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Splicing shots

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Video: Splicing shots

Once you have marked your shots, they are ready to be added to your Timeline to form and build the sequence. In this movie, we will talk about how to use the Splice tool to add shots into a sequence, and we will begin exploring the non-linear nature of Media Composer by splicing shots in at different moments of the sequence to build our story. Let's go ahead and make sure that our Broll Dancing 2 bin is open, and I also want to open my Music bin, so I will go ahead and just drag it up here and take advantage of the tabbed interface. And I also want to open the _Sequences bin, because we are about to build a sequence and I want to make sure that the bin is open so that it can go into it.

Splicing shots

Once you have marked your shots, they are ready to be added to your Timeline to form and build the sequence. In this movie, we will talk about how to use the Splice tool to add shots into a sequence, and we will begin exploring the non-linear nature of Media Composer by splicing shots in at different moments of the sequence to build our story. Let's go ahead and make sure that our Broll Dancing 2 bin is open, and I also want to open my Music bin, so I will go ahead and just drag it up here and take advantage of the tabbed interface. And I also want to open the _Sequences bin, because we are about to build a sequence and I want to make sure that the bin is open so that it can go into it.

I am going to my Music bin and load the clip called Swing that Thing. This is actually the first time that we have seen an audio-only clip, so this is what that looks like, a little waveform. Go ahead and double-click. So once we load that clip, we see the name of the clip up here at the top in the Clip Name menu. We don't get a visual representation of it because it's an audio-only clip, but if we look down here in the Timeline, we can see that it is two tracks of audio: A1 and A2.

I am going to mark this entire clip because I want the entire thing edited. And I can either mark an in by pressing I at the beginning and an out by pressing O at the end or I am going to go ahead and clear those in and out points by pressing G. I can just click anywhere in the Time bar and press T, which means Mark Clip, and that means that both the in and out point are added to the entire clip simultaneously.

So my clip is ready to be edited into the Timeline. I am going to press the Splice key, which is right here underneath the Source monitor, and that corresponds to the V key. I will go ahead and press V. This is asking me which bin I would like to put this sequence in, so I am going to put it into _Sequences, say OK, and I immediately want to name that. I am going to go over to the _Sequences bin, which I can't see, so I can go ahead and pull it down right here.

Instead of Untitled Sequence, we want to name this Swing montage, and a good practice you can adopt is to append the sequence with your date and initials. This will let you know exactly when it was created and who created it. I won't be doing it throughout this course, but it's definitely a good thing for you to adopt. So as we take a look here, we have A1 and A2 edited with a blank video track, which is perfect for our montage. I'm going to go back to my Broll bin, which I can do by clicking on this pulldown menu here, and I am going to go back to Broll Dancing, and I am going to load the Swing dance all Extreme Long Shot clip.

This is a video clip of an entire dance from beginning to end, and the one under it, Swing dance all Medium Shot, is the same exact dance, but in a medium shot. So what we are going to do is to cut back and forth between the extreme long shot and the medium shot so that it looks like one dance sequence. Let's go ahead and load up the extreme long shot and I'm going to mark an in at the very beginning of this dance sequence, right here.

I'm going to play through and I will mark out on the fly. So I will press spacebar. (clip playing) And I marked out, and I am going to go ahead and go to my out point by pressing W, and you will notice that our female dancer, Kim, has her back to us right here. So that becomes important in our next step. Let's go ahead and play that by pressing 6, Play IN to OUT.

(clip playing) All right, I am going to move my in point just slightly so that they have already started moving, and I will press the I again to reestablish that in point. Okay, so this is the first video clip that I want to edit into the Timeline. If I come down here to the Timeline, I see that my track selectors are set up for a video-and-audio edit. So what I want to do is just deselect my audio so that this becomes a video-only edit.

I want to make that my position indicator is at the very beginning of the sequence, and I am going to splice this in. Again, the keyboard shortcut is V. That's our first video clip. Let's go ahead and play through. I'm going to press the Home key to go to the beginning, and we will see what this looks like. (clip playing) That's our first clip. Looks good. I want to make sure that the next clip starts directly after this, and since my position indicator is not there, I am going to Ctrl+Click or Command+Click on a Mac near the edit point and it will snap right there.

I can even Ctrl+Click or Command+Click on this side and it will still snap to this edit point right here. So, I am all set to go, and this little white L also indicates that I am right there on that edit point. Let's go back to our medium shot. So here is where Kim has her back to us. I am going to go ahead and mark an in point there, and let's go ahead and play through. And I am going to mark an out. Maybe a little bit before that so maybe their arms are outstretched here. I will go ahead and mark an out and let's play that by pressing 6.

(clip playing) I am going to go ahead and edit this into the Timeline. Again, I will press V. Let's go back to our extreme long shot, and we will follow the dance through. There are their outstretched hands. I want to make sure that I again match on action, so that we have the same moment in time. Again, we are constructing a reality here. Even though these were shot at different times, we were editing them together so that it seems like it was at one time. So, I am going to mark an in, press Play.

(clip playing) And this time I am going to go ahead and press an out here. This is a three-second-and-15-frame clip. I have got my position indicator positioned perfectly. We want this to be a video-only edit, so I am going to deselect my audio here and I will press V. And so far we have edited eight seconds and 24 frames into our sequence. We have got three shots. Let's go ahead and take a moment to see how this looks, how it's working together, and see if we need to change anything or if we like it.

