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Removing shots using Extract and Lift


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Video: Removing shots using Extract and Lift

Adding and replacing material is only a part of the equation. You'll also need to remove material from the sequence in order to build a successful story. In this movie, we'll learn how to remove material using the Extract and Lift commands, which as you'll see are the exact inverses of Splice and Overwrite. Let's take a look. Now, I was reviewing my sequence and I found a shot that I really didn't think belonged. It's right here. Let's take a look. (Music playing) We're kind of ramping up here and I think that this shot would go a lot better.
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  1. 3m 43s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 27s
  2. 22m 59s
    1. Understanding clips and media files
      2m 34s
    2. Understanding the Select Project window
      5m 40s
    3. Working in the Project window
      5m 35s
    4. Setting up and organizing a project
      5m 13s
    5. Saving and backing up
      3m 57s
  3. 50m 15s
    1. Using the Composer Monitor and the timeline
      6m 32s
    2. Adding shots using Splice
      5m 57s
    3. Adding shots using Overwrite
      7m 2s
    4. Removing shots using Extract and Lift
      4m 31s
    5. Using Extract/Splice Segment Mode to switch shots in the timeline
      5m 1s
    6. Using Lift/Overwrite Segment Mode to move shots in the timeline
      5m 59s
    7. Using direct timeline manipulation
      4m 6s
    8. Using subclips and subsequences
      3m 48s
    9. Adding and patching video tracks
      7m 19s
  4. 26m 39s
    1. Understanding trimming
      3m 42s
    2. Using A-side Single-Roller Trim to improve audio timing
      7m 59s
    3. Using B-side Single-Roller Trim to improve audio timing
      5m 41s
    4. Using Dual-Roller Trim to refine video
      6m 5s
    5. Using Ripple Trim and Overwrite Trim
      3m 12s
  5. 24m 8s
    1. Using the J-K-L keys for navigation
      4m 15s
    2. Using navigation shortcuts
      6m 26s
    3. Using the Command palette
      6m 4s
    4. Sorting and sifting clips
      7m 23s
  6. 20m 38s
    1. J-K-L trimming
      4m 11s
    2. On-the-fly trimming
      7m 18s
    3. Advanced trim methods: Slip mode
      5m 18s
    4. Advanced trim methods: Slide mode
      3m 51s
  7. 21m 33s
    1. Using the Audio tool to read audio levels
      6m 18s
    2. Using the Audio Mixer to adjust audio level and pan
      8m 27s
    3. Keyframing audio for intra-segment audio adjustments
      6m 48s
  8. 55m 23s
    1. Using Quick Transition effects
      5m 19s
    2. Using the Effects palette and the Effects Editor
      5m 21s
    3. Keyframing segment effects
      6m 0s
    4. Using nesting and auto-nesting
      5m 49s
    5. Saving effects templates
      5m 34s
    6. Building basic composites using vertical effects
      4m 53s
    7. Using the Picture-in-Picture effect
      6m 41s
    8. Creating basic motion effects
      5m 55s
    9. Using Timewarp
      5m 56s
    10. Using the Color effect
      3m 55s
  9. 9m 48s
    1. Understanding system performance
      5m 58s
    2. Rendering tracks
      3m 50s
  10. 20m 30s
    1. Analyzing footage for problems
      3m 8s
    2. Using the Y-Waveform monitor to set whites and blacks
      5m 34s
    3. Using the RGB Parade to correct color casts
      4m 42s
    4. Using the Vectorscope to improve skin tones
      3m 27s
    5. Correcting color automatically
      3m 39s
  11. 29m 16s
    1. Formatting and enhancing text using Avid Marquee
      6m 52s
    2. Using Marquee to apply shapes and gradients
      4m 23s
    3. Using title templates
      2m 40s
    4. Bringing a title into Media Composer
      3m 42s
    5. Revising the title
      2m 49s
    6. Creating rolling and crawling titles
      4m 40s
    7. Using Auto-Titler
      4m 10s
  12. 22m 3s
    1. Using the Capture tool
      5m 7s
    2. Capturing footage
      4m 26s
    3. Batch-capturing
      4m 46s
    4. Adjusting settings for import
      5m 7s
    5. Using AMA (Avid Media Access) for QuickTime imports
      2m 37s
  13. 16m 54s
    1. Understanding deletion types and cases
      3m 51s
    2. Performing bin deletion
      3m 17s
    3. Understanding the Media tool
      6m 17s
    4. Identifying and deleting media relatives and non-relatives
      3m 29s
  14. 15m 31s
    1. Understanding media delivery types
      2m 28s
    2. Preparing a sequence for digital cut to print to tape
      2m 48s
    3. Performing a digital cut
      5m 8s
    4. Exporting a QuickTime movie or QuickTime reference
      5m 7s
  15. 14m 39s
    1. Solving the offline media problem
      3m 58s
    2. Re-linking media
      2m 19s
    3. Solving Avid settings corruption
      4m 35s
    4. Using the Avid Attic to find and retrieve bins
      3m 47s
  16. 19s
    1. Goodbye
      19s

