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Mapping Menu commands to an Avid Keyboard

Mapping your Avid keyboard is a critical step in becoming efficient with the Avid software. Important commands such as match frame, replace edit, and fit-to-fill are crucial commands when becoming an efficient editor.

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Did you also know you can map any menu command to a keyboard shortuct with Avid Xpress or Media Composer? This is very useful for menu commands such as:

- Turning on-off the Audio Waveforms (Sample Plot)
- Creating Freeze Frames
- Displaying Media Relatives
- Full Screen Playback
- Activating Customized Workspaces

Every menu command can be mapped to a single key by using Avid's command palette.

Start by double clicking on the Avid keyboard settings within the project window.

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Next, navigate to the 'Tools - Command Palette' menu. This will bring up the command palette for all the editing functions that can be mapped to a key.

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The trick is to change the default option from 'button to button' reassignment to 'menu to button reassignment'.

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Then navigate over to your keyboard layout and click on a key that you want to map a menu to.

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After you have picked a key, you can navigate to any menu command within the Avid Xpress or Media Composer interface and the Avid will change that menu into a 'shortcut key'. In this example, suppose you wanted to create a shortcut to turn the audio waveform (sample plot) on and off with the touch of a key.

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By selecting the menu command 'Sample Plot', the Avid will automatically create a shortcut on the key you selected to activate that menu command.

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Now, by simply pressing 'F3' you can toggle the audio waveform (sample plot) on and off without having to navigate to the menu command.

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