(clip playing) Everything looked really smooth there. We are going back and forth between camera angles, and I think it looks pretty good. So this is the pattern. We are going to back and forth between our extreme long shot and our medium shot to assemble this dance sequence. It's a fairly simple process, but you will see that by the end it will definitely start forming a really nice product.

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Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training

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  1. 3m 55s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 39s
  2. 22m 54s
    1. Touring the Select Project window
      4m 45s
    2. Exploring bins
      4m 23s
    3. Customizing user settings
      3m 36s
    4. Setting up and organizing a project
      5m 57s
    5. Saving and backing up the project
      4m 13s
  3. 57m 27s
    1. Touring the Composer Monitor and the Timeline
      2m 29s
    2. Touring the Edit interface
      5m 6s
    3. Splicing shots
      7m 43s
    4. Splicing non-linearly
      2m 43s
    5. Overwriting shots
      4m 35s
    6. Removing shots using Extract and Lift
      4m 38s
    7. Using Segment mode (Extract/Splice) to switch shots
      6m 37s
    8. Using Segment mode (Lift/Overwrite) to move shots
      6m 31s
    9. Using Extract/Splice and Lift/Overwrite together
      3m 32s
    10. Manipulating the Timeline directly
      4m 34s
    11. Creating subclips and subsequences
      3m 48s
    12. Adding multiple video and audio tracks
      5m 11s
  4. 23m 28s
    1. Understanding trimming
      3m 19s
    2. Performing single-roller trims
      5m 15s
    3. Performing dual-roller trims
      3m 54s
    4. Using Ripple Trim and Overwrite Trim
      5m 4s
    5. Understanding sync
      3m 17s
    6. Solving sync problems
      2m 39s
  5. 54m 26s
    1. Navigating with JKL
      3m 26s
    2. Using navigation shortcuts
      4m 47s
    3. Using the Command palette
      6m 4s
    4. Customizing the Timeline
      4m 54s
    5. Using bin layouts
      3m 49s
    6. Using workspaces
      6m 41s
    7. Sorting and sifting clips
      5m 57s
    8. Using the Find tool
      5m 13s
    9. Using markers
      5m 54s
    10. Using PhraseFind
      3m 21s
    11. Using ScriptSync
      4m 20s
  6. 20m 42s
    1. Trimming with JKL
      4m 53s
    2. Performing Slip edits
      6m 1s
    3. Performing Slide edits
      5m 39s
    4. Performing Replace edits
      4m 9s
  7. 27m 17s
    1. Reading audio levels and pan
      5m 42s
    2. Using the audio mixer
      10m 1s
    3. Keyframing audio
      7m 6s
    4. Recording audio adjustments on the fly
      4m 28s
  8. 55m 1s
    1. Using Quick Transition effects
      4m 6s
    2. Using the Transition Manipulation tool
      3m 12s
    3. Using the Effects palette and the Effect Editor
      6m 1s
    4. Keyframing segment effects
      5m 30s
    5. Nesting and auto-nesting
      5m 54s
    6. Saving effect templates
      3m 23s
    7. Building basic composites using vertical effects
      4m 7s
    8. Using the picture-in-picture (PIP) effect
      5m 14s
    9. Using the Color effect
      4m 24s
    10. Creating basic motion effects
      6m 55s
    11. Using Timewarp
      6m 15s
  9. 11m 48s
    1. Understanding system performance
      6m 13s
    2. Rendering intelligently
      5m 35s
  10. 26m 44s
    1. Analyzing footage for problems
      2m 27s
    2. Using the Y-Waveform monitor to set whites and blacks
      7m 16s
    3. Using the RGB Parade to correct color casts
      5m 50s
    4. Using the Vectorscope to improve skin tones
      5m 34s
    5. Using auto color correction
      5m 37s
  11. 30m 10s
    1. Formatting and enhancing text using Avid Marquee
      5m 32s
    2. Using Marquee to apply shapes and gradients
      5m 18s
    3. Using title templates
      3m 45s
    4. Bringing the title into Media Composer
      3m 54s
    5. Revising the title
      2m 17s
    6. Creating rolling and crawling titles
      5m 14s
    7. Using AutoTitler
      4m 10s
  12. 32m 37s
    1. Importing files
      6m 47s
    2. Linking to files using AMA
      3m 36s
    3. Linking to hi-res stills
      5m 59s
    4. Using the Avid Marketplace
      2m 50s
    5. Using the Capture tool
      5m 19s
    6. Capturing footage
      3m 41s
    7. Batch capturing
      4m 25s
  13. 12m 58s
    1. Deleting material from the bin
      5m 29s
    2. Understanding the Media tool
      4m 46s
    3. Deleting unreferenced clips
      2m 43s
  14. 17m 35s
    1. Preparing your sequence for output
      5m 44s
    2. Performing a digital cut
      5m 26s
    3. Exporting your sequence as a file
      6m 25s
  15. 19m 2s
    1. Solving offline media
      6m 48s
    2. Re-linking media
      3m 0s
    3. Resetting Avid settings
      5m 9s
    4. Using the Avid Attic
      4m 5s
  16. 44s
    1. Additional resources
      44s

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