Get Started Fast with Media Composer for Adobe Editors — Part 2

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Welcome to the second part of “Get Started Fast with Media Composer for Adobe Editors“. The goal of this series is to show you fundamental differences between your Adobe editing application, and Avid Media Composer, so you can get up to speed as quickly as possible.

In our second lesson, we’re talking about acquiring media.  Whether you’re linking to, importing, consolidating, transcoding or capturing.  Media Composer editors, much like Premiere editors, can simply link to their media, and start editing, but the real power of Media Composer comes in how it works with Avid’s proprietary codec DNxHD and DNxHR, to make your editing process as smooth as possible.  No matter what your source, whether it’s 4K, 8K or even an unfriendly codec like the Animation codec, converting these files to Avid friendly media means that you’ll never have any down-time due to dropped frames.  Another concept that’s important we cover in this lesson is the Proxy Timeline, how you’ll use it, especially in larger than HD project, to ensure you get real-time playback, all the time!

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I am an Avid Media Composer editor for over 17 years, the lead trainer for Media Composer at and one of the Senior Editors at Extreme Reach in Toronto, Canada, who's current clients include Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, 20th Century Fox and E1 Entertainment to name a few. I can also be found helping out in the Avid Community Get Started Fast customer forum.