Media 100 Tutorial – Part 4: Preferences Pt. 3

Media100LogoA new Media 100 tutorial

By Kevin P. McAuliffe (doddleNEWS)

In our last Media 100 lesson, we finished up by looking at Export Settings, and how to configure and save out multiple export presets, so you’re ready for any request a client might throw at you. In this lesson, let’s talk about the General Preference, and the absolutely great “hidden gem” located in this preference window.

The “General” settings are pretty straightforward: Here you can set things like having Media 100 “Remember Window Positions,” you can have it “Scroll Program Window while Playing,” and you can even have it remember the last project you opened.

You also have the ability to adjust your Trim and Slip and Slide options as well as an almost hidden option in here, but a big one, and I’m talking about the ability to decide how many “Undos” you want to have access to in your edit. This is an important feature, and I suggest setting the number up somewhere around 50. I don’t think I’ve ever had to go back 50 steps, so that’s why I picked that value. You might decide 30 or 40 is better, but in my opinion, never have this number lower than 20; you’re just asking for all kinds of problems.


As you can see, this is why it’s exceptionally important for you to go through the settings, so you don’t miss options like “Number of Undos,” as this could have really lead to a huge issue down the road.

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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.

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