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Avid Editing : A Guide for Beginning and Intermediate Users

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9780240805412

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Pub. Date:
3/17/2003
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Summary

Avid Editing is a comprehensive guide covering nonlinear editing on the Avid Xpress DV, Avid Media Composer, and Avid Xpress on both Windows and Macintosh platforms. Suitable for beginning or experienced editors new to Avid, the book provides step-by-step instructions for hundreds of editing tasks in jargon-free terms. The chapters are organized in a logical progression that will help the beginner to master the material, while providing the intermediate user with a thorough review of techniques as well as important new information. This new edition has been expanded and now includes a chapter on 16:9 Widescreen Editing, explaining how Avid can help the reader create material for current and future widescreen television formats. Also new is the chapter on Script Integration, a powerful tool now available on almost all of Avid's products. The accompanying DVD contains all the video and audio clips you'll need to edit two dramatic scenes: "Wanna Trade" and "Gaffer's Delight." The first is the easier of the two projects and is designed to get the reader editing by the first chapter. The second is a more complex scene, shot in the 16:9 widescreen format, and it gives the reader hands-on practice with widescreen editing and script integration. A shooting script is also included on the DVD. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Sam Kauffmann is a professor at Boston University's College of Communication, where he teaches digital editing and film production. He is an award-winning video and filmmaker with numerous credits as a cinematographer and editor. His work has aired on network and local television stations throughout America

Table of Contents

Preface xxi
Introduction xxiii
Getting Started
1(34)
The Editor's Job
1(1)
Avid's Roots
2(2)
Film and Video: The Old Way
2(1)
Working with Picture and Sound
3(1)
The Editing Process
3(1)
Avid's Digital Approach
4(8)
The Many Parts of Your System
5(4)
Avid Editing Workflow
9(3)
Turning on Your Avid
12(2)
The Avid Interface on Your Computer
14(10)
Toolset Menu
14(2)
Project Window
16(1)
Bins
17(1)
Clips
17(1)
Bin Views
17(1)
SuperBin
18(1)
Source Monitor or Pop-up Monitor
18(1)
Record Monitor
19(1)
The Timeline
20(1)
Commands
21(1)
The Keyboard
21(1)
Three-Button Play
22(1)
The Spacebar
23(1)
The I and O Keys
23(1)
Other Important Commands
23(1)
Active Window
23(1)
Practice
24(1)
Starting an Editing Session
25(5)
Making Your First Cut
26(2)
Adding Shots to Your Sequence
28(2)
Ending an Editing Session
30(5)
Script for ``Wanna Trade''
31(4)
Basic Editing
35(20)
Editing Rules
35(1)
Starting Your Second Editing Session
36(1)
Basic Editing Skills
36(2)
Marking Clips
37(1)
Splice and Overwrite
38(1)
Source Monitor Menu
38(1)
The Timeline
39(8)
Selecting and Deselecting Tracks
39(1)
Navigating the Timeline
40(1)
Home and End
40(1)
Moving with the Mouse
40(1)
Snapping to Cut Points
41(1)
The Timeline Fast Menu
42(1)
Scaling and Scrolling the Timeline
42(2)
Additional Timeline Controls in the Media Composer
44(1)
Enlarge or Reduce Tracks
45(1)
Track Monitor Icons
45(1)
Marking Clips in the Timeline
46(1)
Duplicating a Sequence
47(6)
Lift and Extract
47(3)
Trim Shots Using Extract
50(1)
It Takes Three Marks to Make an Edit
50(1)
Like a Mantra
51(1)
Using the Clipboard
51(2)
Undo/Redo List
53(1)
Suggested Assignments
53(2)
The Project Window
55(26)
Creating a Bin
55(1)
All About Bins
56(7)
Bin Views
56(1)
Selecting Clips
57(1)
Working in SuperBin Mode
57(2)
Changing the Default View
59(1)
Bin Headings
