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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.
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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