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Keyframing segment effects

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Video: Keyframing segment effects

As you remember from audio rubber-banding, keyframes represent places within the sequence where an audio change takes place and Media Composer automatically interpolates the change between two keyframes. We also use keyframes in visual effects and this time they represent points of visual change. In this movie, we'll take a look at how to apply keyframes to animate changes over time and some of the most common effects. The horizontal wipe that we applied before, as well as the resize, is what I'm going to start for my base effect and we're going to change the way that these look.

Keyframing segment effects

As you remember from audio rubber-banding, keyframes represent places within the sequence where an audio change takes place and Media Composer automatically interpolates the change between two keyframes. We also use keyframes in visual effects and this time they represent points of visual change. In this movie, we'll take a look at how to apply keyframes to animate changes over time and some of the most common effects. The horizontal wipe that we applied before, as well as the resize, is what I'm going to start for my base effect and we're going to change the way that these look.

So by default, I have a one second wipe and instead of a one second wipe, what I'd like to do, is have it last two seconds and have the middle part of it hold on screen just briefly. So I'm going to open the Effect Editor. I'm going to take a look at my keyframes here, looks like I have a uniform adjustment from beginning to end. The first thing I'm going to do is change the duration of this. Right now I have 1 second, as you can see right here within the Transition Effect Duration box.

I just click in here and type in 2 seconds, and now the transition is two seconds long. Go ahead and play it through. Okay, we have a basic two second edge wipe. What I'd like to do is have it proceed halfway, have it hold there for just a moment and then finish the transition. I want to probably have it already half way by this point in time.

So I'm going to apply a keyframe, Add Keyframe button here, and I'm going to want this to already be half way across the screen. Here the Level is at 28, so we want to make sure that that gets up to 50, like so. I want that to last about to right there. I'll apply another keyframe and again we want it to stay from 50, from here to here.

I can go back and actually adjust this back to 50, but a really useful tool is copying and pasting keyframe parameters. If I click on this keyframe, it turns pink, which tells me that it's highlighted and I press Ctrl+C for copy. I then come to this keyframe and I press Ctrl+V or Command+V if I'm on a Mac for Paste. So now, the parameter value here of a level of 50 is also applied here.

Now let's watch the effect. It does exactly what I wanted it to. It takes two seconds to proceed through the entire effect and it holds in the middle, right at 50%. Now let's try a Segment Effect. Let's apply a resize, again in the Image category, Resize, to my Ballerina duo here and what we want to do is zoom in on their faces and then zoom back out.

Pretty basic effect here. We just open the Effect Editor. take a look at our Effect Editor palette here. I'm going to apply a keyframe to the beginning and end. Some effects don't have keyframes at the beginning and end, and I want to keep it at about 100% scaling here. By about here I'd like to zoom in right on their faces by 150% or 180%, and maybe zoom in a tiny bit more here and then zoom back out by the end.

So, let's go to this keyframe here, I'm going to activate Fixed Aspect and zoom in, and again, I can reposition using these parameters here or just right here on the image. Keep in mind that if you're working with HD, you have a lot more leeway as far as zooming in. If you're working with SD footage, you're really not going to get away with anything above 125 or 130 without it becoming pixelated.

Because I have HD media here, I think I can get away with, well 167 sounds okay. Let's actually hold on that amount from our second to the third keyframe. So again, I'm going to do a Ctrl+C, I'm going to Ctrl+V to stay zoomed in and maybe move my position over slightly, so that we get all of her in the shot and then zoom back out like so. Okay, let's take a look.

All right, exactly what we wanted. Zoom in, stay zoomed in for just a little while and then zoom back out. You can add as many keyframes as you want and adjust as many parameters as you want. That's basically how to do it. You can go from there and experiment on different effects, different parameter values, and so on. Applying keyframes to animate changes over time allows you to become even more in tune with your sequence. In a sense, it allows you to add another eye to the editing process because of the added things you can do.

Need to zoom in to a scene to emphasize a key issue? No problem. Need to temporarily desaturate the color of something? All you need are keyframes. It's a great way to begin interacting with footage in new and interesting ways.

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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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