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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.
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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