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Using drag, drop, and gestural editing techniques

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

Video: Using drag, drop, and gestural editing techniques

So in the earlier part of this chapter, we were dragging and dropping clips into the timeline. What affected the way the clips got added into timeline was that Timeline settings, and that's because we had our Smart tools switched off, like they are currently. Right-clicking in the timeline, in the Timeline settings, my default Segment tool earlier in the chapter was Segment Insert. I am now going to switch it to Segment Overwrite because I find that far more convenient when I start to use my Smart tools to have this as the default in the background if the Smart tools get turned off. So, click OK.

Using drag, drop, and gestural editing techniques

So in the earlier part of this chapter, we were dragging and dropping clips into the timeline. What affected the way the clips got added into timeline was that Timeline settings, and that's because we had our Smart tools switched off, like they are currently. Right-clicking in the timeline, in the Timeline settings, my default Segment tool earlier in the chapter was Segment Insert. I am now going to switch it to Segment Overwrite because I find that far more convenient when I start to use my Smart tools to have this as the default in the background if the Smart tools get turned off. So, click OK.

And then the other thing I am going to do is I am actually just going to remove this material that we added as an example on the end of our sequence. I am just going to use the Extract button there, and now we just have the first part of our sequence followed by interview clip 2. This time, I'm going to start using my Smart tools to be more precise in the way that I add my clips to the sequence. So right now, if I grab the Interview_03 clip and drag it over to the sequence, without the Smart tools active, you can see that I am defaulting to the red Segment Overwrite mode.

If I wanted to now override that, I'd activate Segment (Extract/Splice-in), now drag my clip over, and you can see I get the yellow arrow this time. Now as I drag down my timeline, you can see I've got free-form positioning, but if I hold down the Command key, now I can snap to important points in the timeline; for example, the head of this clip, or maybe I could snap to the timeline cursor itself or maybe snap to the very end of the timeline.

Incidentally, if I were to hold down the Option key as well then now I am actually able to snap to the tail of my clip to important points in the timeline. Now I am snapping the tail of my clip to the timeline cursor or the tail of my clip to the head of Interview_02, for example. Let's release Option, go back to just snapping with Command, which is snapping the head of my clip, and now let go at the end of the sequence, and Interview_03 is added on, appended to the timeline.

Now one other thing I should point out, when we're moving clips around in the sequence, when we grab them and move them left or right, or up and down, we can use the Motion Mode Indicator to tell us what we're doing and show us some more accuracy. You can see down here there is a Motion Mode Indicator. It's actually blank at the moment, but if I were have picked the clip back up again and use a constrain button like Command, you can see that I'm actually given an indicator that tells me if I'm snapping to the head, in this case. If I hold down Option, you can see it's now pointing to the left, so it's indicating the tail. Or if I use Shift+Command at the same time, then it's actually constraining vertically instead.

So that's how to use the Motion Mode Indicator to show us what we're doing in the timeline. Let's say I wanted to add some Broll clips to my sequence. Over here in the 06_02 subfolder, I have a Broll bin. If I this time switch to Segment Overwrite mode and grab my little clip 1947 here and bring it over into the timeline, I am going to use Command to snap it to the timeline cursor in this particular case. Now I've got a Broll clip in my sequence.

Let's go and get another clip, 9988. This time I am going to drag the clip over into the sequence, and I want to drag and drop immediately after the other Broll clip that I just added. However, this time you've probably seen that I've got audio associated with this clip as well and by default, it wants to add itself onto A1 and A2, but I already have material there. So to get around that, what I am going to do is I am going to drag and drop the clip to the end of the sequence. This enables me to now reselect the clip but via the audio tracks this time.

Now I can not only move the clip, but I can also repatch the audio down to A3 and A4 at the same time. Okay, finally, I'm going to have a third Broll clip, 1952, drag that over, and drop that after my other two Broll clips, like so. Now, if I start moving clips around in the timeline using these arrows, I can get some different behaviors. If I were to drag this clip now and drop it over the top of the third Broll clip that we just added, I'm going to remove that clip from my sequence entirely.

Now contrast this with if we have the material hold down on the same track here. Let's just drop that down. Let's swap arrows, and this time let's do a similar thing. Let's drag this clip and drop it, but this time we have swapped the order of our clips rather than overwriting the clip. I am going to switch back to my Overwrite arrow for a second. As I start to drag clips around in the timeline, notice the changes that take place in the interface#2. Up top, in the Composer Window area, now we actually have a display which is showing the tail of the previous clip, the head of the next clip, and then the head and tail frames of the current clip in my timeline.

I also get a time indicator showing me how many frames I am moving up or down the timeline. If I move towards the head of the sequence, I get a negative number; if I move towards the tail of the sequence I get a positive number. Okay, so that's how to use gestures to add and move material in your sequence.

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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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