How to Work With Avid Instinct

You can work with Avid Instinct to help make your story or article interactive. This is done by adding voice over narration, as well as video clips. In this article, you will learn how to add video and audio to your story, then you will learn how to edit the sequences using Avid Instinct.

Prior to starting, you need to make sure you are set up on an Avid Unity Media Network. This can be either a network system or ISIS system.

Step 1: Choose Your Story

You can choose a story that you have previously written and stored in Avid, or start with a new one. To find a story already started, browse the iNEWS tab to find a list of stories and select your story. To start a new story, go to File on the menu bar, select New Story, type in a name, and then click OK. When you are done editing your story, you can split into sections to make sense of the clips you are going to add.

Step 2: Selecting Media

To find the media, you can search the Avid Interplay database by selecting File then Search Media. Then, you can fill in your options on the dialog box using keywords, specifying folders or types of media or even by time. Please be aware of restrictions indicated by a red triangle. There will then be a note indicating what restrictions are placed on the information.

Step 3: Adding Video

Once you pick out the video you want to use, click on the clip in the Research Panel. Then, you mark the spots on the media you want to use by using the mark buttons. When you have your clip picked out and marked, you need to decide if you want to use B-Roll clips, which are used as cover for the audio portion of your story, or SOT (or Sound-on-Tape), which adds the audio that was recorded on your video.

Once you have decided types of clips, just point your mouse over the video monitor, select the one you need, and then drag it to your story. You can add as many clips as you want.

Step 4: Adding Audio

You can add three different types of audio clips. They are Voice-over, SOT or Sound-on-Tape and NAT, which is audio that was recorded by the computer when the video clip was recorded. To use the voice-over option, find the spot you want to add the audio, open the voice-over module, and click on the record button. Just click the record button when you want to stop. This audio is automatically inserted into your story.

You don't need to do anything to add the SOT since Instinct automatically gives SOT prominence if there is no voice-over. In order to get the NAT, you must drag it on top of a B-Roll or you can right-click the SOT clip and choose "swap NAT and SOT tracks".

Step 5: Editing Your Story

When you are ready to edit the length of your clips, go to Trim and then just move the in and out markers to the correct positions.

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