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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 effects, you will often want to add more than one effect at a time. The way that Media Composer works is that when you apply one effect on top of another, the second effect replaces the first. So, if I have a flop and I want to also add a color effect, and if I place it on top, notice that the flop goes away and it's ready for me to manipulate my color effect. This isn't what we wanted; we want both a flop and a color effect. So, I'm going to apply my flop again, and we have to do something called nesting in order to apply more than one effect at a time.
There are a couple of ways to nest in Media Composer. The first way is, if you just park on the effect, and then you step in to the effect using this arrow down here. When I do that, the flop actually goes away. Mind you, it's still there, we just can't see it, and we are applying another effect inside of the flop to the raw video. So, I can grab my color effect and apply it, go into the Effect Editor, and if we want to desaturate this, I can bring my Saturation down, and it could be a black-and-white image.
But to see both of them in conjunction with one another, I have to step back out. So I click on the up arrow, step out, and now I have both my flop and my color effect at the same time. Now, some people like to work this way. I don't. I like to see all of my effects in conjunction with one another as you build. So I would like to undo that and show you another way of nesting. I am going to remove my effect, and I will remove the color effect as well. And let's go ahead and apply a flop again.
This time I am going to double-click on the effect, and what happened is is that we are now looking inside the flop to the raw video. Notice that we still have the flop applied though. So, now I will grab my color effect and apply it to the raw video, go into the Effect Editor, and you will see that I have both a flop and a color effect here in my Effect Editor. I will go ahead a click on my disclosure triangle and bring down my saturation, and now I see both of these effects applied at the same time. This is great.
I can keep going. If I double-click on my color effect and I come to Resize and drag this on the raw video, now we're inside the flop, inside the color effect, and now we have applied the resize to the raw video. Let's try to make this flower fill the entire frame. Click on my Resize and click on Fixed Aspect, and let's go ahead and just bump this up a little bit, and I will drag it so that it's more centered.
I'm actually dragging in the opposite direction because I am flopped and my parameters aren't flopped, so it's a little tricky, but now we see the flower desaturated and flopped. Okay. So, we have applied three effects to one segment. Usually this works just fine, but I want to show you a scenario in which it doesn't. If I double-click again, I get my raw video. And I'm going to move my Effect Editor out of the way a little bit so that I can see my Effect categories.
I want to go into the Film category and I want to apply a mask. Now, a mask is going to put letter bars at the top and the bottom of the image. And I'm already in 16x9, so this is more for demonstration purposes, but I am going to grab a 16x9 mask and apply it to my raw video. Hmm, there is no mask here. Well, why is that? Well, the reason is that because we are inside the flop, inside the color effect, inside the resize and we are applying the mask to the raw video, the raw video actually extends far beyond where we can see.
I can zoom out by clicking on my reduce size here, and my raw video really comes out to this wireframe here, so my mask is now invisible. So, let's back out and solve this problem. I'm going to click on my mask, remove that effect, and I'm going to back all the way out. So I'm just going to double-click down here on V1, and I am going to zoom back in so that we can see the entire frame. So, instead of climbing inside the effect and applying the effect to the raw video, what we are going to do is actually apply it on top of everything so that the mask goes on top of all of these nested elements.
This is called an auto-nest, and the way I do that is I find my 16x9 mask, I hold down Alt or Option on a Mac, and I drag on top, and there it is. We have our mask, we have our color effect, we have our resize, and we have our flop all in one. Now, to be honest, most of the time, it works just fine to just grab an effect and either Alt+Drag, or Option+Drag on a Mac, one effect on top of another, on top of another, and that's actually usually the way I work.
However, because of ordering, sometimes you do need to either climb inside or put effects on top depending on the way that you work, in order to make your effect look the way that you want it to.
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