How to Import Media Into Avid Media Composer

You can import media into your Media Composer so that you can work with images, video or audio clips stored on your computer. When you import any media clip into Media Composer, a new file is created in a folder called the Avid Media File, which is the Managed Media Files folder. This file will be according to the Media Creation settings you specify, and even if your original file gets deleted, you still have the imported copy in the Managed Media Files folder. Let's see how the import is done:

Step 1: Specify the Drive with the Media Creation Setting

Click on the Tools tab in the main menu on the top of your screen and choose Media Creation. Alternatively, you can pres Ctrl+5. This will open the Media Creation window, where you can choose the drive where you want to create the files which you are going to import. Click OK.

Step 2: Go to Project Window

Click on the Format tab in your project window and under Project Type, select the quality you want for your imported files. The highest quality possible is 1080p/23.976. This will again depend whether you are importing a video, audio or HD file. 

Step 3: Highlight and Right Click Import Bin

When you are working in Media Composer, you will have the Import bin window just below the Clips window, on the left of the Source Viewer panel. Click on the Import Bin to highlight it, and then right click inside the Import Bin. Choose Import from the drop down menu.

Step 4: Choose Location of Your Media File

The Import dialogue box will open and you can browse and select the file you want to import. There is a box at the bottom of the dialogue box named Video Drive/Audio Drive, where a particular drive is selected. Make sure that the drive appearing in this box is the same as you chose in Step 1. In the Video Resolution box, you can again choose a quality which you prefer for the imported file. You can ignore this if you are importing an audio file.

Step 5: Choose Options in Import Settings

Click on the Options button in the Import dialogue box, and it will open a window for Import Settings. There are different tabs here, and you may click on each tab to specify all the particular settings you want. These settings cover various areas as to how your image is sized and to what channel it is played on. You can experiment with these settings to get your file just the way you want it. Once you have chosen your settings, click on OK.

Step 6: Load Imported File

You will find your imported file in the Import bin, and it has also been created in the Manage Media Files location. You can load it into the Source Viewer by clicking on the file in the Import bin and dragging it into the monitor panel.