|The Avid FX interface used in Avid Media Composer.|
The following are some of the ways Avid FX behaves differently from Adobe After Effects and the ways to overcome those differences.
|Toggle Animate/Static Mode.|
Unfortunately, there are no dedicated layers in Avid FX for adding effects over the top of the whole composite. It seems like the only way to add effects over a foreground and a background, is to create a solid, add the effect to that layer and then key out the background color. There may be a more elegant workaround, but I have yet to find it.
There are some general flakiness issues, I will have to live with when using Avid FX. I know that I had to deal with layers disappearing from view at times. It required me to Refresh View in order for me to get them back.
Avid FX seems to crash more than other applications, but it may be because I was pushing it beyond its "comfort zone". The reason I was using Avid FX to build the 20th Century Fox open is because Avid FX is able to extrude objects in 3D space and remain much more responsive than Adobe After Effects.
|Avid FX - top, Avid Media Composer - bottom.|
If there are a lot of Avid FX users out there, they keep pretty much to themselves. If you need to find an answer about Avid Media Composer, Adobe After Effects or Adobe Premiere Pro there are plenty of places to go. Not only are there community forums or LinkedIn and Facebook discussion groups, but typing your question into Google always yields a bounty of excellent advice. The same isn't true for Avid FX. There are resources, such as Boris TV, which I previously mentioned, but it takes much more effort to find info.
As an additional resource, I have posted a collection of Avid FX Transitions to the following link - Avid FX Templates. Check out my other blog about Avid FX at this link - Avid FX (Boris RED) in Avid Media Composer.