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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.
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.
Find and develop your own editing style preference.
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