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Using the Color effect


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Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training

with Ashley Kennedy

Video: Using the Color effect

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.
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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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Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training
6h 56m Beginner Dec 08, 2011

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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.

Topics include:
  • Adding and removing shots to build multi-track sequences
  • Trimming shots to fine-tune sequences
  • Exploring navigation shortcuts and project management strategies
  • Customizing the editing workspace
  • Using advanced editing and trimming methods
  • Adjusting audio levels and pan
  • Applying, nesting, compositing, and revising video effects
  • Understanding the relationship between rendering and system performance
  • Incorporating intelligent media management strategies
Subjects:
Video Video Editing
Software:
Media Composer
Author:
Ashley Kennedy

Using the Color effect

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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Q: When I open the exercise files, the media is all offline. I tried to reconnect using the steps in Chapter 14, but that isn't working. What do I do?
A: Make sure to watch the "Using the Exercise Files" video. The Avid MediaFiles folder must be located at the root directory of the media drive (i.e. not inside any other folders, such as the exercise files folder), or all media will be offline. Here's a summary.

1. In the lynda exercise files, there is a folder called Avid MediaFiles. Inside of that folder is a folder called MXF, and inside of the MXF folder is a folder called 1.

2. Rename the "1" folder to "2" (or any other number).

3. In a separate window, open the MXF folder of the Avid MediaFiles folder that's already on your system (not the exercise files folder). Drag the "2" folder from the exercise files to this MXF folder. You will now have both a "1" and a "2" folder. 
The media for this course will be in the "2" folder.
 
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