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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.
Okay, so it's time to start trimming. We're going to through our sequence transition by transition and treat each side of the transition as a separate case for improvement. We'll ask ourselves if the cut works, and if not, does the A side need to be trimmed, the B side, or both? So, let's get started, and we want to enter a trim by clicking near the transition point and pressing U, and I'm going to go ahead and zoom in so that we can see what we're doing here. And I'll also want to enable the waveforms, because it's often useful to align our video and audio.
So, I'm going to open my track control panel and put on my waveforms, and let's go ahead and play through this transition, and we want to see if the cut works and if not, what needs to change. So, I'm going to press Play Loop, which is this button underneath the B side monitor, or I can just press any play button on my keyboard. So, I'm going to press spacebar. (clip playing) Okay. Well, there is nothing wrong with that, but you know what? She took an awful long time to put that flower in her hair.
I want these shots to come quick and to get to the point, so I'm going to remove some of the frames from the B side of this clip. So, I'm going to go into B side single roller trim by clicking on my B side monitor. You'll notice that my roller jumped to the B side-- it went from white to yellow--and my trim counter is now lit up only on in the B side. Now we want to remove frames, so I can use my trim buttons, which are right here underneath my A side monitor, to trim one frame at a time to the right.
I'm going to go ahead and just click several times, and I'm going to stop right before that flower enters the frame and back a little bit. Okay. So, I think that's about how I want it. This is actually forty-twenty frames that we've removed from the head of that shot, and I'm going to ahead and play through this to see if we like it. (clip playing) All right, I like that a lot better, so I think the timing works.
Let's go on to the next edit. I can do that by getting myself out of Trim and then reentering Trim here, but the better way to do it is to actually just press the fast-forward button right here underneath my B side monitor. All right, that jumps me into Trim down here. We're going to play around this edit. Again, I'll press spacebar. (clip playing) Again, I think that this clip right here needs to start a lot later. We don't really need to see him holding his hat.
So again, this is a B-side trim. We're going to go ahead and click on the B side. The keyboard shortcut for this is the right bracket key, and that jumps me to my B side. And this time, instead of using the interface trim buttons, I'm going to use the ones on my keyboard. These four buttons correspond to the M, comma, period, and backslash. So I'm going to press my period key to trim to the right one frame at a time.
I'm actually going to hold it down because I think it's quite a few frames. Okay. There's the flip, so I'm going to go back to the left just a little bit, and I like that. Again, that's thirty-five frames that we've removed, and I'm going to go ahead and play through this and see if we like it. (clip playing) All right, I think that worked really well. Let's go ahead to the next edit. We'll go ahead press fast-forward, and let's play through this. I'll press spacebar.
(clip playing) We took way too long to finish this shot, and it actually needs to sync up so that it matches on action between the A side and B side; therefore, I'm going to remove frame from the A side, so I'll click on the A side monitor, or I can use my keyboard shortcut of P. Again, the frames jump to the A side.
My trim counter is lit up on the A side, ready to count my frames, and I want to take away frames. Okay, I'm going to go ahead and click and drag this roller over until I see the hat. All right, there it is. I'm going to use my trim buttons on the keyboard to fine-tune, so, I'm going to trim to the right by pressing the period key and just as soon as he's bringing it up, I think this is going to match really well. He's bringing it up on the left. He's bringing it up on the right. This should work. So, we have subtracted forty-fwo frames from our A side, and let's go ahead and play through and see how we like it.
(clip playing) All right, not bad. So you're going to continue going through transition by transition, tightening up shots and in some cases, letting them out.
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