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Trimming with transition effects

From: Migrating from Final Cut Pro 7 to Avid Media Composer 5.5

Video: Trimming with transition 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.

Trimming with transition 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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  1. 3m 43s
    1. Welcome
      53s
    2. Hardware and software requirements for this course
      1m 6s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 44s
  2. 52m 17s
    1. Exploring the similarities and differences
      8m 6s
    2. Comparing the interfaces
      8m 17s
    3. Clips, bins, folders, and the Project window
      9m 32s
    4. Viewing, selecting, navigating, and playing clips
      6m 5s
    5. Marking clips and using the Timeline window
      6m 32s
    6. Creating basic sequences
      9m 20s
    7. Accessing clips from other projects
      4m 25s
  3. 45m 24s
    1. Project structure, formats, frame rates, and the Format tab
      11m 31s
    2. Comparing backup structure
      9m 51s
    3. Organizing media and project assets
      5m 32s
    4. Bringing media into the project
      8m 19s
    5. Understanding media resolutions and locations
      10m 11s
  4. 30m 59s
    1. Exploring site, project, and user settings
      7m 39s
    2. Customizing user settings and keyboard layout
      6m 52s
    3. Using toolsets and workspaces
      6m 36s
    4. Customizing the Bin and Timeline views
      5m 18s
    5. Creating a custom tool palette
      4m 34s
  5. 1h 0m
    1. Linking to multimedia files using Avid Media Access (AMA)
      15m 8s
    2. Importing video, audio, and graphics
      15m 40s
    3. Deleting clips and using the Media tool
      4m 30s
    4. Consolidating
      5m 20s
    5. Transcoding
      9m 58s
    6. Managing an offline to online workflow (with AMA and batch importing)
      9m 38s
  6. 38m 39s
    1. Customizing bin layouts, columns, and tools
      11m 6s
    2. Creating subclips and subsequences
      11m 3s
    3. Using locators for organizing, logging, and editing
      10m 54s
    4. Searching using metadata and PhraseFind
      5m 36s
  7. 46m 10s
    1. Getting tracks into the timeline
      6m 59s
    2. Touring the Timeline window
      9m 41s
    3. Using drag, drop, and gestural editing techniques
      5m 48s
    4. Using timeline selections
      7m 1s
    5. Editing with the keyboard and interface buttons
      9m 45s
    6. Editing vertically
      6m 56s
  8. 56m 31s
    1. Using basic trim tools
      4m 59s
    2. Using smart trim tools
      7m 32s
    3. Combining trim tools
      7m 7s
    4. Using the Trim mode
      8m 0s
    5. Trimming with transition effects
      3m 48s
    6. Using sync locks
      3m 10s
    7. Using Slip and Slide mode
      7m 56s
    8. Setting up the timeline for multi-cam editing
      8m 41s
    9. Multi-cam editing
      5m 18s
  9. 33m 16s
    1. Exploring the audio environment
      5m 29s
    2. Understanding audio basics
      4m 25s
    3. Using the Audio Mixer and audio keyframes
      8m 29s
    4. Applying audio effects
      5m 5s
    5. Importing audio and input settings
      6m 19s
    6. Exporting audio and output settings
      3m 29s
  10. 1h 1m
    1. Creating freeze frames and motion effects
      7m 11s
    2. Using timewarp effects
      4m 40s
    3. Adding transition effects
      7m 33s
    4. Using segment-based effects and nesting effects
      8m 15s
    5. Compositing with keyframes
      11m 0s
    6. Creating titles
      8m 15s
    7. Adding titles and using them in sequences
      7m 27s
    8. Using the color correction interface
      7m 34s
  11. 10m 18s
    1. Preparing and outputting master sequences
      10m 18s
  12. 21s
    1. Additional resources
      21s

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