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Creating basic motion effects

From: Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training

Video: Creating basic motion effects

Changing the timing of a clip or segment is a very common thing you need to do, and Media Composer can do this is a number or ways. If you simply want to speed up or slow down a clip without the need for a clip to change speed within the clip, 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're called source-based adjustments.

Creating basic motion effects

Changing the timing of a clip or segment is a very common thing you need to do, and Media Composer can do this is a number or ways. If you simply want to speed up or slow down a clip without the need for a clip to change speed within the clip, 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're called source-based adjustments.

Let's take a look at how they work. I have a couple of clips here that I would like to change the speed for, and they're fairly short, so we can quickly apple these. Now to use the Motion Effect Editor, I'm going to need to map it to my interface or keyboard, and just so you can see it, I'm going to map it to a button underneath my source monitor. So I'm going to press Ctrl+3 or Command+3 on a Mac to bring up the Command palette, and under the FX tab, we see the Motion Effect Editor. And I want to make sure that Button to Button Reassignment is selected, and I'll just go ahead and grab that and put it on the user interface, right underneath the Source monitor.

So I'm just going to go ahead and click on that now with my clip loaded in the Source monitor and we get the Motion Effect editor dialog box. Now we have the Duration in frames and the Rate in frames per second (FPS). That's all tied in to the number that you input in this box here. So by default, it gives you a value of 50% speed, and if I wanted my clip to go half speed, I would keep it like this, but let's try something a little bit slower. Let's try 30%.

Notice that these values change based on what I put in here. I'll go ahead and just do that one more time so you can see. I'll go to 35% and everything changes accordingly. So this clip which was 694 frames is now going to be 1983 frames and while it was 30 FPS, in real time it's now going to be 10.5 FPS. We have some other choices here that we'll discuss in just a second, but I do want to come down to Render method.

Without going in to too much detail, I will just tell you that the best render method to choose, most of the time, is Interpolated Field. It's going to product a much smoother result than if you choose Duplicated or Both. VTR is also nice, but I usually choose Interpolated. This is going to produce new media, so you need to choose the target drive, and I'll go ahead and send it to my Data drive, and I'm going to Create and Render. I'm going to send it to my Motion 1 bin and say OK, and it takes just a little bit to create.

So we now have a new clip in our bin. This is the icon for a motion effect, and we also get an indication of exactly how fast it's traveling. So it's automatically loaded into the source monitor. I'll go ahead and just play through this so you can see how a 35%-speed clip looks. So you get the idea, and you can go ahead and just cut this into your sequence just like any other clip.

I'm going to load my original back in, and let's go ahead and open up the Motion Effect Editor once more. And this time I'm going to type in a speed greater than 100%. Let's go ahead and make this really fast, so I'm going to do 250%. And in addition to this, I'm going to make it go in reverse. So to make a clip go in reverse, you just type a minus in front of it, and I'll go ahead and Create and Render.

Let's send it to our Data drive. We've got Interpolated selected, so that's good, and Create and Render. Again, it does take a little bit of time. We're going to go ahead and choose the correct bin. OK. Now we have another clip and we get the indication of the frames per second, and this minus indicates that it's in reverse motion. I'll go ahead and play this through. It automatically is loaded in the Source monitor, and there's an indication of a 250% speed clip in reverse.

Finally, there's one more thing to show and again, we'll go ahead and open the Motion Effect Editor, and it's this button right here, Strobe Motion. I'm going to go ahead and choose something a little bit more reasonable, maybe 150%, and I'll leave that in forward motion, and I'll go ahead and click on Strobe Motion. This is going to produce an Update every X number of frames. So it starts of with 5 frames. To show you a more drastic result, I'll ahead and change this to 15.

So every half a second we're going to get a frame which is going to produce a Strobe Motion effect. We have Interpolated selected. We send this to our Data drive, Create and Render, send it to our bin, and OK. Let's go ahead and check this one out. I'll go ahead and press play, and that is a Strobe Motion of a clip updating every half a second. So if you have a need for that, that's how you make it. So Motion Effect Editor, you can go forward or backward at a constant speed, and you also have the ability to add strobe motion.

I do want to quickly show you how to create a freeze frame. I'm going to load the original clip back in the bin, and let's go to Clip > Freeze Frame. The very first thing you need to do is choose the render method. This is a little counterintuitive, but you need to come down to the last menu option, and again, you do not want to create a duplicated field render method. I'm really not clear why this is the default option. You want to choose Using Interpolated. It's going to produce a much smoother result. And you just simply come back into the menu and choose how long do you want your freeze frame.

I'm going to choose 5 seconds and send it to my Data drive. It's going to be this frame. I probably should have chose a more interesting one, but just to demonstrate this effect I'm going to hit OK, go to my Motion 1 bin, and here is my 5- second freeze frame. As you can see, there's absolutely no motion, and I can edit that right into my sequence. For basic speed manipulation for source clips, both the Motion Effect Editor and the Freeze Frame creation tool are great ways to give yourself options in regard to the speed and look of a clip.