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Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training
5h 54m Beginner Jul 07, 2010

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In Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training, author Ashley Kennedy demonstrates basic and intermediate editing techniques in Media Composer, one of the most widely used nonlinear, video editing systems. This course covers how to build sequences, mix audio, color correct footage, apply effects, and troubleshoot common post-production issues in Media Composer. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Adding and removing shots to build multi-track sequences
  • Trimming shots to improve audio timing and refine video
  • Learning navigation shortcuts
  • Customizing the workspace for an individualized editing experience
  • Using advanced trim methods
  • Adjusting audio levels and panning
  • Applying effects, such as Picture-in-Picture and Timewarp
  • Color correcting footage using a variety of built-in video scopes
  • Understanding the rendering and system performance relationship
  • Titling footage with Avid Marquee
  • Capturing and importing footage
  • Performing intelligent media management strategies
  • Exporting and printing to tape
Subjects:
Video Video Editing
Software:
Media Composer
Author:
Ashley Kennedy

Removing shots using Extract and Lift

Adding and replacing material is only a part of the equation. You'll also need to remove material from the sequence in order to build a successful story. In this movie, we'll learn how to remove material using the Extract and Lift commands, which as you'll see are the exact inverses of Splice and Overwrite. Let's take a look. Now, I was reviewing my sequence and I found a shot that I really didn't think belonged. It's right here. Let's take a look. (Music playing) We're kind of ramping up here and I think that this shot would go a lot better.

So I'm going to just remote it altogether. Again, to mark this clip, I'm going to press the T key and to Extract I can click on this yellow arrow right here, or it corresponds to the X key on the keyboard. I'll go ahead and press that. As you see the gap closed, the clip disappeared, and everything else shuffled down the timeline. This is what Extract does. It's basically the exact inverse of Splicing. Let's take a look here.

(Music playing) I think that works a little bit better. However, the shot right after it, it was way too short. That must have been a mistake. So again, I do want to take away as well. I am going zoom in, park right in the middle, press the T key to Extract and X. This is very common. You park, press T to mark your clip, press X to Extract and it's gone, like so. And let's play.

(Music playing) You know what, there's one more mistake. If you remember in the last movie, we edited this shot in to overwrite what was previously there. But we also have it here. So we neglected to see that we had a redundant shot in there. I kind of like the timing though. I don't want to close the gap. What I would like to do is remove the shot, think about it, go back to my bin, and pick out a shot that I'd like to include there instead.

So, I'm going to mark this using T and instead of extracting, I'm going to lift it out. Lift is the red arrow here and it corresponds to the Z key on the keyboard. So I've marked my clip, I'll press Z, and it's gone. There's is a black space, which in Avid is called filler, and as you see everything else stayed exactly where it was. We have filler holding the gap here. So as you see, Lift is a really good way to put a placeholder in your sequence to keep your timing the same everywhere else.

Actually, let's go ahead and replace it with something. Come here. We've already used that one, and actually let's go ahead and use our Urban group dancers shot right here. Let's see if this might be a good candidate. I think this might be really nice in this location since we're kind of ramping up with the music and we have a high action shot. Again, we have three marks, one, two, a third in the source monitor.

We'll go ahead and perform an Overwrite by pressing the B key, and let's take a look. (Music playing) So, we had kind of a dead space here, we had some low action shots and some really quick, almost Flash frames included in the sequence and we've replaced it with some of the shots that really work and extracted things that didn't. Remember, no editor is perfect and no editor will lay a sequence down perfectly on the first attempt.

Removing and tweaking material is sometimes, even more important then putting it down in the first place. Therefore, make sure to work Extract and Lift into your muscle memory as well. As you'll notice Lift, Extract, Splice, and Overwrite are all in the lower left-hand corner of the keyboard. Media Composer tends to group like functions near one another on purpose. We'll see more of these patterns as we continue. So, get used to these keyboard commands and keep practicing.

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