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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.
As you can probably tell, trimming is an often revisited theme in this course, which hopefully drives home the fact that the art of fine tuning is paramount to good editing. In this movie and the next, we'll cover two more very powerful trim methods, Slip and Slide. First, we'll explore Slip, which allows us to use trim to change your shot's content. Slipping your shot means that you access a shot's handles to change its content, but you leave the shot parked exactly where it is in the timeline. That is it doesn't move while you make the adjustment.
Let's take a look at a graphic to display this. I have shots X, Y, and Z. All shots are going to stay put but I am going to use Trim Mode to access wise handles so that I change its content in relation to where it is in the timeline. Shots X and Z are unaffected. Let's take a look at our own sequence and see where Slip might be useful. We have some footage here at the end where we go back and forth between a rehearsal and the live performance, and my goal is to make everything match.
That is I want the motion that is happening in the rehearsal to then carry over into their performance, back to the rehearsal and then to the performance. Let's play through and see exactly what we are talking about. (Male speaker: It's just a great moment with Drosselmeyer. At that moment it's like two shows coming together.) (Music playing) We have Drosselmeyer and Mini-Meyer performing these motions right here in this clip, and then they start running around the circle.
Here they are performing the same motions again in this clip and then start running around. Here they are running and Mini-Meyer jumps in the air and again, Mini-Meyer jumps in the air at the end of this clip. So we like the timing. All the shots should stay where they are at. What we are going to do is slip the shot to change the content inside so that it matches better with the adjacent clips. We are going to leave this clip alone and let's take a look at this one.
We want to make sure that the first frame of this clip matches the action of running around in the circle from this one. So I am going to enter Slip Mode and the way I do that is to lasso the segment from right to left. You'll see that I get two trim rollers on the inside of this segment. I also get a four-window display, and I am going to just drag one of these trim rollers to show you what happens as I do so. The second and third windows update.
The reason is that it shows the very first frame of this segment and the very last frame of this segment. You'll notice that the first and the fourth windows stay where they are at. So we are changing the content of the Nutcracker lives shot and I am going to slip the shot to the right until we get exactly what we want. We have Drosselmeyer running around in the circle on the left, and now we have it matching in the second window there. I am going to release and you see that we just slipped 110 frames.
Let's go ahead and play loop and see how it matches up. (Male speaker: Drosselmeyer. At that moment it's like two shows coming together.) (Music playing) I think that matched pretty well. We are matching on action, we are running around in a circle and I think it's a pretty powerful edit. We've got another issue down here. Let's go ahead and take a look. Now our goal is to actually have Mini-Meyer jumping through the edit.
This is called matching on action. He is going to start the jump here and then finish the jump here. So we are going to enter Slip Mode. One other way you can enter Slip Mode is to simply enter Trin Mode and then right-click, Select Slip Trim. And this time instead of dragging I am going to use my Trim buttons on my keyboard, M, Comma, Period, and Backslash. I am going to trim to the right using my Period key until I get Mini-Meyer jumping through the air.
There he goes. We have him jumping through the air in the first window here and we have him landing on the second. Let's make sure that he is landing, there we go, and let's play through. (Music playing) Very nice! So he jumps through the edit and that works really well. As you continue editing, you'll definitely find yourself slipping shots all the time.
Slip is a great way to be in tune with your sequence right down to the frame, as you tweak a shot's content, but maintain its duration and position.
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