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  • Can one directly connect acoustic drums via digital snake to DAW (pro Tools) ?
    I have an X32 desk and S32 stage box (digital snake).
    Is it possible to directly connect acoustic drums to DAW via the S32 (stage box) only i.e. miss out the X32 from the equation ?
  • Avid Media Composer

    I'm hoping to get a tutorial of the Avid Media Composer.


    Thank you,

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  • Telegram! - PiPs and (eventually) other shared FX bins

    Download FX Bin #1

    Squares never go out of style...a set of 16 PiPs for HD from 2009 in a 4X4 grid plus a 50% Center Pip FX


  • Telegram! - Using ALT key in Win v2019.6 to choose from Bins in Bin Container(s).

                                                                                                July 1, 2019 Re: v2019.6

    This tip was motivated by a forum question which asked about

    switching Tabbed Bins- without using the Mouse to do it.


    I'm on a Windows system, In MC, along the top I see:

    File Edit Bin Clip Timeline Composer Tools Windows Script AvidLink Object Help

    I had never fully explored using these ALT Menu shortcuts until tonight, but I've (finally) learned that I can: 

    a) Press and release the ALT modifier key  (do not Hold it down)

    b) then press, for instance*, the W key to reveal Windows drop-down menu;

    "Workspaces" should now be highlighted

    c) then Arrow down** the opened Windows column, where all your “Bins-in-use” are listed.

    ** better yet, Arrow UP,which is a quicker way to get to the bottom of column, where all the Bins are listed)

    d) then press Enter while on the highlighted Bin Name you want to make it active in its Bin Container.


    I never realized how easy this was, for MC Drop-down Menu navigation, so thanks for asking!

    I suspect the Mac version works the same way but I haven’t tried it. Please post here if it also works.

    Tbe Animted GIF below*** also shows two mouse-methods for selecting Bins, but they reveal only the Tabbed Bins in a single Bin Container,

    This ALT / Windows Menu approach will list All Bins available in any Bin Containers, if more than one is used in a workspace.

    ***[ Animated GIF will be re-posted here at a later date]



    There is an Interface Setting involving "Standard Windows ALT key Behavior", but it didn't seem to matter if it was enabled.

    I tried but could not find a keypress or modifier combo that allows cycling from one Tabbed Bin to another, in a Bin Container. You can use Mouse Scroll wheel to do it, after hovering over the Bin Name.

    * note each column has a different Underlined letter to access it via keyboard.



  • Telegram! - Add "Handheld look" using Stabilize FX

    (4/13/2018. Work in progress: a downloadable, zipped v8.85 MC Bin showing a multi-track FX Sequence template, available shortly.)


    Sometimes you want to add a little motion to a still, a lock-down shot, or even to a boring, robotic Pan & Zoom move. There may be plenty of plugins and 3rd party software available, but here’s how to do it in a stock MC...



    First, the Trick:

    A short, steady, handheld iPhone movie of a window frame was recorded and imported into MC into a 1080p/30 Project. (30p chosen to match the iPhone movie app's framerate).

    The movie clip was edited onto the timeline, then MC was switched to Effects Mode.

    Next, from the Effects Palette, the Image > Stabilize FX was applied to that 14 second  movie clip on the timeline.

    Opening the Effects Editor, the Tracking icon (circled in red) was pressed, revealing the Tracking Window:


    From the "Choose Tracking Engine" drop-down menu, the Fluid Stabilizer option was selected and immediately, a calculation began which resulted in a stabilization improvement of the window frame shot.

    Finally, the Stabilize FX icon (upper left corner of the Effects Editor ) was saved by dragging it into to a bin.


    Next Step:

    A variety of Importable graphics, were brought into the project.

    A mult-track (9 layer) timeline was made, including Pan & Zooms on some of the imported stills.

    That saved Stabilize FX was added onto each track's clip.

    Magically, the original movie clip’s subtle handheld motion was now ADDED to the stills and Pan & Zoom shots on the timeline. 


    The concept for this was originally presented by community members in these Forum threads:







  • Telegram! - AniMatte #1


    This How-to starts with the above sideways Jpeg, and once Key > Animatte is used to cut out just the "Everything 90% Off” Sign, it was Scaled, Repositioned, Rotated and Spectramatte-keyed using Blend > 3D Warp FX.

    The Animated GIF version shown above is low-res with a low 10FPS framerate due to apparent maximum file-size upload restrictions. The final result is actually much smoother.



