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    Hi I have a yellow card with upgrade key info on it from avid it is a older version 2003.

    How can I find out to upgrade this license  to media composer,  and how can I know if this license is valid or not,

    Please help realy do t want to pay if don't  end to,

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    I have an X32 desk and S32 stage box (digital snake).
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  • Telegram! - PiPs and (eventually) other shared FX bins

    Download FX Bin #1

    Squares never go out of style...a set of 16 PiPs for HD from 2009 in a 4X4 grid plus a 50% Center Pip FX


  • Telegram! - Using ALT key in Win v2019.6 to choose from Bins in Bin Container(s).

                                                                                                July 1, 2019 Re: v2019.6

    This tip was motivated by a forum question which asked about

    switching Tabbed Bins- without using the Mouse to do it.


    I'm on a Windows system, In MC, along the top I see:

    File Edit Bin Clip Timeline Composer Tools Windows Script AvidLink Object Help

    I had never fully explored using these ALT Menu shortcuts until tonight, but I've (finally) learned that I can: 

    a) Press and release the ALT modifier key  (do not Hold it down)

    b) then press, for instance*, the W key to reveal Windows drop-down menu;

    "Workspaces" should now be highlighted

    c) then Arrow down** the opened Windows column, where all your “Bins-in-use” are listed.

    ** better yet, Arrow UP,which is a quicker way to get to the bottom of column, where all the Bins are listed)

    d) then press Enter while on the highlighted Bin Name you want to make it active in its Bin Container.


    I never realized how easy this was, for MC Drop-down Menu navigation, so thanks for asking!

    I suspect the Mac version works the same way but I haven’t tried it. Please post here if it also works.

    Tbe Animted GIF below*** also shows two mouse-methods for selecting Bins, but they reveal only the Tabbed Bins in a single Bin Container,

    This ALT / Windows Menu approach will list All Bins available in any Bin Containers, if more than one is used in a workspace.

    ***[ Animated GIF will be re-posted here at a later date]



    There is an Interface Setting involving "Standard Windows ALT key Behavior", but it didn't seem to matter if it was enabled.

    I tried but could not find a keypress or modifier combo that allows cycling from one Tabbed Bin to another, in a Bin Container. You can use Mouse Scroll wheel to do it, after hovering over the Bin Name.

    * note each column has a different Underlined letter to access it via keyboard.



  • Telegram! - Add "Handheld look" using Stabilize FX

    (4/13/2018. Work in progress: a downloadable, zipped v8.85 MC Bin showing a multi-track FX Sequence template, available shortly.)


    Sometimes you want to add a little motion to a still, a lock-down shot, or even to a boring, robotic Pan & Zoom move. There may be plenty of plugins and 3rd party software available, but here’s how to do it in a stock MC...



    First, the Trick:

    A short, steady, handheld iPhone movie of a window frame was recorded and imported into MC into a 1080p/30 Project. (30p chosen to match the iPhone movie app's framerate).

    The movie clip was edited onto the timeline, then MC was switched to Effects Mode.

    Next, from the Effects Palette, the Image > Stabilize FX was applied to that 14 second  movie clip on the timeline.

    Opening the Effects Editor, the Tracking icon (circled in red) was pressed, revealing the Tracking Window:


    From the "Choose Tracking Engine" drop-down menu, the Fluid Stabilizer option was selected and immediately, a calculation began which resulted in a stabilization improvement of the window frame shot.

    Finally, the Stabilize FX icon (upper left corner of the Effects Editor ) was saved by dragging it into to a bin.


    Next Step:

    A variety of Importable graphics, were brought into the project.

    A mult-track (9 layer) timeline was made, including Pan & Zooms on some of the imported stills.

    That saved Stabilize FX was added onto each track's clip.

    Magically, the original movie clip’s subtle handheld motion was now ADDED to the stills and Pan & Zoom shots on the timeline. 


    The concept for this was originally presented by community members in these Forum threads:







  • Telegram! - AniMatte #1


    This How-to starts with the above sideways Jpeg, and one Key > Animatte is used to cut out just the "Everything 90% Off” Sign, it was Scaled, Repositioned, Rotated and Spectramatte-keyed using Blend > 3D Warp FX.

    The Animated GIF version shown above is low-res with a low 10FPS framerate due to apparent maximum file-size upload restrictions. The final result is actually much smoother.



    Zipped v8.8.5 Bin plus Imports

    (After un-zipping, in MC, use Open Bin to add to your Project. It was originally created in 2997 HD Project)



    The Red Arrows are there to indicate some of the tools used to make this. Step In and Step Out, Collapse and the relatively new Mute Clip feature was used just to help make it easier to correctly FLIP the sign using 3D Warp Rotation only...so it would look double-sided at the turn, rather than printed backwards.

    The edits you see were made to shorten the overall length of the final animation.

    The use of Mute Clip on V2 (above) is optional- I’ll explain why I did that another day...but as you can see, V3 ignores the muted clip on V2.

    (Tone on A1 is unimportant)

    The best advice I found on these forums on how to do 3D Warp FX to only the Animatte effect, (but not the affecting the clips below on V1) and entirely using just stock MC tools, came from TaT in this 10/2005 post:


    Seems complicated but it isn't -

    1. Move you clip with Animatte cutout to V3

    2. Create Title with solid Green or Blue color background only

    2. Put created Title to V2

    4. Collapse V3 and V2 to V2

    5. Put (don't alt+put!, just put) 3DWarp effect on collapsed clip

    6. Open 3DWarp effect editor and change in Foreground Full Key to Chroma key or better SpectraMate Key

    7. Set keying Color with eyedropper clicking on Green or Blue background and then you can do what you want with

    your cutout without affecting V1... and without BCC or AvidFX”




    Animatte, Matte and Paint FX - Discussions/Solutions/Tutorials:






    Below: the view after Step-In once, to show Animatte FX. I used Poly Tool to form the skewed cut-out.

    Stepping IN again on V3 reveals the imported JPEG with the sign. You can Replace this Jpeg with your own Image to begin learning 'How-to" use Animatte. Enjoy!




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