Avid Tutorial - How to Set Default Font Sizes

By default, the font size in Avid Media Composer for both your Project window and for all of your bins is 11. If you're like me, you need a slightly larger font size so your eyes aren't strained. However, you don't want to go through the trouble of adjusting the font size for all of your bins one at a time. Fortunately, there is a way to set the default font size for all of your bins and the project window. Watch the video to find out.

  1. At the top of your Project window, find the Settings button and click it.
  2. Scroll down until you find the settings for Interface (or just type "i" on your keyboard to jump all the way down to all settings options that start with "i").
  3. Double click Interface to pull up the Interface window
  4. Make sure the boxes next to "Override all Bin font sizes" and "Override Project font size" are checked.
  5. Type in your desired font size for each.
  6. Click "Apply" in the bottom right corner of the Interface window.

That's it. What other Avid Media Composer tips do you have? Leave them in the Comments section.

Save Time Editing With Top And Tail


Two of the editing features that have been part of Avid Media Composer for quite some time are the Top and Tail commands. Using both will save you a little bit of time as you make your edit. Here's a basic rundown of how each command works:

  • Top - This command will remove the portion of the selected video and/or audio clip located to the left of the playhead.
  • Tail - This command will remove the portion of the selected video and/or audio clip located to the right of the playhead.
Notice the Top and Tail commands in the Edit section of the Command Palette

Notice the Top and Tail commands in the Edit section of the Command Palette

You can use Top and Tail to quickly remove sections of a clip you won't need in your sequence, rather than setting an In point, an Out point, and then lifting or extracting the clip.

By default, the Top and Tail commands are not mapped to the keyboard, so you will need to set up keyboard shortcuts to use them. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Settings tab in your project window.
  2. Scroll down until you see the Keyboard listing and double click to bring up your current keyboard shortcuts (or you can just type "k" in your Settings window).
  3. Hit Cmd + 3 to bring up your Command palette and browse over to the Edit tab. The Top and Tail commands will be there.
  4. Make sure the "Button to Button" button at the bottom of the Command Palette window is selected.
  5. Click and drag the Top button and the Tail button to the keys on your keyboard you have designated (Some editors map them to the "E" and "R" keys. I have them mapped to SHIFT + I and SHIFT + O).

That's it. When you are ready to use each command, all you need to do is hit the designated short cut keys. Make sure, however, that you have the specific Video and/or Audio track(s) selected first.

Do you have any other Avid tips? Leave them in the Comments section.

Use This Avid Trick To Keep Track Of A Clip's Bin Location


At some point during your edit, you might find it useful to know (at a glance) in which bins the clips on your sequence live. This can be advantageous if you are editing a multi-faceted non-fiction video and you want to keep the various topics of your story organized. In my work at St. Jude I am often editing patient stories, and those stories are usually divided up into different sections.

Every project is different of course, but you might consider creating separate bins for the separate scenes in your story to keep your footage organized. Then, with this simple trick, you can color code your sequence to see exactly which clips are from which bin. 

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A Second Chance at Life

Jake is a high school football player who was given a second chance at life, thanks to the treatment he received at St. Jude for his brain tumor. This is the latest project I shot and edited for St. Jude. The video was created to help promote the annual Wall Street Taste of New York event, which benefits the hospital.

I shot the clinical b-roll with a 5D Mark III and an attached Swivi external monitor, using a 24-70mm f2.8 zoom lens. The interviews were shot on the Sony F3 with Sony primes. All raw footage was captured as flat as possible, to preserve the maximum amount of dynamic range. Post-production was completed on Avid Media Composer.