Let's Edit with Media Composer | First – Lesson 2 – Settings

this let's edit with Media Composer first tutorial is brought to you by video guys the leading reseller of video editing and production and post-production equipment for over 25 years and by Boris effect a leading developer of visual effects titling motion tracking rotoscoping and workflow tools and plug-ins for broadcast post-production and film professionals and by rampant design tools creators of QuickTime based style effects for video and designed to significantly enhance content for editors visual effects artists and motion graphic designers hey everyone kevin people call up here and i am back again with another let's edit with MC first tutorial and in this lesson i want to keep the ball rolling here in our introductory lesson we sort of got an overview of the media composer first interface and I did mention your settings very briefly now settings are something that are exceptionally important to set before you start editing because there are some things in your settings that you are going to need to be made aware of for example your bins autosave that's an important one your keyboard settings and the media creation tool these are all essential tools that you're going to need to understand what they do before you start editing so you don't run into problems down the road okay let's keep the introduction short let's just get into Media Composer first and let's get started alright now before we go on I want to remind you that these tutorials are designed to get you up and running in Media Composer first but what do you do when you're ready to take the plunge into the full version of Media Composer you're going to want to make the transition from one application to another as smoothly as possible if this is the situation you're in right now why don't you head on over and check out my mac pro training series on the full version of Media Composer where lesson one will get you up and running in about an hour all right so let's command or alt and tab into Media Composer first and let's head over to our settings tab at the top of the project window now what's important to keep in mind is that we're going to talk about some of these settings and we're not going to talk about every parameter but just the important ones that you are going to want to need to know now you'll notice that with the audio ducking the setting that we have one basically option that says use marks and then a bunch of advanced parameters now I'm going to dedicate a specific lesson to audio ducking in a future lesson keep that in mind what audio ducking basically does is automatically dip music or another sound channel down underneath a voiceover for example so instead of you having to go in and do all of those edits or those audio dips manually you can have Media Composer first do that for you next and probably the most important setting is your bin setting and the one thing that you're going to want to get in and make sure you set right away is that autosave interval now for me five minutes is pretty good where to point where the applications Media Composer specifically are pretty stable now with Media Composer first it is a stripped down version of Media Composer and I haven't run into too many problems so I'd probably say keep that autosave interval somewhere around the 5 minute mark now the next option I want to talk about is to double click what is double-clicking on a clip and your bin gonna do well for me I want it to load into the source or the record monitor now source for a clip the record monitor for a sequence now you might want to have that open in a new pop-up monitor but to be honest in most cases inside the source or record monitor is good enough now I want to skip down towards the bottom of the bin settings window we're going to talk more about this one specifically when we do talk about bins you'll see the way that we have the ability to show border colors and to show icons now again like I said keep that in the back of your head we're going to circle back and talk about that when we talk about bins now you're going to notice that after the bin setting we have something called a bin view and right now it's said to be basic what does that represent well let me give you a little sneak peak of bins I'm going to come down to our clips bin and what that view represents is inside of our I should let's pick one that actually has something in it and this actually has a sequence in it here and what I want to do is just switch over to list view and if you notice down at the bottom we have a little drop-down called untitled well that's telling me right now that I'm using an untitled bin view but what I have the ability to do is to get in and to change that to a basic bin now we're going to talk specifically began about bin views you're going to hear me say that a lot we're going to talk specifically about bin views when we talk about bins because this is how you're going to get in and tailor Media Composer to show you the information that you need to see ok let me just close this bin let's come back to our settings here now I'm going to skip over full screen playback to be honest I don't ever really use that all of the playback that I use I use right from within my sequence or my record monitor now the general settings let's double click on that because the one thing you're going to want to set in here is that starting timecode now you might want to put bars and tone you might want to put a little bit of black you might want to have a two beep this is where you can get in and tailor that starting timecode to whatever you want it to be in our case we'll just leave it at the one hour mark don't worry we can change that at any time without having to come into our settings we can actually change that right from over here within this sequence window now the import option you'll see that we