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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 far, we've been concentrating on manipulating transition points between clips, or between clip and black. This time we're going to switch to manipulating transition points using Trim mode that have a transition already applied to them. So I'm going to switch my attention up to V2 here and park near this transition point that dissolves through from the suitcases there to the girl going to open the suitcase. So just park around the transition point and now click on the Trim Mode button to take us into Trim mode.
And the first thing I would like to point out is that the transition is displayed here. You can see the length of the transition, 20 frames, so I could change that right now by typing in a new duration of 18 frames. I can also manipulate the positioning of the transition here: Centered, Starting, or Ending on the cut point. And then, of course, I can use spacebar to playback the transition, to see how it looks. (Female speaker: '40s and '50s across the street from the phone company in Los--) Okay, so that's one aspect of using Trim mode.
Over here on the left-hand side, I have actually got a thing called Transition Corner Display. Let's click on that and see what happens. Now you can see the Trim mode is showing us the outgoing material from the beginning through to the end of the transition, and we're also looking at the incoming side from the beginning through to the end of the transition. This is really useful for making sure that you don't have a flash frame or something odd or disconcerting in the middle of your transition, or right at the end of your transition. Maybe you wouldn't have noticed it whilst editing, but here in the Transition Corner Display, it becomes very clear what's going on within our transition.
So if I were to use my buttons now to adjust the position of the transition point in time, you can see that I'm going to get an update of the material on both sides of the trim in the viewing area above. Now obviously, this clip is actually moving, but because there's not much action in it, we can't see the movement, but both sides of the transition are indeed updating as we trim backwards and forwards. So that's looking at a transition point that's between two clips adjacent to each other on the same track. Let's now switch our attention to this transition point up here.
Now this is a transition from black into this incoming clip here. But notice that if I switch my video monitor up to the correct track and now go back into Transition Corner Display, you can see that I can look down through the material. You can see that I'm looking through the empty track down to the track below, so I can see the outgoing clip here. And by virtue of the fact that being so close--if I zoom in you'll see what I mean-- you can see the transition is taking place over this material outgoing, but it's clipping MVI_1952 here, and that's why we see the girl's head at this end part of the transition.
So this is exactly what this tool is for: it's for showing you an error within your transition and allowing you to fix it really fast. So in this particular case, I'm just going to move the transition point until we no longer see this material creeping into the end point of the transition. Play it back and it should be perfect. (Female speaker: Clothes. So I started collecting vintage clothing when I was just an--) Great! So that's using Transition Corner Display in conjunction with Trim mode to not allow us to trim transition points, but also evaluate the quality of our transition points, adjust its length and its timing.
And again, to exit trim mode, just click on your timecode track and you are now back to Source/Record editing.
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