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Touring the Edit interface

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Video: Touring the Edit interface

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.

Touring the Edit interface

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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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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