59(2)
Moving Columns
61(1)
Sorting
61(1)
Frame View
62(1)
Storyboard Technique
63(2)
Starting a New Sequence
63(1)
Creating a Storyboard
64(1)
Drag-and-Drop Editing
64(1)
Subclips
65(1)
Deleting Sequences and Clips
66(2)
Getting Folders
67(1)
Settings: Have It Your Way
68(11)
Kinds of Settings
68(3)
Bin Settings
71(1)
Interface
72(2)
Keyboard Settings
74(3)
Changing Command Buttons
77(1)
The Media Composer's Composer Settings
78(1)
Suggested Assignments
79(1)
Command Palette Commands
79(2)
Trimming
81(22)
Trim Mode
82(9)
Getting into Trim Mode
82(1)
Media Composer Trim Modes
83(1)
Lassoing the Transition
84(1)
Leaving Trim Mode
84(1)
Dual-Roller Trim Mode
85(3)
Single-Roller Trim Mode
88(3)
Trim Practice
91(2)
Changing from Single-Roller to Dual-Roller Trim Mode
92(1)
Media Composer Trim Keys
92(1)
Adding Tracks for Trimming
92(1)
Adding and Removing Rollers
93(1)
Advanced Trim Mode Techniques
93(6)
Trimming While Watching
93(2)
Trim One Side, Then the Other
95(1)
Using the Keyboard, Not the Mouse
96(1)
Trim Settings
96(1)
Dragging to a Mark
97(1)
Picture and Sound Overlaps
97(2)
Removing an Overlap
99(1)
Sync Problems in Single-Roller Trim Mode
99(1)
Enter Trim Mode on Selected Tracks
100(1)
The Tilde Key
101(1)
Trim Mode Review
101(1)
Advanced Trim While Watching
102(1)
Suggested Assignments
102(1)
Menus
103(34)
Screening a Work in Progress
103(2)
Menus
105(1)
Avid Xpress DV Menu
106(1)
File Menu
106(3)
Edit Menu
109(2)
Bin Menu
111(5)
Items Found in Media Composer Bin Menu and Not in Xpress Bin Menu
116(1)
Clip Menu
117(4)
Items Found in Media Composer Clip Menu and Not in Xpress Clip Menu
121(1)
Output Menu (Media Composer Only)
122(1)
Special Menu (Media Composer Only)
123(2)
Tools Menu: Xpress and Media Composer
125(4)
Toolset Menu
129(2)
Windows Menu
131(1)
Script Menu
132(1)
Help Menu
132(1)
Tracking and Monitor Menus
132(3)
Tracking Menu
132(2)
Monitor Menu
134(1)
Mapping Menu Items
135(1)
Suggested Assignments
136(1)
Recording/Digitizing
137(26)
Starting a New Project
137(2)
Getting Your Tapes into the Computer
139(1)
Tape Formats---Digital and Analog
139(1)
The DV Format
140(1)
Video Capture Boards
140(1)
Connecting Your Equipment
141(1)
Image Resolution
142(2)
Digitizing Strategies
143(1)
Xpress DV Storage Issues
144(1)
Audio
144(1)
Audio Sampling
144(1)
Getting Organized
145(2)
Remote/Local
146(1)
Xpress DV---Connecting a Camera or Deck for the First Time
146(1)
Organizing Your Bins
147(1)
Opening the Record/Digitize Tool
147(1)
Log or Digitize
147(2)
Configuring the Record/Digitize Tool
149(3)
If the Avid Says ``No Deck''
152(1)
What Should Happen
152(1)
Two Common Problems
153(1)
Xpress DV Editors---Go to the Recording Process
153(1)
Setting Video and Audio Levels
153(3)
Audio Levels
154(1)
Video Settings
155(1)
The Recording Process
156(4)
Logging
157(1)
Batch Digitizing Your Logged Clips
158(1)
Recording/Digitizing Each Clip As You Mark It
158(1)
Recording/Digitizing ``On-the-Fly''
159(1)
Digitizing Material without Timecode
160(1)
Some Useful Settings
161(1)
Suggested Assignments
162(1)
Sound
163(26)
The Importance of Sound
163(1)
Track Monitors
164(1)
Monitoring Only One Track
164(1)
The Hollow Speaker Icon
165(1)
Audio Scrub
165(1)
Selecting the Tracks for Scrubbing
166(1)
Adding Audio Tracks
166(1)
Scrolling Your Tracks
166(1)
Patching Audio Tracks
166(2)
Deleting Tracks
168(1)
Changing Audio Levels
168(1)
Audio Mix Tool
169(5)
Mixing Tool with Audio Tool
170(1)
Speed Tips
171(1)
Panning
171(1)
Audio Clip Gain
171(2)
Changing Volume and Panning on Multiple Clips
173(1)
Audio Automation Gain
174(3)
Placing Key Frames Manually
174(2)
Placing Key Frames Automatically
176(1)
Equalization
177(4)
Setting the EQ
178(1)
EQ Templates
178(1)
Saving Your EQ Effect
179(1)
When to Use the Different Audio Tools
180(1)
What Level is Correct?
