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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.
Another way for editors to customize their editing experience is to create customized Timeline views for quick visual and practical changes between various Timeline functions. So in this movie, we'll examine how to use customized Timeline views to our advantage in setting up the editing environment. So I have my Timeline here and I'd like to make some changes, but before I do, I want to save this one out as the default setting in case I ever need to come back to it. So I'm just going to click on this menu down here and choose Save As, and I'm going to just write in Default.
With that done, I'm ready to create my video-centric view. So I want to select my video tracks but not my audio tracks or my time code track, so I'm going to Shift+Drag to deselect all of my audio tracks, and then I'm going to press Ctrl+L, or Command+L on a Mac, to enlarge these. All right, that looks good. Now, I'm going to go ahead and lasso through all my tracks to select just my audio tracks, and this time I'm going to press Ctrl+K, or Command+K on a Mac.
And one other thing I'd like to do is add some clip frames to my video tracks. To do that, I'm going to come down to my Timeline Fast menu and choose Clip Frames. And as you see here, we have a visual indication of what each one of these clips is. It's a thumbnail of the first frame of each one of these video segments. So this looks good for my video Timeline view. There are more things you could add. For example, there are lots of different text options that you can add, but things are already getting kind of busy, so I'm going to forego that.
And then I'm going to come down to my menu here, choose Save As, and I'm just going to call this Edit, as it's my main editing view, and say OK. And now, I'm going to create an audio- centric view, but before I do, I want to switch back to my default, so it's a little bit easier to create. And now with my audio track selected, I just want to make those a little larger. So I'm going to press Ctrl+L or Command+L, and then I'm going to lasso just like the reverse, and let's go ahead and just make those video tracks a little bit smaller by pressing Command+K repeatedly.
And now we want to globally insert our waveforms in our audio tracks and to do that, I'm going to come down to my Timeline Fast menu, choose Audio Data, and Waveform. All right. So, we have a couple of other options within this Audio Data menu which we'll learn about in the audio chapter, so remember how to do this because we'll probably add those to our Timeline a little bit later. Okay, we want to save this out, and I'm just going to call this Audio. Say OK.
Now, we can toggle between our various views quite easily, but you know what? It can get even easier. Rather than toggling through them down here, let's map these to our keyboard. I'm going to open up my Command palette, so I'll press Ctrl+3 or Command+3 on a Mac. I'm going to go to the More tab, and as you see here, we have eight map-able Timeline views. But which one is T1, T2, and T3? Well, we're actually going to assign those right now.
If we go to my Settings tab, and I'm going to go down to my Timeline views, you see here that we have our Timeline views. Ideally, they'd be in alphabetical order. This might be a little bit of a glitch, but hopefully by the time you're watching it, things will be in order. But you know what? We're going to force these to go into alphanumeric order by just putting some numbers in front of them. So, I'd like my first Timeline view to be my default view, so I'm just going to type in a 1 and then a dash. I'd like my second Timeline view to be my edit view, so I'm just going to type in 2 and dash.
And I want my third Timeline view to be my audio view, 3, and we're all set. So, this is going to be T1, T2, and T3. Let's go ahead and open up my keyboard settings. I'm just going to click on any setting and press K, and we want to open up our edit keyboard because that's the one that's selected, and let's go ahead and map those to Shift+1, Shift+2, and Shift+3. We want Button to Button Reassignment selected. I'm holding down my Shift key, and let's go ahead and drag T1 to Shift+1, T2 to Shift+2, and T3 to Shift+3. Okay, we're all set to try this out.
I'm going to activate my Timeline. And let's go ahead and press Shift+1, default; Shift+2, edit; and Shift+3, audio. Works great! So as you can see, switching back and forth between various Timeline views is a real time-saver when working with different elements in the post-production process, especially when we can map those to our keyboard.
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