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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.
Trimming is probably the most important part of editing. Why? Well, it's because where editors work out the timing and pacing of a scene. Keep in mind, anyone can string shots together in a sequence, but that doesn't make them a good editor. But it's through trimming the sequence that an editor can really breathe life into a scene. By starting a shot sooner or later, or ending a shot sooner or later, and deciding where audio and video intersect, that gives the sequence the proper energy it needs, rather than having it fall flat.
To do this, you must use and understand Trim. Okay. So, we have our sequence here, and I just want to review how we bring shots into the sequence by setting in and out points in the source, and then bringing them into the sequence by splicing or overwriting. Now, we've chosen the section that we want to include, which corresponds right here, but we have all of these material before my in point and after my out point that's still here in my master clip and is totally accessible to me.
So, if we want to let this shot out, perhaps we would want to have the shot start sooner, or later, or both, or if we wanted to tighten it up, we have that option too. Except we don't set our in or out points again in the source. That just doesn't make sense. Instead, we're going to do all of these adjustments within the Timeline. Let's go ahead and enter a trim so that you can see a little bit about what I'm talking about. There's a couple of ways to enter a trim. One way is to make sure you have the correct track selected, which I do, and park near the transition point and press U.
And I'm going to get out of Trim by either clicking U again or clicking on the Time Code track or my ruler up here. And one more way to enter Trim is to just lasso the transition. It's a really easy way to get in, and again, I can just click on my Time Code track to get back out. So, let's enter a trim, zoom in, and take a look at exactly what we're looking at here. Now, as you will notice, this is no longer my source monitor.
As you remember, I have this clip loaded in my source monitor, but now we see this clip. And this clip corresponds to the last frame on my A side; that's the clip on the left. This frame corresponds to the very first frame on my B side, which is the clip on the right. You'll also notice that I have two trim rollers. Right now, we're in something called Dual Roller Trim, which we will explore in a future movie, but you know this because I have rollers on either side. And as my cursor approaches these rollers, it turns into a Trim icon.
You'll also notice that I have Trim Counters, an A-side Trim Counter, and a B-side Trim Counter, and that is going to count the number of frames that I either add or subtract from my A and B Side. We also have trim buttons underneath my A side monitor that allow me to trim to the left and right by one frame and by then frames, respectively. All right, I'm going to exit Trim mode here by again clicking on my ruler, or my Time Code track.
And with that tour, let's go ahead and get started trimming.
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