There are a couple of new features that seasoned Avid Editor’s will enjoy which include:
The ability to Dock the ‘settings’ window to other interface windows. Hurray! another time saver! For those of you new to Avid’s new 2020 interface, the old ‘project’ window is called the ‘settings window’.
It’s now much easier lasso multiple clips when you are in frame view. The bin will automatically scroll down if you have additional clips that don’t fit within the window size.
For upgrades like this, I recommend that you download updates directly from Avid’s Download Center instead of using Avid Link. Avid’s download center provides access to previous versions in case you need to uninstall and go back to a previous version.
If you’re interested in learning the new Avid Media Composer 2020.6 Interface, and/or becoming a certified Media Composer user, please give me a call directly at 866-566-1881. -John (Certified Avid Trainer for 25 years)
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Polishing up your mix’s low end can be tricky. Bass DI tracks can sound mushy, and kick tracks can lose their “Smack” Sometimes everything below 100Hz can become such an undifferentiated soup of noise that you just don’t know where to start! Why not start here ?
The free Pro Tools bx_subfilter is just the ticket for adding clarity and definition to tracks that have troublesome low frequencies. There are lots of expensive and complicated EQ plugins, but when it comes to controlling your low end, the bx_subfilter is unique for its ease and simplicity.
With just a few quick adjustments to its four-knob interface, you can breathe new life into those 808s that have been muddying your mix.
I use it on drum busses to control the monster drum sounds i create, this plug in is awesome! – Derek Hughes – Avid Certified Pro Tools Instructor.
Don’t forget that most Pro Tools plugins are directly compatible within Avid Media Composer. In Avid MC, they will show up within your Audio Track Effects. The same license will work with both Pro Tools and Media Composer assuming you have Avid MC and Pro-Tools installed on the same system.
After you install the Blending Mode AVX plug-in, make sure you restart Avid Media Composer.
I’ve tested the plugin with several versions of Avid Media Composer, including up until the 2020.4 beta.In the Blending Mode Tutorial, I’m using a graphic with an Alpha Channel. However, you can use any graphic and/or foreground to blend with a layer below it.
It’s easy to create dynamic effects using blending modes in Avid Media Composer.
Take a basic logo and turn it into something like this….. with just a few clicks.
A blending mode provides effect options for how a base layer, is affected from a layer directly below it. Blending modes requires at least two video layers.
Edit any two clips directly on top of each other. Make sure the V2 sequence record track and the V2 Monitor Icon are both turned on in the timeline.
Next, drag the blend-x effect onto the V2 track. You can use either Blend X Generic, or Blend-X Alpha Advanced.
Use Blend-X Alpha Advanced if you are working with a graphic that contains an Alpha Channel. An Alpha channel means that your graphic or video clip contains areas that are transparent.
However, for this tutorial, DON’T worry, just edit ANY two clips directly on top of each other.
In General, Alpha Channels are shown as a checkerboard pattern that shows the transparent area.
Learn the basics of using Bin Containers within Avid Media Composer.
This tutorial video is a super basic introduction to using a bin container with Media Composer.
Here are a a couple of key features that may be foreign to even the most seasoned Avid user that hasn’t had the opportunity to upgrade to MC 2019
The is no longer a project window within Avid Media Composer
The Bin container is now the heart of of the software. You must always have at least one bin container open.
You can have multiple bin containers, but they are essentially clones of each other. This concept may seem odd. However, multiple bin containers may be useful for different container ‘views’
Also, it’s critical to understand the difference between dragging a floating window into the main interface panel, vs another window that already has a tab. So, that’s why I’ve reinforced the concept of holding down the alt/option key when dragging a floating panel into another window.
Hold down the ALT/OPTION key to attach multiple tabs to the same window. You will end up with something like this:
If you don’t hold down the ALT/OPTION key when re-attaching to windows that already have a tab. You end up with something like this:
I’ve been using Avid Media Composer full time since 1992. I can see how this new interface will take seasoned Avid Editors awhile to get used to. The new Avid 2019 interface now looks more like DaVinci Resolve and Premiere.
When running software products such as Avid Media Composer, if you receive an error that says No Media can be written to any mounted drive.
In attempting to correct the problem, you may encounter a Mac OS X message that says ‘The Operation can’t be completed because you don’t have the necessary permission’.
This error flag results from your software attempting to write files to the root level of your system drive. Apple purposely protects files on the system drive to avoid viruses and other vicious programs that may compromise the operating system.
Please Note: It’s not normally recommended that you write media to the system drive. However, there are several scenarios where you may not have external storage.
#1- First Step : Right click (or control click) on your system drive and choose get info.
Click on the orange lock in the bottom right corner of the Mac HD Info dialogue box. (see graphic below). Then type in your Mac OS X user password.
Change the permissions for the internal system drive to Read & Write for the wheel and everyone.
*Side note: If your Mac OS system user does not have an assigned password, Mac OS X may prevent you from changing the permissions. If this is the case, go to your system preferences and assign yourself a password.
Now, you may encounter that dreaded message that says ‘The Operation can’t be completed because you don’t have the necessary permission. Super frustrating!
If this happens, here’s the fix:
#2- Second Step: Reboot the Mac, and immediately hold down Command + R. Wait for the the Mac OS to boot into recovery mode.
After it boots into recovery mode, navigate to the utilities menu and choose terminal.
From the terminal prompt: Type: ‘ csrutil disable‘ within the terminal window.
Then reboot the machine. Then you will be able to adjust the permissions for the ‘wheel’ and ‘everyone’ so certain third party software products can access the root level of the system drive.
Please note: I recommend re-enabling the System Integrity Protection to prevent accidental or vicious attacks against the Mac OS X operating system.
To do that: Repeat the same process of booting into Recovery Mode (Command = R) and type ‘csrutil enable‘.