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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.
Another very useful trim method is Slide, which allows you to change a shot's position but not its content or duration. It's a great tool for moving clips back and forth within the larger structure of the sequence. So we have a sequence loaded and again, we have a couple of locators with comments about the timing, about how our video corresponds with our audio. There are some things that don't quite match up. Let's go ahead and watch it and see how it can be made better. (clip playing) So a couple of things, I think it'd be better if this shot here started right as that horn came in. So basically, this shot is going on too long, and it'd be nice if this sort of punched in right here when that horn comes in. And let's go ahead and watch that and tackle that first. So I'm going to zoom in by pressing my up arrow, and let's go ahead and play through here. (clip playing) Here's where the horn comes in, and here's where the shots starts. So we want to move that over, but we don't want to affect any other clips in the Timeline. So a Slide will be perfect for this. I actually want to slide both this shot and the one next to it over together because they're synched up perfectly, because he's putting on his hat through that edit. So we want to slide both of those shots downstream and to do that, we're going to enter Slide mode by pressing Alt and Shift or Option and Shift on a Mac and lassoing from right to left. We know that we're in Slide because we have the rollers on the outsides of our edits, and again, this is going to let me move my clips to the left. Again, we can use our interface trim buttons. We can use our keyboard trim buttons. We can drag or we can use JKL. So I'm going to JKL and I'm going to stop as soon as I get to this point right here in the waveform. I don't even think I need to hold down K; I'll just go back with J. And I went a little bit too far, so I'm going to nudge it forward by holding down both K and L. All right, and let's go ahead and play through this. I'll press spacebar. (clip playing) I actually mis-guessed. I think this is the beginning of the horn. So again, I'm going to go forward with KL to get it exactly perfect. And because we're using JKL you can actually hear it come in right there. I'm going to release the K key and let's play through. (clip playing) All right, looks good. So let's survey what happened. We moved these series of clips over to the left by thirty frames, or by one second. The A side clip became shorter and the C side clip became longer. So if this is our B, we have just moved that down and shortened the duration over on the A side and lengthened the duration on the B. And if we zoom out, you can see that no other clips were affected. The duration of the sequence has stayed the same. Let's move on down to this edit here and see what we have going on. I think this is another audio queue problem, and I'll go ahead and play through. (clip playing) So it would be nice if these two dancers started dancing right here when the music changed again. Now, we don't want to actually move this clip because it's synched perfectly with the one right next to it. So, the way I'm going to fix this is to actually slide the clip to the left over to the right so that it covers up the beginning of this clip. I'm going to zoom in by pressing the up arrow. I'm going to enter slide using another method. I'm going to enter Trim, right-click, and Select Slide. And we want the end of this clip to butt up right here, so again, I'm going to just click over here so that we have a better frame of reference and I'm going to hold down K and go forward with L, and I'll release. Again, what we are looking for is for this clip to start right here as soon as this music change happens. Let's see if we like this. (clip playing) All right, I really like that. I think that the energy coming into this clip is good, and it's always nice to cut on the beat, so it looks like we've achieved that with this Slide trim. So as you can see, Slide is a great tool for the fine-tuning process, and I'm sure you'll see yourself using it often as you continue to refine your edit.
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