181(1)
Waveforms
181(1)
Using Trim Mode to Fine-Tune the Audio
182(1)
Other Audio Techniques to Fix Problems
183(2)
Using the Clipboard to Fix Audio
184(1)
Add Edits
184(1)
Timeline Views
185(1)
Media Composer: Rearrange Tracks
186(1)
Setting Up Your Tracks
186(1)
Suggested Assignments
187(2)
Advanced Editing
189(20)
Segment Mode Editing
189(8)
Extract/Splice Segment Mode Button
190(2)
Lift/Overwrite Segment Mode Button
192(2)
Moving Sound to Different Tracks
194(1)
Lassoing to Get into Segment Mode
195(1)
Delete Segments with Segment Mode
196(1)
Trimming in Two Directions
197(3)
Watch Point
199(1)
Match Frame
200(1)
Slipping and Sliding
200(4)
Slip
200(2)
Slide
202(2)
Media Composer and Xpress
204(3)
J-K-L Trimming
204(1)
Replace
205(2)
Suggested Assignments
207(2)
Media Composer and Xpress Users
208(1)
Titles
209(22)
Opening the Title Tool
209(1)
Choosing a Background
210(1)
Creating Your First Title
211(1)
Selection Tool
211(1)
Shadows
212(1)
Saving Titles
213(1)
Cutting Titles into Your Sequence
213(6)
Xpress DV RealTime Effects Button
215(2)
Rendering Your Titles
217(1)
Adjusting Your Title's Length
217(1)
Adding Fades to Your Title
218(1)
Colored Titles
219(1)
Blending a Title
220(1)
Creating Title Style Sheets
221(1)
Soft Shadows
222(1)
Glowing Titles
223(1)
Drawing Objects
224(1)
Delete Key
225(1)
Titles with Objects
225(1)
Grouping and Locking
226(1)
Transparency
227(1)
Alignment Menu
227(1)
Lines and Arrows
227(1)
Other Buttons
228(1)
Rolling Titles
228(1)
Cutting in Rolling Titles
229(1)
Crawling Titles
229(1)
Advanced Titles
230(1)
Suggested Assignments
230(1)
Effects
231(24)
Kinds of Effects
232(1)
Effect Palette
232(1)
Applying an Effect
233(3)
Xpress DV RealTime Effects Button
235(1)
Applying More Effects
235(1)
Colored Dots
236(1)
Third-Party Plug-In Effects
236(1)
Effect Editor
237(7)
Opening the Effect Editor
238(2)
Effect Editing Tools
240(4)
Manipulating Key Frames
244(1)
Effect Quick Review
244(1)
Deleting Effects
244(1)
Adding Dissolves
245(1)
Saving an Effect as a Template
245(1)
Freeze Frames
246(1)
Motion Effects
246(2)
Slow Motion/Fast Motion
247(1)
Reverse Motion
248(1)
Strobe
248(1)
Rendering
248(1)
Rendering Single Effects
249(1)
Rendering Multiple Effects
249(1)
Waiting for Effects to Render
249(1)
Nesting
250(2)
Color Correction
252(2)
A World of Effect
254(1)
Suggested Assignments
254(1)
Saving Your Work
255(10)
If It's a Computer, It Will Crash
255(1)
Backing Up
256(2)
After the Crash
258(1)
Saving User Settings
258(1)
Copy User Settings to a CD or Zip Disk
258(1)
The Attic
259(1)
Retrieving a File from the Attic
260(1)
Deleting Bins
261(1)
Backing Up Media Files
261(2)
Batch Recording Offline Material
262(1)
Back Up Daily
263(1)
