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Forum for advanced Media Composer PC users.
  • Blackmagic Intensity Pro 4k client monitor disable

    I recently bought and installed the Blackmagic Intensity Pro 4k.


    I am running the latest version of MC 8.8.4


    To my BM Intensity I have a pair of KRK studio monitors plugged in via RCA which work perfectly. I have connect a SONY TV to the HDMI out and the output settings on the BM Video Deck is 1080p25.


    When I launch Avid MC and a 1080/25p project in DNxHD (both formats and codec supported by BM Intensity AND TV) the "Toggle client monitor button" is DISABLED. Sound comes out of the spaers, but I am unable to the client monitor button active to view the source/record on the client monitor.


    I am running latest BM software and on Windows 10. Please help.

  • Soften edges of frame

    Any suggestions on how to soften the edges of the frame to create a vignette look?   I tried applying a picture-in-picture effect and increasing the Soften control in the Border-->Blend paramenter but it's doesn't soften enough.  I want to create a very gradualy softening of the edges into black.

    Boris lists a vignette filter on their website, but I can't find it in BCC 8.   It must only be available in later versions.

  • User Settings Q. (MC 8.8.4): Effect Command Page

    MC 8.8.4, Win


    >Project Window >Settings Tab >Effect Command Page


    I've never seen it & can't open it.

    Also it's not listed in the v8 help.

    Google finds next to nothing.


  • How I do It - Subtitles - re-posted with formatting

    Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}





    AFTER the complete video production has been edited and saved, make the translation to prepare

    the subtitles text by using ANotepad@ because we need an unformatted A.txt@ file.  You could

    dictate the translation to a portable digital audio recorder, then type it.


      NOTE: ANotepad@ is available in The Monster, on the Taskbar at the bottom of the monitor.

    You can do all the typing and save the document on your Desktop there.


    Type the subtitles and format them (break them down) as needed while typing them.  Hit return to

    go to a new line, to a new paragraph, create a complete new subtitle for each sentence on the

    soundtrack, etc.


    Save the work. (I did it to the Desktop of The Monster.)


    Print those subtitles


    Go to the editor and playback the video.  Stop where I want a specific subtitle to start, read the

    TimeCode above the timeline.  If needed, expand the view of the Timeline so you can see as many

    time code numbers as possible, so the start and end of each subtitle would be very precise. Stop

    the playback and write down the timecode for the end of the given subtitle.


    Above each new line of the printed subtitles, enter the beginning and end time code.

    The following format MUST be followed exactly when entering the beginning and end time



    @ This file written with the Avid Caption plugin, version 1 

    <begin subtitles>

    01:00:05:00 01:00:10:00

    the red LED counter on the inside voting machine shows how many cards have been

    01:00:10:00 01:00:16:00

    inserted and are stored in the bins of the Machine the bins can fit up to 1,000

    01:04:28:00 01:04:29:00

    ballots thank you

    01:04:29:00 01:04:33:00

    if you repeat the transfer call the election center and start over

    <end subtitles>


    Make sure you have the @ line at the top, hit two returns line between <begin subtitles> and first

    block, then 3 returns between each block of text, and 2 returns between last block and <end

    subtitles>.  Timecode should also match sequence timecode.


    NOTE that the beginning and last time code of each subtitles is written with only one space

    between them.


    Go back to the Notepad where the original file was saved, open it and now enter the beginning

    and end timecode for each subtitle.


    Check for misspelled words. They would look awful on the video.


    Launch Avid and open the specific project.


    Duplicate the sequence and name it SUBTITLES, and click on it so it is the one on the monitor!

    (Check for the correct name being displayed on the upper right hand side of the monitor.)


    Add a new video track


    Go to Effects > Generator.


    Drag and drop SubCap onto the newly created video track.


    Open the Effects Mode (Effects Editor)


    Immediately look at the playback screen, grab the purple dot on the left hand side of the screen

    and move it to wherever you want the subtitles to appear on the screen.  Place that dot at the

    exact position where you want the subtitles to start displaying.

    In the window that opened when you click on the Effects Editor, select the color for the text.

    (usually yellow)


    Directly below the name of the font (Arial) click on the Asophisticated@ slider (it does not look

    like one, but it is,) it turns blue.  Slide to the right and the size of the font increases.  Set it at 65



    Click on the ANo Outline,@ and select ABasic Outline@ leve the color for it, as black.


    Click on ALeft Align@ and select ACenter Align.@


    Under ABox Appearance, move the slider to 70.


