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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.
In the previous movie we covered splicing to build our sequence. We did it linearly, which means that we added one shot after another, and here I have this sequence completed. What if I wanted to put a shot in non-linearly, though? I want to put it in before everything that I previously did. That's not a problem because Media Composer is a non-linear editing application. So I am just going to open up my Broll Event bin, because there is a shot in there of a swing dancing poster that could establish this scene quite nicely.
I am going to just open this bin, and we will go to there, and my poster shot is right here. Let's see. We want to definitely show swing dancing competition text and maybe a little bit of the beginning of that. That's already 10-second-and-7-frame shop, but we will have a little bit of narration for our promo underneath, so we will go ahead and go with this. We have moved our position indicator to the beginning, which again we can do by pressing the Home key if it's not there already.
And we know that we are patching our video and audio to video and audio in the Timeline. Now, we probably won't end up using this audio, but for right now, we're going to put it in, in case we need a little bit of natural sound underneath our promo audio. So I am going to press Splice here, again, by pressing the V key, and you will notice that it got spliced at the very beginning and pushed everything else down. This is what Splice does; it edits the shot in wherever my position indicator is.
I'm going to undo that by pressing Ctrl+Z or Command+Z if I was on a Mac, and I want to show you something else regarding my in and out points. If I set an in point at the beginning, which you can see here, but I have my position indicator elsewhere, and then I press V to splice, you will notice that the shot still was edited into the beginning. Even though my position indicator was elsewhere, it honored the in point.
The basic rule is, if you don't have an in or out point, your position indicator acts as your in or out point, but in the presence of another in or out point, your position indicator is no longer your establishing in or out point. So, keep that in mind, in case you should have any stray in or out points in your sequence, that's how it behaves. The point I want to drive home is that you can edit your shots into the Timeline in any order that you choose.
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