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Advanced trim methods: Slide mode

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Video: Advanced trim methods: Slide mode

Another very useful advanced trim method is Slide, which allows you to change a shot's position but not its content or duration. It's a great tool for moving clips back and forth within the larger structure of the sequence. And especially a useful method for positioning cut-away shots. Sliding a shot means you change the position of a shot between two adjacent shots. When you do this the handles of the adjacent shots fill the space left by the middle sliding shot. Let's take a look at a little animation so that we can understand this.

Advanced trim methods: Slide mode

Another very useful advanced trim method is Slide, which allows you to change a shot's position but not its content or duration. It's a great tool for moving clips back and forth within the larger structure of the sequence. And especially a useful method for positioning cut-away shots. Sliding a shot means you change the position of a shot between two adjacent shots. When you do this the handles of the adjacent shots fill the space left by the middle sliding shot. Let's take a look at a little animation so that we can understand this.

I've got shots X, Y and Z. Shots X and Z are going to stay exactly where they are, and Shot Y is sliding back and forth between them. It's doing this because the handles of shots X and Y are accommodating this movement. Let's take a look in our own sequence where Slide might be useful. Many times you want the video to start in the same place that our audio starts.

So for example right here we might want the Ballerina shot to start exactly when our announcer starts talking. Let's take a look. (Male speaker: Tony Williams's Urban Nutcracker, now in its 9th season. Going through December.) Yes, I think it'll be nicer if we had the beginning of this shot start exactly when he starts talking. So let's go ahead and slide it over. To slide a shot, I Alt+Lasso this segment or if I am on a Mac, Option+Lasso.

And you see that we get our trim rollers on the outside of the segment. If I drag this you can see that I again have a four window display and this time the first and the fourth windows are updating. They represent the frames on either side of the middle segment. So as I slide it back-and- forth we see where it will go. But I know that I want to drop it right here where the narration starts. And I'm going to release and that's just about right.

I am going to go ahead and play loop and see how I like it. (Music Playing.) (Male speaker: Tony Williams's Urban Nutcracker. Going through December 21st at..) We've adjusted the placement of this shot, but we haven't affected the timing of the overall sequence. Let's take a look at our magician's sequence. And again, if I wanted to move this over to the left, but keep everything else where it was, Slide would be a great tool.

So I'm going to Alt+Lasso this entire part because I want to bring over not only the video but the music as well. I am going to deselect A1 and A2 because I want those to stay where they are at. I'll zoom in so we can see better. And let's go ahead and slide everything over. And let's see how we like this. (Male speaker 2: In the story is like you know the apprentice is trying to learn how to become a magician.) (Music playing) I liked where that video came in.

We have the video and the music coming a little earlier and that goes well with what he is saying. Now we have a little bit of an audio adjustment to make, but we'll learn that in a future movie. Both Slip and Slide are great tools for the fine-tuning process. And you will certainly find yourself using them often to tweak shots within your sequence as you edit. Definitely practice them often as you continue to refine your editing skills.

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Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training

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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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