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Using Lift/Overwrite Segment Mode to move shots in the timeline

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Video: Using Lift/Overwrite Segment Mode to move shots in the timeline

Switching shots in the timeline is really important, but sometimes you just want to move a shot without affecting any shots around it. To achieve this, you'll use the other type of Segment Mode, Lift/Overwrite Segment Mode, located here on the left hand side of the Timeline Palette. To enable Lift/Overwrite Segment Mode, you simply click on the red arrow and just as before, my cursor turns into an arrow. If I need to move through my sequence, I'm going to go down to my timecode drag and shuttle through like that. The ruler up here also works.

Using Lift/Overwrite Segment Mode to move shots in the timeline

Switching shots in the timeline is really important, but sometimes you just want to move a shot without affecting any shots around it. To achieve this, you'll use the other type of Segment Mode, Lift/Overwrite Segment Mode, located here on the left hand side of the Timeline Palette. To enable Lift/Overwrite Segment Mode, you simply click on the red arrow and just as before, my cursor turns into an arrow. If I need to move through my sequence, I'm going to go down to my timecode drag and shuttle through like that. The ruler up here also works.

Make sure that this is the only tool selected in the Timeline palette. If you have this selected as well, it'll behave a little bit differently. So for now, just make sure that this is selected. Let's take a look at a couple of these cuts and we'll talk about how we can use Lift/Overwrite Segment Mode to change things around. Let's zoom-in and play through. (Music playing) Okay, let's go ahead and try to get this shot a little bit closer to the beat of the music and we can do so by simply nudging it over a little bit.

I'm going to help myself by marking an In point at the location where I'd like to move this over. So let's go ahead and identify where that is. (Music playing) Now right there is where we get a little change in the music. I'm going to mark an In, and if I grab on to this, just like I did before and I hold down Ctrl, I'm able to move this around and with the Ctrl held down, it's going to snap to not only edit points but also In points.

So I've marked an In. I've snapped to that. I'm going to release and now I have this shot exactly where I want it to be and as you see, it lifted it and overwrote it and left filler behind. Let's just take a look at what this looks like. (Music playing) Okay, that's pretty good. We're not going to worry about this for right now. We've another method for fixing that later, so let's just move on.

Looks like we've another node here. Let's see how we can improve this. (Music playing) All right, well this is an obvious one. We have a really big change in music here, and we have a really nice shot that we can use there. Let's go ahead and mark an In -- (Music playing) Right there. We're going to grab this shot and again, holding Ctrl, move it over to the left.

As it is going to snap to my In-point, I release, and let's see if this looks a little bit better. (Music playing) All right, I think that works really well. We have the perfect shot to occur at this point in music change, so it looks like we're good. I'm going to zoom-out and just as before, I'm going to demonstrate how to delete material using the Lift/Overwrite Segment Mode.

Now, if I'd like to delete a shot, again I'll choose this shot here, and I want to delete an entire segment, not based on In and Out points, but based on an entire segment, I can do so by selecting it and then hitting the Delete key. As you can see, it behaves exactly like a Lift. It is going to leave everything where it is, lift my shot out and leave fillers in its place. Then I can come back and choose to put another shot in there at a different point in time. I'm going to undo this, because I really don't want to lose that shot.

Don't worry about these gaps in the timeline. We'll look at a way to fill those gaps in a later movie. Now, there's also a way to turn on both Lift/Overwrite Segment Mode and Extract/Splice Segment Mode. If I enable them both, then I can come over to the timeline and as you can see as I drag through the timeline, I'm getting yellow arrows, I'm getting red arrows. Is there any reason to it? Yes, there is. If I zoom-in and if I want to make my track larger, I can do so by pressing Ctrl+L. You can see my Video Track grow larger which will be useful for this demonstration.

If I'm at the lower part of my segment, I get my Extract/Splice Segment Mode and if I'm at the upper part of my segment, I get Lift/Overwrite Segment Mode. In this way, I can enable both Segment Modes and depending on where I'm inside the segment, determines exactly what type of Segment Mode I'm in. So in this way, I can sort of on the fly change either locations of shots or nudge shots one way or the other. If I want to move this over slightly, I can just take it with my Lift/Overwrite Segment Mode, nudge it over like so.

I'm going to Ctrl+Z that to Undo or if I want to change shots entirely, I go towards the lower part of my segment, Ctrl+Click+Drag, switch the shots, and there we go. Again, I'm going to Undo. Now that you know how to edit shots with Splice and Overwrite, remove shots with Extract and Lift and move them around using Segment Mode, you're on your way. Each of these functions is related to one another in a fundamental way. They add, subtract ,and move shots by correlating operations of either inserting and extracting or overwriting and moving material.

You may have noticed that the related functions are linked by color. The yellow functions of Splice, Extract, and Segment Splice are related while the red functions of Overwrite, Lift, and Segment Overwrite are related. We'll take a look in one more addition to these red and yellow families in an upcoming chapter.

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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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