Suggested Assignments
263(2)
Keeping in Sync
265(14)
Sync Problems
265(1)
The Source of Your Problems
266(1)
Sync Break Indicators
266(1)
Many Tracks Mean Many Sync Problems
267(1)
Locators
268(2)
Locator Information
269(1)
Deleting Locators
270(1)
Editing Tricks to Stay in Sync
270(3)
Trimming in Two Directions: A Review
270(2)
Add Edits in Black Fill
272(1)
Deleting Add Edits
273(1)
Sync Locks
273(4)
Locking Tracks
277(1)
Suggested Assignments
278(1)
Importing and Exporting
279(26)
Types of Files
279(1)
Importing
280(1)
Importing a Picture File
281(2)
Computer versus Television
283(1)
Aspect Ratio
283(1)
DV Aspect Ratio and Pixels
284(1)
Color
284(1)
Import Options
284(3)
File Field Order
285(1)
Color Levels
286(1)
Alpha
286(1)
Single Frame
286(1)
Import Practice
287(4)
Creating a Photoshop File
287(2)
Importing Audio from a CD
289(1)
Importing Color Bars
290(1)
Importing Other File Types
291(1)
Exporting
292(1)
Preparing to Export
293(1)
Export Dialog Box
293(3)
Exporting a Graphic Image
295(1)
Exporting a QuickTime Movie
296(8)
Custom Settings
298(2)
Exporting Audio to a Digital Audio Work Station
300(2)
Exporting Other File Types
302(2)
Suggested Assignments
304(1)
16:9 Widescreen Television
305(16)
Where the Numbers Come From
305(1)
Standard NTSC Video---Not Big Enough
305(1)
The Root of the Format Problem
306(1)
Your Widescreen Choices
307(2)
Expensive
307(1)
Less Expensive
308(1)
Least Expensive
308(1)
Anamorphic Photography
309(3)
Anamorphic DV
309(1)
Super-16
310(1)
Anamorphic Film-to-Tape Transfer
310(1)
Super-16mm to HDTV
311(1)
Practice Footage
312(1)
16:9 Avid Editing
312(2)
16:9 Titles
313(1)
Your Finished Project
313(1)
Multiple Formats
314(5)
Creating a 4:3 Letterbox Version (Media Composer Only)
314(1)
Creating a 4:3 Letterbox Version (Xpress and Xpress DV)
315(1)
Creating a 4:3 Pan & Scan Version for a Standard TV
316(1)
Using the Resize Effect
316(2)
Pan & Scan Effect
318(1)
Go Wide
319(1)
Suggested Assignments
319(2)
Script Integration
321(26)
Hollywood-Style Editing
321(1)
An Example
322(1)
Using Two Monitors
322(1)
Naming Clips
323(1)
Getting the Script
323(2)
Getting Started
325(1)
Linking Clips to the Script
325(1)
Adding Takes
326(2)
Changing the Slate
328(1)
Review
329(1)
Adjusting Take Lines
329(1)
Selecting Multiple Takes
330(1)
Moving Slates
330(1)
Deleting Takes and Slates
330(1)
Loading and Playing Takes
331(1)
The Tab Key
331(2)
Placing Script Marks
333(2)
Playing Marked Takes
335(1)
A Faster Way to Place Script Marks
336(1)
The Fastest Way
337(1)
Moving Script Marks
337(1)
Looking at Your Coverage
337(1)
Page and Scene Numbers
338(1)
Find Script
339(1)
Off-Screen Dialog
339(1)
One Take Line Only
340(1)
Color Lines
341(1)