can get in and we can make size adjustments to our imported images we can even get in and deal with alpha channels you'll see that we can invert on import where white equals opaque now if you're not familiar with opaque opaque means that it's not transparent that means that any matte element the light will not be transparent we can not invert where black is opaque or we can just ignore the Alpha Channel altogether and if you're bringing in still images like for example a JPEG of an end card that you want to use in here you can get in and set what you'd like the duration of that clip to be what you can also set in here is how Media Composer is going to deal with sequentially numbered files so basically a target sequence now you'll notice that we have an audio tab as well we can get it and make sure that we set up our multi-channel audio import options as well as how we want to apply attenuation or gain effects on import and we can automatically center pan monophonic clips but to be honest I don't want Media Composer doing any of that I want to get in and set all of that myself I'm just going to say cancel now to be honest the interface this is more of a stylistic thing what would you like your highlight colors to be what would you like your timelines background color to be what would you like the project background to be this is where you can get in and to be on you could make the Media Composer interface all of the colors of the rainbow if you like now this one is specifically a personal preference I'm not going to get in say you should do this you should do that to be honest I prefer my entire interfaces gray because I've been editing with Media Composer since back in the time when we didn't have any of this okay so I'm just going to cancel out of that I'm actually going to skip over the keyboard setting for right now I'm going to come back to it in just a second now in most cases many of the ways that we get media into Media Composer is by linking to it we're going to use the source browser to link to media you'll notice we have a lot of the same options in here that we did inside of the import option but this is dealing specifically with linking to a clip not creating a new piece of media just referencing a piece of media that's on our hard drive now the settings are more or less the same except we do have one option where we can get in and adjust the properties of the new clip to reformat them to either stretch pillar box or letterbox Center crop or Center and keep its current size I'm just going to leave that right now to be stretch now a big one I'm going to skip over media cache because to be honest I haven't really had to get in and do much as far as the media cache goes that's where you can get in and clear up cash from thumbnails or the source browser or even video memory settings okay but like I said I don't really do too much with that because I've been working on big projects and I've really never had to get in and clear that but a big one media creation now what exactly this media creation mean well in situations where you're going to consolidate or transcode media that means to take media that lives on your hard drive and convert it into avid media this is where you're going to get in and choose what the default media creation setting is going to be as well as what drive is going to be going to now I always like to send things to an external hard drive this way if I ever need to go on the road I can grab that hard drive stick it in my bag go I can download Media Composer first wherever I am start working right away now keep in mind that the way the my project is currently set up the video resolutions are all based on standard definition resolutions okay now how do I know that I'm just going to cancel out a media creation I'm going to come to the format option and you'll notice that my format option is grayed out it's by default set to standard def that's going to change when we start bringing clips and to work with in our timeline so we're going to need to circle back to the media creation setting once we start bringing in media now the last option we have is the timeline in those cases you're going to leave this set to its default you're going to want to make sure that you have Auto patching and auto monitoring turned on and for me I always like to in my new sequences by default have one video track and two mono audio tracks you can of course get in and adjust this however you want you'll also notice we have a display option where we can get in and set some display settings for our timeline as well okay now let's circle back to probably the biggest one other than what your bin autosave is going to be and that is your keyboard settings now I'm going to come back up here you'll notice we actually have a secondary keyboard setting that I'm actually just going to remove okay now I'm going to double click on my keyboard setting here is the keyboard layout for Media Composer first now the only thing that's kind of odd about it is the fact that I can't actually get in and change anything okay I can only get in and seemingly just click on things so how do we actually get in and adjust our keyboard well the keyboard setting actually works in conjunction with another tool that's not readily apparent okay to get at this tool we need to head to our appropriately named tools drop-down and I'm going to come down to the command palette I'm just going to put the command palette right up above our keyboard setting now this command palette basically represents every button command that is available inside of Media Composer and if you want to get in and adjust your keyboard settings let's say for example in my keyboard settings f6 is to add an edit so let's get in and let's add that to my keyboard settings I'm going to come to the Edit category and add edit is locate right here I'm simply going to take add/edit and I'm