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Media Composer 101 - Lesson 7 - Settings Part 1

Your settings are what are going to keep you editing at top speed!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 18, 2014

You settings are exceptionally important inside of Media Composer.  They are what are going to give you access to all the bells and whistles that will make the difference between a slow edit and unhappy client, to a fast edit, and an exstatic client!

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Avid Pan and Zoom

Creating the Ken Burns effect inside of Media Composer is simple, AND included in your MC Subscription

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 11, 2014

In this week's Media Composer 101 tutorial, we're going to look at an effect that is used in just about every documentary, and that is the Ken Burns Effect, or a Pan and Zoom effect.  The effect comes standard inside of Media Composer, and is quite simple to use!

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Media Composer 101 - Lesson 6 - Bins part 2

Let's continue our look at bins with some great "hidden" features you'll definitely want to know about.

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 04, 2014

In the second of our two part look at bins, we'll take a look at some tucked away features of Media Composer that will really help you get organized, and stay organized right from import to delivery.

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Get to know…...Boris FX

Get a brief look at what Boris FX has to offer with its flagship product

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 30, 2014

My recent review of Red Giant Universe got me thinking, after taking a look at some Facebook comments, that there are a lot of users out there who might not know some of the 3rd-party plug-in companies out there, so I thought as a recurring article series, we would take a brief look at all the plug-in companies out there, and what they bring to the table for you, the end user.  I thought I’d start with a company I’m very familiar with, and that is Boris FX.

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REVIEW - Red Giant Universe

Is this a Universe you want to visit?

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 29, 2014

NAB 2014 has been over for about seven months now, and most people might be wondering why I am writing a review of Red Giant Universe now, as opposed to when it was first announced/released around the time of NAB.  To be honest with you, the review I'm writing today is very different from the one I would have written then.

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Media Composer 101 - Lesson 5 - Bins part 1

Media Composer 101 - Lesson 5 - Bins part 1

Let's get back to basics with the start of a multi-part look at Bins in Media Composer

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 27, 2014

Let's get back to basics and take a look at bins inside of Media Composer.  This first of a multi-part lesson will give you a good running start, so you can start organizing yourself lightning quick!

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Reformatting your Footage

Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Reformatting your Footage

This lesson will help you format your 4x3 footage correctly, inside your 16x9 timeline!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 20, 2014

We're heading back to the mailbag to answer another viewer question, and it's one that throws people for a loop a lot of the time, and that is getting your SD footage to look correct in your HD 16x timeline.

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Want to see 4K editing in Media Composer before its release?

Avid is very excited about the impending release of the next version of Media Composer, and wants everyone to see it!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 14, 2014

And no, I’m not breaking any embargoes, NDA’s or anything like that.  Avid is very excited about the impending release of the next version of Media Composer, and officially wants everyone to see it, and get excited about it as well.

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Roundtripping to After Effects

Getting your MC timeline to AE is easy. Getting it back requires a little more thought!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 13, 2014

In the next lesson of Kevin P McAuliffe's "Media Composer 101" tutorial series, he sidesteps from the basic training to cover an advanced lesson, based on an e-mail from a viewer, and some online confusion.

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Media Composer 101 - Lesson 4 - Composer Overview & Intro to Bins

This lesson will teach you that organization is the key to a smooth edit!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 05, 2014

In the next lesson of Kevin P McAuliffe's "Media Composer 101" tutorial series, he gives you a general overview of Media Composers interface, and starts his talk about bins, and why organization is the key to getting your edits done to time, and on time!

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Media Composer 101 - Lesson 3 - Project Selection/Creation

The Project Selection window in-depth!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | October 30, 2014

In the next lesson of Kevin P McAuliffe's "Media Composer 101" tutorial series, he takes a look at the Project Selection window, and why you really need to think about what you're doing, before choosing that project preset.

