composer. 

play_avid_tutorial.pngThis lesson also demonstrates how to view the audio waveform for a clip that is in the source window.


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The splice-in function within Avid Media Composer makes it easy to insert content between two clip segments in a sequence.

To splice a clip between two clip segments, first place this position indicator at the point you would like to insert the clip.

Now, you may want to hold down the command key while dragging the position indicator so it snaps to the edit point.

Okay so now, let me find an area of the barking dog to insert between Dad and Billy's clip segments.

Now since this is a short lesson, let me add an important side note.

Since the dog is being given verbal instructions to bark, it going to be difficult to find a clean area to mark.

Navigate to the bottom left corner of the timeline window, and click on the Toggle Source / Record Button.

This will allow you to see a timeline of your content within the source window.

Notice that the position indicator is now green.

To turn on the audio waveforms, navigate to the fast menu and choose audio-data waveform.

Okay, this makes it easy to pick a clean area by looking at the audio waveform for the source clip.

This time, I'll use the keyboard shortcuts I for in, and O for out to mark the area.

You can also press the 6 key on your keyboard which will play from in to out to make sure you've marked the correct area.

Then make sure you click back onto the toggle source / record button to return to your sequence.

So, now I can press the yellow splice-in button, and it will splice this area between Dad and Billy.

Okay, fantastic.... Let's check it out.

Okay, now you have the basics of the splice-in function.

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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.

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This lessons focuses on working with bins within Avid Media Composer.  In particular, if you are not familiar with using bin window tabs, this video will be worth watching.

play_avid_tutorial.pngIf you are running Avid Media Composer on a single monitor, or on a laptop, you may find it useful that you can automatically open all your bins within one window. 

open all bins in one tab.pngThis functionality replaces the old 'super bin' option within older versions of Media Composer.

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This page is a archive of entries in the Media Composer category from February 2014.

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