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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.
Often you will want to save an effect to use for later, on a different clip. Media Composer makes this easy through saving effect templates. Okay, so we have a couple of effects here that we might like to apply again to a different clip, and the first is this flash to white. I might like to apply it to the end when we go back to the suitcase scene, and so what I'm going to do is actually save this out to a bin so that I can apply it later. I am going to create a new bin, and I am just going to call it Effect Templates, and I'm just going to make that accessible, and I'm going to park on my effect, and open the Effect Editor.
And every single effect in Media Composer has a little icon next to its title. To save this effect template out, just click on the icon, drag to your bin, and you have it to use for another clip. I like to rename this, so I'm just going to call this Flash to White, and we can close this and now this is as if I was applying it from the Effect palette. I just click and drag until I go in between these two shots.
It lights up, and I'm going to release, and we now have a flash to white. I will take a look. (clip playing) All right, so we have applied it, and we can apply it to as many transitions as we want. Now, I am going to give you a special little tip here to make this even easier. When you are saving out a transition and you think you are going to use it lots of times, you can actually set up a new bin, call it Quick Transitions, exactly spelled, and instead of putting it just in a bin called Effect Templates, I'm going to put it in this bin and then close it out.
Now, when I park on any transition and open up the Quick Transition dialog box, when I click on the type of transition I would like to add, you will see your custom transition is at the bottom of the list. So if I apply that, I can then come in and alter my Duration, alter how it starts or ends, and then go ahead and just add it. I don't want this right here, so I'm going to cancel out. But again, if you have a very common transition that you use a lot, the Quick Transition trick, by creating a bin, for it is really great.
This works the same way with segment effects, so if I just click on my segment here, open up the Effect Editor, I can save out any one of these effects. So if I know that I'm going to have several black-and-white shots, I can just drag my color effect to my Effect Template bin. I am going to go ahead and rename this so it's a little bit more descriptive. I'm just going to call it Black/White, B/W, and again, I can apply this in my sequence and I don't have to go into my effect template and I don't have to manipulate any parameters.
I think you will certainly find yourself often saving out effect templates because as a rule, shows tend to exhibit similar look and feel throughout the entire piece. Therefore, shots often need a similar treatment applied in multiple locations. So, I think effect templates will serve you well.
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