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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.
When working with high-resolution graphics and photographs, it's often nice to be able to keep the files at their native resolution rather than converting them to the video resolution that's set within your media creation settings. You can do this by using the Avid Pan and Zoom plug-in. Let's take a look. Okay, so I have this image here and natively, it's about 4000 pixels x 2000 pixels. But I just imported it into my project and as you may remember, the format for my project is 1920x1080.
So I cut the resolution by more than half. If my goal is to start zoomed in on Dave and then proceed to be zoomed in on Kim and then zoom out, then if I apply a Resize effect, which I have right here, you will notice that my image is really pixelated and it doesn't look good. Therefore, I am going to use the Avid Pan and Zoom effect to be able to link to my high-resolution photograph and not convert it to the video resolution.
Okay, so I just have this in my sequence as a reference, so that you can see how it looks. The first thing that you need to do when working with the Avid Pan and Zoom effect is to just put a placeholder in your sequence. So you can put it on top of another video segment, or you can just place an Add edit and put it right over visual filler, which is what I am going to do right now. Okay, so I am just going to go to my Effects tab and apply the Avid Pan and Zoom effect. And obviously, nothing happens yet, but I am going to come up to my Effect mode, and I am going to Import image. Here it is! I am going to go ahead and just press Open and Avid brings it in.
Okay, so we don't quite realize how high resolution this is until we start playing with it. So I am going to put a couple of keyframes in here, and so we're going to start zoomed in on Dave and then zoom in up to Kim's face and then back out for the big surprise. Let's go ahead and start on the first keyframe when we are zoomed in on Dave. Now remember, this is what it looks like when you import it as a video resolution, so keep that in mind as we perform this.
I will press this button. So there are two ways that you can look at this: Source or Target. Let's go ahead and start in Source, and I am just going to slide my Zoom Factor over, and then I am going to use my X and Y position to zero in on Dave here. So that is where we start. Let's go ahead and zero in on Kim for this keyframe. And I am going to back right out, so we can see her.
Her head is cut off in this view, but when we switch to Target mode, we'll be able to see it just fine. Then we will end on the entire image. Zoom out a little bit. So that's our basic animation. Start on Dave, go to Kim, and then back out to reveal the entire scene. I am going to select this keyframe and then press Ctrl+A or Command+A to select all of them. I need to tell Avid how these animations happen, and there are lots of choices.
I am just going to go ahead and choose a constant ease-in velocity and a constant ease-out velocity and with a linear path. You can feel free to explore all of these on your own, but one piece of advice I will give you is to choose the Gaussian filter. I think it's kind of the sweet spot between really high quality and not crazy-long render times. So that's what I found about the filter type. All right! Just to do a preview, let's switch from Source to Target. And it's going to stutter a little bit because it hasn't been rendered yet, but I am going to go ahead and just play through.
Okay, so I am definitely too far out on the zoom-out. Let me just fix that. I am just tweaking this a little bit for the last keyframe, and one more, and looks good. So it looks like we are all set. Again, we're just accessing the high- resolution graphic. And I have to set another keyframe there so that we don't see the black of the background.
Her head is really close to the top here. If I don't get this exactly perfect, we can definitely tweak later. But for the purposes of this demo, I think it's pretty good. There is still a little bit more there, but I want to show you what the effect is. All right! So I am going to go ahead and render this out. I am going to come down to Render Effect. I am going to send it to my Data drive. Again, the Render filter that we are using is the Gaussian here. I am going to go ahead and click OK. All right! We are all set. Now, before I play, do see that we have some warning bars in a timecode track.
In an earlier movie, we did talk about this, that our system is definitely being stressed. It's hard to push a 4000x2000 pixel image through the system. But now that we've rendered it, we should be in good shape. Again, we do kind of go out a frame downstream here, but I think you will get the effect. Go ahead and play. So I would definitely want to smooth that out and make sure that my keyframes didn't show any of the black background, but you get the idea.
We are linking to a high-resolution image and we are able to zoom in really tight, so that it's not pixelated, by transferring it to a video resolution.
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