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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.
Throughout the editing process, we've been setting in and out points to bring material from the source to the Timeline. In this movie, we'll learn how to use the Replace tool, where we can perform edits without marking any in or out points. So in my sequence here, I have a couple of locators, and they are communicating to me that I need to switch some shots around. Specifically, we need to replace this one with an extreme long shot. Now, this is a very specific dance sequence with very specific moves so I need to match it up perfectly.
So, I'm going to open up my Broll Dancing 2 bin, and Swing Dance All Medium shot will correspond to Swing Dance All Extreme Long Shot. They do the same dance moves in each one, so we just need to find the moment where we can synch from the source to this sequence. All right, so if I scrub through here to get a general idea, they're meeting, you've got one turn, we've got two turns, and then the start of a third.
So we want to find that same moment up here in the source. So, they're meeting, one turn and two turns, and the start of a third, so I think that about right here is where we need to sync up so that everything downstream will make sense. And we're not going set in or out points. We're basically saying this moment in time right here in the source needs to match up with this moment in time right here in the sequence. Everything is going to be front-timed and back-timed accordingly so Avid will do the math.
We just need to say where this synch is going to happen. And then we're going to perform a Replace Edit. The Replace Edit tool is found in the Fast menu, in between the Source and Record monitor, and it's this blue arrow here. I'm simply going to press it, and let's take a look and see if that worked and if everything syncs correctly. I will go ahead and play through this. (clip playing) So it matched really well with the shot of the feed after it, and everything after that will look okay, except we have another locator here.
Let's go ahead and see what the notes are for this one. We want to replace this with a long shot. So, this is the dip where she brings him down and he goes to the ground, and we see a close up of her legs, and then we see him over on the right, dipping down. So again, we want to pick that moment to sync up. So we need to get him right here as he's coming down, and we want to load the clip in the Source. The one we're after is Swing Dance Dip Long Shot. And let's go ahead and try to find that moment where he is in about that location, so we have here this moment in the Source and this moment in the sequence.
He's down, he's going down. Let's go ahead and perform the Replace Edit. One thing we do want to do is just deselect our Audio because this is a video- only edit, and into the Fast menu. This is a totally map-able key, so if you find yourself using Replace Edit a lot, go ahead and map the Replace Edit button to your keyboard. I'll go ahead and perform this, and let's go ahead a play through and see how our sync is. (clip playing) So she lowers him over here, and he continues to go down right there, just like what we did before, except now we've got a totally different shot.
So a Replace Edit is really nice when you need to replace one camera angle of one action with another camera angle of the same action, or you can use it to replace a sound bite. For example, if someone was filmed in more than one angle at the same time, you can replace a long shot with a medium shot quite easily by using Replace.
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