Within this lesson, we learned for the first time how to use Avid. We went step by step how to choose the right format and how to edit videos using the shortcuts.



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This is Avid Media Composer, the editing software which we are using for the rest of the college years. In this tiny project, we had to create a short video using the surfing clips which we were given as well as an audio track.

To start of, we had to learn how it works.

Firstly we had to create folders, the folders needed are our name then you divide it 3 separate folders: Edit, Audio and Video so that you can arrange your videos and audios in the right folder without loosing them.capture-1

After clicking in New Project, from the picture below, we had  choose the format and aspect ratio. PAL stands for Phase Alternative Lines, this has 25 FPS (Frame Per Second) and has 720 Pixels x 576 lines

NTSC stands for National Television Systems Committee. This runs at 29.97 FPS.It has 720 Pixels x 486 Lines. The higher the number of lines the better the resolution.

PAL is used in the UK, Spain, China and many other countries. NTSC is mostly used in the Northern American countries like America and Canada and South America like Mexico and Chile. Both of them needs an aspect ratio of 16:9 so that it can be viewed on wider screens like the monitors we use at college and modern televisions.Film has a rate of 24 Frame Per Second. Because of this, we have to choose 25p PAL as our format and 16:9 for the Aspect Ratio.


We then have to go on the settings of the bin and go on Media creations. Then you have to change it to new volume so that you can export videos on them without loosing your work.
Once we are onto it, we had to make bins where we can put video files or audio files on it. These are folders to keep everything you need.


We then have to go on the settings of the bin and go on Media creations. Then you have to change it to new volume so that you can export videos on them without loosing your work.
To import videos or audios, you right click and go on import to pick the video and audio files you need.



Once that is done, you can import your videos or audios onto those bins which can be dragged onto the black screen to start editing it.


Onto the editing part. There are shortcuts which we can use to make life easier using the keyboard itself. The first few shortcuts which we learned were:

  • J – You play the video in reverse. If you press it more than once, it will go backwards faster
  • K -You pause the video
  • L – The video is played forward. If you press it more than once, it will go faster.
  • I – This is called the Mark In Key. This means that you can cut the video to where you want it to start
  • O – This is Mark Out Key. This is where you the end of where you want it to finish it.
  • V – This is Splice In Key. This means tha that video which is on the left screen is being added to the full track which is then viewed on the right screen. Wherever the blue line is placed, this is where the video will be pasted on which then pushes the video next to it without cutting it.
  • B– This is Over Write Key – This means that it replaces the video wherever the blue line is placed.

By using those shortcuts, there is no need for me to panic about using the mouse now that I can use the keyboards.


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As well as learning the shortcuts, I also tested some of the effects like film dissolve or fade, the basic effects which everyone uses.

Once you finished the project, you need to export it, this is a bit more complex tan just exporting it and that’s it, there are a few steps to it.

First of all, you need to render everything. This means that you select everything that you want to save. All the effects, videos and audios that you have put on your timeline needs to be selected in order to export all the elements of your finished product.

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When you go on export, you will get a box saying export, cancel or options, you need to click on options, then this appears. Once that is done,you need to click on Format Options. Although it will only be 720p or 1080p for the resolution, you cannot have both.

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This will appear, you need to go on the first settings button which will take you to those settings.

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You get a compression type which you need to change it to H.264. When it comes to frame rates, you have to change it to current and click every ’25 frames’ because if you remember at the beginning of this guide, we said that the chosen format was 25p PAL and that PAL has goes at 25 FPS. So for that reason we write 25 frames


The last thing to do before is to do the width and height, you need to set it at 1080 by 720. Which is making sure that it is the right size for the screen when watching it

This is my small video which I made on Avid, I hope you enjoy!:

Edit Intro, (LeFrenchBlog, 2016)

I have learnt many things using this that I did not know before.Now I know  how to set up the project, choosing the right resolution, placing bits of the video onto the timeline etc… I also know to crop bits of videos to paste it onto the timeline. I also learnt how to use the effects, from dissolve to changing colours and many more. I think I am quite confident in using what I have learnt to make basic videos, but there is still more which I need to learn, in order to produce videos to a higher level. Using what I have learnt, I could make short videos like the one I did this week, but to make videos that requires more to it, I will have to know the deeper information of this software.

Synching Videos

In our latest practical linking to Avid, we had to sync the video and audios together. Here are the Steps on how to sync videos and audios together:


Once all the videos are uploaded, you put the audio on the small black screens


You then have to mark it it to where you hear the clapping noise. This is where you mark it in


This is the same procedure for the video,you mark it to where you need it.


You then have to select to 2 videos, once that it is done, you go to the top left of the screen and you clock on bin. What you see below will appear.


Once it appears, you then click on inpoint as on the video and audio, you only marked in.


This will then appear, this shows that the video has been synched


You then mark in and out for what part of the video you need, and then you press V to put it on the timeline. You can then export it as explained before writing about the syncing.

Colour effects and adding text onto the video

When editing for my Hallo Project, there were 2 things which I needed, to change the normal colours of the video into black and white. The other thing was to add text, mainly for the introduction paragraph and the titles as well as the ending showing who did what when we filmed on Monday during the filming week.

Changing colour


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To change colour, you need to go on the button where there is a rectangle that is divided in free, this is the colour palettes, where you can change the colours.


Once that is done, this will appear, so the next thing you want to do is to go on Curves which is on the top left of this picture, next to where it says HSL.


You then go on Master Saturation, this is where you can change it to black and white, and here is what it looks like from the original frame to the black and white frame:


Adding text onto the video

For my Hallo Project, I decided to add text not only for the title to show that it is a Canterbury College production, but also, for the introduction paragraph and the credits at the end. To do that, here are the following steps

You first need to go on clip on the top left of the screen


You then go on New Title, a small box will appear. Then you have to click on Title Tool, so that you can write whatever you need to write for your video.


Once that is done, you can write anywhere within the box, you can change the writing font, size etc… You can even have a roll or crawl as your motion when you put it on the timeline.


Once you have written what you wanted, you save it onto a bin which will be easily accessible for you.


Lastly, to put it on your timeline, you do the exact same thing as for the videos, you mark In and you Mark out then press V or B to place it in your timeline. You can then add an effect onto it like dissolve, fade, or other effects to make it a bit more dramatic.



Cine TV, No Date, Available at: http://cinetv.westphal.drexel.edu/base/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Avid_Media_Composer_5.jpg, Accessed on 01/10/2016

LeFrenchBlog, (2016), Available at: https://youtu.be/h1BKDMxpM9I, Accessed on 01/11/2016

Short Stickers, No Date, Available at: http://www.shortcutstickers.com/video/avid-media-composer/avid-media-composer-sticker-set, Accessed on 1/11/2016