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In Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training, author Ashley Kennedy demonstrates basic and intermediate editing techniques in Media Composer, one of the most widely used nonlinear, video editing systems. This course covers how to build sequences, mix audio, color correct footage, apply effects, and troubleshoot common post-production issues in Media Composer. Exercise files accompany the course.
If you remember, earlier in the course, we briefly referenced the Effect palette, which lives inside the Project window. In this movie, we'll take a much closer look at the Effect palette and the Effect Editor, as well as how to apply some basic effects to our sequence. Our Effect palette lives in the third tab here, this little pink square. As you see, in the left-hand column, I have categories of effects. In the right-hand column, I have the effects within each of those categories. As you can see, there are quite a lot of choices in Media Composer.
As you become a better editor, you'll get to use them and become familiar with them. But for now, it's going to be a lot of trying this, seeing if you like it, and then using it again in the future. In this course, we'll go over a lot of the most popular ones. So we just applied a transition effect via the Quick Transitions window. Let's apply a transition effect via the Effect palette. We've already done a Dissolve. So, let's choose a wipe for this one. I'm going to come up to Edge Wipe and I'm going to choose Horizontal, a basic horizontal edge wipe.
The way that you apply an effect is simply to click on it, drag it to the Timeline right over the transition like so and release. By default, it plays a one-second transition. So as I play here, I have an edge wipe that lasts one second. If I want to customize this, I can certainly do that by clicking anywhere near the transition and opening the Effect Editor, which is accessible via the Effect Mode button right here.
I click on it and I have the ability to customize a couple of things, not very many, but keep this in mind. But also look over here, because the Record Monitor is no longer a Record Monitor. It's now an Effect Monitor that shows me the duration of the effect, as well as two keyframes, one at the beginning, and one at the end. You may remember key-framing from the last chapter, when we used keyframes in audio editing. It's just a point of change from one parameter to another. In this case, our first keyframe has a value of zero level.
As we go forward, our last keyframe has a value of 100. It goes linearly from 0 to 100 at the same rate of speed throughout this second. If I wanted to apply keyframes, which we'll talk about in a later movie, I can do so. But for now, we're just going to leave this how it is, its default values. I'm going to go ahead and close the Effect Editor. Let's apply a segment effect. Let's say we want these dancers to appear on the left side of the stage, rather than the right.
We'll go into our Effect palette, go into the Image category, go to Flop, and again, just click-and-drag this to this segment, and watch as the image flops. Okay, very, very simple effect that we don't really have any parameter values to change, because if I go into the Effect Editor, you can see, there is really nothing to change here. It is what it is. We flopped the image. Okay, let's just keep going. We'll go ahead and apply a uniform resize to this, kind of zoom in on this tap dancer's feet.
The Resize is also located in the Image category. Go to Resize and watch the image, as I apply this and drop it to this segment. Notice that it didn't change at all. It's not going to guess how much I wanted to resize. It's going to make me do that myself. So, I'm going to do that by opening the Effect Editor. As you can see here, I have four different parameters that I can use to change this image. Probably what I want to do for sure is change the Scaling.
So I'm going to choose Fixed Aspect. That will constrain my proportions. If I increase the Scaling, you can see that I get a uniform Resize across the board. Notice that the tap dancer's feet have now left the image, so I'll also want to do a reposition. I can do that by selecting my Position parameter and changing it like so. I can also just grab the image, and drag it around like that. I do want to be careful that I don't drag it too far.
That's a basic uniform Resize that we can apply to this image, without doing any sort of keyframe adjustments. I'll go ahead and close that. So, we can keep going, trying different effects, different parameter adjustments, seeing how effects can work for you in making your sequence a little bit more flashy. If I need to remove an effect, I can do so via the Remove Effect button right here. All you have to do is park on an effect and remove it like so, or you can highlight multiple effects via Segment Mode.
Just simply press Delete, and the effects delete. If I press Delete again, of course, the clips will delete. The Effect palette and Effect Editor are the gateway into the world of effects for Media Composer. In the next movie, we'll expand on this information to show how you can use effects that change over time by applying keyframes.
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