Quicktips 2011 Day 06: The mappable Avid Smart Tool button

There’s a single button in Media Composer 5 that can disable and enable the Smart Tool

Love it or hate it, the Avid Smart Tool that was introduced in Media Composer 5 is here to stay. It will continue to be refined and hopefully evolve as the software evolves but it’s worth noting there is a single, mappable button that can toggle the Smart Tool on and off.

This Quicktip isn’t meant to ignite the debate of the Smart Tool having a mind of its own and turning itself (or parts of itself) on and off at will, an issue which personally I haven’t experienced, but rather to point out the single Smart Tool button that was added in the Command Palette to toggle the entire tool on and off.

Hit command + 3 to open the Command Palette and click the Smart Tools tab. There you’ll find buttons for all of pieces of the Smart Tool as well as a master Smart Tool Toggle button:


It’s a fully mappable button so it can be placed anywhere. I’ve mapped it to my keyboard so I can easily turn the Smart Tool on and off depending on what I’m doing during an edit.

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Scott Simmons was born in rural West Tennessee and didn't really realize that movies and tv had to be made by actual people until he went to college. After getting degrees in both Television Production…

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