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Avid Xpress Pro / Media Composer and Flash Frames

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The number one thing every editor needs to avoid is the flash frame. It is normally undetected until you play out your final show. Avid has a great tool to help you detect these mistakes in your sequence. The Find Flash Frames command helps you quickly find parts of your sequence that you might want to delete from the final sequence. Flash frames are clips that have an extremely short duration, for example, less than 30 frames.
To find flash frames:

You first need to set up your parameters:
1. Check or set the maximum frame length that you want the system to detect:
a. Click the Settings tab in the Project window.
b. Double-click Timeline.
c. Click the Edit tab.
d. In the option "Find Flash Frames Shorter Than n frames," indicate the maximum number of frames you want the system to detect. The default is 10, which tells the system to detect clips with 9 frames or fewer.
e . Click OK.

Now you can search with your parameters set:
2. Click the Timeline window to activate it.
3. Select the tracks you want to search.
4. Place the position indicator at the beginning of the sequence or before the part of the sequence you want to search.
5. Right-click in the Timeline, and select Find Flash Frames.
The position indicator moves to the first flash frame.
To find the next flash frame:
Right-click in the Timeline, and select Find Flash Frames again.

These steps will keep you from making the dreaded flash frame mistake!

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