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Using Extract/Splice Segment Mode to switch shots in the timeline

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Once you've edited shots in the Timeline, you'll often want to move them around. Whether this means switching locations entirely or just nudging them slightly one way or the other, it's important that you know how to reposition clips once you've edited them. In this movie, we'll take a look at Segment Mode to learn how to reposition your shots. There are two types of Segment Modes in Media Composer, represented by these arrows here. The one on top is the Lift/Overwrite Segment Mode and the one below it is Extract/Splice Segment Mode. Now, they do different things and in this movie, we'll take a look primarily at Extract/Splice Segment Mode, which is what you will use to reposition shots in the Timeline.

Using Extract/Splice Segment Mode to switch shots in the timeline

Once you've edited shots in the Timeline, you'll often want to move them around. Whether this means switching locations entirely or just nudging them slightly one way or the other, it's important that you know how to reposition clips once you've edited them. In this movie, we'll take a look at Segment Mode to learn how to reposition your shots. There are two types of Segment Modes in Media Composer, represented by these arrows here. The one on top is the Lift/Overwrite Segment Mode and the one below it is Extract/Splice Segment Mode. Now, they do different things and in this movie, we'll take a look primarily at Extract/Splice Segment Mode, which is what you will use to reposition shots in the Timeline.

To enable a Segment Mode, you simply click on the yellow arrow and as you see, when I come into the Timeline, my cursor turns into a yellow arrow. If I go above it or below it, I go back to my arrow and I can also shuttle through the Timeline by clicking on the timecode track, but once I come over here I'm not able to do that. I'm telling Media Composer that I want to grab on to a shot and move it around. Now as you can see, I've edited to the rest of this sequence and I gave it to my producer for comments, and came back with a couple of suggestions.

If he wants to change this shot with this shot and this shot with this shot, that goes a little bit better with the music. So let's take a look. Let's go ahead and just grab on to the shot and as you see, it highlights, and I'm going to start dragging to the left and as you see, my interface immediately changes. What's happening here is the first and the fourth windows represent the frames on each side of my clip. The second and third windows represent the first and last frames of my clip.

So, basically this is showing where I'm going to drop this down. Now, I want to change the position of these shots entirely. So, I want to snap to my edit point. Again, as you might imagine snapping to behaves the exact same way that it does in traditional editing. So by hitting Ctrl, I'm snapping to edit points rather than just freely dragging it around. So, if we want to switch this shot with this shot, I simply drag over while pressing Ctrl, let go and I've changed my shots around.

(Music playing) I think that does work a little bit better. We are kind of ramping up with the music here with a little higher action shot and then music decreases in tempo here. So this works a little bit more better. Let's do the same thing here. Let's watch it though. (Music playing) All right, same sort of thing.

We want the lower action shot to precede the higher action shot as the music is ramping up. So again, I'm going to click here, press Ctrl as I drag to the right, and as you can see, as I pass over the position indicator, it also snaps the position indicator. So that can be useful at times too. But in this case, I'm going to move my position indicator out of the way so that it doesn't interfere. I'm going to drag to the right and release. These shots are now transposed.

Let's see if it does work better. (Music playing) Yes, I think it does. This really is a better order for those shots. One more thing I want to demonstrate is how to use Segment Mode to actually delete material. Before, we looked at the Extract command where we marked an In and an Out and we're able to extract the material between the In and Out point.

If I want to extract an entire segment, I can do so by highlighting the segment and simply pressing Delete. As you can see, it behaves the exact same way as Extract, but in this case it's bound by the segment rather than In and the Out point. I actually don't want to delete that segment. So I'm going to undo, Ctrl+Z, but that is very useful if you do need to delete the whole segments. To disable Segment Mode, I can click on my Extract/Splice-In arrow again and now I want to return to the timeline, my yellow arrow is disabled, and I'm able to drag through the sequence as usual.

In a later movie, I'll show you how to map these commands to your keyboard, but for now, go ahead and just activate and deactivate these commands via the timeline palette over here on the left-hand side of your Timeline. Moving shots around in the Timeline is essential to the editing process as it allows you to lay down an initial rough cut and then fine-tune by moving things around as you see fit. Extract/Splice Segment Mode is very important to this overall process as it allows you to freely manipulate clip locations without going back to the bin for additional material.

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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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