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Adding and patching video tracks


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Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training

with Ashley Kennedy

Video: Adding and patching video tracks

So far, we have 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 will take a look at how to add and patch tracks so that you can work vertically as well as horizontally. Okay. So I have two sound bites lined up and I am ready to insert some B-Roll or just video to accompany these interviews.
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  1. 3m 43s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 27s
  2. 22m 59s
    1. Understanding clips and media files
      2m 34s
    2. Understanding the Select Project window
      5m 40s
    3. Working in the Project window
      5m 35s
    4. Setting up and organizing a project
      5m 13s
    5. Saving and backing up
      3m 57s
  3. 50m 15s
    1. Using the Composer Monitor and the timeline
      6m 32s
    2. Adding shots using Splice
      5m 57s
    3. Adding shots using Overwrite
      7m 2s
    4. Removing shots using Extract and Lift
      4m 31s
    5. Using Extract/Splice Segment Mode to switch shots in the timeline
      5m 1s
    6. Using Lift/Overwrite Segment Mode to move shots in the timeline
      5m 59s
    7. Using direct timeline manipulation
      4m 6s
    8. Using subclips and subsequences
      3m 48s
    9. Adding and patching video tracks
      7m 19s
  4. 26m 39s
    1. Understanding trimming
      3m 42s
    2. Using A-side Single-Roller Trim to improve audio timing
      7m 59s
    3. Using B-side Single-Roller Trim to improve audio timing
      5m 41s
    4. Using Dual-Roller Trim to refine video
      6m 5s
    5. Using Ripple Trim and Overwrite Trim
      3m 12s
  5. 24m 8s
    1. Using the J-K-L keys for navigation
      4m 15s
    2. Using navigation shortcuts
      6m 26s
    3. Using the Command palette
      6m 4s
    4. Sorting and sifting clips
      7m 23s
  6. 20m 38s
    1. J-K-L trimming
      4m 11s
    2. On-the-fly trimming
      7m 18s
    3. Advanced trim methods: Slip mode
      5m 18s
    4. Advanced trim methods: Slide mode
      3m 51s
  7. 21m 33s
    1. Using the Audio tool to read audio levels
      6m 18s
    2. Using the Audio Mixer to adjust audio level and pan
      8m 27s
    3. Keyframing audio for intra-segment audio adjustments
      6m 48s
  8. 55m 23s
    1. Using Quick Transition effects
      5m 19s
    2. Using the Effects palette and the Effects Editor
      5m 21s
    3. Keyframing segment effects
      6m 0s
    4. Using nesting and auto-nesting
      5m 49s
    5. Saving effects templates
      5m 34s
    6. Building basic composites using vertical effects
      4m 53s
    7. Using the Picture-in-Picture effect
      6m 41s
    8. Creating basic motion effects
      5m 55s
    9. Using Timewarp
      5m 56s
    10. Using the Color effect
      3m 55s
  9. 9m 48s
    1. Understanding system performance
      5m 58s
    2. Rendering tracks
      3m 50s
  10. 20m 30s
    1. Analyzing footage for problems
      3m 8s
    2. Using the Y-Waveform monitor to set whites and blacks
      5m 34s
    3. Using the RGB Parade to correct color casts
      4m 42s
    4. Using the Vectorscope to improve skin tones
      3m 27s
    5. Correcting color automatically
      3m 39s
  11. 29m 16s
    1. Formatting and enhancing text using Avid Marquee
      6m 52s
    2. Using Marquee to apply shapes and gradients
      4m 23s
    3. Using title templates
      2m 40s
    4. Bringing a title into Media Composer
      3m 42s
    5. Revising the title
      2m 49s
    6. Creating rolling and crawling titles
      4m 40s
    7. Using Auto-Titler
      4m 10s
  12. 22m 3s
    1. Using the Capture tool
      5m 7s
    2. Capturing footage
      4m 26s
    3. Batch-capturing
      4m 46s
    4. Adjusting settings for import
      5m 7s
    5. Using AMA (Avid Media Access) for QuickTime imports
      2m 37s
  13. 16m 54s
    1. Understanding deletion types and cases
      3m 51s
    2. Performing bin deletion
      3m 17s
    3. Understanding the Media tool
      6m 17s
    4. Identifying and deleting media relatives and non-relatives
      3m 29s
  14. 15m 31s
    1. Understanding media delivery types
      2m 28s
    2. Preparing a sequence for digital cut to print to tape
      2m 48s
    3. Performing a digital cut
      5m 8s
    4. Exporting a QuickTime movie or QuickTime reference
      5m 7s
  15. 14m 39s
    1. Solving the offline media problem
      3m 58s
    2. Re-linking media
      2m 19s
    3. Solving Avid settings corruption
      4m 35s
    4. Using the Avid Attic to find and retrieve bins
      3m 47s
  16. 19s
    1. Goodbye
      19s

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Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training
5h 54m Beginner Jul 07, 2010

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In Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training, author Ashley Kennedy demonstrates basic and intermediate editing techniques in Media Composer, one of the most widely used nonlinear, video editing systems. This course covers how to build sequences, mix audio, color correct footage, apply effects, and troubleshoot common post-production issues in Media Composer. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Adding and removing shots to build multi-track sequences
  • Trimming shots to improve audio timing and refine video
  • Learning navigation shortcuts
  • Customizing the workspace for an individualized editing experience
  • Using advanced trim methods
  • Adjusting audio levels and panning
  • Applying effects, such as Picture-in-Picture and Timewarp
  • Color correcting footage using a variety of built-in video scopes
  • Understanding the rendering and system performance relationship
  • Titling footage with Avid Marquee
  • Capturing and importing footage
  • Performing intelligent media management strategies
  • Exporting and printing to tape
Subjects:
Video Video Editing
Software:
Media Composer
Author:
Ashley Kennedy

Adding and patching video tracks

So far, we have 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 will take a look at how to add and patch tracks so that you can work vertically as well as horizontally. Okay. So I have two sound bites lined up and I am ready to insert some B-Roll or just video to accompany these interviews.

