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Batch Exporting in Avid Media Composer

This article details how to perform batch exporting in Avid Media Composer.

The other day I had to export nine different parts of a training course I was editing in Avid Media Composer for one of my clients. Media Composer isn’t like Premiere where I can add a bunch of videos or sequences to a Queue in Adobe Media Encoder. From inside a sequence you have to export them one at a time. This isn’t convenient for anyone. In this project in particular I’d have to go back and check every 20-30 minutes and then go and export the next video. However there’s a trick you can do to batch export out of Media Composer and I’m going to explain that in this post. In fact, this trick is allowing me to write this blog post then go take lunch outside at a park next to the Potomac River.

Getting Started with Batch Exporting

Let’s jump right in. What is batch exporting in Avid Media Composer? How do you do it? Instead of exporting from a sequence we’re going to export from a bin. And to export from a bin we need to create copies of our master sequence(s) that we want to export.

To begin create a new bin. Label it something like, “For Export Only”. Take your master sequence, set in and out points and select just the tracks you want to export. If it’s all tracks, select every track (Hit Cmd/Ctrl+A to quickly do this).

Next duplicate your master sequence. Highlight it in the bid and hit Cmd/Ctrl+D to do this. Move the duplicated version into your For Export Only bin. Rename the duplicated version of your master sequence to the filename you want it to have upon export (i.e. abc-course-part1-v01-170418) but without the file extension. Go back to your master sequence(s) and repeat as needed until you have a bin full of sequences you want to export; each with their in and out points set and tracks selected.

Almost Ready to Export

Close out of every bin expect your For Export Only bin. You don’t have to do this but I’m OCD about screen real estate and digital clutter. Then select all the sequences in your For Export Only bin. Right-click on the sequence icon for any of them (it’s the little film stripe next to the name of the sequence).

In the menu that pops up find Export (pre V8.5ish) or Output (post V8.5ish; the name changed somewhere around MC v8.5). If you’re on an older version of MC it’ll open a dialogue box up immediately. If you’re on a newer version you will have to go into a sub-menu in Output then you choose Export to File… Once you do this the same dialogue box will pop up as in the older versions of MC.

Export... Menu in Avid Media Composer

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Export to File... Menu in Avid Media Composer

Post Version 8.5(ish)

Export As... Window in Avid Media Composer

This is the box that’ll open after selecting Export or Export to File…

Ready to Batch Export!

Navigate to where you want to files to go like a watch folder or an exports folder or just somewhere on your hard drive. Then go to your export settings at the bottom of the box. Set your export preset to a QuickTime Movie or whatever you want to export it as for you to then compress in Adobe Media Encoder or Sorenson Squeeze or another compression software. Go into it’s options (click the Options… button) and make sure Use Marks and Use Selected Tracks are checked (this might say “Use Enabled Tracks” in newer versions of MC…I’m still on 8.4.4!). Doing this means that you are MC to export the enabled tracks and in and out points you set for each sequence.

QuickTime Movie Export Settings in Avid Media Composer

Make sure Use Marks and Use Selected Tracks are checked.

Click Save in the export settings then Save again in the Export As… dialogue box to begin batch exporting in Avid Media Composer.

Next go to your favorite local lunch spot and relax while Media Composer does it’s thing. Where am I going? Perfect Pita 🙂

I hope you found this quick tutorial helpful. If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below or shoot me a message here.

Cheers,
Josh

P.S. If you’re new around here and want to know more about EVF and learn more helpful tips and tricks on being a faster video editor go to this page to begin your journey. And please never be shy if you have a question or just want to chat about editing (or baseball!).

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Fixed vs. Elastic Keyframes in Avid Media Composer – EVF Tutorial

This tutorial teaches you the difference between fixed keyframes and elastic keyframes in Avid Media Composer. We’ll use an example clip with a 3D Warp Effect on it and I’ll demonstrate what both types of keyframes do and why you would use each of them.

