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One of the most challenging elements of this course is editing. We use ‘Avid Media Composer’ to edit our videos, and this is all very new to me and so I have found it very challenging to get used to. In this blog post I will be explaining the basics of how to set up a project in avid. I will also explain what I have learnt so far when it comes to actually beginning to edit a project

I fully understand that this blog post is extremely important, as in the future I may need to look back on this to re teach myself anything I may have forgotten after not being on Avid for a period of time.

Why do we use Avid?

It has been argued that Avid is quite a complicated editing software. We actually use this editing software as it is a software that is often used in the industry. Being able to work with and understand such a complicating editing software at this stage is actually helping us to become more employable in the future. This i because it will be easy for us to adapt our knowledge to another editing software.

Avid also has many features that can be really beneficial when trying to create a unique and eye catching edit. For example, Avid has an extremely logical layout, and so it is easy and simple to find most features, even of you haven’t used Avid a lot before. This makes the editing process a lot of efficient and enjoyable.

Practical Task:

 For the practical task for this week we were really focusing on the basics of editing, and how to put together clips in the editing software ‘Avid’. It was really informative and useful to be able to practice with clips that were provided for us. This is because it gave me an opportunity to really focus all of my energy into working with Avid for the first time, and trying to explore with a variety of different options when it comes to, for example, colour correction.

Overall I am proud of the outcome of my very first attempt to use avid. I managed to put the clips together in the way I wanted them , as well as adding some effects to the beginin, and colour correcting the shots to my own liking. This task gave me the opportunity to get creative and explore the many different options available when it comes to Avid.

Introduction to editing overall edit:


A step to step guide of how to use Avid:

Image result for avid media composer default keyboardSimmons, S. (2009) ‘The Basics of Avid Media Composer for a Final Cut Pro Editor’

To first understand how to use Avid effectively, one must consider the keyboard shortcuts for Avid Media Composer. Here are some of the keyboard shortcuts that I was able to learn whilst using:

left and right arrow keys: move you back and forth through the clip

J: backward 6 frames at a time

K: pause

L: forward  6 frames at a time

I and O: use I and O to create your inputs and outputs

Space: watch

V: Splice in

B: Over right and put in

D: clear mark in

F: clear mark out

G: Clear both marks


Step 1:

Before you even go onto Avid you need to make sure you have all of the footage that you want to import onto Avid to put together. You also need to make sure there is somewhere to save all of your work correctly. Personally, I would go into folders and create a file in the area I want to save my files. I would create a file specifically called ‘Katie McCamley’. Within this folder I would create an area of subfolders. This would be where I would create a folder with the name of my project on it. Within this folder I would create a final three subfolders named: ‘Video’ ‘Audio’ and ‘edit’. Within these subfolders, if the project I was working on was large, I would split the video and audio into separate scenes. Having this premade order helps to keep all of your work in place and to make sure that none of your work gets lost, and you know exactly what needs to be imported into Avid.


Step 2:

Once you have created the folders you need to keep all of your video and audio in order, the next step is to import all of your clips into these folders from your camera or microphone. Put them in the correct folder and then go ahead and open Avid Media Composer.


Step 3:

Once you load up avid a window pops up that looks like the screenshot I have taken below. Click on the small folder in top right hand corner of the popup. This is where you will open up the files that you have previously made in step.


Step 4:

Select new project. Once you have pressed this a variety of options will be available. NTSC is American, so don’t use this option. Instead use 25 PAL (this means 25 frames per second.) Here you can also name your project. I have named mine ‘example project’.




Step 5: 

Go to your main bin and then scroll to media creation settings, click on this and on here go to capture. This is asking where you want all of the files rendering to go. Save these in a safe place, so a folder you have already labelled , or create a new folder to save them into. Press ‘Apply all’.


Step 6:

Now you need to create individual bins. It is your work flow, so the way that you put your work together is completely your choice. Personally I create bins for ‘Audio’, ‘Video’ and ‘Edit’. You can create as many bins as you need to make it easy for you to create and produce your project.


Step 7:

Now you need to import your needed files. I needed to import videos into my project, and so I will right click into my ‘video’ bin to select it, and click import. To get a clip preview onto the screen double click the little frame of audio in the bin.


Step 8:

Here you can begin to watch and edit your clips.

space: watch

left and right arrow keys: move you back and forth through the clip

J, K and L:

J: backward 6 frames at a time

K: pause

L: forward  6 frames at a time

I and O: use I and O to create your inputs and outputs

Inputs and outputs are what you need to put into your clip before you can place it into your timeline. Input is where the clip will start on your timeline, and an output is where to clip will end. To simply, this is, in a way, how you crop your clips before you put them onto your timeline.


Step 9:

You can now add clips to your timeline. do this using V or B.

V: splice in.

B: Over right and put over.


 Step 10:

you can also import audio into Avid. To do this go to the ‘Audio’ bin that you have created, right click, and click import. From here you can select the audio you want to import and bring it into your project. To add audio to your video you can double click onto the wave icon shown at the beginning of the clip to get a preview. You can then use V or B to splice in, or over right and put in your audio.


Step 11:

From here you can go and add any effects that you feel would add to your film. One of the most common effects to use is ‘colour correction.’ Using colour correction means that you have control of the colour of your project. If you decide that you want to create a grey and faded looking scene to show danger and negativity, you can. On the other hand, on the complete opposite end of the spectrum, you could create a bright, colourful and saturated film that exudes happiness and positivity. The small changes can add even more individuality to your project.

To do this, go to your video bin and click on the purple icon. From here there are a huge variety of different effects to experiment with. Click on ‘image’ and then ‘colour correction’. Drag the colour correction icon to the clip that you wish to change, and from here you can experiment with the colour until you are happy with how your project looks.



Step 12:

It is now time to save your final project. Firstly you need to make sure that all of your clips have been rendered. Once you have done this, make sure that all of your video and audio clips have been selected, and then go to ‘file’ and ‘export’. From here you will have to option to change your video format to make sure that it suits your project. The settings I have chosen are ‘1280’ by ‘720’. This will ensure that my project is of a high quality. I also checked that my frame rate was set at 25. The image below shows an example of the screen that I found online.


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McAuliffe, K. (2015)  ‘Avid Media Composer 101, Part 13: Export Settings – Non Same As Source Exports – Part 1’

You have now finished your project, you can now share it with who you would like.


Overall, I found this blog post extremely challenging. This is because I have never used Avid before, and so it was a completely new experience for me. I really enjoyed learning about the many different elements of editing, as well as learning different keyboard shortcuts that will really help me on avid in the future. I think that this blog post has really helped me to understand the basics of Avid, and will be great to look back on in the future if I ever need to remind myself of any basic elements of using Avid Media Composer.

Harvard Referencing:

Simmons, S. (2009) ‘The Basics of Avid Media Composer for a Final Cut Pro Editor’ Available at: (Last Accessed: 14th November 2016)

@mediacomposer (no date)  ‘Avid Media Composer twitter’ Available at: (Last Accessed: 14th November 2016)


McAuliffe, K. (2015)  ‘Avid Media Composer 101, Part 13: Export Settings – Non Same As Source Exports – Part 1’ Available at: (Last Accessed: 14th November 2016)