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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Creating Animated Background Beds

A job normally reserved for After Effects can easily be done in your Media Composer timeline.

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | February 27, 2015

In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how easy it is to create a background bed for your text, right in your Media Composer timeline.  Using Timewarp, BCC Colorize (which comes with your MC subscription plan), the built in MC Blur effect, and a simple title, you can add some style, and save yourself all the time it takes to export your footage to a program like After Effects.

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - 4K Workflows Part 3: DaVinci Resolve Roundtripping

Let's take a look at how easy it is to have DaVinci Resolve team up with Media Composer to get your 4K projects looking awesome!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | February 17, 2015

In the last of our 3 part introductory look at 4K workflows inside of Media Composer Subscription, we take a look at taking your Media Composer timeline, sending it via AAF to DaVinci Resolve, have Resolve open your DNxHR media, and then send it back to Media Composer for final client approval!

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - 4K Workflows Part 2: RED 4K Offline/Online in v8.3

Navigate the Ins and Outs of shooting in 4K and finishing in HD in Avid Media Composer

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | February 08, 2015

In the second part of our look at 4K workflows inside of Media Composer Subscription, we take a look at a RED offline/online scenario working totally in 4K, with a little help from REDCINE-X PRO.

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - 4K Workflows Part 1: HD Projects

Navigate the Ins and Outs of shooting in 4K and finishing in HD in Avid Media Composer

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | February 01, 2015

In this first of a two part look at working in 4K in Media Composer, we look at the scenario of a client shooting 4K material, for a project that will only ever see the light of day in HD.

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Media Composer Quick Bite 1

"Working with Photoshop Guides" for Media Composer editors

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 31, 2015

Media Compser editors know that our Title safe and Picture safe guides are an essential part of our titling workflow.  Working in Photoshop is no different, but sometimes I see editors run into problems with their guides in Photoshop, and just need a little push in the right direction. Read More

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Creating SD DVD’s from HD, 2K & 4K Projects part 3

Let's wrap up our look at creating DVD's by building them in our favorite DVD creation applications

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 24, 2015

In this week's Media Composer 101 tutorial, I'm going to show you four different DVD burning applications, and how simple they are to use, when creating your screening DVD's!

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Review - Wipster

Can something so simple and free be any good? Yes, yes it can!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 21, 2015

There have been a couple of great articles here on PVC in the last little while about Review and Approval.  Scott Simmons had an article that focused on the Review and Approval options for you out there, and Dorian Heller had posted his look at Wipster.  Well, with this review, I hope to take Dorian’s great review, and expand on it with my own take on Wipster, and look at not only the product itself, but the man behind it, Rollo Wenlock, Wipster's CEO, and his vision for the company. Read More

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Creating SD DVD’s from HD, 2K & 4K Projects part 2

Let's compress our files with an application you might already have at your disposal.

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 15, 2015

In this week's Media Composer 101 tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe will show you that no matter what compression application you have, whether it Sorenson Squeeze, Adobe's Media Encoder or even Apple's Compressor, with a little forethought, you will be creating your M2V and AC3 files, lightning quick!

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Creating SD DVD’s from HD, 2K & 4K Projects part 1

Creating DVD screeners is trickier than it seems in Media Composer, unless you think things through first!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 01, 2015

In this week's Media Composer 101 tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe will show you how to create SD screening DVD's from HD, 2K, 4K and UHD projects.  If you don't think through what you're doing, you could run into trouble quicker than you think.

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Master the Art of 4K Editing in Avid Media Composer

Lesson 1: Setting Up 4K Projects

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 31, 2014

4K is all the rage now, whether you're actually editing projects in 4K or not, is another question, but having the tools at your disposal is essential, so when you get that call from your client, you're all set to go!

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REVIEW - Genarts Sapphire 8

One of the leaders in effects is back, but is version 8 worth your time and money?

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 30, 2014

I know a lot of people in the industry, both users and developers alike.  I know almost the entire teams at Boris FX, Coremelt, Digital Anarchy, Rampant Design Tools, Imagineer Systems, and many others, but I’ll be honest.  I’ve always found Genarts to be a glass ceiling... Read More

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Media Composer 101 - Lesson 8 - What’s new in v 8.3

Let's take a look at the new features in the new Media Composer 8.3 update

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 20, 2014

The newest update to Avid Media Composer gives us access to higher than HD resolution(s), a new codec (DNxHR), and a few other bells and whistles that you'll definitely want to check out!

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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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