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Category: Avid Media Composer (page 1 of 8)

These articles are on the Avid Media Composer video editing software. Learn virtually any aspect of the NLE here. And if you can’t find it here, check out our ultimate list of Avid Media Composer resources.

There are tutorials, courses, quizzes, and tons of insights from an editor with more than a decade of experience churning out videos from Media Composer.

Learn everything from bin management to restoring offline media from these articles. Here are some more things you can learn here:

  • How to use the Trim to Fill effect
  • Clip Color
  • Every single keyboard shortcut
  • How to make a template sequence
  • The difference between fixed and elastic keyframes
  • When to use 3D Warp instead of the Resize effect
  • Using Markers properly
  • How to remap your keyboard
  • And so much more!

Ultimate List of Avid Media Composer Resources

Are you looking for resources dedicated to Avid Media Composer? You’re in the right place. Below is an organized list of websites, forums, YouTubers, blogs, social media accounts, and more resources all related to Avid Media Composer.

This list will evolve and grow. Bookmark it so you can come back later or whenever you are looking for an answer when you’re cutting in Avid Media Composer.

If you have Avid Media Composer resources of your own or ones you use, please leave a comment below or send me a message through my Contact Page so I can add it to the list. On with the resources!

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My Remote Video Editing Setup During COVID

As I write this we’re in month number four of working from home. If you aren’t aware, for my 9-5 I’m a full-time video producer and project manager with some editing responsibilities sprinkled in. I’d like to share my simple remote video editing setup that I’ve had to create during the COVID quarantine.

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Locked vs. Unlocked Tracks in Avid Media Composer

What is the difference in locked and unlocked tracks in Avid Media Composer?

This tutorial explains locked and unlocked tracks in Avid Media Composer. It is a companion tutorial for Lesson 4 of the Mastering Avid Media Composer’s Keyboard Shortcuts Series. Knowing this concept will keep you from knocking your clips out of sync. 👊🏼

(all of this ⬇️ is explained in the video ⬆️)

You have the choice to lock or unlock a timeline track. I highly recommend locking your tracks. In fact, I pretty much only edit with my tracks locked. There are a handful of times where it’s more useful for me to unlock them but 99% of the time they’re locked.

When you “lock a track” in After Effects or Premiere Pro it means you cannot make any changes to it. That’s not what this is in Media Composer. Locking tracks syncs the given timecode for all locked tracks, locking them together so if you make changes (i.e. adding or removing time to a track by editing in or editing out a clip) to one then you make changes to them all.

Need more Avid Media Composer knowledge? Check out our Ultimate List of Avid Media Resources

Here’s a scenario: You have clips on V1 and V2 and the tracks are locked. Both clips begin at 01:02:20:14 and end at 01:02:24:14 – they’re 4 seconds long. If you have V1 selected and you extract from 01:02:21:10 to 01:02:22:10 (1 second) then the clips on V1 and V2 shorten by a second. Both clips would end at 01:02:23:14. If the tracks were unlocked however the clip on V1 would shorten to 3 seconds and the clip on V2 would remain the same.

I find that more times than not I want everything on the timeline to react together. If I shorten a clip on V1 at 01:03:00:00 I don’t want to have to think about the rest of the clips further down the timeline that are synced up with clips and audio on other tracks getting knocked out of alignment.

Locking tracks keeps you from unintentionally knocking your timeline out of sync. It takes some time to wrap your head around it but IMO it’s the safest, quickest and best way to edit. Leave me a comment if you’re confused about anything.

Music used in this video, “Endless Summer” by Mikey Geiger, was purchased and licensed through my friends at Soundstripe (affiliate link). For 10% off a subscription use the code EVF at checkout.

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Fix Offline Title in Avid Media Composer

This tutorial explains how to fix an offline title in Avid Media Composer two different ways. If you have a title that is offline, there’s no need to worry. You can fix it in seconds. I show you how in this video.

Here’s a quick recap of the video that explains how to fix an offline title in Avid Media Composer:

Offline Title in Sequence — Method #1

  1. Place your time position indicator (the blue bar in the timeline) over top of the offline title.
  2. Go to the Clip menu at the top and select Re-create Title Media.
  3. Select the bin and resolution.
  4. Boom! You got yourself a title that’s now online.

Bonus Tip — Under the Timeline’s Fast Menu, select Clip Color and make sure Offline is checked. This will show you offline clips in red in your timeline.

Offline Title in Bin — Method #2

  1. Select offline title in the bin.
  2. Go to the Clip menu at the top and select Create Unrendered Title Media.
  3. Boom! You got yourself a title that’s now online.

Recommended Viewing: Title Tool Shortcuts Tutorial for Avid Media Composer

The music used in this video was “Paper Trail” by Travis Loafman. It was purchased and licensed through my friends at Soundstripe (affiliate link).

If you enjoyed this tutorial and want to stay in touch whenever I come out with a new post / podcast / video / newsletter / etc. you can go here to signup. No spam. Ever. Just the good stuff 😀

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Prevent Offline Media Using Media Creation Settings in Avid Media Composer — EVF Tutorial

This tutorial explains how to use Avid Media Composer’s Media Creation settings to prevent offline media. MC’s Media Creation settings allows you to set what drive and resolution media is created to. TL;DR set this drive and resolution when you first open up a project so the next time you open the project none of your media is offline because it was created to the correct drive.

Music used in this video, “Back To My House” by PALA, was purchased and licensed through my friends at Soundstripe (affiliate link). For 10% off a subscription use the code EVF at checkout.

If you enjoyed this tutorial and want to stay in touch whenever I come out with a new post / podcast / video / newsletter / etc. you can go here to signup. No spam. Ever. Just the good stuff 😀

– Josh