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In this course, author Ashley Kennedy demonstrates basic and intermediate video editing techniques in Avid Media Composer. The course explains how to build sequences, mix audio, apply effects, and color-correct footage. The course also shows how to create titles, manage and output media, capture and import footage, and troubleshoot common post-production issues.
So far, we've only used one video track to edit our sequences. Many editors like to work in a more layered view so that higher video tracks work in conjunction with lower ones to create the appropriate effect. In this movie, we'll take a look at how to add and patch tracks so that you can work vertically as well as horizontally. Okay, so I have three interview segments that form one cohesive interview, and basically all I've done is I've extracted some "ums" and "ahs" so that this is a more fluid product.
However, as you see as we play over, there's a little bit of jump cut. (Female speaker: One person follows, one person leads, and there's only three things that matter.) It's not too bad, but it is noticeable, so we will need to fix that. What we'll do is we'll just put some Broll over it. So, I'm going to open up my Broll Dancing 1 bin, and I'm just going to load Swing dance all Long Shot. You can put any piece of footage that you want in here. And as she's talking, I want to make sure that I get a nice portion of the dance floor, because she's talking about one person follows, one person leads, and how important the dance floor and that interaction is.
So, we'll go ahead--and maybe at this portion right here. Okay. So, if we're ready to do this using methods we already know, I'd mark an in here, and I'd mark an in and an out in my Timeline. This is a video-only edit so I'll deselect my audio and I'll overwrite by pressing B, and I'm just going to go ahead and play this so you can see how it looks. (Female speaker: One person follows, one person leads, and there's only three things that matter.) All right, so that's perfectly acceptable, and you can totally work this way, but if I wanted to see Kim's interview clip, I'd have to undo that or go back to my main master clip.
So, I'm going to undo that by pressing Ctrl+Z or Command+Z, and I want to show you a different method. I'm going to add another video track, and I can either do that by right-clicking here in the Timeline and choosing New Video Track or selecting it from the Clip menu, or I like to use the keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+Y or Command+Y on a Mac, and I'm going to add it up here on V2. So, I'll just draw a line from V1 to V2 using my mouse and we've done our patch, and now you'll see I have my source video going to my Timeline video.
If I now press overwrite by pressing B, we have the same exact effect because we'll play through it here. (Female speaker: One person follows, one person leads, and there's only three things that--) But if we also want to see Kim's interview for any reason, we can move this monitor down to V1. Now, I'm just going to see V1 and not V2. (Female speaker: One person follows, one person leads.) But we have the option of going back and forth and having that flexibility. Again, a lot of editors like to put their base video down on V1 and their Broll up on V2 and higher tracks, because Media Composer works in a top-down fashion.
I'm going to undo this once more because I want to talk about patching audio as well. We have some just natural sound here, and I'll play this for you so that you can hear. (clip playing) And if we want this sound to go underneath the video in sync, I can certainly do that by adding two more audio tracks. So, I again can right-click and choose New Audio Track, I can choose either Mono or Stereo, and we also have Surround sound options as of Media Composer 6.
These options are also available via the Clip menu, but again, I like to use the keyboard so we will press Ctrl+U or Command+U on a Mac. All right, so we have our video patched appropriately. Now we just need to patch our audio. Again, I can click with my mouse and drag down to create a line, and I'm going to patch down from A1 to A3 as well. Now, the general rule is to patch odd to odd and even to even because odd tracks are panned to the left and even tracks are panned to the right by default. Okay? So, we have everything set up correctly.
We see our highlighted portion which indicates where this is going to be overwritten. I'm going to press B to overwrite and now as we go through this, we'll hear her interview and the natural sound underneath. It will probably need to be mixed, but you will get the general idea. (Female speaker: One person follows, one person leads, and there's only three thing--) Yes, we definitely need to mix that so that we can hear Kim, but you get the idea. So as you can see, depending on how you like to work, you may gravitate toward vertical track building to construct your sequences.
Now you'll obviously being constructing vertically as you begin adding effects and titles and other audio tracks, but as far as basic video editing, the choice is yours. Find and develop your own editing preference.
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