The day has come for Media Composer editors. As the line went in Star Wars …”It is going to be a day lengthy remembered”. The release of Media Composer 2019(.6) (MC2019), is one that Avid has been pushing for some time now. We’ve seen the NAB demos, and the reside consumer group feeds displaying it off, but the question nonetheless remains….Is it a step in the right path? Properly, this “review” is more going to take a look at answering that question versus getting in and talking about new features. Don’t get me fallacious, we’ll talk about (and present you by way of tutorials), a few of the new options in MC2019, but more take a look at if this is something that may get editors to modify to, or change again to, with their upcoming tasks.
Media Composer as all the time been very inflexible in the way it needed to you work, and the way you have been to not solely arrange your tasks, but learn how to arrange your interface as properly. Nicely, that has gone the approach of the Dodo (an expression I exploit so much when speaking about MC2019). The Undertaking window has all the time been at the core of your modifying expertise in MC, and the Undertaking window is not any extra. Bin Containers rule the software now, and all the features like settings, Format, Hardware, Usage and lots of extra have been tucked away in menus, only to be accessed once you want them.
This was something that, to be trustworthy, took somewhat getting used to. I’ve been utilizing MC2019 for about two months prior to its public release, and I’ll be 100% clear. Once I started working with it…..I hated it. I didn’t like that the venture window was gone. I didn’t like the new Bin Containers. I didn’t like the concept of having to dock all my panels, instruments and bins. However, let me be clear. Very similar to earlier than, you don’t need to work any specific approach. You don’t need to work with docked panels and bins. I discover now that the venture window was a reasonably large waste of area, holding tools that I really never used. I’m now, what some individuals may name, a “Power Docker”. I dock all my bins now continuously. I find that I can just entry all my media so much quicker. Right here’s the factor, although. When you’re not huge on docking, you possibly can tab your bins and instruments. Don’t like that concept both? No drawback, you possibly can change again to having Floating panels as properly. Now, with the Undertaking Window gone, how are you going to arrange yourself in your modifying undertaking? That’s where Bin Containers come into play.
If you first launch the software, you’ll discover what seems to be the undertaking window, that exhibits you your challenge bins, as well as any at present open bin. Appears like a undertaking window, however it isn’t. It’s a bin container broken down into two sides. The left aspect incorporates the challenge sidebar, and the right aspect has the bin pane. What’s necessary to maintain in mind right here is that at any time in case you don’t need to see both pane, NP, you’ll be able to merely drag the window to the left to cowl the Sidebar, or close any open bins to solely see your Undertaking Sidebar.
With the bin pane on the right, that is where you can start to “power organize” your bins both by tabs or by docking. Right here’s a tutorial that may present you what I imply.
Bin containers are a very clever approach to have a “Project Window”, with out having a undertaking window.
Let’s transfer on and speak now about one other core function that has stepped into the foreground with the new launch of Media Composer 2019, and that is Workspaces. Previous to MC2019, I wasn’t a Workspace consumer. In any respect. I might only ever use it to modify over to Shade Correction mode, and even then that was only sparingly. With MC2019, I exploit Workspaces all the time. They go hand in hand with the dockable instruments and switching forwards and backwards for little interface modifications has turn out to be so commonplace for me, I virtually don’t even discover I’m doing it anymore. A good example of that is once I need to apply an effect to a clip, and then step into Effects Mode to edit the results’ parameters. The method can be to call up the Effects Pallette, choose the impact, drop it onto my clip, step into the Impact Editor, transfer it out of the method, right into a location where there aren’t another tools, after which modify accordingly. Ache in the you recognize what. Now what I do is in one in every of my Effects workspaces, I have the Effects Pallette and the Effects Editor tabbed to my Bin Container. Now with a fast click of the mouse, I can tab between home windows, discover what I want, and once I step into the Results Editor, it’s in a location out of the method, so I can begin working immediately.
The other massive function in MC2019 is the Inspector. Very similar to MediaInfo (a free utility that you should use outdoors of Media Composer for getting more details about your media), this dockable panel is used for just that. Inspecting your media. You’ll get more info that you simply’ll want about your clips, and this device is exceptionally helpful when working with Linked media, as I can’t rely the quantity of occasions I’ve been asked to take a snapshot of certain clip parameters to ship to a shopper, and now all I have to do is take a snapshot of this window, and it has all the info I want.
With that being stated, let’s speak about a couple of of the Bells and Whistles that I did cowl in the above tutorial, in case you didn’t watch it yet.. MXFOP1a media has been the focus of Media Composer for the previous couple of years, and this launch has added a really sensible function that I can’t consider has taken this long so as to add, and that is the means to capture as MXFOP1a media, as well as Transcode/Consolidate and even mixdown your timelines as it as nicely. What does that mean on your Media Administration? Knowledge, Video and Audio at the moment are all combined into one simple MXF file, very similar to it’s if you’re exporting your last productions for supply.