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Media Composer 101 - Lesson 2 - What’s New in Version 8.2

What's New in version 8.2 of Media Composer Subscription

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | October 19, 2014

Much like with most applications, you wait for the major updates (version 4, 5, etc) for new features to add to your editing toolkit.  Well, with the new Subscription Model of Media Composer, the world best editing application now gets new features every few months.  Here's what's new in version 8.2.

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Know the Pro: Stu Maschwitz

We talk Star Wars, the Visual Effects Industry, Video Copilot and all things Red Giant with Stu Maschwitz

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | October 07, 2014

This article series, to be posted once a month, will focus on one person in the Film or Television industry who’s name might not jump out at you right away, but you’ve definitely been influenced by their work.  This month, we’re talking to Visual Effects Guru, and Creative Director of Red Giant Software's Magic Bullet product line, Stu Maschwitz.

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Media Composer 101 - Lesson 1

Let's get started learning Avid Media Composer Subscription

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | September 10, 2014

In this introductory Lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe introduces you to Avid Media Composer Subscription (also called MC8). 

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Boris Red 5.5 for Media Composer Editors

This webinar replay will give you a new look at a classic AVX plug-in/app with a major update!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | August 07, 2014

More and more these days, Media Composer editors find themselves trying to stay in their timeline to get simple tasks done.  Boris Red 5.5 is the successor to Avid FX, and it will let you do some common tasks super quick, and keep you out of the time vampire of importing and exporting! Read More

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Getting Started with BCC Lite for Media Composer Part 2

In Part 1 we looked at BCC Colorize and Lens Flare 3D, now let's check out BCC Scanlines & Swish Pan

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | August 07, 2014

As most Media Composer editors are now aware, BCC is no longer included in your Media Composer Symphony upgrade.  That's because with your monthly subscription, you are now getting Symphony included.  But, that doesn't mean that you're without some awesome BCC effects to get you moving in the right direction.

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Autodesk Smoke 2015

Autodesk gets serious with Smoke 2015 to go against the big three - Apple, Adobe and Avid - to win over some editors!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | June 24, 2014

In the past, the battle of the Non-Linear Editor’s pretty much comprised of three main apps.  Final Cut Pro (7 or X), Premiere Pro (CS6 or CC) and Media Composer.   With the move ahead to 2K and 4K post, FCPX and Premiere Pro have moved ahead slightly with 2K/4K finishing capabilities, but as we all know, there’s more to finishing than just editing.  You still need color correction/grading, compositing, titling and effects.  Now, I know that each application has built in and third party effects that you can use, but for right now, let’s look at each of them as stand-alones.  No third-party plug-ins included.

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GoPro Dual HERO System for Stereoscopic 3D

GoPro Dual HERO System for Stereoscopic 3D

Housing and Sync System for Twin Hero3+ Black Cameras

By Jeff Foster | June 24, 2014

GoPro introduces the Dual HERO System for two Hero3+ Black Edition cameras to create 3D stereoscopic images and I get to take it to task in this review, shooting still image pairs and video clips.

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Taking your BCC AE looks to BCC AVX

What might seem like a tedious process is actually very simple

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | May 31, 2014

Last week I had an interesting situation come up.  I was working on a commerical for Tom Cruise's "Edge of Tomorrow", and I needed to make a small revision to some text.  I didn't want to go into After Effects to do it, but my problem was, is there a simple way to take my BCC AE look, and quickly get it into Media Composer?  Well guess what, there is!  In this exclusive PVC tutorial, I'll show you how simple it is!

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Getting Started with BCC Lite for Media Composer Part 1

Your new Media Composer Software subscription comes with some hidden gems. Let's see how to get up and running quick and easy!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | May 29, 2014

As most Media Composer editors are now aware, BCC is no longer included in your Media Composer Symphony upgrade.  That's because with your monthly subscription, you are now getting Symphony included.  But, that doesn't mean that you're without some awesome BCC effects to get you moving in the right direction.

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