Using the View Menu to Optomize Avid

The following discussion focuses on the usage of the lesser known and rarely used View Menu in the Avid audio/video editing software.

Step 1: Setting Up

To start experimenting with the view menu, set up a basic straightforward timeline on the video track and a couple of audio tracks. Make sure that the video tracks are of the same heights. The name in the status bar on being clicked reveals the “View Menu”. Using the view menu, you can opt for the “Save As” choice and select a name for the timeline. Click OK. Once done, you will notice that the view menu changes its name to the name you just provided.

You will now notice that the name that you earlier provided has been transformed to something like “Name.1”. You will now click on the view menu and save “Name.1” as “Name.2”. Repeat the process again to save a third view by the name of "Name.3".

Step 2: Understanding the Functions

You will now move to the view menu again and click it. You will now notice that the view menu will list all of the three names that were just saved. Try and select the first view and make some changes to it. After this, move to the second view and make certain identifiable changes again. You will repeat the process for the thirds view once more.

If you now move back to the view menu and start selecting and cycling through the various views again, you will find that the state of change of ach and every view has been captured by Avid. This effect is analogous to a table in the database, not actually undergoing any change, however, its three aliases undergo changes and their states are preserved individually.

Step 3: Using Advanced Settings

You will also notice that once created, you will not be able to delete a view using the view menu. If you desire to remove view, then you will have to go to the project bin and in the project bin you will select “Settings”. You will now scroll down to “Timeline”. All the recently created views will be visible in the project bin space. You can now delete these views by right clicking and pressing delete.

There is, however, a small side effect; if you add a few video tracks to one of the views and change a few parameters and then try to revert back to the other views, you will find that the track parameters like the height have been changed and set equally. This is because the tracks that were added after the views were set and made will not take on similar height ratios as the original tracks in the initial views.

You should now have a decent understanding on using the view menu to optimize Avid.