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Using the Composer Monitor and the timeline

From: Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training

Video: Using the Composer Monitor and the timeline

By now, you should be fairly familiar with Media Composer's organizational tools within the Project window and bins. In this movie, we will begin talking about Media Composer's assembly tools by taking a look at the Composer window and Timeline. This is otherwise known as the Edit Interface. The Composer window is made up of two monitors, the source monitor and record monito,r and below them is the Timeline. The Timeline correlates with the record monitor, because it represents the graphical representation of the show that we edit and the record monitor represents the visual representation or the output.

Using the Composer Monitor and the timeline

By now, you should be fairly familiar with Media Composer's organizational tools within the Project window and bins. In this movie, we will begin talking about Media Composer's assembly tools by taking a look at the Composer window and Timeline. This is otherwise known as the Edit Interface. The Composer window is made up of two monitors, the source monitor and record monito,r and below them is the Timeline. The Timeline correlates with the record monitor, because it represents the graphical representation of the show that we edit and the record monitor represents the visual representation or the output.

Everything is blank right now so we don't really have a frame of reference for where everything goes. So take a look at the source monitor I'm actually going to load it. I am going to open the Montage Selects bin and to load a clip I simply double-click on clip icon next to the clip text like so. Or I could click-and-drag into the source monitor. either one works. Immediately, we see a visual representation of the clip in the source monitor.

We also see the name of the clip up here above it and we have a time bar with a position indicator that we can scrub through and watch the clip like so. One more thing has happened in the Timeline. This track selector right here says V1, which means there is one track of video to correlate with the one track of video that I've loaded. I'm also going to load the Timeline so that we can have a frame of reference for where it's located in there in the record monitor. I've a demo sequence in my Sequences bin and to load the sequence I just double-click on that Sequence icon.

And you can see there are two things happened. The Timeline populated with my sequence and record monitor populated with the visual output of my sequence. Again, I have a position indicator in the time bar that I can drag through and look at I have the clips that comprise my sequence. As I do this you can see that the position indicator also drags in the Timeline. This is what I meant by saying that they correlate with one another. I also have the title of my sequence up here.

I've a lot of buttons that I can use to navigate through my sequence and my source clip. For now, we are not going to deal with the sequence so I'm going to unload it. I do that by clicking on my clip name and choosing Clear Monitor. And let's just take a look at my source clip. As I just mentioned we can scrub through to watch our clip. I can also play the clip forward in real-time and the most obvious way to do that is to press the Play button right here on the user interface. If I press it will play forward in real-time.

I press Play again to stop. So that button is both a Play and Stop button. There are several buttons on the keyboard that correlate to the Play button. The most obvious button one is the Spacebar. I go ahead and click Spacebar once to play and click it again to stop. Another way to go through the clip is to step through it. I've my Step commands right here. Step Backward 1 Frame, Forward 1 Frame, and Step Backward 8 Frames, Step Forward 8 Frames.

We can do it on the user interface like so. I can also do it using the keyboard using the 1, 2, 3, and 4 keys. 1 is Step Back 8, 2 is Step Forward 8, 3 Step Back 1, and 4 Step Forward 1. The Left and Right Arrows also represents Step Forward and Backward by 1 frame. So there's several ways to play it here.

We can press Play, we can use the keyboard Play, we can scrub through, and we can step through. So now that we know how to navigate through our clip, we want to mark it. We want to say which part of the clip I want to edit into my sequence. To do that there are two buttons on each side of the Play button, the Mark IN and Mark OUT buttons. So when I see the portion of the clip that I'd to include in my sequence I'm going to click Mark IN and when I know that's the end of the part that I want to include my sequence I click Mark OUT.

To drive home the importance of keyboard shortcuts I'm going to use my keyboard. So the key that corresponds to Mark IN is I and the key that corresponds to Mark OUT is O. So I'm going to play forward with my Spacebar and then mark an In using my I key right about here and they go in a circle. My clip I want to end right there and that's just about right. If I'd like to play this from In to Out, the button that will do that is right below the Play button, Play IN to OUT.

But again I'm going to use the keyboard. That's the 6 key. All right, that's great. If I want to move my In or Out you'll notice that dragging it doesn't work. I have to actually Alt+Drag or if I'm on a Mac system Option+Drag and I can move it that way or I can simply move to a new location in the time bar and just press O again or just press I again and it will update. Notice that when I'm on in Mark IN and Mark OUT I have these teeth marks that indicate that I'm on that.

And if I come to my Out the teeth marks on the right side indicate that. So I've marked this clip. It's ready to be added into the Timeline. I'm going to mark a couple more and then in the next movie let's talk about how to get it into the Timeline. So let's just quickly mark this clip. We will scrub through it, see what part we like, how about right there. So I'm going to play. (Music playing) Mark it IN.

