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Keyframing segment effects

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Video: Keyframing segment effects

As you remember from audio rubberbanding, keyframes represent places within the sequence where an audio change takes place, and Media Composer automatically interpolates that change between the two keyframes. We also use keyframes in visual effects and this time they represent points of visual change. Let's take a look. Okay, so let's come to our first dance shot. And we have kind of an extreme long shot right here, and what I would like to do is start out at this length but then zoom in a little bit before we cut to the next shot, which is a medium shot.

Keyframing segment effects

As you remember from audio rubberbanding, keyframes represent places within the sequence where an audio change takes place, and Media Composer automatically interpolates that change between the two keyframes. We also use keyframes in visual effects and this time they represent points of visual change. Let's take a look. Okay, so let's come to our first dance shot. And we have kind of an extreme long shot right here, and what I would like to do is start out at this length but then zoom in a little bit before we cut to the next shot, which is a medium shot.

So we just want to come over to our Effect palette, and we are going to go to the Image category, and I am going to grab a Resize and just drag it right on this effect. Now notice that nothing happened to my image. Media Composer is not going to guess how much you would like to resize your shot. You need to be the one to tell it how much you are going to resize. So we just come over to the Effect Editor, and we see here under Scaling that we have both X and Y Values.

So if I wanted to just uniformly resize this shot, I would want to click Fixed Aspect because we want both our X and Y values to increase at the same rate, and I could drag this to the right, and you can see it zoom in. Now that isn't what I want to do, so I am going to return this back to a hundred really quick, by just clicking on one of my sliders and typing in 100 right on my numeric keypad. And I will press Enter, and we were back to where we started.

All right, so what we do want to do is to start off zoomed out and then about midway, we want to slowly zoom in and then stay zoomed in for the duration. Okay, so we need several points of change. These are represented by keyframes, which is the button right here. So I'm going to add a keyframe at the very beginning, and you can see it right there, and we will go ahead and add another one where we would like the zoom-in to stop. So, I will click there, and we want it to stay zoomed in until about right here, about three quarters of the way through, so I will make another keyframe, and we need an end keyframe as well.

Okay, so we don't need to change anything about the first keyframe, because we would like to maintain this size. If I click on the second keyframe though, I can come back to my Effect Editor and then perform the zoom-in. Now, I'm working with HD footage, so I have a lot of room to play with. I can get up to about 250% without there being much pixelation, but with the footage that you have, it's going to be down-res quite a bit. So, if you put in the same values that I do, you will probably notice a lot more pixelation.

So, let's go ahead and just zoom in until we like the size. And I can also reposition. You see here I have X and Y parameters, And if we would like this to stay at this rate from keyframe 2 to keyframe 3, I could just log all of those numbers, come down here, and put them back in, but that's kind of a pain. So instead, I am going to just copy the keyframe parameters from keyframe 2 to keyframe 3, and to do that, I am just going to press Ctrl+C or Command+C on a Mac and I am just going to click on my third keyframe and press Ctrl+V or Command+V on a Mac.

Now, I am zooming in and staying zoomed in from 2 to 3. Let's go ahead and play through my Effect Preview monitor to see how it looks. (clip playing) Okay, and then it zooms back out at the end. You know, I actually don't want it to do that at all; I want it to maintain this size throughout the duration. So we are going to need to make a few adjustments. So, what I am going to do is actually just delete this last keyframe because we don't want it to go back out to this value.

I am just going to click on the keyframe and press Delete and it's gone, and then I'm just going to Alt+Drag or Option+Drag on a Mac so that I can just drag my keyframe down to the end. Now another way to do this is to use your M, comma, period, and backslash keys. If you click on a keyframe and then press one of those keys, I am moving one field to the left; If I press comma, one field to the right; if I press period, ten fields to the left, if I press M; and ten fields to the right if I press the backslash key.

So, I'm going to go back to the end, and we have our three keyframes. Again, we started zoomed out, we zoom in, and we stay zoomed in, and let's make sure that looks good with the medium shot that follows. I'm going to go ahead and just click up here in my ruler in my timeline, and we will play through. (clip playing) Okay, looks good. As you can see, applying keyframes to animate changes in time allows you to become even more in tune with your sequence.

In a sense, this allows you to add another eye to the editing process because of the added things you can do.

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Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training

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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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