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.
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This tutorial will teach you the different keyboard shortcuts, tricks, and tips for using Bins in Avid Media Composer. In Avid there are a ton of different bin tricks you can do. Below you’ll learn how to create a new bin, create a new sequence, adjust the size of frames in a bin, sort bin columns and more.
Recapping Avid Bin Tricks and Shortcuts Tutorial
Create a New Bin Trick in Avid
The first bin trick in Avid is to create a new bin. With the Project window active, use the keyboard shortcut Command+N if you’re on a Mac or Control+N if you’re on a PC. This will create a new bin.
Close a Bin Trick in Avid
Next is how to close a bin. You can use this in a lot of other programs and for basically any window that’s open in Avid. With the bin selected and active use the keyboard shortcut Command+W if you’re on a Mac or Control+W if you’re on a PC. This will close the bin.
Quickly Create a New Sequence in a Bin
Now let’s create a new sequence. With a bin selected, use the keyboard shortcut Command+Shift+N if you’re on a Mac or Control+Shift+N if you’re on a PC. Doing this creates a new sequence.
Select or Deselect All Items in a Bin
How do you select all items in a bin? Easy! Make sure the bin is selected and use the keyboard shortcut Command+A if you’re on a Mac or Control+A if you’re on a PC. To deselect all items in a bin use the keyboard shortcut Command+Shift+A if you’re on a Mac or Control+Shift+A if you’re on a PC.
Duplicate a Master Clip in a Bin
To duplicate a master clip first select the clip. Then hit Command+D if you’re on a Mac or Control+D if you’re on a PC. This duplicates the clip and adds “.Copy.01” to the end of it.
Create a Mirrored Copy of a Clip
Let’s say you want a mirrored copy of a clip. Open a second bin. Then while holding the Option key if you’re on a Mac or Alt key if you’re on a PC, select and drag the clip into another bin.
I typically do this with footage. Each day’s footage I’ll take and put a mirrored copy into an “All of Sift” bin. Now all my footage is together and broken up by card or disc.
Group Clips Keyboard Shortcut
If you’re working in multi-cam you’ll want to group clips together. Select the clips and use the keyboard shortcut Command+Shift+G if you’re on a Mac or Control+Shift+G if you’re on a PC. This will pop open the Group Clips box and will give you options on how to group them.
Sort Bin Column Tricks in Avid
There are two ways to sort a bin column — ascending and descending. Select a bin heading and use the keyboard shortcut Command+E if you’re on a Mac or Control+E if you’re on a PC to sort the bin column in ascending order. To sort by descending order use Command+Opt+E if you’re on a Mac or Control+Alt+E if you’re on a PC.
Enlarge or Shrink Clip Icon Size in Frame or Script View in a Bin
Frame View and Script View in a bin shows a one frame still preview of the clip in an icon. To make this larger use the keyboard shortcut Command+L if you’re on a Mac or Control+L if you’re on a PC. I like to remember this shortcut as “L” for “Larger”. This also works for selected tracks in the timeline if you want to make then larger.
To make these icons smaller use the keyboard shortcut Command+K if you’re on a Mac or Control+K if you’re on a PC. I like to remember this shortcut as “K” for “shrinK“. This shortcut also works for selected tracks in the timeline if you want to make them smaller.
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Hey! If you remember several weeks ago I came out with a free keyboard shortcut quiz for Avid Media Composer. Well, many of you downloaded it and I got some really good feedback so I decided to take it to the next level and create a bigger and better free Avid Media Composer keyboard shortcut quiz!
Get the Free Avid Media COmposer Quiz
I’m calling this one Avid Media Composer Keyboard Shortcut Quiz — Level 1. Yes, Level 1! That means I want to and will make more and tougher ones. This requires two three things from you.
First, you take this quiz! You were going to already so this one is easy.
Second, leave me a comment here or through the contact page to let me know what you thought. Too easy? Too tough? Difficult to use? (BTW, for the life of me I cannot change that gray button with white text. I’m trying desperately to fix it but am not going to keep me from releasing this quiz any longer!)
And third, you stick around and read my message at the end of the quiz.
Alright! That’s it! I kept you long enough. The link below will take you to the quiz.
PS: When you go to the quiz you’ll be asked to enter your name and email. Don’t worry, that’s just for me and won’t be shared! I may reach out to you in the future if I come out with other items like this one that might be of interest to you though. Good luck on the quiz!!
Once again, you can get to the quiz through the link below:
Hey! Just to let you know I’ve made a 2nd and IMO a better overall keyboard shortcut quiz for Media Composer. You can find it here.
Hey there! This is my second product and my first quiz. This is a quiz for Media Composer editors who want to improve their keyboard shortcut skills. It’s a 10-question multiple choose quiz with an answer key.
The quiz is 100% free. Just click Add to Cart. Then click Checkout, enter your email address and click Download files.
If you would like to donate, maybe buy me a beer or something ?, all you have to do is name the price after clicking Add to Cart and you’ll be taken to PayPal. Again, this quiz is 100% free and donating is completely optional.
This quiz is the first of hopefully many more quizzes on Media Composer and post production. I’ll admit that the design is still a bit rough. If you’ve been following me for awhile then you know I like to put something out there then refine it as I go. I think the content is much more important than how it looks — at least for this project at this time. In order to make the next quiz better though I need your help. Send me your feedback on it. How did you like it? Were the questions difficult enough? Was it simple to take? Remember there’s a quiz and an answer sheet (two different PDFs to download).
You can send me your feedback on my contact page. In the subject line please put “MC Quiz 1”. Any feedback will be greatly appreciated!!
I really hope you enjoy my first quiz. Here’s the link one more time:
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