So far, the way we know how to do this is to mark out In and Out points. So let me just play through this and find a good part for my video to start. (Male speaker: You have the mentor and the apprentice, Drosselmeyer and Mini-Meyer.) I would like the video to start right after he says apprentice. So I will back up and mark an In after that, okay. (Male speaker: ?apprentice, Drosselmeyer and Mini-Meyer.) There is In point, and then I have my video loaded up and this is the mentor and apprentice right here and I have an In and an Out.

So I am ready as soon as I disable A1 and A2. So I have a video-to-video patch and I will go ahead and Overwrite using the B key, and let's go ahead and take a look. (Male speaker: ...mentor and the apprentice, Drosselmeyer and Mini-Meyer.) (Male speaker: And that's one of the themes in the story.) (Male speaker: Is like you know the apprentice is trying to?) So we have the B-Roll telling the story over the interview and everything works well.

I am going to Ctrl+Z to undo that and I would like to now show how that is achieved by using multiple video tracks. First, I am going to add a video track. I can either right-click in the Timeline and choose New Video Track or type in Ctrl+Y or Command+Y and now I get a new video track and what I need to do is do patch V1 to V2.

I can do this by just dragging in an arrow like so or I can just hold down long enough and wait for this pop-up menu to come up and then just choose V2. So now I am going to do the same exact thing. My In point is already set where I would like to edit that. I have an In and an Out in the source. I will go ahead and press B and notice that the video is overwritten in the exact same place but my Tony clip remains intact.

In this way, we can see what it looks like with video. (Male speaker: ?the apprentice, Drosselmeyer and Mini-Meyer.) Or we can also look at it with just my interview video. By moving this monitor from V2 to V1, I can then play for through and just see Tony. (Male speaker: ?the apprentice, Drosselmeyer and Mini-Meyer.) (Male speaker: And that's one of the themes...) To see my video again, all I have to do is move my monitor back up to V2. Now again a lot of editors like this because they like the flexibility of being able to see both of my video tracks or just one.

Let's look at the same thing over here. I am going to go ahead and play through. (Male speaker: Towards the end, em, he's able to start, he could do some of the tricks himself and he's, uh, all of a sudden?) Tony kind of stumbles in the middle there. So I am going to cut that part out and I want to show you how video can patch over problems like that. So let's go ahead and find the part that we would like to cut out. (Male speaker: Towards the end, um, he's able to start, he?) Right before he says, hmm, I think.

(Male speaker: Towards the end, um, he's able?) Let's just see if that's the part we would like to take out. (Male speaker: Towards the end, um, he's able to start?) Okay, just a little bit in. (Male speaker: Um, he's able to?) Okay, and I am going to extract that so I want to select all of my video tracks and hit X to extract and we will go ahead and play through. (Male speaker: Towards the end, he could do some of the tricks himself and?) So that works audio-wise but if you notice there is a jump cut in the video.

(Male speaker: He could do some of the tricks himself and?) So we are just going to use our B- Roll which we will go ahead and use this B-Roll here to cover up that jump cut. This time I am going to determine exactly where I would like that to go. So let's play through. (Male speaker: He makes mistakes all the time and towards the end?) All right, I am going to mark an In right after he says, "he makes mistakes all the time," about right there.

Here is the clip I would like to edit in. Right there is where I would like it to end. So we have about an eight -and-a-half second clip. I need to patch this appropriately. So I need to make sure of that V1 goes to V2 and let's play the audio here and see what's going on with that. (Music Playing) I would also like to patch my audio.

To do that, I am going to just increase the size of my Timeline a little bit and now I am going to add some audio tracks, Ctrl+U and Ctrl+U, and we want to patch A2 to A4 and A1 to A3. You always want to patch odd to odd and even to even because as we will discover in a later movie, we want to keep left panned or odd tracks patched appropriately and we want to keep right panned tracks or even tracks patched appropriately.

So now I've got my video going to V2 and my audio going to A3 and A4. I will go ahead and overwrite by pressing B and let's go ahead and play through. Now this music will have to be turned down, which we will explore when we talk about audio mixing. So just try to ignore that for now. Just look it what it looks like. (Male speaker: He makes mistakes all the time?) (Music playing) Okay and we go back to Tony.

Again, we can view Tony only, or if we monitor up to V2, we can see our B-Roll. And yes, our music is too loud at this point but it's great that we are able to get that in there, to be in sync with the video, and everything is setup for when we mix that audio. 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 will obviously begin constructing vertically as you start adding effects and titles and more audio tracks but as far as basic video editing, the choice is yours.

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