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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.
We are back out at the Select Project window, and this time we are going into the Swing Dancing project, so I'll select that. And we've got the proper user profile loaded. Let's go ahead and click OK to launch Media Composer. Okay, I want to talk just a little bit about the organization inside the Project window. If you are following along with the exercise files, you'll definitely just stay in this project for the duration of the course, but each of the chapters is broken out into its individual folder.
Then inside each of the folders is a bin that contains the material that you will be working with. Notice that this movie has an empty bin because you are going to be starting from scratch. You will also want to open this folder called _Editing Materials, and then inside there is another folder called Broll. This is all of the raw material that you will be working with when constructing the programs throughout the duration of this course, so you want to keep this open all the time.
Now that we know what the Source monitor, the Record monitor and the Timeline do, let's go ahead and get started editing. I'm going to open up my Broll Dancing 2 bin, and we will go ahead and load a clip by double-clicking on the clip icon. I will go ahead and double-click on this first clip. And I want to go through this clip, and there are several ways to do that. We already know one way, which is dragging the position indicator through the Time bar underneath the Source monitor, and another way is to click on the play button on the user interface.
Now, I mentioned this, but I also want to drive home the importance of using keyboard shortcuts over the user interface buttons. It makes you a much faster and more efficient editor if you use the keyboard, so while I will reference these, I'm going to practice on the keyboard. The equivalent to the play button on the user interface is the spacebar. And if I press it once, I will play and if I press it again, I will stop. I will go ahead and do that. (clip playing) That's both a play and a stop button.
The 5 key on the keyboard also does that. (clip playing) Those are our two main play/stop buttons and if I come over to these buttons here, this is the step backward 1 frame, step forward 1 frame, step back 10 frames, and step forward 10 frames. Again, here they are on the user interface, but on our keyboard these are the 1, 2, 3, and 4 keys. I press 1 to go back ten frames or one third of a second, 2 to go forward ten frames, 3 to go back one frame, and 4 to go forward one frame.
And if I press the left arrow key, I go to the left by one frame, and the right arrow key I go to the right by one frame. Also, if I want to go to the beginning of a clip, I can press the Home button and if I want to go to the end of the clip, I can press the End button. Already, we know the spacebar, the 1, 2, 3, and 4 key and the Home and End key. Now that we know how to navigate through the source clip, I would like to cover how to mark it.
If you take a look at the left and right side of the play button, you will see the Mark IN button and the Mark OUT button. These correspond to the I key and O key on the keyboard. So, I am going to play through the clip and when I want to mark an in point, I'm going to press I and when I want to mark an out point, I will press O. (clip playing) There is my marked clip.
If I want to go to my in point, I can press this button here, or the Q key, and if I want to go to my out point, I can press this button here, or the W key. A great button to know is the Play IN to OUT so you can see how the clip looks before you edit it into the Timeline, and that corresponds to the 6 key. (clip playing) Also, if you would like to know the duration of the clip in between your in and out point, you can look up here in the Center Duration box and we can see that this is a four-second-and-fourteen-frame clip.
Finally, if I would like to move my in or out points, I can do by Alt+Dragging or Option+Dragging on a Mac, like so. Or I can simply just remark the point by going to different location and pressing the out or the in key. So now that you are familiar with playing through and marking clips, we are all set to begin editing.
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