Avid Media Composer 101, Part 22: Bins Part 4

Avid Media ComposerBy Kevin P. McAuliffe (doddleNEWS)

One advantage you having working in list view in Avid Media Composer, as opposed to thumbnail view, is that you can use all the different clip icons to differentiate between what is a Linked to clip (for example), versus an imported/transcoded clip versus. Did you know that there is a way to show what the different types of clips are in thumbnail view as well? Well you can, you just need a little help from your Bin Settings. (Click here for part 1, part 2, and part 3 of our Bins tutorial.)

In your Bin Settings, make sure that your “Show Border Colors” option turned on. You can obviously use the clip color (whatever you assigned the color to be in the Color Column), but what we want to do here, is to use the color based on object type. You’ll notice now that when you go back into your bin in Avid Media Composer (in thumbnail view), there are different colored borders around your clips, based on the clip type.

Well, that begs the question, what do the color correspond to in Avid Media Composer?

  1. Blue – Precomputes and source side motion effects
  2. Green – Master clips
  3. Dark Green – Subclips and Group clips
  4. Red – Sequences
  5. Purple – Media files in the Media Tool
Bin Colors
Bin Colors

This is a great way to work, if you prefer to work in Thumbnail view in Avid Media Composer, as you’ll always know the exact type of media you’re working with at a simple glance, just as you would if you were working in List View.

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. You can follow him on Twitter @kpmcauliffe.

Check out all our Avid Media Composer tutorials here.

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