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Using Quick Transition effects


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Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training

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Video: Using Quick Transition effects

Probably one of the most common effects you will use when editing is something you see all the time, but may not always be aware of it, the basic Dissolve. The Dissolve, which is a gradual transition from one image to another, is the most classic way to show a juxtaposition of time, space, or ideas. Fortunately, Media Composer gives you the ability to quickly add and customize dissolves, fades, and other transitions via the Quick Transitions window. In this lesson, we'll take a look at the Quick Transition window and all the choices you have when applying dissolves and other basic transitions.
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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 Quick Transition effects

Probably one of the most common effects you will use when editing is something you see all the time, but may not always be aware of it, the basic Dissolve. The Dissolve, which is a gradual transition from one image to another, is the most classic way to show a juxtaposition of time, space, or ideas. Fortunately, Media Composer gives you the ability to quickly add and customize dissolves, fades, and other transitions via the Quick Transitions window. In this lesson, we'll take a look at the Quick Transition window and all the choices you have when applying dissolves and other basic transitions.

Here we have just a simple sequence. We've gone back to the basics, so that we can really focus on effects. I'm going to just park near this transition point. It doesn't have to be right on it. It just has to be relatively near it. And then I'm going to come up here to this button right here, the Quick Transition button, and I'm going to click it. By default, it's going to jump to the nearest transition, the one that I want. I get a dialog box that comes up. We're going to go from top to bottom and just take a look at all this information.

First of all, it's going to ask, what do I want to add? By default, it shows a Dissolve. I also have the ability to add various fades and dips to color. It's also going to ask me where I want this dissolve positioned. By default, it's on the center of the cut. You can also end on the cut. You can start on the cut, or you can create a custom transition by dragging like so. Notice that when I do drag, the duration of the Dissolve increases.

So while I was at 24 frames, it's now a quite a bit longer. I'm going to go back to my 24 frame Dissolve centered on the cut, and talk a little bit about why this is at 24 frames. By default, the Dissolve is one second and my footage was shot at 24 frames per second. Therefore, it's assuming that I want a one second Dissolve for 24 frames centered on the cut. If I want my Dissolve to be a little bit shorter, I can either enter a smaller number in this box.

Say for example 10, or like I showed you before, I can drag my Dissolve out like so, even move it around. Again, I'm going to go back to Centered and we're going to stick with a 10 frame Dissolve. Now we're going to go down to Target Drive, which is where I decide where I want my dissolve media or render media to be stored. Media Composer will add Dissolve without creating any media. But if you did want to create media, which is basically a guaranteed real-time playback. I could render it and therefore send it to the correct Target Drive.

The Effect Source Drive basically just means whatever drive my source clips are on. So we'd look and see what drive my source clips are on and send that render media there as well. I'm not going to render right now. So I'm just going to leave this alone. So we've got a Dissolve, Centered on the Cut, 10 frames long, and I just want to look here and make sure that I have enough media. I've 81 frames on the left and 63 frames on the right available, plenty of media. I'm going to go ahead and Add.

It adds the Dissolve. If I play through it, you may have noticed that I transitioned from one image to another through a Dissolve. If I'd like to add a Dissolve to more than one transition at a time, I can certainly do so. Mark an In, mark an Out around all the transitions I'd like to apply this to. Come up to my Quick Transitions button, I want to do a Dissolve, centered on the cut.

I want it to be a little bit longer. So we'll do 15 frames. Again, we're not going to render this, so we're going to ignore the Target Drive. I'm going to Apply To All Transitions between In and Out. This is a choice that appears when you have In and Out points in the Timeline. We already have a transition effect and it's a different duration than we have set here. So if I wanted to keep the one that I currently have, I could do so by hitting Skip Existing Transition Effects. Because I want them to all be the same, I'm going to leave this unchecked.

I'm just going to click Add. As you see, all of my transitions get a Dissolve. Let's just take a look. So it's a pretty classic way to transition from one image to another very, very common use in editing, especially montages. As you continue editing in Media Composer, you'll definitely find yourself using the Quick Transition window very often, because not only does it offer you a fast way to apply a very common effect, but it gives you instant access to customize the effect to the placement and duration of your choice.

In the next movie, we'll take a look at other types of effects we can apply via the Effect palette.

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