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  • Fri, Aug 1 2008 10:11 PM

    Reusing Custom Effects in Avid Media Composer

    As an editor, the ability to work quickly and efficiently is golden. The ability to store and reuse the custom effects that you have built can save you a lot of time and effort, when it’s close to deadline. If you know that you’re going to use an effect more than once in a project, like a custom transition, you should store that effect. Follow these steps to store a custom transition effect.

     

    1. Create the effect that you need. In this example, I have used the Fade to Color effect to create a customized white flash transition or flicker.

    2. Create a new Bin. You’ll need a place to store your effects, so go to File > New Bin, or press the Command Key and N on the keyboard to create a new bin. Name the new bin Effects.

     

    3. Store the effect. The little Effect Icon, in the upper right corner of the Effect Editor, represents the new effect that you have just created. Drag the Effect Icon to the new Effects Bin.

    There you have it. Now you don’t have to recreate the effect each time you want to use it in the show. Simply drag the icon from the Effects bin and place it into the sequence. Saving and reusing custom effects allows you to maintain consistency, but also saves you precious time.

     

  • Fri, Aug 1 2008 10:50 PM In reply to

    Re: Reusing Custom Effects in Avid Media Composer

    Even better,

    Create a Bin named exactly "Quick Transitions" (without the quotes)

    Drop your Custom Transition fx into it.

    Now when you hit the Quick Transition button, your transitions are there in the pulldown menu.

    For use in other projects, just copy the QuickT bin into your other project folders.

     

     

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  • Mon, Oct 24 2011 5:53 AM In reply to

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    Re: Reusing Custom Effects in Avid Media Composer

    Sorry to answer to this old thread but I have a question regarding that topic. Is it possible to export an effect setting for use in another project? I thought since it's possible to export user settings it would be great to be able to export customized effects also. That would safe a lot of time.

    Thanks in advance!

  • Mon, Oct 24 2011 6:19 AM In reply to

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    Re: Reusing Custom Effects in Avid Media Composer

    Yes, just open the bin with the custom effect in it while in the other project. You do this with Ctrl/Cmnd+O and then navigate to the project and bin you want.

    I have a "Generics" project that I save sequence templates (bars, tone, countdown) and custom effects into. I have a copy of this on a USB stick for when I'm working on different suites. 

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  • Thu, Mar 15 2012 12:11 PM In reply to

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    Re: Reusing Custom Effects in Avid Media Composer

    Hello, is there a way to transfer effects and transitions and place them on a memory stick to take away and use on a client's system? As you can with your user profile?

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  • Thu, Mar 15 2012 12:29 PM In reply to

    Re: Reusing Custom Effects in Avid Media Composer

    Create a Bin, save all your effects/transitions etc in it, then copy the .avb file onto a memory stick.

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  • Thu, Mar 15 2012 12:44 PM In reply to

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    Re: Reusing Custom Effects in Avid Media Composer

    Nice. Thanks!

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  • Sat, Mar 31 2012 12:44 AM In reply to

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    Re: Reusing Custom Effects in Avid Media Composer

    I had someone email me some effects (EFX.avb bin file) It downloaded to my desktop (i'm a mac user the person who sent it is on a PC based system).  I did the file, open bin command it created a new bin window in my project but for some reason i'm not able to use these effects?  I don't have Boris (not sure if that's why).  The effects look different too - they lack the little icon in the purple bin icon box that is just before the text description.  

    Am I doing something wrong?  Can't seem to figure out why I can't drop them in my shot on my timeliine like the effects that came with my MC 5.5.

    Thanks,  gina

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  • Sat, Mar 31 2012 12:52 AM In reply to

    Re: Reusing Custom Effects in Avid Media Composer

    Gina Gilberto:
    The effects look different too - they lack the little icon in the purple bin icon box that is just before the text description

    They probably are either Boris or Sapphire or some other effects that you don't have.  If Avid can't detect the proper plug-ins on your system, it displays the effect icons as just blank purple boxes.  

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  • Sat, Mar 31 2012 1:01 AM In reply to

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    Re: Reusing Custom Effects in Avid Media Composer

    If you can see what suffix the files have, Boris files should have xxxxxx.RED as file names.

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  • Sat, Mar 31 2012 7:55 PM In reply to

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    Re: Reusing Custom Effects in Avid Media Composer

    Thanks Kenton, yes they were Boris and Sapphire effects.  I was told that because i'm using the academic MC version I can't use the Boris effects.  Do you know if this is true?

    thanks,

    gina

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  • Sat, Mar 31 2012 8:04 PM In reply to

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    Gina:

    If you have the same version of Boris effects installed on your computer as was used on the other computer to create them, that statement is entirely untrue. "Boris" is somewhat ambiguous as there is Boris Red, Boris Graffiti, and BCC Continuum Effects.

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  • Sat, Mar 31 2012 9:01 PM In reply to

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    Re: Reusing Custom Effects in Avid Media Composer

    Larry Rubin:
    "Boris" is somewhat ambiguous as there is Boris Red, Boris Graffiti, and BCC Continuum Effects.

    Larry,

    Don't forget Boris FX, Boris Blue, Boris Transfer FCP and a few others. Geeked Ambiguous indeed. In fact it can be downright confusing at times.

    Regards,
    Douglas

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  • Sat, Mar 31 2012 9:18 PM In reply to

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    Gina Gilberto:
    I was told that because i'm using the academic MC version I can't use the Boris effects.  Do you know if this is true?

    No, that is not true.  Third party plug-ins are not included in Academic versions of MC, but it does not prevent you from getting your own versions of those 3rd party plug-ins and installing them on your computer.  

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  • Thu, Nov 22 2012 10:52 PM In reply to

    Re: Reusing Custom Effects in Avid Media Composer

    Is there any way to apply an effect to all clips in a sequence so that I don't have to do them individually?

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