MC 300 - Mastering Multi-Cam in the Avid Environment

3 days

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Course Description

This course is designed for those who seek a better understanding of multi-cam and the ability and confidence to manage complex projects in the Avid Environment. Instruction provides a comprehensive exploration of tools and workflow solutions for the post professional or aspiring AE. A variety of strategies and considerations for more effective pre-production planning are also presented.

Delivered on Avid Media Composer/Symphony, classroom instruction employs multiple genres and escalates from a quick review of basic grouping to address even the most challenging post scenarios. The immersive, practical hands-on exercises, are embedded with a variety of "real world" trouble spots and pre-production breakdowns, simulating those most often encountered in the daily work of the industry.

Lecture, demonstration, alongside step-by- step exercises, will leave editors and assistants syncing, stacking, and multi-grouping with the confidence and of a seasoned professional.

Who Should Attend

Editors or Assistant Editors, Post Production Supervisors, Technical Support personnel and Producers in non-scripted television, documentary, or live event multi-cam production.


Course Outline

Organization of Multi-Cam Materials

  • Project and Asset Organization
  • Strategies or Bin organization of both original source and synced materials
  • File Based Media vs. Tape based media considerations
  • Film vs. Video project consideration

Alternate Logging Methods

  • Duplicating Clips
  • Modifying and assignment of Source or Tape Names
  • Creation of custom meta-data for assignment of colors, cameras, sound TC, aux timecode, aux film, for Multi-grouping.
  • Un-linking Clips and re-linking uses in meta data assignment
  • Import of logs

Basics of Multi-Cam Editing

  • Drop and Non-Drop Timecode issues
  • Successful management and grouping Mixed Media (AMA and MXF, media from different projects, media recorded at non-compatible frame rates)
  • Auto Sequencing
  • Grouping by TC, In or Out Points, or other AUX information
  • Configuring the Monitors and Displays
  • Project settings and resolutions for best multi-cam performance
  • Committing of Multi-Cam Sequences
  • Consolidating, Decomposing, and Transcoding and archiving Multi-cam sequences and projects

SYNC MAP SUCCESS: Grouping of Non-Synchronous Timecoded Material

  • Creating a Sync Map
  • Sub-clipping, and multiple methods for assignment of Aux TC
  • Multi-Grouping sub-clips or master clips
  • Auto Sync
  • Troubleshooting and Fixing Sync Maps or individual groups
  • Tricks for grouping picture only or sound only clips
  • Output to Create New Synced Master Clips
  • Tips for Sync Mapping with multiple audio tracks and or multiple cameras (i.e., in excess of 24 cameras)
  • Avid Keyboard setting for multi-cam and automation of keystrokes for both Mac and Windows OS
  • Considerations for Multi-grouping file based media
  • Grouping by Audio Wave forms (new to Avid 8.5)
  • 3rd party software solutions for both grouping and automation of keystrokes in Avid (Mac and Windows)

Note: This is a custom designed course not sponsored or authorized by Avid.