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In this course, author Ashley Kennedy demonstrates basic and intermediate video editing techniques in Avid Media Composer. The course explains how to build sequences, mix audio, apply effects, and color-correct footage. The course also shows how to create titles, manage and output media, capture and import footage, and troubleshoot common post-production issues.
Sometimes, for organizational and logistical purposes, you'll want to break a master clip or sequence down to its more basic components. In this movie, we'll go over creating subclips and subsequences, so that you can make clips and sequences as long or as short as you want to. So, we first want to create a subclip and to do that, I'm going to open my Interview bin and I'm going to load up Kim interview. And I know here at the end of the clip there's something that I'd like to sub-clip because it's the way I would like to end my show.
So, I'm going to play through and I'm going to mark an in and an out around the area that I want to subclip. (Female speaker: Okay. Swing dancing is bigger now around the world than it ever was. (It's bigger now than when it first came out in the '40s, and it's held out for a longer duration.) (The actual Swing era was so short and so quick. The second coming of swing has lasted longer.) All right, so we have 16-second-and-22- frame portion that we want to make its own clip.
This is out of more than a six-minute interview, so this is going to help us out later when we're building our sequence. To make a subclip, I can do one of two things. I can either drag this icon up here into my bin--and you'll see that there is an icon that looks a lot like a master clip, just a little bit smaller, and I immediately want to rename this. The other way I could create a subclip is to Alt+Drag or Option+Drag, if I was on a Mac, right from the source monitor to my bin.
So, I'll hold down the Alt key and drag my subclip over and you can see that I created one that way as well. This is a duplicate, so I'm just going to delete the subclip, and OK, and this is the one we want to work with. Now similarly, we could also sub-sequence which means to just create a portion of a sequence that we want to use for later. Now we have this sequence here, which again starts with our suitcases and into our narrative and the dancing and it ends with the suitcases.
Let's try to find a part of the sequence that doesn't involve the suitcases, so I'm basically going to remove the last two shots and the first two shots when I form my subsequence. So again, I'm going to Ctrl+Click or Command+Click at the beginning where I want to mark my in, and I want to Ctrl+Alt+Click or Command+Option+Click near the end to mark my out. And we want to make sure that all tracks are selected, so I'm just going to do a quick Ctrl+A or Command+A. And now, this is the part of the sequence that I want to maintain.
This is still going to be there in the master sequence, but for my subsequence, I don't have that beginning and ending. So again, there are two ways that I can do this. I can either drag this icon right above the record monitor over to my bin and then we can go ahead and just rename this, or we can Alt+Drag or Option+Drag from my record monitor over to my bin and it does the same thing. I don't need this, this is a duplicate, so I'm just going to delete it, and it's gone.
So, I'm going to load my subclip into the source monitor, and you'll see that it is only this portion of the clip. Okay, it's a lot more manageable. Likewise, when I load my subsequence, it's only this portion. We've lopped off the beginning and the end. So as you can see, using subclips and subsequences is a great way to break out material into elements that make the most sense for your editing purposes.
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