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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 now let's look at some different ways to select clips using gestural techniques. We've already seen that we can select an individual clip just by single- clicking on it with one of our arrows, either the red Segment Overwrite or the yellow Segment Insert. When we select an individual clip like this, we can add to our selection by holding down the Shift key and then clicking on additional clips at the same time. Once we have our selection, of course we can now move all of those clips together just like we were moving an individual clip.
To deselect clips, just click on your timecode track. Now another way to select multiple clips in one go is to click just outside of the timeline area here, drag, and draw a little bounding box, like so. Now we've selected the three clips in one go, and of course we can go ahead and start to reposition them. Notice however that when I use this technique, my Link Selection toggle isn't working to bring the audio along with it. So just be aware of that if you are going to use the lasso technique.
I am just going to undo that to put that back in sync. Now another way to make selections involving numerous clips in the timeline is to use the Select Left, Select Right, and Select In/Out buttons. Now for most of you, they are going to be on your timeline toolbar up here, but because my resolution is quite low, I will use Command+3 to bring up our friend the Command palette and I am going to use it as an active palette for a moment, and then I am going to go to Edit tab. And you can see here all the buttons, Select Left, Select Right and Select In/Out, that you are probably going to have in your toolbar down here.
So if I use Select Left in my timeline right now, you can see that it's going to activate on only the tracks which are currently active, and it's going to select not only the material to the left, but also the clip or the black space that I am currently parked on. If I reverse that and select Right instead then I get this selection, and if I select In/Out then it's going to mark just the segments that are active that I am parked over. So if I wanted to make a very clean selection, for example, of just the beginning part of my timeline here, I'd have to park right there at the very end of frame and select Left.
And if I also add all of my tracks now, I could select all of my tracks at the same time. You may wonder why it is then that the whole of V3 and the whole of A5 and A6 got selected. Well, notice that there are no breaks in those tracks at that point and so as a result, the entire gets selected. Now let's go ahead and close the Command palette and I'd like to show you another technique, which is called Top and Tail.
Deselect there to remove the selections in my timeline by clicking on the timecode track. Now Top and Tail we already mapped to our Tool palette, adjacent to the Trim tools, and you will see why in just a moment. Let's move to the end of our sequence here, and let's lasso over our tracks and just be concentrating on V1, A1, and A2. If I select the Tail button, what's going to happen now is not only is the material selected from that point onwards, but it's also removed from that point onwards.
Let's do a similar example at the head of the sequence. Let's select all of our tracks and now click Top. Everything prior to that moment has now been removed. Let's just undo those two because we'll be using that sequence a little bit later on. So the difference between Select Left and Select Right versus Top and Tail is that with Top and Tail we not only make our selection, but we also remove the material at the same time. And talking of removing clips, another reason that you may be selecting a clip is to delete that said clip or selection of clips from your sequence.
The way we do this is that we highlight the clip in the timeline and then just use the Delete key on your keyboard. Now notice I made that deletion using the red overwrite arrow, so that's not going to affect the length of my sequence or affect synchronicity in my sequence. However, if I swap and use the yellow ripple arrow instead and now select my clip, when I hit Delete, I am actually removing a section of my sequence. And you can see, if I zoom in a little bit there, I've actually thrown my video and audio on V2 and A3, A4 out of sync slightly because I used the yellow arrow to initiate an extraction.
Let me undo that so that we put that material back into sync. As mentioned, we can in fact activate both the red arrow and the yellow arrow at the same time and work with them both selected over the top of a clip and actuate Segment Overwrite mode, or I can hover over the bottom portion of a clip and actuate Segment Insert mode. Now I should point out, by the way, that when you are in this mode, when you have both of these buttons activated, it now affects the way that the Delete command works in the timeline.
When we have both of these on and we select a clip with the arrow and delete then actually what happens is the timeline defaults to the Timeline settings behavior that we specified here under the Edit tab of the Timeline settings. So with both of these off or with both of these on, then the Delete behavior will be according to the Timeline settings. With either one of these on then the Delete behavior will be according to the current arrow selected.
Okay, before we wrap up in this section, there is one other thing I'd like to show you. So far, we've been moving and deleting entire clips. What if we want to move or delete a portion of a clip? In that case, what we are going to do is we are going to use the Add Edit button, which is very similar to the Raiser button in Final Cut Pro. I want to remove part of the Broll clip here, 9988, so with the correct track selected and my timeline cursor in position, what I can do now is go to the Editing section of my Custom tool palette here and choose the Add Edit button.
This adds a cut point to my clip, and now I could select one portion or the other of my clip and just remove that. So, that's it. That's using gestural editing in Media Composer and as you can see, it has a lot of commonality and a lot of similarity with the tools that you use in Final Cut Pro.
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