This week we got introduced to editing where we learnt about how to edit on different editing softwares such as Avid Media Composer which is one of the video editors that most media professionals use to edit their media. We also learnt that we will be using this certain editor for all of our projects.
Firstly we had to set up all of our media files in our folder with our name in New Volume E, and we laid out the media we wanted to import to Avid organised as ‘Audio’ ‘Footage/Video’ and ‘Intro To Editing’ file folders within our folders.
However, since my disk wasn’t working on my computer after 3 to 5 lessons of trying to make Avid let me edit my Into The Blue work, I had to end up using Sara’s computer by making a new folder on her computer with my name, so it was a very confusing and frustrating project since it completely crashed on my computer after 2 days of trying again and again. Anyway, I did the work on Sara’s computer which is why I haven’t inserted many screenshots of how to do it, but I’ll go through the steps of how you can edit on Avid.
So, the first thing you do when you have made it into the Avid software is make a new project, and then click External. After that, it takes you to a section where it wants you to pick an aspect ratio where you can decide the format and aspect ratio.
I then picked 25PAL. Since these settings aren’t used in the modern editors we use today, there is more detail within this editor there are different ratios and formats you can decide to make your video or photo media with. I also picked 16:9 so it can be viewed on large screens like TVS and 20 inch MACs.
After that, we made bins which helps with our creative video making, and it gets everything set out in an organised order, so these bins were named the same as the files we made before such as Audio, Video and Intro To Editing which is an extra bin, and these help us to find the right files when editing. I decided to view them in small thumbnail files because that is my preferred editing way.
Next, I added all the files in an order that I was thinking that would fit well with the music which I added before the video because that’s how I like to edit my videos in general.
However, with Avid there are different editing shortcuts which makes it not very similar to other editors.
Here are the short cuts:
I – In, this key is used to cut the video you want when you press the I so it puts it within the time you chose.
O – Out, this key is used to cut the video when you press the O key and puts it where you want it to end.
J – This allows the video to be played back in reverse while your editing, so you can go back and forth. If you press it more than once, the speeds goes faster and you can decide how fast you want it to go when you look back.
K – Pauses the clip or the whole edited video
L – Allows you to play the video clip forward if you want to look at the footage forward, and you can use this to go back and forward. Pressing it more than once makes it go quicker.
→ – Moves the video forward by one frame. This can be used for very detailed editing, and tuning the video with audio files.
← – This moves the video backwards by one frame
PAL stands for the Phase Alternative Line, however there are so other formats like NTSC which stands for National Television Systems Committee, but the difference between PAL and NTSC depend on where the media is being show, and how different the fps (frames per sec) are.
PAL: 25 fps and using 625 lines. PAL is used in Europe and countries like Asia.
NTSC: 30 fps and using 525 lines. NTSC is used in the U.S and Canada.
Before you start creating the media that you want to create, open Avid and then it should come up with a little screen that lets you select a project that’s already been made or at this point, you can create a new project on whichever drive you want.
Clicking the new project will allow you to name the project, and then tweak around with what format and dimensions you want for the project you are creating. You can also choose the fps after the final edit. The new project box looks like this:
After that your project should be made, you should get a box that looks like this when you’re creating a project where you can make bins for your audio and footage.
To add audio, you must click new bin to import all of your audio into the bin you’ve created, and then your audio files should be there. For the others, you do the same things.
But before you do that step, the settings tab should come up where you can decide where you want Avid to save the edit. I would suggest making a project folder before all of this, so it makes it simple for you. It should look like this:
The only thing different about Avid compared to modern editors such as FCPX and Adobe Premiere Pro is that Avid uses.
What we did here:
These were all the screengrabs I could get on that day when Avid was working for me.
This week I learnt that using Avid is very useful for the future, and that old editors are very detailed and complicated, but once you get the hang of it it’s easier to figure out different features of the certain editing programme. The thing that wasn’t very reliable was that I had to use my friend’s computer, since it didn’t want to work anymore.
The things that I learnt were that detailed editing software such as Avid aren’t that hard to get used to the shortcuts, and the way that they are laid out. The thing that is hard about Avid is that since it always crashes and works in an old format it makes it hard sometimes to be able to work with the old format. Avid is a very useful editor, since there’s more detailing within the whole editing based software. I also learnt about ways you can use the different effects and transitions in Avid such as ‘superimpose’ and other effects within the editor. In conclusion I love editing, but since Avid is not actually working on my PC it frustrates me that I can’t put all my passion into this week other than trying hard.
SJB Productions (no date) Available at: https://www.sjbproductions.com/web_pages/tip_video/ntsc_pal.htm (Accessed on 2/11/16)
Photography Tuts Plus (2016) Available at: https://photography.tutsplus.com/courses/essential-video-effects-in-avid-media-composer (Accessed on 14/11/16)
Pro Video Coalition (2009) http://www.provideocoalition.com/the_basics_of_avid_media_composer_for_a_final_cut_pro_editor/
This is my video edit from the footage and audio we got given: