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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.
Now you know how to edit shots with Splice and Overwrite, remove shots with Extract and Lift, and move shots around using Extract/Splice Segment mode and Lift/Overwrite Segment mode. Each of these functions is related to one another in a fundamental way: they add, subtract and move around shots by a correlating operation of either inserting and extracting or overwriting and moving material. Now, what I want to do is take it one step further and combine the functionality of a couple of these commands. And in the smart tool here, we have Lift/Overwrite Segment mode and Extract/Splice Segment mode, which if I click on both of them, they're both enabled.
And you can see the arrow change from one to another, and at first it might seem like it's behaving erratically, but it isn't. Let's go ahead and take a look at exactly what's going on. To help us out, I'm going to increase the size of my video track width. To do that, I'm going to press Ctrl+L or Command+L on a Mac, and this will give us a little bit more real estate here. If I hover in the upper portion of any of these segments in the Timeline, I am enabling Lift/Overwrite Segment mode.
If I hover in the lower portion of these tracks, I'm enabling Extract/Splice Segment mode. In this sequence, all of the changes in the previous two movies have not been made, so we're going to quickly make them using the dual functionality of both of these smart tools. So if we start here, we want to adjust the order of our shoe shot and our flower shot. So I'm going to just hover in the lower portion of the segment and Ctrl+Drag over. And likewise, I want to change these two shots with the hat with these two shots with the tie, so again, I'm going to Shift+Click and move, Ctrl+Drag, and that looks good. And then over here, we wanted to move this segment over to the audio queue, which is indicated by these waveforms, so I'm going to park in the upper portion.
Now, I'm going to click on this segment here and again, we want to match our visual queue of putting down the suitcase with the audio queue of putting down the suitcase, so I'm just going to drag this over slightly, and then we'll go ahead and drag this over to where our audio queue started with the music. Ctrl+Drag to snap to that waveform. So as you see, we just performed four operations very quickly, just by where our cursor was positioned within the Timeline.
So, a lot of people like to work this way, and as you see, we also have a couple of other buttons below that, which we'll explore in future movies, where you can actually have lots of things enabled and depending on where your cursor is in the Timeline, it will behave a different way. So, you may have noticed that all of these related functions are linked by color. The yellow functions of Splice, Extract, and Extract/Splice Segment mode are related, while the red functions of Overwrite, Lift, and Lift/Overwrite Segment mode are related.
We're going to take a look at one more addition to these families in the next movie.
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