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Rename Project in Avid Media Composer

This tutorial teaches you how to rename a project in Avid Media Composer. In this quick lesson we’ll create a project, find the project files on your hard drive then change the name of the project.

Recapping Tutorial on How to Rename Project in Avid Media Composer

Create a New Project

Renaming a project in Avid Media Composer isn’t the most straight-forward process. There’s a handful of steps involved.

Let’s create a new project so we’re starting fresh. Launch Avid Media Composer then click New Project. I called my project Rename This Project in the video so let’s stick with that. The format doesn’t matter for what we’re doing in this example. When ready click OK.

By default Avid Media Composer puts the Avid Projects inside of Documents then inside an Avid Projects folder. I don’t recommend this as it’s not very intuitive. It’s also recommended that you keep your Avid Projects separate from your Media drives. I do this as well. For my home system, I keep an Avid Projects folder tucked away in a special spot on my local hard drive. I backup this folder often. Here’s a write-up I did on a simple backup and archiving plan for my friends at Screenlight.

Renaming the Project

As I mentioned, renaming an Avid project is not intuitive. Quit out of Avid. Let me repeat — QUIT OUT OF AVID. Do not have Avid Media Composer open while renaming a project.

Navigate in Finder (Mac) or Computer (PC) to the Avid Projects folder. Again, by default it will be under Documents > Avid Projects. Find the project’s folder you want to rename. Change the name of this folder to what you want the new name to be. But wait! You’re not done yet.

If you were to launch Avid Media Composer you’ll see the name has not changed yet. Quit out of Avid again.

Go into the Avid project’s folder that you want to update. Wherever it says the name of the old project, update it with the new name. There should be at least three files:

  1. [project name] Settings.avs
  2. [project name] Settings.xml
  3. [project name].avp

Where I have [project name] above, update this to the new name. Make sure to leave the _space_ Settings after the new project name for the .avs and .xml files.

Boom! That’s it. That is how to rename a project in Avid Media Composer. Leave a comment below if you have any questions.


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23 Posts about Video Production, Post Production, Avid and More

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I’ve been writing for my friends over at ScreenLight for…well…a long time. It’s been over two years and in the Internet world that’s a really long time. Over that time I’ve been able to stockpile a bunch of writings that I want to share with you today. 23 of them to be exact.

The posts range from Media Composer tips to the Pomodoro Technique for time management to Apps for Editors and so much more. I’ve broken them up into a couple of categories. At the very top are a few of my favorites and ones I think you should definitely read.

My Favorite Posts

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EVF Tutorial – Quick Transitions in Avid Media Composer

I am SOOO excited. Today I’m launching my first ever product — an Avid Media Composer Bin with over 50 preset Quick Transitions. In the tutorial below you’ll find out how to create your own preset Quick Transitions. After watching the tutorial go here to get my Quick Transitions Bin.

As always I come out with a new tutorial every Friday. Subscribe to the YouTube channel and you’ll get an email when they come out. Let me know if there is something you’d like me to go more in depth on from this tutorial and if there are any tutorials you’d like to see in the future.

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The Power of Presets for Avid Media Composer Editors

Presets will make you a faster editor. Period. Putting systems in place for often-used tasks makes you a more efficient editor. Presets are some of these systems. You can preset many aspects of your NLE, especially Avid Media Composer. Below I discuss four of my favorite areas you can use presets.

This post focuses on presets in Avid Media Composer but some concepts should be able to cross over into other NLEs like Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X.

Workspaces/Toolsets

Workspaces are the arrangement of tools on the screen.

Workspaces are preset arrangements of your tools on the screen.

There are 3-5 Workspaces (sometimes referred to as Toolsets – different but essentially the same thing which I’m not going to get into today) you should customize, save and map to your keyboard. These are preset arrangements of your tools on the screen.

