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In Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started, author Steve Holyhead explores the tools and techniques in Media Composer for producing great looking video, as well as the basics of high definition media formats. This course walks through the video production workflow from input to editing to output, covers key information such as trim concepts and frame rates, and introduces techniques such as color correction, footage stabilization, and real-time audio effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
If media plays back at the same frame rate at which it was shot or created, then all motion will appear as it does in real life. When we start to create clips which play back at a rate different than the original frame rate of the aource file then we are entering the arena of motion-affected clips. Here in my sequence I have got a shot of the bike path. If I play that back, let's see what we have got. (Clip playing.) Let's say I would like to freeze on this frame here for the remainder of the clip. How would I do that? First thing I am going to do is I am going to place a mark in point here, so I know where I'd like to begin the freeze.
Next, I am going to right-click on my Track panel and say Match Frame Track. When I do this, watch what happens in the Source viewer. It calls up this very clip and puts a mark in point exactly where we are parked on that clip in the Timeline. With this in the Source viewer, all I need to do is go to the Clip menu and to Freeze Frame. Here, it's asking me how long I would like the Freeze Frame to last. 5 Seconds is good. Next, which drive of the manage Media Files folder would I like to render the effect to? Okay, the video effect is created and dropped into my bin here.
It's also automatically loaded in to my Source viewer here, too. You can tell, look that's the Motion Effect icon there, different to a regular clip icon. Okay, so if I now want to freeze this clip from that point forward, all I need to do is come down, Ctrl on a Windows machine, Command on Mac, Snap to the edit point, and I am just going to back on frame, so I know I am on the last frame of this clip here, mark an out point, like so. Now, I am just going to do a three-point edit. There's two points in the Timeline.
And I don't even need to place a mark in point in my Source viewer here. The system will assume that I want to use it from wherever the time bar is. Just drop that in and play it back. (Clip playing.) Okay, so that's how to create a freeze frame. Let's go early in our sequence; we have a shot of these skateboarders here. (Clip playing.) If I wanted to turn that in to slow- motion clip, here is how I do that.
Again, what I am going to do is call this clip up in my Source viewer using the Match Frame command. First though, I am going to snap to the very head frame, the very beginning. I can tell I'm there because I have got this white bracket. Next, I am going to right-click here and Match Frame Track again. This time, I am bringing up the skater's clip at the very beginning. If I select a portion of the clip now, I can come to the Fast menu here.
Click down, and I am going to access the Motion Effect Control palette. You can see here that, by default, a 50% Speed adjustment has been applied. Since the frame rate is 24 frames per second, that gives us a new rate of 12 frames per second. Or another way of thinking about it is that we have a duration of 63 frames selected, and if we process this out, we will have 126 frames instead. You can see here that I could type into any of these fields in order to make an adjustment.
Perhaps I would like to make it 33% speed instead. This is for creating Strobe Effect, so we are not going to use that right now. Down here is our rendering methodology. If you are using interlaced material, such as 30I or 50994, then you will have to experiment with these different rendering methods in order to get the best- looking image. Since we are using progressive material, we don't need to worry about this dialog box. We have got our target drive. I am going to Create and Render.
Now we are writing a new file to the Manage Media files folder, and that has been deposited in my bin. It's also been deposited in my Source viewer here. Let's play it back. (Clip playing.) Now of course I could take this clip and add it into my sequence. Freeze Frames and Motion Effected clips are new media files generated by Media Composer and available in the bin for editing in to your sequence.
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