The Avid Media Composer Attic Explained

In Avid Media Composer, the attic may not be what you think it is. The attic in Avid Media Composer is used to store backup files of each bin in a project. You should only need to access the attic in Avid Media Composer under two circumstances. If the current bin file that you are working with becomes corrupted, you will need to retrieve a fresh file from the attic. You will also need to access the attic if you are unhappy with the changes that you have made to a sequence or clip and you want to overwrite those changes.

When you open the attic folder in Avid Media Composer, you will notice that there are separate folders for each project that you are working on. When you open one of the project folders, you will find a bin folder. Every time you save a new bin in your project, Avid Media Composer will automatically create a folder with the name of that bin in the bin folder. This guideline will go over directions for retrieving files from the attic in Avid Media Composer on a Windows computer and a Mac computer.


Step 1 - Minimizing Editing Applications

In order to access the attic folder in Avid Media Composer, you will need to minimize any editing applications that you have open. This step applies to both Windows and Mac.


Step 2 - Accessing the Attic Folder

If you are using Windows XP, the attic folder will be located in drive:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Shared Documents\Avid editing application. If you are using Windows Vista, the attic folder will be located in drive:/Users/Public/Public Documents/Avid editing application. Regardless of what Mac operating system you are using, the attic folder will be located in Macintosh HD/Users/Shared/Avid editing application/Avid Attic folder.


Step 3 - Opening the Project and Bin Folders

For both Windows and Mac, you can open a project folder by double clicking on it. When you double click on a project folder, Avid Media Composer will display all of the bin folders that are located in the project folder. To open a bin folder, double click on the folder.


Step 4 - Displaying Bin Details

Once you are in the bin folder, you will need to display the details of the files that are in the bin folder. To do this on a Windows computer, go to View and select Details. For a Mac computer, you can display the bin details by going to View and selecting as List.


Step 5 - Selecting Backup Bin Files

To select backup bin files on a Windows computer, simply click on the name of the file. You can select multiple files by holding the Control key on your keyboard while you are selecting the files. To select backup bin files on a Mac computer, you will need to hold the Command key on your keyboard and click any files that you wish to retrieve.


Step 6 - Copying Files to your Desktop

You do not want to make changes to the files that are in the bin folder, so you need to copy the files to your desktop. Once they are on your desktop, you can open them in Avid Media Composer. To copy files to your desktop in Windows, press Control and drag the files. To copy files to your desktop in Mac, press Option and drag the files.


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