    Zipped v8.8.5 Bin plus Imports

    (After un-zipping, in MC, use Open Bin to add to your Project. It was originally created in 2997 HD Project)



    The Red Arrows are there to indicate some of the tools used to make this. Step In and Step Out, Collapse and the relatively new Mute Clip feature was used just to help make it easier to correctly FLIP the sign using 3D Warp Rotation only...so it would look double-sided at the turn, rather than printed backwards.

    The edits you see were made to shorten the overall length of the final animation.

    The use of Mute Clip on V2 (above) is optional- I’ll explain why I did that another day...but as you can see, V3 ignores the muted clip on V2.

    (Tone on A1 is unimportant)

    The best advice I found on these forums on how to do 3D Warp FX to only the Animatte effect, (but not the affecting the clips below on V1) and entirely using just stock MC tools, came from TaT in this 10/2005 post:


    Seems complicated but it isn't -

    1. Move you clip with Animatte cutout to V3

    2. Create Title with solid Geen or Blue color background only

    2. Put created Title to V2

    4. Collapse V3 and V2 to V2

    5. Put (don't alt+put!, just put) 3DWarp effect on collapsed clip

    6. Open 3DWarp effect editor and change in Foreground Full Key to Chroma key or better SpectraMate Key

    7. Set keying Color with eyedropper clicking on Green or Blue background and then you can do what you want with

    your cutout without affecting V1... and without BCC or AvidFX”




    Animatte, Matte and Paint FX - Discussions/Solutions/Tutorials:






    Below: the view after Step-In once, to show Animatte FX. I used Poly Tool to form the skewed cut-out.

    Stepping IN again on V3 reveals the imported JPEG with the sign. You can Replace this Jpeg with your own Image to begin learning 'How-to" use Animatte. Enjoy!




  • Telegram! - Fixing a crooked shot.


    This how-to is about using Blend / 3D Warp keyframes (along with SpectraMatte for Chroma key) to create a "touch-screen" illusion.

    Download and Unzip these 4 links to see how this effect is put together on your system. I improved the key, and tried to make the whole thing loop-able by changing the ending. (Those changes are not shown above)

    I would call attention to the Blend / 3D Warp key frames, particularly the use of Spline vs. Shelf for Twist (rotate) vs. Tap (scaling) shots.

    The Green Screen shots were recorded with the hand placed directly on an LCD monitor displaying all green. It was lit with a low watt bulb in a clamp lamp... decidedly low tech. but a fun experiment from 7 years ago. Enjoy!

    MC v8.4.5 Project Folder




  • Telegram! - How to Display ALL* Sequences in a Project with FIND Tool

    Sometimes you need to FIND a Sequence, but you cannot remember the exact Name or where you put it... plus you have tons of bins where it might be. Our wonderful FIND tool, is capable of locating EVERY Sequence inside every Bin in a Project, but the tool seems to require a Name, or partial Name, in its text input window.


    This is a way I've found to get the FIND tool to display all of my 16x9 Sequences, which are then sortable by Name, Creation Date, Bin Name, Duration, etc. in the results window.  I didn't realize it could do all that-- like a MediaTool for Sequences.


    With any sequence loaded in Composer, open the FIND tool;

    Click on the Clips and Sequences Tab;

    Change the Filter dropdown from "Any Column" to "AFD";

    in the Search dropdown, use "Bins in Project".

    In the Find text field, type: 16x9

    Press the Find button on the upper right.

    *If ALL your Project's Sequences were 16x9, I believe you will see EVERY Sequence of that type and therefore all your available sequences.

    yippee!... AFD or Active Format Description is described on pg 26 here:





    Looks like the "AFD" concept started at MC version 6.5. Check your Sequences Bin "AFD" Column Setting to ensure those 3 letters are seen, otherwise this workaround... won’t work.

    This is the only way I could see get Find to display ALL my Sequences - my test delivered 524 results, with no stray masterclips among them as the “AFD” column seems to only apply to Sequences.

    --- If there is a better, easier way to do this, I'm all ears.

    Hopefully, further development will make this kind of FIND request available with a big fat dedicated button... or wildcard.

  • issues with relinking older files

    I'm working in a newer project set up in HD 1080 but need to access older files that were set up as dailies in an older project.  this older project was set up on a different version of media composer from a different computer, and the files are probably not in the same format.  When I try to re-link the files, which are offline, I check all the boxes so that it might accept a wide range of material and options, but once I submit, the computer doesn't even seem to think about it, it directly tells me that it can't do it.

    In other versions of media composer (i'm working off the newest one, rented month to month), it would ask where to find the media if it couldn't automatically connect.  I don't see that option here beyond what drive to select.

    Can anyone help?

    thank you!

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