going to drag it and drop it down onto f6 on the keyboard this has now been mapped to appropriately enough ad edit now something I do want to point out and something that I always recommend to editors some lesson some don't do not change the default keyboard layout of your keyboard settings don't change anything from the number one all the way down to the spacebar now why is that well in situations where let's say you're going to go on the road you're going to install Media Composer first somewhere else to be honest you don't want to be getting in and worrying about bringing settings taking settings updating settings do I need to get in and really mount relay on my keyboard with 97 different keys that all takes time okay I rather just get in and just remap 10 buttons at the top of my keyboard to change those ones up as opposed to remapping the entire keyboard now I do want to point out that you can hold shift as a modifier key on the keyboard settings you can get in and add some more shortcuts to the standard keyboard but again my best recommendation leave this keyboard layout except for the function keys what its default setting is now a couple of the things I want to point out in the command palette the next option that we have over here at the bottom you'll notice that we're setting up a button to button reassignment meaning I can take any one of these commands let's use remove edit and I'm going to map that to f5 I'm adjusting a button to a button I also have the ability to get in and make this the active palette what does that mean what that means is that let's say hypothetically I was to have the play window open if I start hitting commands inside of the command palette with active palette selective Media Composer is going to start doing the commands that I'm clicking in here because it is active now the other one that's a big one and this is one that I like to use all the time is the menu to button reassignment I'm going to select menu to button reassignment and how this function works is the first thing we're going to do is select a button on our keyboard that we want to map a menu command to let's use f3 I'm going to click on f3 you'll notice that it highlights now I'm going to navigate to the Tools drop-down and I'm going to use my shortcut for f3 which is the audio mixer I'm simply going to select the audio mixer it's going to get mapped to f3 I'm just going to switch this back to a button to button reassignment and now when I hit f3 on the keyboard you'll see the audio mixer command makes the audio mixer appear inside of media composer first now a couple of things that I do want to point out inside of our settings window you're going to notice on the right that we have a whole bunch of different tags that basically say user project site user what does that mean exactly well a project setting is a setting specifically for this project it does not follow the user from project to project then we have a site setting meaning a setting that is created for this specific site this entire computer and last but certainly not least we have the user setting which is the setting that follows the user no matter what project they are working in now something else that I should point out is that for example you'll notice that I deleted the keyboard setting when we first got started what I'm going to do is I'm actually is going to duplicate the keyboard layout here the keyboard setting because what this gives me the ability to do is let's just say I have a keyboard layout for my standard editing ok maybe what I want to do is with this keyboard setting I want to set it up for audio mixing specifically let's use that as an example so I want to punch an audio mixing okay and maybe I want to have another keyboard layout that's going to be for visual effects okay so this is how you can now get in and create different settings for the keyboard for example that you can now easily toggle back and forth by simply checkbox in one of the different keyboard commands and you can now easily set up one two three four you can set up a whole bunch of different keyboard layouts so that you can easily get at those commands that you want to get at literally with the click of a mouse okay now we've talked about settings I think we're now ready to start bringing media into Media Composer first and we're going to talk about that in our next lesson now as I wrap up this lesson I want to take a moment to thank our sponsor starting out with video guys they are my preferred reseller for both video hardware and software and when you're ready to make the next step to the full version of Media Composer video guys will be there to help you make your upgrade as smooth as possible you can check them out at video guys calm and you can use the coupon code MC 101 for 5% off your video guys purchase I also want to thank Boris effects on the Boris effects family of visual effects software including generates a fire and imagine air systems mocha don't forget you can work with all their effects inside a Media Composer first by making your purchase through the avid marketplace and you can check them out at Boris effects calm and finally I want to thank rampant design tools the leaders in quick time based style elements that work perfectly inside of media composer first you can check out their entire product line at rampant design tools calm and even download over 40 free 4k effects at 4k free calm and finally if you have any questions you have any comment or you have any tutorial requests you can send them to Kevin P McAuliffe at gmail.com this is VIN Kevin P McAuliffe thanks a lot for watching

5 thoughts on “Let's Edit with Media Composer | First – Lesson 2 – Settings

  1. You know what I’m looking at Avid now for a few days and it reminds my of fcp7 something from centuries ago. Even the UI looks prehistoric

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