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Adding shots using Overwrite


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Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training

with Ashley Kennedy

Video: Adding shots using Overwrite

As we saw in the last movies Splice is a great tool to quickly add shots to the Timeline. Overwrite is another very useful tool that you can use to not only add, but also replace material in the sequence. You need to do both in conjunction with one another to properly build any sequence. As you can see I've continued to add several shots to my Timeline here using Splice. And I'd like to start by demonstrating Overwrite in a way that is very similar to Splice. I am going to go ahead and go to the end of this sequence, again by Ctrl+Clicking or Command+Clicking, like so.
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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 shots using Overwrite

As we saw in the last movies Splice is a great tool to quickly add shots to the Timeline. Overwrite is another very useful tool that you can use to not only add, but also replace material in the sequence. You need to do both in conjunction with one another to properly build any sequence. As you can see I've continued to add several shots to my Timeline here using Splice. And I'd like to start by demonstrating Overwrite in a way that is very similar to Splice. I am going to go ahead and go to the end of this sequence, again by Ctrl+Clicking or Command+Clicking, like so.

I go ahead and open my Montage Selects bin. And find a shot we haven't used yet. Let's do this one. So I am going to have an in and an out, which I've already set in my source. Again, my position indicator is acting as my end point in the record or my Timeline. I am going to perform the Overwrite, which is this red arrow, which corresponds to the B key.

As you can see it behaved exactly like Splice. It added to the end of the sequence on my video track. Now the real power of Overwrite is not adding material to the sequence, because Splice does that already, but it's replacing material on the sequence. Let's go ahead and play this through and see if there is any shot that we'd like to replace. (Music playing) You know I am still not in love with that Arabia dancer shot.

I think it's still a little bit too slow for the music. So I am going to replace it altogether. When performing Splices it's usually the in point and out point in the source monitor that's important. When performing an Overwrite, however, it's usually in the Timeline that you want to set those in and out points. I am going to zoom in and we need to put an in point and an out point at the beginning and end of the Arabian dancers long shot. So I'm going to Ctrl+Click or Command+Click. Mark an In. And I am going to snap to the tail or the last frame of Arabian dancers by Ctrl+Alt+Click or Command+Option+ Click if I am on a Mac, and mark an Out.

Now I've marked my Arabian dancer shot. I am actually going to undo that, clear those marks by pressing G and I am going to show you how to do that in one step. Whatever track I am parked on and whatever track is selected, if I press the T key, which is the Mark Clip key, which you can also find here, it'll go ahead and do that in one fell swoop. So I have this shot select and I know that I'd like to replace it with this one. So let's go ahead and find a place in this shot that we want this to start.

I think that's probably the best part, where they are running around. And let's go ahead and mark the In point right there. So what we've setup here is a Three-Point Edit. I have one, two edits in the Timeline, and one edit in the source. What this is doing is it's telling me that I need to fill this exact amount of frames with this shot. So it's going to count forward X number of frames and perform this Overwrite. If you're ever curious exactly how many frames that you are overwriting, you can come up here to this Center Duration box.

In this case, I see that I have 5 seconds and 10 frames that I have to overwrite here. So I am going to perform the Overwrite by pressing B, and we've replaced the shot. Let's take a look. (Music playing) I think that works really well with the energy that we are going for. Now one thing is that I think it's a little too long still.

So I am going to demonstrate how to overwrite portion of a segment. Let's go ahead and choose a shot to just span from about here to here. And as you see, I have populated my audio track with a waveform monitor. The way you do this, in case you should ever want to, is the Fast Menu down here, Audio Data > Waveform. It's really useful when performing Overwrites. So let's take a look at where there might be a good break in audio here.

(Music playing) Let's do it about right there and let's see where there might be another spot down the road. (Music playing) How about right there? We are going to choose a shot to go from right here to there. Again, we can lookup in Center Duration. It's 2 seconds and 7 frames. Let's choose a shot. Let's get our Dancers medium shot in here.

Let's choose a shot. Let's go to our Dancers group and let's see if this might be a good candidate. (Music playing) Now this is an example of where I might want to tell Media Composer where I want the shot to end. There was a really nice moment there where everyone just changed positions and I think I'd like to include that as the last part of the shot. So what I am going to do instead of marking an In point in the source is I am going to mark an Out point.

Let's go ahead and find exactly where that occurs. I am scrubbing through. Tight there. I am going to mark an Out. Again, we are going to come down here, 2 seconds and 7 frames. Instead of front timing it's going to back time. It performed that edit for me. I am going to ahead and Overwrite. One thing I have to do before doing so is check my track selectors down here. Because this has original audio associated with it, I am going to need to deselect A1 and A2, because I am not interested in editing that in. And I am going to perform the Overwrite by pressing B and it's overwritten that segment in the Timeline.

Let's go ahead and take a look. (Music playing) All right, not bad. I am going to continue going through this sequence matching video to audio with my Overwrites and Splices and continue building this out. Adding and replacing material in your sequence with Splice and Overwrite consists of much if not most of the editing process. As you can see it's important to be aware of where your in and out points are at all times.

And once you are comfortable with that you'll establish your routine that will ingrain itself into your muscle memory. Just remember efficiency comes with using the keyboard as your main tool. So memorized those keyboard shortcuts to get yourself on the path to becoming a fast and capable editor.

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