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

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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.

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Create Avid Shortcuts to Quickly Jump to Edit Points

I like to take advantage of short cut keys when I'm editing. It helps me to work faster and more efficiently. As I'm editing, I'm constantly jumping back and forth between edit points on my sequence. I would much rather use a keyboard shortcut for this, rather than using my mouse to place my playhead on a certain point in the timeline.

To do this in Avid I use the "A" and "S" keys. However, by default, Avid is set up to enter Trim Mode when you press either "A" or "S." 

A few years ago, I found this helpful tutorial that shows you how to map your Avid keyboard so that you can quickly jump between edit points without moving into Trim Mode.

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Avid Quick Tip: Working With Stereo Audio

Whenever you import a music track into an Avid bin, you may notice that the audio comes in as a mono track, rather than stereo. This means that you have to pan each of the two channels to the left and to the right before laying it into your sequence. If you inadvertently stack two mono tracks in the sequence, you will experience phase cancellation and the music bed won't sound quite right. If you would prefer Avid to import your audio as a stereo track, here's how to do it: 

  • Right click inside a bin of your choosing and select Import.
  • Select the file you want to import, then click Options at the bottom of the window.
  • Select the Audio tab.
  • Look for the Edit button within the Audio tab and click it.
  • In the Set Multichannel Audio window, click the button underneath A1 and A2 to link these two tracks.
  • Click OK
  • Import your audio file

Avid will now bring in your audio files as stereo, rather than mono. But there's one more step you need to take before inserting that file into your sequence. You have to create a stereo audio track. To do that, use the shortcut Command+Shift+U.

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