Identifying the Preferred Take
341(1)
Other Menu Items
342(1)
Left Margin
342(1)
Interpolate Position
342(1)
Hold Slates Onscreen
342(1)
A Select Few
343(4)
Script for ``Gaffer's Delight''
343(4)
Finishing
347(26)
Paths to the Finish Line
347(1)
Room on the Media Drives
348(3)
Deleting Unreferenced Precomputes
348(2)
Checking for Space
350(1)
Xpress DV Users Can Skip Ahead
351(1)
Blowing It All Away
351(1)
Deleting Your Low-Resolution Media
351(2)
Preparing to Redigitize Your Sequence
353(1)
Redigitizing Your Sequence
353(1)
Timecode Breaks
354(1)
Decompose
354(1)
Replacing Your Audio Tracks
355(1)
Recreating Title Media
355(1)
Rendering Your Effects
355(1)
Checking Audio Levels
356(1)
Checking For Offline Media
356(1)
Outputting to Tape
356(2)
Connecting the Avid Cables to the Tape Deck
358(1)
Manual Recording or Crash Recording to Tape
358(2)
Manual Record to a DV Deck or DV Camera
359(1)
Manual Record to an Analog Deck (Beta SP or VHS) or Digital Deck
359(1)
Digital Cut
360(2)
Starting Sequence Timecode
361(1)
Insert Editing
362(1)
Edit Decision List (EDL)
363(6)
What Exactly Is an EDL?
364(1)
Talk to Your Online Facility
365(1)
Getting Started
366(1)
Finding the EDL Manager
366(2)
Saving the EDL to a Disk
368(1)
EDL and Audio
369(1)
Visual Effects
369(1)
Output to DVD
369(2)
DVD on Windows
370(1)
DVD on Mac
370(1)
Suggested Assignments
371(2)
Finishing on Film
373(24)
Why Film?
373(1)
Film and the Avid
373(1)
The Film-to-Tape Transfer
374(1)
Finishing on Film or Finishing on Tape
374(1)
Hire a Negative Cutter First
374(1)
The $64,000 Question
375(1)
The 2-3 Pull-Down
375(1)
It's Really 29.97
376(1)
Keycode and Timecode
376(2)
Problems with the Transfer
378(1)
Identifying the First Frame with a Punch
379(1)
Checking the Numbers
379(1)
Types of Timecode
379(1)
Work Order to Your Lab
380(1)
Clean Video Copy
381(1)
The Cut List
381(1)
Telecine Log File
382(1)
Setting Up Your Avid
383(2)
Logging Keycode by Hand
385(1)
Phantom Master Clip
385(1)
Sound and the Avid
386(1)
Nagra 4.2
387(1)
Field Recording with a Timecode DAT
387(1)
Slowing Down the DAT during Digitizing
387(1)
One Bin Per Audio Tape
388(1)
Syncing Rushes
388(1)
Dupe Detection
389(1)
Effects
390(1)
Add Edits
390(1)
SMPTE Leader and Beep
390(1)
Opening the Cut List Tool
391(3)
``Matchback Shortened the Tail of the Clip by 1 Frame''
394(1)
Mix and Optical Sound Track
394(1)
Checking Sync
395(1)
It Works
395(1)
Next Stop, Cannes
395(2)
Present and Future
397(4)
Where Do You Go From Here?
397(1)
Information on the Internet
398(1)
Getting a Job as an Avid Editor
398(1)
Other Avid Products
399(1)
Avid's Future
400(1)
Index 401(6)
DVD-ROM Instructions 407


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