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Overwriting shots

From: Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training

Video: Overwriting shots

As we saw in the last movie, Splice is a great tool to quickly add shots to the Timeline. Overwrite is another very useful tool that you can use to not only add but also replace material on the sequence. You need to do both in conjunction with one another to properly build any sequence. So we have our base sequence here. It's the entire dance sequence edited together minus the poster at the beginning. We just want to focus on the dance. We got some comments that this third shot here is a little long.

Overwriting shots

As we saw in the last movie, Splice is a great tool to quickly add shots to the Timeline. Overwrite is another very useful tool that you can use to not only add but also replace material on the sequence. You need to do both in conjunction with one another to properly build any sequence. So we have our base sequence here. It's the entire dance sequence edited together minus the poster at the beginning. We just want to focus on the dance. We got some comments that this third shot here is a little long.

Let's go ahead and check the duration. Again, I'm just going to park right here and press T to mark clip. And we look up here and it's five seconds and eight frames, which isn't that long, but for a sequence like this with faster music, we want to go a little bit quicker. So, what I want to do is actually insert a cutaway right in the middle of it of our medium shot. I am going to clear my in and out point by pressing G, and let's pick a good section to get this cutaway.

How about when their arms are extended right here, we will go ahead and mark our in, and this time we are doing it in the Timeline rather than in the source. Let's go ahead and mark our out right where Kim is about to turn around to Dave, so about right here. It's always nice to cut on action so we have got a nice fluid edit as we go from one shot to another. So this is almost a two-second marked portion.

It's one second and 26 frames to be exact. And now all we need to do is find the exact moment that this occurs within our medium shot. I'm just going to go to my in point by pressing Q so we can get a good visual representation of where this is. And it looks like it's about right here. So I am going to mark my in right here. Then I don't have to go any further, because this is an Overwrite edit in which we need three points.

It takes three points to make any edit. Just like we were doing an in and an out in the source within in or using the position indicator in the Timeline, this time we are just doing it in reverse. We have got an in and an out in the Timeline and we have marked our in in the source. So three marks makes an edit. It's basically going to take this one second and 26 frames and count forward for me. So, I'm going to press the Overwrite key, which is right here, underneath the Record monitor, or the B key on the keyboard.

I will go ahead and press B. We have now edited in our medium shot into our sequence, and let's go ahead and play through and see if we like it. (clip playing) That was pretty good. It looks really smooth. We matched on action, so it was a really seamless edit. Let's go ahead and do something similar down here where we have another longer clip. Go ahead and choose the portion where we would like to make the edit.

Maybe this turn would be nice to cut on, so I will go ahead and mark an in here. Let's go ahead and mark our out right here where they both have their right legs kicked out. And then again, we will come back up here in the medium shot and see if we can find that moment so that we can overwrite. All right, so it looks to be right here. Again, we want to cut on the turn. I am going to go to this in point so I can see the exact visual moment that this occurs.

We want to match that up. There it is, right there. I am going to mark an in here because as you see, I still have my in point left over from before, so I will mark an in. And again, one, two, three marks makes an edit, so I am going to overwrite by pressing B, and let's see how this worked out. (clip playing) And now this entire dance sequence really does seem like it's one fluid performance.

It moves a little bit quicker, just like our producer wanted, so it looks like Overwrite was definitely the tool to use here.

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Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training

87 video lessons · 14304 viewers

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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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