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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

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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.

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Black and White Video Tutorial in Avid Media Composer

This tutorial shows how to create black and white video in Avid Media Composer using the Color Correction tool. It also teaches how to keyframe the saturation of a clip so you can change from full color to black and white over time.

Recapping the Tutorial

Make Video Black and White

Place the time position indicator over your clip. This is the blue bar in the timeline. Make sure that track is selected. I tend to turn off the other tracks. You can use the keyboard shortcut of Command+Shift+A (Mac) or Control+Shift+A (PC) to deselect all tracks. Then use the appropriate track selection keyboard shortcut if there is one to select the track.

In the Windows menu, find Workspaces then select Color Correction. This will open up the Color Correction Tool. Under the HSL tab, select the Controls panel (I think this is called a panel? Maybe not. Just hit the Controls button 😅). Now find Saturation and make it a value of zero. You can drag the slider all the way to the left or type in 0 in the space under Saturation. This clip is now black and white! You’ll see there’s now an effect icon on the clip in the timeline.

Keyframing Black and White Video Effect

Let’s say we want to keyframe this effect so we go from color to black and white or vice versa over time.

Open the Effect Controls Tool. There’s an icon for it in the Color Correction Tool. Move the time position indicator to the part of the clip where you want your effect to start. I find it easier to move it inside the Effect Controls Tool and in the Timeline in this instance. Next in the Effect Controls Tool twirl down HSL, Controls, and Master. Find Saturation. Now right-click in the space to the right for Saturation in the Effect Controls Tool (see video above if you need help finding this!) and choose Add Keyframe.

Next move the time position indicator to where you want the video to go to black and white. Right-click in the space to the right for Saturation in the Effect Controls Tool and choose Add Keyframe. Then change the Saturation amount to zero (0). Go back to Source/Record Mode and playback your masterpiece. That’s how to create black and white video in Avid Media Composer!


Suggested Viewing: Fixed vs. Elastic Keyframes in Avid Media Composer Tutorial

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Using the Timecode Window in Avid Media Composer — EVF Tutorial

This tutorial teaches you what Avid Media Composer’s Timecode Window is and how to use it. This tool is hidden by default but can provide you with a ton of useful information while you edit your videos. You’ll learn how to change the display of the tool, how to add lines of information like the duration of a timeline and what lines of information could be useful to have available to you.

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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

Pre Version 8.5(ish)

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

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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.


Additional Suggested Viewing: Bins Setup for New Projects in Avid Media Composer

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EVF Tutorial – Trim To Fill Effect in Avid Media Composer

This tutorial covers the Trim To Fill Effect in Avid Media Composer. Trim To Fill is crazy easy to use especially compared to an effect like Timewarp. I’ll show you how to expand and shrink the timing of a clip in just a couple simple steps.

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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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