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Lesson 1 How Workflow Makes, Manages, an... > Understanding Media and Clips - Pg. 14

14 Media Composer 6: Professional Picture and Sound Editing When you ingest XDCAM footage using Avid Media Access, you can edit using the low-quality version of the media. When moving to online, you can re-insert the XDCAM discs and instruct Media Composer to relink to the high-quality media (see Figure 1.8). Figure 1.8 AMA allows relinking based on quality. In Lesson 13, you'll learn the Relink tool and how it can be used in workflows to relink a sequence to media of various compression levels. Understanding Media and Clips Media is anything you can see or hear in your timeline, excluding items generated in real-time like some effects. Transforming raw footage into finished shows involves workflows in which media is copied, moved, deleted, transcoded, played, and exported. Before learning workflow recipes, you need to understand how clips, bins, projects, and media files work together under the hood. You will be differentiated from many Avid editors when you understand why Media Composer behaves the way it does. Perhaps even more importantly, you will be on your way to troubleshooting and resolving issues that arise during those 4 AM editing sessions, when there is no technical support staff available on-site. Clips versus Media Files Clips and media files may seem like the same thing because playing a clip in the Source monitor results in the media being played, but there is a distinction between clips and media that is the basis for almost all of the post-production workflows: Clips don't contain any picture or sound. Clips only contain metadata, such as the clip name and timecodes, and data that Media Composer uses to identify the associated media files. It's those media files that contain the picture and/or sound.