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In Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started, author Steve Holyhead explores the tools and techniques in Media Composer for producing great looking video, as well as the basics of high definition media formats. This course walks through the video production workflow from input to editing to output, covers key information such as trim concepts and frame rates, and introduces techniques such as color correction, footage stabilization, and real-time audio effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
Transition effects can help define the style of your piece, give it pace, or they can also be used as storytelling devices. Here in my Timeline, I'd like to add a transition between the flower clip and the valley clip. If I park on or near that transition point, and now go to this button here in my Timeline window, Quick Transition, if I click, I'll open up the Quick Transition dialog. You can see that I have control to deselect my audio tracks if it's just the video track that I'd like to add the transition to.
Next, I can choose the type of effect. In this case, I'm going to choose Dissolve. Underneath that, I can choose the position. Would I like the effect to be centered on the cut? In this case, 12 frames before, 12 frames after, or would I like it to start at the cut point and therefore take place from the cut onwards, or end at the cut point, begin, and then complete, by the time we get to the cut point between the two clips? I can also choose Custom. I can add numeric entries or slide the effect, like so.
Let's choose Centered. I've got a choice to Add or Add and Render. If I want to add and render, then I can also select the target drive that I would be creating new media on. In this case though, because this should be a real-time effect, given that it has this green dot here, then I will just choose to add the effect, like so. We should be able to play it back straightaway. (Clip playing.) There we go! Let's also have a look at the icon in the sequence here. You can see that we've added the Dissolve icon.
It's got the green dot, which represents real-time, and then we've got this line which shows us the bounds of the transition, beginning here, ending there. Let's zoom out. Let's go towards the end of the Timeline. If I'd like to add a different type of effect here between the forest floor and the water, I'll park close by. Now, I'm going to come back to the Quick Transition dialog, open it back up again. This time though, after I've deactivated the audio tracks, I'm going to choose Dip to Color.
I'll make it 12 frames long, centered on the cut, and again, I'm going to add. Another icon has been added to the transition point, again with a green dot, and again with a line representing the bounds of the transition point. Let's have a look at that. (Music playing.) So, by default, this effect is a Dip to Black. If I would like to change that into a Dip to White, for example, then I'm going to need to edit the effect. If I want to edit the effect, then I need to go into Effects mode.
You could see at the moment, we're still currently in Source/Record mode. If I come here to the Effect mode button, I can access Effects mode that way. There's also an Effects Mode button down here in the Timeline palette. Let's activate Effects mode. Now we get the Effect Editor. Here's the icon and the name of the effect that we're editing. Here's the duration of the effect down here, and here is the Background Color, and that's what I'd like to affect. So, I'm going to click and choose white. Click OK, and now when I go back and play back in my sequence - (Music playing.) - I've got a white flash instead.
If I particularly like that effect, and I would like to keep it for future use, then, in Effects mode, all I need to do is grab hold of the Effect icon here, hold down and drag it to my bin. Now, I have that available, and I can take it and drop it on other transitions in the Timeline area. (Music playing.) If I want to remove effects, then I park near or on the effect, and use the Remove Effect button.
Another technique I can use is to add a transition effect to multiple cut points at the same time. If I make an in point here in my Timeline and then an out point here on my Timeline, and I choose the transition, I go to the Quick Transition dialog, I can now choose to add this Dissolve across all of the cut points between the in and out marks in my sequence. Let's click Add. Now you can see, I've got three dissolves in a row. (Music playing.) There's something very important to bear in mind here: A dissolve or a transition can only take place if you have handles at the beginning and end of the clips, which extend beyond where they currently are in the Timeline.
If I click down here with my double roller and try and drag to the left or to the right, you can see that there are no handles at this transition point at all. As a result, if I would park here, and go to the Quick Transition dialog and attempt to add a dissolve, you can see I'm told, look on the A side, there are 0 handles, on the B side, there are 0 handles. Therefore, no matter how hard I try, I can't add a duration to this effect. It just can't be added.
Being able to create, customize, and save effects with ease encourages us to get experimental and try things out.
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