Media Composer Quick Tip: Showing Waveforms in your Timeline

By in Tutorial Thursday, Video Editing

When editing in Media Composer, it is often helpful to show the audio waveforms of your audio/music/voice clips in order to have a visual reference when cutting and editing clips.

Media Composer gives you a couple ways to show your waveforms. You can show them all, or you can show them on selected tracks only. You can also show other audio data on the track. This quick video will show you how to set up the audio waveform view in Avid Media Composer.

I like to have all the waveforms showing across all tracks at all times, but Media Composer gives you the flexibility to show just the waveform data that you want at any given time. Happy editing!

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  • A couple of things worth mentioning:

    This works well if you have imported all media so it is in the Avid format. But if you are instead linking to media, you could sometimes experience that the waveform does not show.

    I have found this to happen with AVCHD 1080i50. But if you switch your camera to XAVC, the waveform will show.

    Something worth considering before you go out and start filming.