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Saving effects templates

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Video: Saving effects templates

Often, you'll want to save an effect to use for later on a different clip. Media Composer makes this easy through saving out effect templates. Let's take a look at our segment here, which has four different effects on it. I've got my Mask and my Resize, my Flop and my Color Effect. Let's say I want to save out my color effect, which is just making the clip black and white, so that I can use that on all of the segments in the sequence. What I'm going to do is save this to a Bin and then apply that to the various segments in this sequence.

Saving effects templates

Often, you'll want to save an effect to use for later on a different clip. Media Composer makes this easy through saving out effect templates. Let's take a look at our segment here, which has four different effects on it. I've got my Mask and my Resize, my Flop and my Color Effect. Let's say I want to save out my color effect, which is just making the clip black and white, so that I can use that on all of the segments in the sequence. What I'm going to do is save this to a Bin and then apply that to the various segments in this sequence.

Let's go ahead and create a bin. I'll call it Effect Templates, and we'll make that live in our 8.5 folder. Now if I go into the Effect Editor, you'll see that if I click on my mask, my mask parameters are here, my Resize, my Flop and my Color Effect and the Color Effect is the thing I want to save out. So I'm going to click on this icon up here, drag it to my bin, and I'm just going to call this Black and White, and if I want to close this nest all at once, I go ahead and double- click on the bottommost layer.

And now I can take this effect and just drag it anywhere I want. It's as if I'm dragging it from the Effect palette. If I want to apply it to every single segment in the sequence, I just have to Shift+click and double-click in my Bin, and you'll see that every segment in the sequence will get the Black and White color effect. That's that. You just have to save it out and use it again as needed.

Now, one thing you should know is that if you have an animated effect, like my resize here, as you remember it zooms in and then zooms back out, you can't save that out and use it again on a new clip, because the only value it takes is the value that is assigned to the very first keyframe in the segment. So because I had four different keyframes working together to make that one effect, it's not actually going to translate all four keyframes if I want to apply that to a new effect.

That's the one thing you need to be aware of when saving out effects. Now I want to save out a transition. Let's create a transition, where it flashes to white in between clip A and clip B. So, I'll go into my Effect palette and I'll go to Blend and Dip to Color, and I'll apply it to a transition, go into my Effect Editor, and again I'm looking for the part where I get a full black frame.

I'll go ahead and put a keyframe there and instead of using a black background color, I'm going to click here on this button, choose white. So now, it's going to flash to white. ] If I want, I can make it stay white for two or three frames. I'll go ahead and go forward two frames, put another keyframe, Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V, and now I've got a nice little flash to white.

If I would like to use this transition again and I want it to appear in the Quick Transitions window, I can do this. I do this simply by going to create a new bin, naming it exactly Quick Transitions. It has to be named exactly Quick Transitions or this won't work, and then save this effect to my Quick Transitions bin and I'm just going to rename this, Flash to White.

As soon as I close this now, if I go to my Quick Transitions window and I click on this menu, you can see that Flash to White now appears in this menu. The neat thing about this is that it's easily accessible and then I'm able to customize it further if I want to. If I want it to last more than a second, if I want it to last two seconds, 24 frames in a second here, just quickly type in 48.

This is now a two-second Flash to White, add it, and we're good to go. If I want to add the transition to all of the edits, in between and out, I can come up to here, add Flash to White, apply to all between In and Out and it does it for me. You'll certainly find yourself often saving out effect templates, because as a rule, shows tend to exhibit a similar look and feel throughout the entire piece.

Therefore, shots often need similar treatments applied in multiple locations, so effect templates will serve you well.

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Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training

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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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