    Click on AFixed Width (Wrap) and select AEach Row as Wide as Needed.@


    Go back up in that window and click on AImport Caption Data.@  (look down in that window and

    make sure the drop down window shows A.txt@ Travel to the Desktop and the name of your file

    should appear. 


    Click on it and hit Open.


    All subtitles will appear on the proper video track at the proper timecode position.

  • How I do it - Arrows and checkmarks - reposted with formatting

    Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}

    Pointing Arrows,  check‑marks and bullets added to a video


    How to create and place arrows, check‑marks and bullets (or any other available font graphic in

    Photoshop) in Avid=s Media Composer


    Open Photoshop in any computer.


    Go to File > New > next to Preset, find ATV Title.@  (*)

    A window with a transparent background opens.


    Look for the Aribbon@ where the Fonts are listed, click the down arrow and select a font with the

    graphic you want to use.  I usually need either check marks or arrows.


    Let=s say at this time you are looking for an arrow.


    When you click on the down arrow next to the font name, all the fonts on your machine will be

    displayed.  Move down the list until you see one font where graphics are displayed, such as:


    ABookshelf Symbol 7" or ADingbats,@ etc. (**)


    To the right of where you found the fonts, look for a window with numbers followed by Apt@.This

    will select the size of the font.  In the window, delete the numbers and enter 100.


    Look to the right of that window and find the rectangle with a color.  Click on it and select a

    color, such as yellow.



    On the left hand side of Photoshop, find the ribbon with the different icons and click on the AT@

    for Text.


    Move the mouse over the window with the transparent background and click at the center of it.


    A vertical line will start flashing indicating the size and position of whatever character you type.


    As you type a letter, a symbol will appear.  You will have to type a letter starting with Aa@ and

    then hit the backspace to delete it if that is not the character you want.


    I have found that with this font, when I type the letter An@ an arrow will be displayed.


    Press AShift@ and the ALeft Arrow@ This will select the image of the arrow.


    On the ribbon at the top of  Photoshop, on the line where you find File, Edit, etc., click on

    ALayer@ and then click on ALayer Style@


    Click on Drop Shadow.

    A window will open where you can change the settings for the drop shadow (make sure it is

    checked on the list of Blending Options, to the left of that window.)


    Grab the line inside the circle next to Angle and decide where you want the shadow to appear.

    Move the distance slider to show how far the shadow is to be from the actual image, change (or

    not) all other parameters to meet your needs.)


    Then click on AStroke@ to add a border to the arrow. 

    Click OK


    Understand that you can add more Aeffects@ to the graphic and that you can change each

    parameters to widen, narrow, position, etc., with  most of those parameter.


    Save this graphic as a A.psd@ file so it will have its transparency when you open it in Avid.


    If Photoshop is not on the computer where Avid is, save the graphic to a thumb‑drive and then

    move  the file from the thumb‑drive to your E:\Warehouse>Graphics>Arrows directory.


    As I create more of these kind of graphics, I save them in my E:\ Warehouse folder, under

    AGraphics@ and in this case in the AARROWS@ subdirectory,  so they are available the next time I

    might need them.  You could make changes and add further malipulations by simply opening the graphic in Photoshop.


    For organizational purposes, I create several directories on my D:\ drive for any given project

    (i.e., Police Athletic League ‑ PAL,)  and give it the name of the project plus what it contains:

    PAL‑Music; PAL‑Graphics; PAL‑Titles, etc.


    I will copy the arrow graphic from the Warehouse>Grahics>Arrows to the PAL‑Graphics.

    If you make the mistake of moving the file, once you delete the project, your arrows will go to

    hell in a handbasket and you will never find them again, so COPY, don=t MOVE.


    Once Avid is up and running I will Import from those project=s directories into the project I am

    working on to its corresponding bin. 


    Again, for organizational purposes, I open several bins in each project, one for Videos, one for

    Music, another one for title, one for Graphics, etc., and import the proper items to their

    corresponding bin.


    After I have completed all my editing in Avid, I will add a new video track.


    Will open the arrow I want to use and once I mark the In and Out points, will send it to that

    uppermost video track.  Make sure only that uppermost video track is active in the patch panel.


    Place the playback head at the very beginning of the clip with the arrow.

    In the Effects Palette, click on AKey@

    Drag and drop the AMatte Key@ onto the arrow clip.


    Open the Effect Editor.


    Use the Scaling Parameters: Wid and Hgt to resize the arrow.


