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Chapter 5. Preparing to Edit

Chapter 5. Preparing to Edit

This chapter is dedicated to the two tasks you should always complete before you jump into active editing: organizing your source material and preparing your blank sequence to receive those source clips. Whether you learn now or you learn later the hard way, you'll likely come to understand the following wisdom: the most stress-free editing sessions come to those who organize and plan ahead. You can avoid many headaches and impatient clients down the road if you take the time to clean up the place, sit down, and plan out what you're about to do before you jump into active editing.

Organizing your source material involves working with bins, the SuperBin, folders, and the information columns to arrange, search, sort and sift through your clips, or what Avid calls media objects, so that you have all your shots at your fingertips when you need them. Preparing your sequence to receive your clips involves creating and opening a sequence, learning how to load a sequence into the source or record monitor, and setting up your Timeline display preferences for the particular type of editing you plan to do.


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