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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.
The classic workflow for editing in Avid has always been to mark your in and your out points in your source monitor, then splice or overwrite those shots into the Timeline, and then, if necessary, move those shots around using the Segment mode buttons; however, if you'd like, you can also combine these functions and drag your shots directly from the source monitor to the Timeline. So our sequence here is exactly where we left off, and we want to make a couple more changes downstream.
Specifically on this shot, we would like to introduce a long shot of this dip, because we don't exactly know what's going on here. So, I'm going to open up my Broll Dancing 2 bin, and let's go ahead and load the Swing dance Dave dip Long Shot, and we see a little bit better about what's going on here. I've got an in point marked about at this location, so I think that's good.
I'm going to mark an out about on this turn, because it's always nice to match on action and turns are a great place to make cuts. So, I'm going to mark an out by pressing O, and the next thing want to do is enable my Lift/Overwrite Segment mode, because we want to overwrite this shot, and we also want to make sure that we're not overwriting audio, so I'm just going to deselect my audio tracks-- this is a video-only edit. And I'm going to go ahead and just drag it down and as you see, we have an outline of exactly where the shot is going to be dropped.
So again, the first and the fourth windows up here indicate the frames on either side of the clip that I am dragging, and the second and the third windows indicate the first and the last frames of the clip that I am dragging, so I can try to match this up. If I look on the left, I want to make sure that he is about halfway down, about right maybe there, and I'm going to go ahead and release, and let's see how this works. Go ahead and play.
(clip playing) And it matched really well into that spin, as you can see. So, I like this, I think this works well, and it tells our story a little bit better. Here's one more shot down here where I'd like to make a change, and that's where they're going to their suitcases. I want to, instead of cutting straight to the long shot, I want to cut to the medium shot, because we had that in the beginning of the sequence as well.
So, I'm going to open my Broll Narrative Story bin, I'm just going to open it up in tabbed view here. And we want to expand this so that we can see our clips, and it's going to be Kim and Dave pick-up suitcases from side Medium Long Shot, and we're going to go ahead and load that. And again, let's just mark an in right before they enter the frame, about right there and I'm going to mark an out. I will go ahead and play this, and I'll mark an out on the fly by pressing O.
I'll go ahead and go to my out by pressing W. I marked an out in mid-pick-up because again, it's really nice to match on action. So again, this is a video- only edit. We're good there. We want to enable Lift/Overwrite Segment mode. We're good there. And again, these actions occur very, very quickly when you're actually doing them. So, just do a quick visual check. We're good and drag. And I'm going to go ahead and snap to this edit point so that we don't get a flash frame, and release, and let's go ahead and play through and see how this works. (clip playing) And there's a little bit of a mismatch here, but we're not going to worry about that for right now.
That's a very, very easy thing to fix, when we learn about trim in the next chapter. So as you can see, dragging and dropping clips to the Timeline is a much more tactile approach to editing, and for some editors it's absolutely necessary to be able to use the Timeline as a palette and move clips around freely. This is especially true of many editors coming from more mouse-centric editing application. If you find yourself being this type of editor, you may find it useful to drag clips around to create your sequences dynamically.
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