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Advanced trim methods: Slip mode

From: Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training

Video: Advanced trim methods: Slip mode

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.

Advanced trim methods: Slip mode

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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  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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