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Note: I am using an Avid Media Composer on a Mac, so I will be referring to the modifier keys on the Mac. Keep in mind that the COMMAND key on the Mac does what the CONTROL key does on Windows. The OPTION key on the Mac does what the ALT key does on Windows.
Add (Insert) Track dialog
- OPTION-Matchframe in Sequence - Sometimes I want to open the source clip used in a sequence, but I don't want the system to change the in and out marks I have in that clip. Using the OPTION modifier does not change in and out marks when loading the clip into the source monitor.
- OPTION-Copy to Clipboard - Copy and load clipboard contents to the source monitor. I like the copy to the clipboard function but have often felt like it's dumb to then have to go to the source and "Load clipboard contents" - it's a waste, why else would you need to copy something if you weren't going to actually use it. Holding down the Option key as you copy to the clipboard will automatically load the media to the source monitor. Better yet, add the Option modifier button to the key that has the clipboard and you can do the action in one step - no modifier.
- COMMAND-SHIFT-A in Timeline - A lot of you may use COMMAND-A (Select All) to highlight all of the tracks in a sequence. Did you know that adding the SHIFT key deselects all tracks in the timeline?
- SHIFT-Click Drag Track Selectors in a Sequence - Holding down the SHIFT key then clicking on a deselected track and dragging through the other tracks will select all of the tracks. If the initial track you click on is selected, this action will deselect all that you drag through.
Workspace Properties dialog
- Subsys Monpane Debug - This is a very useful console command (subsys monoplane debug) - it allows precomputes to be loaded into source monitor. I've been using this since I was an editor at Avid, before mixdowns were brought back into the editing systems. These days, when I use this in an emergency, I will not edit a precompute into a sequence. Instead, I will load the precompute into the source monitor, export it and then import it back in. This allows me to get the clip back if the media is cleared out, and it severs all ties to the original sources reducing the object count in the bin and sequence.
Quick Transition dialog
For more Avid Tips and Tricks, check out the blog entitled "Avid Editing Tips and Tricks - Part II" and keep the discussion going by adding any comments or tips you may have.