Get Started Fast with Media Composer for Adobe Editors — Part 5

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Welcome to the fifth 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 this final lesson, we’re talking about exporting, and you’ll quickly see that everything comes around full circle to our first lesson, where I mentioned that setting up your timelines how you want to export your final product is critical, as many editors will set up their timelines for the footage they have, and then run into a nightmare, when trying to convert it to the type of file they need to deliver.

In this lesson, we’ll cover the three main ways to export footage from Media Composer, Recompressed, Same As Source and AMA File Export, and they all serve very different purposes. The main difference between Premiere and Media Composer is that, in most cases, Premiere relies on Adobe Media Encoder for it’s exports, where as in Media Composer all your exports, including recompressed exports, are all done right from within Media Composer.

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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.