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Migrating from Final Cut Pro 7 to Avid Media Composer 5.5 is a thorough comparison of the interfaces, concepts, tools, and workflow behind each of these two programs, covering the key differences video editors need to know to master Media Composer and make the switch. The course covers the basics of editing in Avid Media Composer, including sequence creation, project organization and navigation, importing and linking media, timeline editing techniques, and how to work with audio and add transitions and effects.
So with the titles we created in the previous video here in the bin let's go ahead now and add them to our sequence. I'm going to zoom in on the timeline a little bit here, because we are going to be adding our titles in here above interview clip 1 on video track 2. So I am going to mark the segment where I'd like to add the first title. In this case, it's going to be Kim. Again, I am going to mark somewhere into the title here, just in case I ever need to do a transition or trim back out the side and now I am going to use my red Overwrite tool to add that clip into my sequence.
And you can see there it is available over the top of the video background. Let's go ahead and add other title in as well. Put that on video track 3, switch here to the other title, swingdancer, make a mark in and add that as well. And now they are staggered as they come on. (Female speaker: ?brings you to a simple time, where the roles are defined, and at one?) And of course if I wanted to I could park near the transition points for both of these, make sure they're both active, and then enter the Quick Transition dialog.
Maybe add a 10 frame dissolve onto the head at each of those clips. (Female speaker: ?brings you together, brings you to a simple time, where?) Let's just playback over that. (Female speaker: ?brings you to a simple time, where the roles are defined?) Cool! So now we've been able to add our graphics directly to the sequence here and start to use them in conjunction with transition effects and other types of effects. By the way, graphics themselves are in fact very much like an effect.
If I park on one of my graphic clips here and I choose to go into Effect mode, you can see there are various parameters associated with an effect. For example, I've got Crop and Scaling controls here, so if there was part of my graphic that I wanted to remove or crop out I could do that very easily. And of course, I could scale my graphics as well. My tip here though is always create your graphics as big or slightly bigger than you need them. That way you need to have to scale them down. Scaling that up could cause problems in terms of resolution.
Apart from being able to edit the parameters of the title, I've also got this Edit Title button here and this is the way to get back into Title tool with the current effect loaded so that you can make changes. So, for example, here if I wanted to capitalize the D in dancer I could do that now and save this version of my title back to the sequence. You can see that's now updated in my sequence, but I should point out that the original version of swingdancer is still the same as it was.
The new corrected version has also been added to my bin as well, with .01 after the name. Okay, we are going to look at another example now. Here I'm going to load up a timeline called credits. Now let's assume that we would like play some credits at the end of this sequence between these two locater points here, like so. You'd like the credits to roll over this last scene in a movie. So how do we do that? Well, the first thing I am going to do is actually hide Media Composer and go to my media drive.
On my media drive I've got my catalyst_CONTAINER that we've been using throughout the course and inside catalyst_ SRC_GFX I have a text file. Let's open that. You can see here that I've got the credits of all the people who have helped me in the production of his course. I want to select everything and use Command+C to copy that selection of text. Now I can go ahead and close that and get rid of my Finder window. And go back to Media Composer.
Now I'm going to go into Title tool, click down with my cursor, and then paste, and select all of the text, maybe drop that down to 24 point. Maybe keep it selected while I also add a drop shadow of my text. There we go. And then finally, I need to go through and make sure that I make space adjustments so that we get the right effect.
Now the moment I might be seeing the first page of my text. Where is the rest of it? What I need to do is initiate the roll and now I get this bar and I can scroll through the rest of the material. So now we can get rid of any errant spaces, like so. Let me go ahead and make some of these adjustments here and make sure everything is justified correctly. In fact, I'm going to select it all and go ahead and center justify it and then move the whole column over. In fact I could use my Alignment menu here, Center in Frame Horizontally, like so. Good! Now we've set up the role that we'd like to create.
All we need to do is close this and save it back to the bin. So we'll call this credits. Now as with most titles you can see it's been added to the bin and also preloaded into the Source viewer. If I scrub through the Source viewer, you can see that I've got a nice preview of what it's going to look like. So I am going to select the whole thing here and you could see I've got duration of 3 minutes. But that's a little misleading, because the way that a role or a crawl works is that it's one of the few edit types where if you have 4 points and an in and out in the Source viewer and an in and out in the Record viewer, then in fact it will compress the entire clip into the gap we have marked in the sequence.
So let's go ahead and do that right now. And you could see that now in the timeline my role starts there and moves forward according to the speed that it needs to in order to complete by the end of the mark out point like that. Now this has got a blue dot on it. You can see a lot of the real-time effects in the sequence all have a green dot and that's what that means. The green dot means that it will playback in real time or close to it. The blue dot means that this would indeed have to be rendered.
So if I wanted to render this title now, if the timing seems to work for me, what I do is I come here to the Render Effect icon, click on that, make sure I am rendering to the correct media drive and off we go. And so now in my sequence I've got my credits ready to role. (Vroom. Engine revving) And nicely timed out just before the end of sequence. There we have it.
We've created graphics directly inside of Media Composer. We've added them to the timeline and add a transition effects to them. We've also gone through how to re-edit a title that's already being added to the sequence and of course we've gone through how to create credit roles and crawls. In the final part of this chapter, we'll turn our attention to color correction.
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