Avid Media Composer 101, Part 2: The Project Selection Window

By Kevin P. McAuliffe (doddleNEWS) When you first launch Avid Media Composer, you are brought to the “Project Selection” window.  This window is a little bit different then you might be accustomed to, especially if you’re coming from another editing application, or just starting out.

First, at the top, you are asked to choose a User Profile. The UP is where things like Keyboard and Bin settings are saved. What makes Media Composer different from an application like Final Cut Pro 7, is that multiple users can easily sit down and work on different projects. With FCP7, different users really required different system log-ins.

Next, you’ll be asked where you want to save your project. This is where I always recommend that users have an external hard drive that they will be capturing their footage to, and saving their projects onto. Private means that only the person logged on will see the projects on the system. Shared means that anyone who logs in from any account will see the projects, and lastly, External means that the project will be save onto an external hard drive.

Once you create a new project, it will be added to the project pane below. As you can see, as you go through and click on the projects on the left hand side, you are given more information about that particular project on the right hand side. This is a new feature in version 8.2 of Media Composer, and a very welcome one.

Once you choose a project size and frame rate for your project, you cannot change it, and will be conforming all your imported and captured media to those particular specs. This view will help new editors navigate through similarly named projects, and pick the right project to start or keep working on.

Check out all our Avid Media Composer tutorials here.

Kevin P McAuliffe is one of the Senior Editors at Extreme Reach in Toronto, Canada. His current clients include Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, and E1 Entertainment, to name a few.


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