"There is no charge for awesomeness" Kung Fu Panda (or Media Composer 5 'widgets').

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Hi there,

My name is Richard Bentley. I'm a Master Instructor in Avid Media Composer and I also work for the Professional Services Team, designing and delivering Interplay workflows. I'm based in the UK, but cover Europe, The Middle East and Africa, and sometimes the USA. Awesome!

I recently delivered some training for a great Avid customer in Chicago, and it seemed like every second word was "awesome". Why? Well, I'd like to think it was my training style Big Smile, but actually they were all reactions to what Media Composer 5 delivers. "Awesomeness".

I was deliving a '200 level' course on Avid Media Composer 5 and I'm going to share with you a few of the things that got an "awesome" comment. There were many more things we looked at, for example importing flat images into Marquee and creating 3D rotating globes with light sources, but that post is for next time!

Here are a few Media Composer widgets (some new to MC5, some not), which you may or may not be aware of, if not, then "awesome", but if you know these tips already, then share them with your friends and colleagues and help release the power of Media Composer 5 and the creativity and efficiency of those you share them with at the same time.

Tip 1

When you are using the new 'Smart Tool' in Media Composer 5, navigation in the timeline needs to be done using the timecode track.

A tip I like to employ is to move the timecode track up, between the video and audio tracks by selecting the track selector panel and holding down 'alt' and dragging the timecode track in between the video and audio tracks. At the same time I make the timecode track a little wider to give me some more ‘room to be flexible’ using ‘ctrl and L’. read more...

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