Talking of Media Codecs and Codecs, DNxUncompressed brings along with it the means to have your media consolidated/transcoded into Float shade area, and once you’ve C/T’d it, you possibly can change your Timeline’s Video Quailty over to Float as properly.
Final but not least, Avid added a device that I never knew I wanted, but one which I’m utilizing on a reasonably regular foundation now, and that is the means to tug and drop effects to empty locations on your timeline. Before, should you needed so as to add an effect, let’s use the Avid Titler+ effect, to your timeline on a monitor above the whole lot else, you had to add edit points to that empty monitor before you possibly can drag and drop the effect where you needed it. Nicely, not anymore! Now, merely mark in and out level on the monitor, and drag and drop any impact (Titler+ included) to the timeline, and that effect might be mechanically added to the timeline with no further work required.
With all this being stated, I’ve seen the ordinary haters online already badmouthing MC2019 earlier than they’ve even started using it. I’ve seen some posts in the Avid Editors of Fb web page that “Nobody cares about Docked panels, they’re making a big deal about nothing”. Keep in mind, for Media Composer editors, lots of them who’ve been modifying on their Media Composer methods for over 20 years (sure, that’s me elevating my hand), they don’t need change. They don’t like change. Every little thing has worked high-quality the means it’s, however let’s take a look at automobiles as a very good instance. How much have they modified in the last 30 years. They haven’t actually, at their most elementary. You set the key in the ignition, flip it, the automotive (hopefully) starts, and you drive away. That’s the means I take a look at Media Composer. Don’t get me mistaken, options have been added, and corporations like Boris FX have given us unbelievable tools to do things in our timelines that we have now never been capable of do earlier than, however to be trustworthy, when you take a look at Media Composer means again at version 5.5 once I began modifying (that’s 20 years ago), and you take a look at it two months ago, options have been added, however not a lot has changed. I might examine this update of Media Composer to going from a Chevy to a Tesla. They nonetheless do the similar job, however issues are just a lot smoother in the Tesla than they’re in the Chevy (Chevy lovers please don’t start e-mailing me. LOL).
I’m scripting this third final paragraph with a bit of a chuckle, as I’m going to speak about in all probability my most annoying new “feature” of Media Composer, and that’s Audio Scrubbing. Now, you’re in all probability considering “Why would you be annoyed with Audio Scrubbing?”. Nicely, this comes from the ebook of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, somebody at Avid determined that editors ought to have the means to map Audio Scrubbing to any key on the keyboard. Superior. Sounds great. Apart from one little drawback. Audio Scrubbing has been mapped to Caps Lock since day one with, for me no less than, completely no cause to vary that. Nicely, in this version, now you can map Audio Scrubbing to no matter keyboard shortcut you need……except we will’t map to the Caps Lock key for some cause. I can’t inform you what number of occasions, as we speak included, I’ve gone to activate Audio Scrubbing by hitting the Caps Lock key, solely to recollect, for the millionth time, that I’ve needed to map it elsewhere. Exceptionally annoying, no cause to do it, and you gained’t get one buyer switching to MC as a result of you’ll be able to map Audio Scrubbing to whatever keyboard shortcut you need to.
I need to give a remaining mention to a device that was added a couple of releases ago, and to say it was underwhelming is an understatement, and that’s Avid Titler+. Worry not, Media Composer associates, as a lot as this software was confusing undoubtedly not what we anticipated when it was hyped for years (and years), the improvement workforce continues to be working to get this software as much as the degree it needs to be at, and there are some updates to it that I will give attention to in it’s personal devoted article/tutorial, as I really feel this software has the potential to be one to switch the Title Device…just not but, though.
In the finish, the Audio Scrubbing gripe in minor, and I have to say that Avid has converted me. Once I first saw 2019.6, I assumed that the coloring of the interface was cool, but I hated docked panels, I by no means used Workspaces, and I was simply actually irritated in basic. After working with it for a few months I’ve to say that I’m totally converted. I’m a Docking Master, and a Workspace Overlord, and I have to say that I have found that these updates (apart from Audio Scrubbing, in fact) have helped velocity up my workflow an amazing deal. With that being stated, for those who’re trying to replace to the latest model, which is obtainable now, don’t do it in the center of a challenge, as there is a studying curve you’ll have to be ready for as things are the place you left them in previous version. I’ll say this…. Avid, you have got taken a step in the right path, and have helped me velocity up my workflow extra in the last two weeks, than I have in the final 10 years, so maintain issues going in this path, and I feel you may be onto something! Hold in mind that I didn’t speak about all the new options of MC2019, so if you obtain the software program, make certain to check out the “What’s New” doc for all the new features, in addition to the “Known Issues” PDF, as there are still some bugs being labored out, however general my expertise with MC2019 is that it’s one that Media Composer editors, in addition to new editors, and up to date converts will actually like!
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