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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.
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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