How Do You Import Graphics into the System? Any Special Options?

Importing graphics into your system is pretty straightforward. However, there are a few options that you need to understand. The steps are as follows.

Step 1. Select the bin where you want the imported file(s) to be stored. Step 2. Choose File>Import Step 3. Navigate to where the files are located Step 4. Select the files to import. Hold down the iX or ^^ key (^Q or ^^ key) to select multiple files. The ^^ key selects contiguous files, the jj-a ( E) key selects noncontiguous files.

Choose a Media Drive and specify the resolution settings that best match your project. Remember that compressed and uncompressed footage cannot be mixed.

Click the Options button and specify the options that best match your project and source materials.

a. Aspect Ratio, Pixel Aspect i. 601, non-square—This is the default setting. It assumes that your video has been properly sized for import to your Avid system. Use this option to import images with the native dimensions used by the Avid system: 720X480 (NTSC DV), 720X486 (NTSC), or 720X576 (PAL). Also use this option for 720X540 images or other images that match the 4:3 aspect ratio.

Maintain, non-square—This option never scales or resizes. In a D1 environment, use this with images sized for DVD or DV (720X480). The image is centered and padded with black at top and bottom to fill out the 486 scan lines for those systems that need it.

In Xpress DV, up to 480 (NTSC) or 576 (PAL) lines are preserved. The extras are removed, or missing lines are padded with video black. Use this option for DV sized material being used in a D1 project, or vice versa.

iii. Maintain, square—This is for images that use square pixels, and are smaller than the video frame. This will prevent enlarging the image and thus softening it. Square pixels are resized for non-square usage and the empty areas are filled with video black.

iv. Maintain and Resize, square—This option assumes that the image aspect ratio is incorrect. It will letterbox the image and scale to fit the 720-pixel width or the 480 (NTSC DV), 486 (NTSC), or 576 (PAL) size. It will also compensate for square pixels. For best full-screen resolution of files created with square pixels, use 648X480 (NTSC) or 768X576 (PAL). To create a single resolution for both NTSC and PAL, use 720X540. Do not use this option to bring in a fullscreen square-pixel image that has already been stretched to non-square-pixel dimensions.

b. File Field Order—Leave set to non-interlaced for still graphics.

c. Color Levels—Choose from RGB, RGB, dithered or 601

based on the aforementioned criteria.

d. Alpha i. Use Existing—Applies only to images that have an attached alpha channel. If you create your alpha channels with the save selection as channel button, this method will not work properly ii. Invert Existing—This method inverts the Alpha Channel. This one is generally more useful to Photoshop users.

iii. Ignore—Alpha channel is disregarded.

e. Single Frame Import—Specify a length for the clip.

Step 7. When satisfied with your options, click OK to close the dialog box.

Step 8. Click OK to begin import.

Step 9. Specify how you want the files imported. Your Avid system can import your Photoshop graphic three different ways: as a flattened image, or from some to all of the layers in a multilayered graphic. If you simply intend to key the graphic without any complex reveal or animation, such as a lower third, choose flattened.

Avid Xpress DV

This file contains layers. Vou can import it as a flattened image, a sequence of layers, or a sequence of chosen layers.

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If you are going to use the layers to build an animation or complex reveal, choose to import as a sequence of layers or select layers. Each layer imports as a separate object (a matte key or master clip). These can then be manipulated individually like any other matte key or master clip.

Upon import, the Avid system presents you with a sequence with each layer on a separate track. This will allow you to edit all of the layers into a final sequence. The names and order of the layers are preserved from the original Photoshop file.

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