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Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training

Using the Effects palette and the Effects Editor


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Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training

with Ashley Kennedy

Video: Using the Effects palette and the Effects Editor

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.
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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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Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training
5h 54m Beginner Jul 07, 2010

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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.

Topics include:
  • Adding and removing shots to build multi-track sequences
  • Trimming shots to improve audio timing and refine video
  • Learning navigation shortcuts
  • Customizing the workspace for an individualized editing experience
  • Using advanced trim methods
  • Adjusting audio levels and panning
  • Applying effects, such as Picture-in-Picture and Timewarp
  • Color correcting footage using a variety of built-in video scopes
  • Understanding the rendering and system performance relationship
  • Titling footage with Avid Marquee
  • Capturing and importing footage
  • Performing intelligent media management strategies
  • Exporting and printing to tape
Subjects:
Video Video Editing
Software:
Media Composer
Author:
Ashley Kennedy

Using the Effects palette and the Effects Editor

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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