The first is obviously Source/Record Editing. This is your bread and butter Workspace, which you’ll most likely spend the bulk of your time in. You use it for your standard editing – laying in shots, moving them around, manipulating time, etc. Why do you map this to your keyboard? Anytime you are done in another Workspace or you have random tools open, this will put you back in your default editing setup.

If you want the Timecode Tool, Markers, Audio Tool and Audio Mixer open while you are editing in this Workspace like I do, make sure the Source/Record Editing Workspace is selected under Windows > Workspaces. Then open all the tools you want and position them on your screen and hit Save Current under that same menu.

If you want to see a tutorial over on my YouTube channel let me know in the comments section!

Audio Editing is the next Workspace to setup. Besides setting up my audio tools where I want them, I like to tie this together with my Audio Timeline View, which will be discussed in the next section. To do this, go up to Windows > Workspaces > Properties… then type in “Audio.” If you have a Timeline View named “Audio” it’ll automatically switch to that view.

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Color Correction is another Workspace that should be setup. I’ve found that the only real things you need to adjust are the location of the monitors and Color Correction Tool along with what goes into the monitors by default. I tend to like having the left monitor being set to Previous, the middle monitor set to Current and the right monitor set to RGB Parade.

03-FullScreenSettingsIf you don’t have a traditional confidence monitor or work solely on a laptop/single monitor system like I do at times, the Full Screen Playback Workspace should be mapped to your keyboard. FYI – sometimes Full Screen Playback won’t run on the monitor you want it to if you are running two screens or switch between 1-2 screens often. If that happens, go to Settings > Full Screen Playback. Then move the dialog box to the monitor you want to be full screen. Then click Select Monitor and click OK.

The last Workspace you might want to setup is Effects Editing. To be honest, I don’t use this. I have my Effect Editor positioned in my Source/Record Editing Workspace. Do this by opening the Effect Editor, save the current Workspace, close the Effect Editor then save the current Workspace again. This tells Avid Media Composer “I want this tool positioned here but don’t want it open when I activate this Workspace.” From there, I map Effect Editor to my keyboard always staying in the Source/Record Editing Workspace with it open. The advantages of having the Effects Editing Workspace setup is that you might want more room for your monitors or the Effect Editor than you would with the Source/Record Editing Workspace. For me, I don’t find it that useful but you might.

Timeline Views

When you jump on someone else’s User Settings the first difference you’ll notice is their Timeline View if they have one setup. Some like to drag the timecode track between the video and audio tracks. You’ll definitely notice if they color their tracks differently (I like pale yellow-orange for video tracks and a light blue for audio). However you want to stylize your timeline view it’s up to you – just make it efficient for your workflow.

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There are four basic timeline views that I use and firmly believe every editor should use as well. Those are: Default, Audio, Tiny and Big/Stringout.

I wrote a post over on ScreenLight’s blog some time ago where I go into detail on each one and how to manipulate your timeline for each workflow. The gist of it is to change the track sizes, color and pick the data shown then save it at the bottom of the timeline.

Seriously though, if you’re interested in doing this (and you should be), read the aforementioned post.

Quick Transitions

Quick Transitions are great if you use any transition frequently, which I assume you do. This is the dialogue box that pops up with you hit the \ key to set your dissolves. Media Composer comes with Dissolve, Film Dissolve, Film Fade, Fade to Color and a few others as defaults. But do you know you can add your own?

Create a bin labeled exactly Quick Transitions. Then drop in your own transitions (wipes, flashes, etc.).

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This Friday I’ll be announcing the first ever product for Edit Video Faster. It’s a bin full of over 50 preset Quick Transitions. You can get it along with more information here. On Friday I’ll be coming out with an in-depth tutorial on my YouTube channel on how to setup your own custom Quick Transitions Bin. You can find that tutorial here.

Get a head start on creating your bin with 50+ preset Quick Transitions here!

Export Settings

Each and every time you export a file from Media Composer you should save an Export Setting if it’s something different than you already have. Why? You can export a QuickTime movie at least a thousand different ways but you might not remember every detail (frame rate, key frames, compression type, etc.) of the handful of types of .movs you use.

