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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.
Changing a clip's color, brightness, and style are universal effects in editing, either for correcting images that need adjustments or by adding a specific style or a look. Most of these adjustments can be done via Avid's powerful Color Correction tool, which we'll cover in a later chapter; however, one effect that can offer some great basic adjustments is the Color effect and in this lesson we'll take a look at the Color Effect. So the Color Effect is found in the Effect palettes, in the Image Category, right here near the top.
I'm going to go ahead and just drag it onto my clip here, and basically I'm just going to do some testing, because I'd like to change my color style within this effect composite, because as you see, I've done a little bit more work. I now have three picture-in-picture effects, and I've changed the sizes a little bit, and I'd like to give them all the same color style. So I'm using this clip as kind of a testing ground for that. I'm going to open up the Effect Editor, and as you see here, I have six parameter categories in the Color effect.
I'll just briefly show them to you. We have Luma Adjust, where we can adjust brightness and contrast; Luma Range, where I adjust my white point and black point; Luma Clip; we have Chroma Adjust, where we can adjust hue and saturation; Color Style, where we can add some posterization and solarization; and Color Gain, where we can add or subtract various color channels. I'm going to close all of these up, and I encourage you to go in and play with these as much as possible to see all of the various color effects that you can apply, but we're going to go ahead and perform some targeted adjustments.
First of all, what I'd like to do is make this really graphic-looking. So we're going to increase the contrast and the saturation and then add some posterization as well. I'm going to open up Luma Range and to increase contrast, I can crunch my blacks and whites, which means I'm going to decrease the white point and increase the black point. And then I'm going to come into Chroma Adjust and bump up my saturation. And just so you know, all of the effects in the Color effect, from the top to the bottom, they're applied in order.
So I first crunched my blacks and whites, then I've upped my saturation, and now I'm coming in to add some style, as far as the posterization. And I'm going to bump that up, and it's still a little dark, so I'm going to make sure I bring in some brightness here. So I think that's the basic effect that I'm after. I want to save this out so that I can use it again on a different clip. I'll come over to Bins, create a new bin, and I'm just going to call this Color Templates.
And again, we just click and drag the icon to the left of the Color effect name into my bin, and I'm going to call this graphic. So now I'm going to apply this to my picture-in-picture composite. Again, because we've saved it out, we don't actually need to go back into my Effect palette. Rather, I can just double-click and I see my raw video underneath within the nest, and I'll just click and drag and do the same thing for V2.
Click and drag with my mouse and release on V2, and again on V3. And to close the entire nest, I'm just going to double-click on V1. That's pretty good. That's what I'm after. And if I want to apply this to multiple clips after this, I can do that by Shift+Clicking on multiple clips and then all I have to do is double-click on the clip in the bin. So I'll double-click on my graphic template.
You'll see it's automatically applied to these next two clips, and we've used the Color effect to create this stylization. Again, I do encourage you to go into the Color effect and play around with all of the parameters in here. There are lots and lots to choose from and lots of different effects that you can create using this simple effect.
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