Avid Workflow: Starting a new project

Before you begin, put your raw video into a folder on your portable drive. The folder should be labeled with a slug that makes it clear which project it belongs with and the word “media.” Example: If your project is about cheerleading, you can call the folder with your clips Cheerleading Media. Then put it into another folder called Cheerleading.

It’s also very worthwhile to go through your video and label each clip you plan to use before you import anything into Avid.

Launch Avid Media Composer

In Select Project window, make sure the folder directs everything into the right folder on your portable drive (usually the F drive).

Select New Project.

Name the project, preferably with the same slug and the name project, to distinguish it from the Media folder. Example: Cheerleading Project.

Under Format pulldown menu: 1080p/29.97 if you used the 1080 resolution setting to record the video or 720p/29.97 if you used 720.

The Avid main screen opens.

In the project bin, go to Settings and click on Media Creation. Check all the tabs to make sure that the Video/Audio drives are set to go to FantomHD or whatever you have named your portable hard drive. Click okay.

Also check the Format tab to make sure the Project Type is set to 1080p/29.97 or 1080p/29.97 (the same setting you selected when you started the project).

Now you are ready to import your clips.

Click in the project window (the one with the name of your project on it). Create a bin to hold your clips. When you start to edit, you’ll create sequences, so it’s a good idea to go ahead and make another bin to hold your sequences. Label everything well. Ex: cheerleading clips and cheerleading sequences.

Click once on the bin you want to hold your clips. The bin should open in the SuperBin window. If it doesn’t, activate SuperBin (instructions on p. 15 of Avid Editing).

Go to the top pull down menu for File, then select import. Click Options and go to the OMFI/AAF tab. Select Use the Source File’s Resolution.

Set Video Resolution at DNxHD 145 MXF if you shot in 1080 or DNxHD 110 MXF if you shot in 720.

Select the clips you want and import. It’s fine to select several clips at a time, but the import will take a while.

Now you are ready to start editing.


About Lisa Phillips

I am an assistant professor of journalism at SUNY New Paltz and the author of Unrequited: Women and Romantic Obsession (HarperCollins, 2015) and Public Radio: Behind the Voices.
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