Why try to remember every detail if you can save the settings with a detailed name each time?

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When you export, click on Options under Export Settings. Adjust the parameters for your export then click Save As… Give it a unique name – ex: QT 1920×1080 30fps or QT-HQ-WebDeliveryForCompression. Next time you go to export you can find that setting in the drop down menu and won’t have to change any parameters. You can do this for any file that Media Composer exports (.pngs, .wavs, etc.).

 

Summing Up

Presets save you loads of time and only take a few minutes to setup. Workspaces, Timeline Views, Quick Transitions and Export Settings all do this. What are your favorite presets to create in Avid Media Composer or your NLE of choice?

Lastly – if you want to get a jumpstart on your Quick Transitions bin, head on over to this page. It’s simple, affordable and only takes a few minutes until you have 50+ preset Quick Transitions.

See you on Friday with a new tutorial!

Set Default Tracks for New Sequences in Avid Media Composer

Hey there! This tutorial is on how to set the amount of default video and audio tracks are made when you create a new sequence in Avid Media Composer. Let me know what you think! Did you find this helpful?

Recapping Set Default Tracks in Avid Tutorial

The X’s and O’s

To begin, open a bin. Right-click inside the bin and select New Sequence. Give the sequence a name. If you look in the timeline you’ll see the tracks V2, V1, and A1. These are the default tracks for new sequences in Avid Media Composer.

The point of this tutorial is to show you how to change these for every new sequence in the future.

To do this, right-click inside an empty area in the timeline and go to Timeline Settings. Next navigate to the Edit tab in the Timeline Settings. Inside the Edit tab there’s a New Sequences box towards the bottom. Change the video and audio track numbers to whatever you desire. For me I like to do five video tracks and two mono audio tracks. Then click OK.

Go back to your bin and create a new sequence. This new sequence will have the new default tracks set for it.

Why this small editing trick is important

No joke, this is a deep, pro-level trick. It may only save you 10 seconds a day. However I feel that those 10 seconds a day are so important. Those 10 seconds a day that you can save are the driving force behind Edit Video Faster.

If you can save 10 seconds a day using this hack then you save almost a minute a week. If you extrapolate that out of a year you’re at nearly an hour. What about for an entire career? Or what if you couple this with dozens of other tricks that save you 10 seconds a day?

Small adjustments like setting up default tracks in Avid Media Composer for new sequences will make you a faster video editor. Thanks for watching and reading.


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Bins Setup for New Projects in Avid

Hey there! This quick tutorial is on how I setup my bins and folders for new projects in Avid Media Composer. Everyone works differently so if you do something different share it below and why!

Recapping Tutorial on Bins Setup for New Projects in Avid Media Composer

First I create all of the folders. The folders are: 01_Sequences, 02_Audio, 03_Graphics, 04_Footage, and 05_Old.

In the 01_Sequences folder I create two bins — Master Sequences and Working Sequences. The 02_Audio folder gets bins labeled Music, SFX, and VO.

The 03_Graphics folder gets the following bins:

  • FFs (Shorthand for Freeze Frames)
  • FX (Shorthand for Effects)
  • Imports
  • Quick Transitions
  • Titles

The 04_Footage folder gets a bin for each day of filming. For example I would name a bin FTG-210525 for the footage filmed on May 25th, 2021. I also create an All for Sift bin. All the clips in the FTG-… bins will be Opt/Alt+dragged into the All for Sift bin so all my footage is in one place (mirrored) and it’s left in it’s original dated bin for reference.

The 05_Old folder gets a bin labeled Old Sequences. If this bin gets too large I’ll make an Old Sequences 2 bin.

Bonus Tip: To close all bins at once, select a bin then go to the Window menu and choose Close All Bins.

That’s how I do my bins setup for new projects in Avid Media Composer. Do you do something different? I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.


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