In our last lesson, in our look at learning Media 100, we talked about the interface, and what some of the main windows do, and how you can you use them in your motion graphics creations. In this lesson, I want to talk about how to get additional elements into Media 100, so you always have the exact elements you need at your disposal.
Now, it might seem that, once you have opened Media 100, you’re limited to working with just the clip that you brought in from the timeline. The great news is that isn’t so! You can work with as many different elements as you wish, and they don’t need to come directly from your timeline to use them.
Once you’re ready to start adding new elements, you can simply navigate to FILE>IMPORT>IMAGE FILE. Now, this might seem a little deceiving, as it would seem you can only import still images, but you can actually import many different formats, including both still and moving images.
And once you have those elements imported into your project, you can simply drag and drop the element into your timeline, to add it to whatever composite you happen to be working on in Media 100! Keep in mind that at any time, if you want more information about your clip, you can simply click on it, and it will be displayed for you at the top of the project window.
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.