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Bin Tricks in Avid Media Composer

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.

Check out my other tutorial on timeline shortcuts in Avid Media Composer here.

Align Frames to Grid in Bin Frame View Trick in Avid

Our last trick is while a bin is in Frame View. Move the clips around as needed. And to “tidy” them up, use the keyboard shortcut Command+T if you’re on a Mac or Control+T if you’re on a PC.


Additional Recommended Viewing: Mastering Avid Media Composer’s Keyboard Shortcuts | Bins Lesson

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Mastering Avid Media Composer’s Keyboard Shortcuts – Lesson 3: Moving

Mastering Media Composers Keyboard Shortcuts – Lesson 3 on Moving

This is the third lesson in a series on mastering Avid Media Composer’s keyboard shortcuts and it’s on moving inside of Media Composer. Each lesson tackles a handful of shortcuts. Those shortcuts should be practiced until the next lesson in a few days. By the end of the lessons you should be flying through your editing sessions.

This isn’t just any old list of keyboard shortcuts in Avid. For many of them I explain how they work and how I use them everyday as a professional editor.

If you’re just getting started, no worries. You can take this lesson and circle back to the previous lessons. You can find all the lessons here.

This lesson focuses on the moving keyboard shortcuts in Avid. By moving I mean having the Time Position Indicator (the blue bar in the timeline) go from one frame to another frame. There are a bunch of different keyboard shortcuts that do this for us faster and more accurately than clicking the mouse around the screen. Let’s get started!

Lesson 3 Keyboard Shortcuts - Moving in Avid
Lesson 3 Shortcuts – Moving
Number pad with keys highlighted that are used for moving in Avid
Like my coffee-stained number pad?
Time Position Indicator...this is what we're moving in Avid
Time Position Indicator…this is what we’re moving
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Mastering Avid Media Composer’s Keyboard Shortcuts – Lesson 2: Marking and Playing

Mastering Media Composers Keyboard Shortcuts – Lesson 2 on Marking and Playing

This is the second lesson in a series on mastering Avid Media Composer’s keyboard shortcuts and the topic is Marking and Playing. In each lesson we tackle a handful of shortcuts that should be learned and practiced until the next lesson in a few days. This isn’t just any list of shortcuts. For many of them I’ll explain how they work and how I use them everyday as an editor.

Lesson 1 was on Media Composer’s Tools. This lesson is on the keyboard shortcuts in Avid for Marking and Playing. These are some of the most primary shortcuts I think you should learn. Some other shortcuts (Z, X, V, B, etc.) you can do damage to your timeline by accidentally doing something you weren’t expecting. With these shortcuts the worst thing you can do is clear an In or Out Point. Let’s get started!

Lesson 2 Keyboard Shortcuts - Marking and Playing in Avid
Lesson 2 Shortcuts – Marking and Playing

Marking Keyboard Shortcuts in Avid

Mark In Point

Mark In Point Keyboard Shortcuts in Avid
Mark In Point

Shortcut: E or I

Marking an In Point is one of the must learn keyboard shortcuts. Media Composer works on three-point editing. Basically you need two In Points and an Out Point or vice versa. Put an In and Out Point on the clip in the Source Monitor then an In Point on the Timeline then hit Splice-In or Overwrite Edit and the clip from the Source Monitor gets edited onto the Timeline. Kind of make sense? There’s a bit of a hierarchy when it comes to In and Out Points and three-point editing but that’s for another lesson.

Even though I stand up here on my soapbox preaching about how important keyboard shortcuts are you will still use the mouse. It’s inevitable. So if you’re right-handed you will generally have your left hand on the keyboard. If so you’ll find you use “E” way more than “I” to mark an In Point. I however am I lefty so my right hand is always on the keyboard. That means I use the “I” key to mark an In Point more often. The same goes with our next shortcut.

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Mastering Avid Media Composer’s Keyboard Shortcuts – Lesson 1: Tools

Hey! This is the first lesson in a series on mastering Avid Media Composer’s keyboard shortcuts and it’s on Tools. We’ll go through pretty much every keyboard shortcut in Media Composer in this series.

If you’ve taken either of my quizzes (Quiz 1 and Quiz 2) and/or you are interested in becoming a faster, more efficient editor than this series is for you. Each lesson we’ll tackle a handful of shortcuts. We’ll go through what the shortcut is and for some I’ll comment on the tool, function or whatever the keyboard shortcut does based on my experience using Avid Media Composer hour after hour over the past decade.

Okay, enough talking. Let’s get into our first lesson!

Avid Media Composer Keyboard Shortcuts for Tools Recap

There are a bunch of tools in Media Composer. There’s the Audio Mixer, Audio EQ, Composer, Effect Editor, Media Tool and more. Ten (10!) of them have simple shortcuts. In this lesson we’ll cover them.

Audio Tool

Audio Tool in Avid
Audio Tool

Cmd+1 (Mac) | Ctrl+1 (PC)

The Audio Tool shows the audio levels (how loud or soft it is) in visual form. Once you hit play the Audio Tool goes up and down based on the audio that’s being played at that frame. There’s a small sideways Audio Tool at the top of the Timeline. However the normal Audio Tool makes it much easier to see. I tend to always have this tool open.

Calculator Tool

Calculator in Avid
Calculator

Cmd+2 (Mac) | Ctrl+2 (PC)

Did you know Media Composer had a calculator? This isn’t your ordinary calculator either. This calculator counts timecode!

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