Avid Quick Tip: Favorite Bins

Favorite Bins

Welcome to another Avid Quick Tip post! In this post I’ll show you how to use one of Avid Media Composer’s newest features: Favorite Bins.

Media Composer came out with Favorite Bins in version 8.2. If you are not yet on this or a later version then this feature isn’t available to you.

Favorite Bins are a folder of bins that you can take from one project to another automatically. You’ve always had the ability to open up bins from other projects but this capability was never automatic. You would have to manually go open up the usual stock element bins each time you created a new project. Now with Favorite Bins you keep whatever bins you want together in a folder that is available no matter what project you are in.

Watermarks

Watermarks

As a video professional, the video you produce is valuable to you. Because of this, it is important that the video you work to produce doesn't leak and find its way to one of the many piracy sites. Unauthorized copying is a problem. That is why we have added the ability to add watermarks to your videos in ScreenLight.

How to prevent piracy with video watermarks

Adding watermarks to the videos you upload is a quick and straight forward process. Video watermarks are configured in the Video settings section of your ScreenLight Account settings.

Video settings

By default, ScreenLight will not add a watermark to the videos you upload.

Watermarks - step 1

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Why Good Feedback is Hard to Find

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Avid Quick Tip: Save Title Without Source

I have only ever taken one formal Avid Media Composer course. I was young, in my early 20s, and my company finally splurged for me to get some formal training even though I’d been using Media Composer for 50+ hours a week the past two years with them. The teacher saw that this beginner-to-intermediate class was probably below my skill level so she made it her mission to stump me. Being young and cocky I said I’d leave a positive evaluation if she could (which I would have anyway). And what happened? Well, what happens to every young and cocky student…they were put in their place.

This month’s Avid Media Composer quick tip is what I learned while being mildly shamed in front of a class of older, more experienced editors. The tip is how to save a title without its source. If you don’t work with Media Composer’s Title Tool much that might not mean a whole lot to you. Let me take a couple paragraphs to explain what it means and how it works.