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Using the Effects palette and the Effect Editor

From: Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training

Video: Using the Effects palette and the Effect Editor

In this movie, we will dive a little deeper into effects by taking a look at the Effect palette and Effect Editor, as well as how to apply some basic effects to our sequence. All right, so we have already applied a transition via the Quick Transition menu, and we have it right here, but we would like to make some changes to this transition. So to remove this transition, I just come up to the Remove Effect button, above the Timeline. Again, you can map this if you like, and I will go ahead and just press that to get rid of my effect. And I instead want to browse through Avid's other effects.

Using the Effects palette and the Effect Editor

In this movie, we will dive a little deeper into effects by taking a look at the Effect palette and Effect Editor, as well as how to apply some basic effects to our sequence. All right, so we have already applied a transition via the Quick Transition menu, and we have it right here, but we would like to make some changes to this transition. So to remove this transition, I just come up to the Remove Effect button, above the Timeline. Again, you can map this if you like, and I will go ahead and just press that to get rid of my effect. And I instead want to browse through Avid's other effects.

I find those in the Effect palette, which is this third tab right here in the Project window. And as you see, it's a long list of effects, where on the left side I have the categories of effects and on the right side I have the effects within those categories. The Effect palette can also be a floating window, which can be found in the Tools menu > Effect palette, or Ctrl+8 or Command+8 on a Mac, but I like to work with it right here in the Project window. And let's find another transition that we can put here.

So in the Blend Category are quite a few of those transitions that are really useful, and I am specifically going to choose Dip to Color. To apply a transition from the Effect palette, you just click and drag with your mouse and then release somewhere near the edit point. If you go too far to the left or right, it won't apply it; it will go to the other transition point. But we want to make sure that we apply it to this one, and we will go ahead a play through and see what the default values look like.

(clip playing) All right, so we have got a basic dip to black, and it lasts about one second. To see these parameters up close, let's go ahead and open up the Effect Editor, and I do that by clicking on the Effect mode button right here in the Timeline. Or I can bring it up via the Tools menu > Effect Editor. I am going to go ahead and just press this right here, and let's take a look at what we here.

At the bottom, we see the duration of this effect. Here it is, one second long, and if I want to change this, I just highlight this and type in a new value. Now, what I would like to try is to really shorten this dip to color and instead of it lasting an entire second, I want it to last only five frames. So I want it to just be a flash. So, I am just going to type in 05, Enter, and this is now a five-frame effect. And if you look to the left of that, you can see this button here where, again, we can choose where this transition lies.

So, I want to keep it centered on the cut. It's indicated by that check mark there, so we are good to go there. And then we will come up to the main parameter values. For a dip to color I just have two parameters that I can change: the Level and the Background Color. I am going to play through this effect by coming over to this monitor here. And it's no longer the Record Monitor; it's now the Effect Preview Monitor, because as you see as I come through the effect, it just shows me this effect.

I am going to play through it, so we can see what it looks like. All right, so it's very quick, and I'm going to actually come out into the Timeline so that we can see it in the context of our sequence, so that we can see if this is the right length for us. I will go ahead and just click in the time code track, and we will play through. (clip playing) All right! So I think that is pretty good. I might lengthen it to about eight frames, so I am just going to make sure that my effect is selected and open the Effect Editor, and let's go ahead and just change this to 08. Enter.

The next thing I want to do is actually change the color that it flashes to. So, right now it's going to black. We just want to go to white, and we are going to just click on the button to the left of this little color well, and I am going to choose white and OK. And let's go ahead and just play through this and see how it looks. (clip playing) So, that didn't give us much indication, so again, we are going to have to go back out to the Timeline and see if our flash to white happens right on that symbol and if we get the effect we are after.

(clip playing) All right, pretty good. We applied a dip to color, which was a thirty-frame dip to black, and now it's an eight-frame flash to white. I want to show you how to apply a Segment effect now, and we are going to come to the Image category, and we are going to apply something just very simple. We want to put her flower on the other side of this frame, so we just want to basically flop it.

Well, we have a Flop effect. We apply this in pretty much the exact same way as a transition. Just click and drag. But instead of dragging on to an edit point, you just drag onto the segment itself and release, and you see that we got an immediate effect. If I come into the Effect Editor, notice that I don't have any parameters to change, because a flop is what it is: it just flopped the image. And up here we have the indication within the Effect Preview Monitor about what happens.

So, I will just play through so we can see this. (clip playing) Okay, so that looks fine for what we want, and as you can seem the Effect palette and Effect Editor are the gateway into the world of effects in Media Composer. In the next movie, we will expand on this knowledge to show you how you can use effects to change over time by applying keyframes.

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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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