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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.
There are several ways to use the Capture tool to ingest footage. In this movie, we'll go over capturing on the fly as well as capturing with In and Out points. Now, capturing on the fly simply means that we're going to record the footage by playing the deck and pressing Record in the Capture tool. I'm going to use the Deck Control buttons here. When I press Play, I'm going to then hit the Capture button up here and then hit it again to stop. We'll go ahead and press Play. (Music Playing.) I press the Capture button again to stop.
I'm going to move my Capture tool out of the way for a moment and load my master clip. As you can see, it captured it in just fine, both video and audio. I'll play through. (Music Playing.) Okay, great! So, the first thing I want to do is to rename my clip in the bin. Go ahead and just name this Urban Nutcracker B-roll.
If I'd like to subclip this out into individual shots, I can do so. For example, if I want this first part to be its own shot, I can make an In. And I'll mark an Out. If I grab this icon here, Create Subclip, I can drag it to the bin and it's its own clip now. I can then load this into the source monitor and it's isolated from the parent master clip. Go ahead and rename this Swing dancers.
Let's do this again, except I'm going to name the clip while it's being captured. Go ahead and rewind. Press Play. (Music Playing.) That time I named the clip during the capture.
I also wrote in a comment, which can be displayed in the Comments column in Text View. Let's go ahead and just display that. There we go! When you capture on the fly, usually you would capture an entire tape or a portion of a tape at a time and then subclip the individual shots out like so. You can also capture with In and Out points using this portion of the Capture tool right here. If I wanted to capture our Swing dancers, let's back up.
(Music Playing.) I'll mark an In, and I'll mark an Out here. (Music Playing.) Okay, so as you see here, here is where I marked my In, here's where I marked my Out, and here's the duration, 6 seconds and 12 frames. All I have to do now is press the Capture button and I'll go ahead and name the clip while it's being captured.
It's backing up and it's found the time code. (Music Playing.) So, it's captured my Swing dancers clip in its own master clip and if I load it into the source monitor and Play... (Music Playing.) It's now in my system.
As you can see basic capturing is pretty straightforward. Usually, capturing on the fly and capturing with In and Out points are reserved for longer clip captures. In the next movie, we'll take a look at a more organized, preparatory method of capturing material.
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