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  • Sat, Oct 20 2012 3:43 AM

    • dfessak
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    Long Time Media Composer User, First Time DS User

    Hello...

    I have been using Media Composer professionally for years.  However next week I am going to be working on a project for the first time using Avid DS.  How much of a difference is there in the basic interface between MC and DS?  I don't expect them to be exactly the same, but is DS something that a longtime Media Composer user can pick up relatively easily?  Are the basic interface and keyboard shortcuts the same?  The project that I would be working on is basically stringing together interviews and creating effects.

    Thanks

  • Sat, Oct 20 2012 8:31 AM In reply to

    • TrevorA
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    Re: Long Time Media Composer User, First Time DS User

    Whilst avid did try to graft some similarities from mc onto ds these are really about as different as you can get.

    Plan on feeling like you are wading through treacle for quite a while. 

    I understand its worth it once you get to know it :-)

  • Sat, Oct 20 2012 3:35 PM In reply to

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    Re: Long Time Media Composer User, First Time DS User

    I watched a few of the DS tutorial videos and they seem to have the same basic way of doing things, but are laid out differently.  So lets say you map the keyboard to your usual settings, putting together a sequence probably wouldn't be all that different, but more advanced things you kind of have to find your way way in order to know where it is.

    Is that a fair way to describe things?

  • Mon, Oct 22 2012 8:31 AM In reply to

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    Re: Long Time Media Composer User, First Time DS User

    dfessak:
    lets say you map the keyboard to your usual settings


    Hi dfessak,

    DS has an "MC Shortcuts" template built in, which can be selected from a dropdown in File-->Command Mapping.

    If you're going to be driving DS for only a short while, and simply want to get up to speed quickly before returning to MC, then this is probably your best route. However, if you want to learn DS in depth at some time, then you're better off using the standard DS mapping in order to avoid losing a lot of functionality.

    With standard MC mapping, all your most commonly used keyboard shortcuts will work as you expect them to, including JKL editing.

    If you're not a fan of MC Smart Tools you may want to switch off the little Selection Mode arrow at the bottom left of the Timeline. You'll also find that rippling works differently (arguably more logically) on DS.

    Note that 'Bins' on DS are simply Windows folders, so there's no magic required there.

    Hope that helps,
    Tony 

  • Mon, Oct 22 2012 4:40 PM In reply to

    Re: Long Time Media Composer User, First Time DS User

    That sounds like a simple enough task that should not require you a ton of time to figure out (depending on the effects).

     

    Igor Ridanovic

    www.HDhead.com

  • Tue, Oct 23 2012 5:23 AM In reply to

    • M-Edit
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    Re: Long Time Media Composer User, First Time DS User

    dfessak:
    I watched a few of the DS tutorial videos and they seem to have the same basic way of doing things, but are laid out differently.

     

    You could (maybe should) also take a look here:

    http://aviddssupport.avid.com/learncoll/start.htm

    (You may be forced to use Internet Explorer, at least I wasn't
    successful when trying to use Firefox today.)

    This information is often overlooked, or maybe won't show up
    in a Google search since it's not titled as "tutorials" but merely
    "Getting started" or "Learning Collection". But there's plenty of
    information there. Some of this are videos, others are webpages
    or PDF's.

    And when searching for other information or tutorials, you should
    now that the majority of information dealing with using the old
    Avid DS v7.6 still applies to both v10 and v11.

    The interface layout of different tutorials may look different though,
    even on different v10/v11 systems, depending on if the tutorial
    was made on a large 30-inch system or maybe on someone's
    laptop.

    Anyway, so, good luck with your DS'ing. Smile

    //Mike-E

  • Tue, Oct 23 2012 5:39 AM In reply to

    • M-Edit
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    Re: Long Time Media Composer User, First Time DS User

    dfessak:
    The project that I would be working on is basically stringing together interviews and creating effects.


    By the way, what do you have in mind when you say "...creating effects"?

    //Mike-E

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