    Use the Position Parameters: H Pos and V Pos to position the arrow.


    Close the editor.  The arrow will remain at that position and the square on the screen of the Effect

    Editor, disappears.


    You can add the usual fade in and fade out to that clip.





     If you have not created a TV Title preset, create one by entering the following parameters:

    Width: 720 pixels

    Height: 500 pixels

    Resolution: 200 pixels

    Color Mode: RGB Color 8 bit

    Background Contents: Transparent

    Color Profile: select using the down arrow:  xRGB IEC61966‑2.1

    Pixels Aspect Ration: (select using the down arrow: Square Pixels.

    Then hit Save Preset and give it a name, such as TV Title



       You can find free fonts with graphics all over, download and install the ones that fit your


  • Fluidmotion controls.

    Having recently used fluidmotion to fix a clip shredded by camera flash guns I started playing around with the fluidmotion controls and realised there is precious little information on how they should be used. After a few hours I was getting quite competent at modifying the motion vectors but then ran into a problem. The motion vector symbols are red and the object in the video was also red, so the motion vectors were not visible.

    Is there a way to change the colour of the motion vector symbols so that they can be seen on red objects? There is an eyedropper next to the vector controls, should that be the clue, I'm not using?

    I have, until now used the method of masking fluidmotion artifacts with animatte but I think the results obtained by modifying the vectors are slightly superior, so it's really only getting competent with modifying the vectors I'm concerned with. 

    By the way the fluidmotion did a great job fixing the flash shredded clip. Simply remove the affected frames and use fluidmotion to create new frames from the adjacent frames, 50% speed to create 1 new frame, 33.33% 2 new frames, 25% to create 3 new frames etc. Then simply insert the new frames where the flashed frames had been or place them on the track above. It would also work for dropped frames.


  • Lacie Rugged Thunderbolt connects but does not show in Explorer on PC

    Perhaps other Win users have encountered this: I've got a 1TB Lacie Rugged drive with USB 3 and Thunderbolt. The drive has been formatted NTFS and shows up in My Computer as F: when connected by USB.

    Because my Zbook 17 Gen3 only has Thunderbolt 3 ports I had to get a Kanex adapter to connect it to the laptop from the Lacie's legacy Thunderbolt connection. The Zbook recognises that a Thunderbolt connection has been made, but the drive itself doesn't show up in Explorer or in Device Manager. Where am I going wrong?

    Any ideas? The drive and the Kanex box is quite pricey in my part of the world so obviously I would love to get this working as some high speed media storage for my laptop Avid system.

    Using Win 7

  • Media Composer 8.8.x not booting on Win 10 HP Elitebook

    Hi guys,

    Does anyone have had this issue:

    Installed WIndows 10 pro on an Avid qualified HP Elitebook. SSD, actual Bios, roughly the bios recommendations for workstations set (there are no speical settings for this book by Avid).

    Installed Avid 8.8.2, Nvidia from the the installer pack (tried both: upgrade and clean install, did all Avid recommended Settings for Nvidia) rebooted, checked AppManager, everything looks good. Boot up MediaComposer, asking for test or dongle activation (tried both), starts its scans and boot procedure. When MC first opens its main Window (full screen) comes up for a short moment (1 second or so), then the app closes and brings the windows crash report /unexepected closed screen. 

    Installed then also all Windows updates, same result.

    Tried 8.8.3., same result.

    Uninstalled Media Composer completly, manually emptied c:/ProgramData/Avid and ProgramFiles/Avid. Rebooted, reinstalled Avid. Same result....


    Does anybody have an idea about that? I will contact suport the upcoming days.



    Editor & Avid system integrator



  • Anyone uses Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with MC 8.x?

    Mainly because I do more additional work in AE and Cinema 4D, I'd like to replace my 1 GB Nvidia Quadro 2000D with a 6 GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 card.

    * Will this work fine with the 8+ versions of MC?
    * Any ideas/experiences with the newer GeForce GTX cards and the newer Avid versions?


    Thanks in advance!


    HP Z420  / 32GB, 250 GB SSD (OS) / AJA io Express / Windows 10 Pro 64bit


  • steps for color correction and grading


    for the first time i am in the point to do these parts in avid media

    First one question

    I habe now my timeline with all low res clips, so i ll need to relink to a better one

    Shall i do correction and gradin now of after i have relinked to proper size?

    better to use 2 different layer, one for correction one for gradin right?

    thanks a lot

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