(Music playing) And you saw I'm marked an Out on the fly there. So because you are editing a montage what I do is just go through and mark the portions of the clips that I like. In the next movie we will talk about how to edit it all together to music.

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Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training

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  1. 3m 43s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 27s
  2. 22m 59s
    1. Understanding clips and media files
      2m 34s
    2. Understanding the Select Project window
      5m 40s
    3. Working in the Project window
      5m 35s
    4. Setting up and organizing a project
      5m 13s
    5. Saving and backing up
      3m 57s
  3. 50m 15s
    1. Using the Composer Monitor and the timeline
      6m 32s
    2. Adding shots using Splice
      5m 57s
    3. Adding shots using Overwrite
      7m 2s
    4. Removing shots using Extract and Lift
      4m 31s
    5. Using Extract/Splice Segment Mode to switch shots in the timeline
      5m 1s
    6. Using Lift/Overwrite Segment Mode to move shots in the timeline
      5m 59s
    7. Using direct timeline manipulation
      4m 6s
    8. Using subclips and subsequences
      3m 48s
    9. Adding and patching video tracks
      7m 19s
  4. 26m 39s
    1. Understanding trimming
      3m 42s
    2. Using A-side Single-Roller Trim to improve audio timing
      7m 59s
    3. Using B-side Single-Roller Trim to improve audio timing
      5m 41s
    4. Using Dual-Roller Trim to refine video
      6m 5s
    5. Using Ripple Trim and Overwrite Trim
      3m 12s
  5. 24m 8s
    1. Using the J-K-L keys for navigation
      4m 15s
    2. Using navigation shortcuts
      6m 26s
    3. Using the Command palette
      6m 4s
    4. Sorting and sifting clips
      7m 23s
  6. 20m 38s
    1. J-K-L trimming
      4m 11s
    2. On-the-fly trimming
      7m 18s
    3. Advanced trim methods: Slip mode
      5m 18s
    4. Advanced trim methods: Slide mode
      3m 51s
  7. 21m 33s
    1. Using the Audio tool to read audio levels
      6m 18s
    2. Using the Audio Mixer to adjust audio level and pan
      8m 27s
    3. Keyframing audio for intra-segment audio adjustments
      6m 48s
  8. 55m 23s
    1. Using Quick Transition effects
      5m 19s
    2. Using the Effects palette and the Effects Editor
      5m 21s
    3. Keyframing segment effects
      6m 0s
    4. Using nesting and auto-nesting
      5m 49s
    5. Saving effects templates
      5m 34s
    6. Building basic composites using vertical effects
      4m 53s
    7. Using the Picture-in-Picture effect
      6m 41s
    8. Creating basic motion effects
      5m 55s
    9. Using Timewarp
      5m 56s
    10. Using the Color effect
      3m 55s
  9. 9m 48s
    1. Understanding system performance
      5m 58s
    2. Rendering tracks
      3m 50s
  10. 20m 30s
    1. Analyzing footage for problems
      3m 8s
    2. Using the Y-Waveform monitor to set whites and blacks
      5m 34s
    3. Using the RGB Parade to correct color casts
      4m 42s
    4. Using the Vectorscope to improve skin tones
      3m 27s
    5. Correcting color automatically
      3m 39s
  11. 29m 16s
    1. Formatting and enhancing text using Avid Marquee
      6m 52s
    2. Using Marquee to apply shapes and gradients
      4m 23s
    3. Using title templates
      2m 40s
    4. Bringing a title into Media Composer
      3m 42s
    5. Revising the title
      2m 49s
    6. Creating rolling and crawling titles
      4m 40s
    7. Using Auto-Titler
      4m 10s
  12. 22m 3s
    1. Using the Capture tool
      5m 7s
    2. Capturing footage
      4m 26s
    3. Batch-capturing
      4m 46s
    4. Adjusting settings for import
      5m 7s
    5. Using AMA (Avid Media Access) for QuickTime imports
      2m 37s
  13. 16m 54s
    1. Understanding deletion types and cases
      3m 51s
    2. Performing bin deletion
      3m 17s
    3. Understanding the Media tool
      6m 17s
    4. Identifying and deleting media relatives and non-relatives
      3m 29s
  14. 15m 31s
    1. Understanding media delivery types
      2m 28s
    2. Preparing a sequence for digital cut to print to tape
      2m 48s
    3. Performing a digital cut
      5m 8s
    4. Exporting a QuickTime movie or QuickTime reference
      5m 7s
  15. 14m 39s
    1. Solving the offline media problem
      3m 58s
    2. Re-linking media
      2m 19s
    3. Solving Avid settings corruption
      4m 35s
    4. Using the Avid Attic to find and retrieve bins
      3m 47s
  16. 19s
    1. Goodbye
      19s

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