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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.
The next two videos cover organizational add-on features that are available for you to purchase for your Media Composer application. We've already seen the power of the Find tool. An additional plug-in called Phrase Find increases your Find capabilities by actually analyzing the dialogue of the clips in your bins so that you can find that exact sound bite you're hunting for. So I'm going to open up the Find tool, just like we did before. I'll go ahead and click on my Project window and I'll press Ctrl+F, or Command+F on a Mac. And everything should look familiar.
Again, we have our indexing indicators saying that it's analyzed all of the text in my bins. And then here it says it's analyzed all of the spoken dialogue of the clips in my bins. And then right to the right of that, we actually can choose the language that we're searching through. Right now it's expecting the clips in my bins to be in English, but if the clips were in any other language, this is where you would select that. And we also have some text to the right of that that probably won't be there, but this is based on a search I was doing in an earlier video.
So I'm going to come up here to my text field and we're going to type in text, just like we did for Find. And what I'd like to do is find all of the places that Kim talks about vintage clothing, because that's what we're editing right now. So I'm going to type in vintage clothing. And then instead of pressing Enter or clicking on the Find button, I'm going to come over to Phrase Find and click that. It's going to take just a moment. And you'll see that it found nineteen instances of what it believes are the words vintage clothing.
This is probably a lot higher than the actual number of times she said it, because I want to draw your attention to this column right here. This score column represents Media Composer's confidence that it actually got it right. So it's using some voice-recognition software from Nexidia to analyze the spoken word, and it's not 100% accurate. But you can look at this score to determine how accurate it thinks it is. So we're going to start with the first one here. It has 77% confidence that it got it right.
Let's go ahead and double-click on it to load it into the Source monitor, and notice that it also brought it up, highlighted the clip in the bin, and brought the bin up. And I'm going to play this and see if this says vintage clothing. (Female speaker:--vintage clothing. It's all part of the--) Excellent, got it right. Let's go on to the second one and see if our 76% score is accurate. I'll press play. (Female speaker: Vintage clothing is designed--) Okay, so we're two for two.
And just for fun, let's go down to the bottom clip and see what our score of 50% came up with. (Female speaker: You did. Well they did the same thing back then.) Not accurate at all. So you really do want to pay attention to the score, and the ones near the top of the bin will probably contain your requested text. So, as you can see, Phrase Find is an incredibly powerful tool. Also, while it is an extra $500 as of this recording, you can see that it may be well worth the purchase if you work heavily on dialogue.
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