If however, you'd like to vary the motion within the clip, the speed and direction of a shot, you should use the Timewarp effect, which is what we'll cover in the next movie.

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  1. 3m 55s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 39s
  2. 22m 54s
    1. Touring the Select Project window
      4m 45s
    2. Exploring bins
      4m 23s
    3. Customizing user settings
      3m 36s
    4. Setting up and organizing a project
      5m 57s
    5. Saving and backing up the project
      4m 13s
  3. 57m 27s
    1. Touring the Composer Monitor and the Timeline
      2m 29s
    2. Touring the Edit interface
      5m 6s
    3. Splicing shots
      7m 43s
    4. Splicing non-linearly
      2m 43s
    5. Overwriting shots
      4m 35s
    6. Removing shots using Extract and Lift
      4m 38s
    7. Using Segment mode (Extract/Splice) to switch shots
      6m 37s
    8. Using Segment mode (Lift/Overwrite) to move shots
      6m 31s
    9. Using Extract/Splice and Lift/Overwrite together
      3m 32s
    10. Manipulating the Timeline directly
      4m 34s
    11. Creating subclips and subsequences
      3m 48s
    12. Adding multiple video and audio tracks
      5m 11s
  4. 23m 28s
    1. Understanding trimming
      3m 19s
    2. Performing single-roller trims
      5m 15s
    3. Performing dual-roller trims
      3m 54s
    4. Using Ripple Trim and Overwrite Trim
      5m 4s
    5. Understanding sync
      3m 17s
    6. Solving sync problems
      2m 39s
  5. 54m 26s
    1. Navigating with JKL
      3m 26s
    2. Using navigation shortcuts
      4m 47s
    3. Using the Command palette
      6m 4s
    4. Customizing the Timeline
      4m 54s
    5. Using bin layouts
      3m 49s
    6. Using workspaces
      6m 41s
    7. Sorting and sifting clips
      5m 57s
    8. Using the Find tool
      5m 13s
    9. Using markers
      5m 54s
    10. Using PhraseFind
      3m 21s
    11. Using ScriptSync
      4m 20s
  6. 20m 42s
    1. Trimming with JKL
      4m 53s
    2. Performing Slip edits
      6m 1s
    3. Performing Slide edits
      5m 39s
    4. Performing Replace edits
      4m 9s
  7. 27m 17s
    1. Reading audio levels and pan
      5m 42s
    2. Using the audio mixer
      10m 1s
    3. Keyframing audio
      7m 6s
    4. Recording audio adjustments on the fly
      4m 28s
  8. 55m 1s
    1. Using Quick Transition effects
      4m 6s
    2. Using the Transition Manipulation tool
      3m 12s
    3. Using the Effects palette and the Effect Editor
      6m 1s
    4. Keyframing segment effects
      5m 30s
    5. Nesting and auto-nesting
      5m 54s
    6. Saving effect templates
      3m 23s
    7. Building basic composites using vertical effects
      4m 7s
    8. Using the picture-in-picture (PIP) effect
      5m 14s
    9. Using the Color effect
      4m 24s
    10. Creating basic motion effects
      6m 55s
    11. Using Timewarp
      6m 15s
  9. 11m 48s
    1. Understanding system performance
      6m 13s
    2. Rendering intelligently
      5m 35s
  10. 26m 44s
    1. Analyzing footage for problems
      2m 27s
    2. Using the Y-Waveform monitor to set whites and blacks
      7m 16s
    3. Using the RGB Parade to correct color casts
      5m 50s
    4. Using the Vectorscope to improve skin tones
      5m 34s
    5. Using auto color correction
      5m 37s
  11. 30m 10s
    1. Formatting and enhancing text using Avid Marquee
      5m 32s
    2. Using Marquee to apply shapes and gradients
      5m 18s
    3. Using title templates
      3m 45s
    4. Bringing the title into Media Composer
      3m 54s
    5. Revising the title
      2m 17s
    6. Creating rolling and crawling titles
      5m 14s
    7. Using AutoTitler
      4m 10s
  12. 32m 37s
    1. Importing files
      6m 47s
    2. Linking to files using AMA
      3m 36s
    3. Linking to hi-res stills
      5m 59s
    4. Using the Avid Marketplace
      2m 50s
    5. Using the Capture tool
      5m 19s
    6. Capturing footage
      3m 41s
    7. Batch capturing
      4m 25s
  13. 12m 58s
    1. Deleting material from the bin
      5m 29s
    2. Understanding the Media tool
      4m 46s
    3. Deleting unreferenced clips
      2m 43s
  14. 17m 35s
    1. Preparing your sequence for output
      5m 44s
    2. Performing a digital cut
      5m 26s
    3. Exporting your sequence as a file
      6m 25s
  15. 19m 2s
    1. Solving offline media
      6m 48s
    2. Re-linking media
      3m 0s
    3. Resetting Avid settings
      5m 9s
    4. Using the Avid Attic
      4m 5s
  16. 44s
    1. Additional resources
      44s

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