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Creating basic motion effects

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Video: Creating basic motion effects

Changing the timing of a clip or segment is a very common effect. And Media Composer can do this in a number of ways. If you simply want to speed up or slow down a clip without the need for a clip to change speed within itself, you can use the Motion Effect Editor. And if you'd like to make a freeze frame out of a clip, which means the clip has absolutely no motion and is merely a static image, you can use the Freeze Frame Creation tool. Both of these tools produce new clips with new media. And for this reason they are called source-based adjustments.

Creating basic motion effects

Changing the timing of a clip or segment is a very common effect. And Media Composer can do this in a number of ways. If you simply want to speed up or slow down a clip without the need for a clip to change speed within itself, you can use the Motion Effect Editor. And if you'd like to make a freeze frame out of a clip, which means the clip has absolutely no motion and is merely a static image, you can use the Freeze Frame Creation tool. Both of these tools produce new clips with new media. And for this reason they are called source-based adjustments.

Let's take a look at how it works. First of all let's go over the Motion Effect Editor. The Motion Effect Editor can be found in the Command palette. So let's go ahead and grab it from the Tools menu. And Command palette, again Ctrl+3. And it's under the FX tab. And it's right here, the very first one. Hope I'm still on Menu to Button Reassignment. So I'm going to choose Button to Button. And let's go ahead and just drag this under my source monitor. And we'll close out.

What you need for a Motion Effect Editor is an in and out point so that it knows the portion of the clip that you'd like to speed up or slow down and here I have that marked. If I have a clip marked and I click on the Motion Effect Editor, the Motion Effect dialog box comes up. There's a couple of parameters here, Duration and Rate, Frames and Frames per second, that will all change based on what you put in the % Speed box.

By default it goes to 50.00% Speed. And you can speed this way up. You can slow it way down. You can even go in reverse motion. Let's try something at about 50.00% Speed and something at about 250.00% Speed. And then we'll also look at something in reverse motion. So we'll do 50.00% Speed and one thing you always want to change is your Render method. Duplicated is one of the worst render methods you could choose. A very good one for you to choose is Interpolated.

So without going into the specifics on what this means, I'll go ahead and just say choose Interpolated. We want to choose the render drive. Again all of my media is going to the D drive. So I'll choose that. Because this is actually going to render some media. And we're going to Create and Render. It takes just a moment to render out. And when it's done, a new clip is going to appear in the bin. If I expand it, you can see that it has a little bit of a different icon. It matches the Motions Effect Editor icon.

And it shows the frames per second of my clip. Now because my footage is traveling at 24 frames per second and I chose a 50.00% Speed clip, this is a 12 frame per second speed clip. It also automatically loads in the source monitor. So let's take a look at what this looks like. It looks about half-speed, which it is. That's that. I'll go ahead and load the original clip again, again with my in and out points, Motion Effect Editor. This time let's go ahead and choose 250.00% Speed.

And if I wanted to I could actually Strobe. It will update based on the amount of frames that you put in this box. I'm not going to choose that right now. But it is an option. Again we want Interpolated. We wanted to go to the D drive, Create and Render. And this is going to go pretty fast. Let's go ahead and see what this looks like. Fast ballerinas, all dancing around. One more time let's go ahead and put a negative number in here.

Let's do -100.00% Speed with a Strobe updating every 8 frames or so. So this is going to go in reverse motion, real time with the Strobe effect. A lot of different options here. Again it loads -24.00% frames per second with a Strobe every 8. And that's what this looks like. I'm going in reverse with kind of that Strobe like motion.

So the Motion Effect Editor is pretty easy to use. Let's go ahead and load my original clip in again. And let's choose a frame that would be a nice representative frame for say a title. How about right there? That's a nice symmetrical frame and I'd like to use that as a freeze frame. I'm going to park right here. I'm not going to have an in or out point. Just my position indicator. I come up to Clip. I come to Freeze Frame and I simply choose the amount of seconds that I want my Freeze Frame to run.

20 seconds is nice. One thing you do want to do here is change the render method. Again Duplicated is awful. Go to Interpolated. We'll go back and choose my 20 Seconds Freeze Frame. We want it to go to the D: drive, OK and this is going to create a 20 Seconds Freeze Frame, source clip that is going to be saved to my bin here. It looks just like the Motion Effect Editor.

It says FF for Freeze Frame. And if I play it, you can see that there is no motion to it. It's a static image. It's very good for a title or slate. So as you see for basic speed manipulations for source clips, both the Motion Effect Editor and the Freeze Frame Creation tool are really good ways to give yourself options in regard to the speed and look of a clip. If however, you'd like to vary the motion, speed and direction of a shot within the shot itself, you should use the Timewarp effect, which is what we'll cover in the next movie.

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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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