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In Part One we had a quick overview of the Avid landscape, and how to get help. In this part we’ll look at how Media Composer structures data and media, and the typical workflow.
How data is structured in Avid Media Composer
Here is how Avid organizes everything:
At the core of everything is the ‘bin’, which comes from the film days where film strips, reels and spools were dumped into bins. It’s just a virtual container for your media files. When you create sequences, you will be storing them in bins.
Bins also contain your media, and anything else you can import for your work. Bins can be shared among different editors.
Anything in the bin is an object. These objects can be user-generated (sequences, effects, etc.), imported file-based codecs (AMA) or ingested/captured footage from tape devices (non-AMA).
Avid Media Composer gives you one additional tier of organization, in the form of Folders. You can organize multiple bins into folders, which is a handy feature for large projects where bins can get old and need to be archived, etc.
Avid saves your work periodically. Avid is actually saving the specific bin in which you’re working, and this is saved as a backup file in a separate folder on your hard drive, under the name ‘Avid Attic’. You could choose to write a new file or overwrite the existing backup from the settings.
Everything is stored somewhere, more specifically, hard drives. These could be: