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Using Quick Transition effects


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Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training

with Ashley Kennedy

Video: Using Quick Transition effects

Probably the most common effect you'll use while 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. We'll learn how to apply the dissolve via the Quick Transition window in this movie. All right, so we have our establishing suitcase shots, and then we go into our montage here. I'd like to have the dissolve right at this shot.
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  1. 3m 55s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 39s
  2. 22m 54s
    1. Touring the Select Project window
      4m 45s
    2. Exploring bins
      4m 23s
    3. Customizing user settings
      3m 36s
    4. Setting up and organizing a project
      5m 57s
    5. Saving and backing up the project
      4m 13s
  3. 57m 27s
    1. Touring the Composer Monitor and the Timeline
      2m 29s
    2. Touring the Edit interface
      5m 6s
    3. Splicing shots
      7m 43s
    4. Splicing non-linearly
      2m 43s
    5. Overwriting shots
      4m 35s
    6. Removing shots using Extract and Lift
      4m 38s
    7. Using Segment mode (Extract/Splice) to switch shots
      6m 37s
    8. Using Segment mode (Lift/Overwrite) to move shots
      6m 31s
    9. Using Extract/Splice and Lift/Overwrite together
      3m 32s
    10. Manipulating the Timeline directly
      4m 34s
    11. Creating subclips and subsequences
      3m 48s
    12. Adding multiple video and audio tracks
      5m 11s
  4. 23m 28s
    1. Understanding trimming
      3m 19s
    2. Performing single-roller trims
      5m 15s
    3. Performing dual-roller trims
      3m 54s
    4. Using Ripple Trim and Overwrite Trim
      5m 4s
    5. Understanding sync
      3m 17s
    6. Solving sync problems
      2m 39s
  5. 54m 26s
    1. Navigating with JKL
      3m 26s
    2. Using navigation shortcuts
      4m 47s
    3. Using the Command palette
      6m 4s
    4. Customizing the Timeline
      4m 54s
    5. Using bin layouts
      3m 49s
    6. Using workspaces
      6m 41s
    7. Sorting and sifting clips
      5m 57s
    8. Using the Find tool
      5m 13s
    9. Using markers
      5m 54s
    10. Using PhraseFind
      3m 21s
    11. Using ScriptSync
      4m 20s
  6. 20m 42s
    1. Trimming with JKL
      4m 53s
    2. Performing Slip edits
      6m 1s
    3. Performing Slide edits
      5m 39s
    4. Performing Replace edits
      4m 9s
  7. 27m 17s
    1. Reading audio levels and pan
      5m 42s
    2. Using the audio mixer
      10m 1s
    3. Keyframing audio
      7m 6s
    4. Recording audio adjustments on the fly
      4m 28s
  8. 55m 1s
    1. Using Quick Transition effects
      4m 6s
    2. Using the Transition Manipulation tool
      3m 12s
    3. Using the Effects palette and the Effect Editor
      6m 1s
    4. Keyframing segment effects
      5m 30s
    5. Nesting and auto-nesting
      5m 54s
    6. Saving effect templates
      3m 23s
    7. Building basic composites using vertical effects
      4m 7s
    8. Using the picture-in-picture (PIP) effect
      5m 14s
    9. Using the Color effect
      4m 24s
    10. Creating basic motion effects
      6m 55s
    11. Using Timewarp
      6m 15s
  9. 11m 48s
    1. Understanding system performance
      6m 13s
    2. Rendering intelligently
      5m 35s
  10. 26m 44s
    1. Analyzing footage for problems
      2m 27s
    2. Using the Y-Waveform monitor to set whites and blacks
      7m 16s
    3. Using the RGB Parade to correct color casts
      5m 50s
    4. Using the Vectorscope to improve skin tones
      5m 34s
    5. Using auto color correction
      5m 37s
  11. 30m 10s
    1. Formatting and enhancing text using Avid Marquee
      5m 32s
    2. Using Marquee to apply shapes and gradients
      5m 18s
    3. Using title templates
      3m 45s
    4. Bringing the title into Media Composer
      3m 54s
    5. Revising the title
      2m 17s
    6. Creating rolling and crawling titles
      5m 14s
    7. Using AutoTitler
      4m 10s
  12. 32m 37s
    1. Importing files
      6m 47s
    2. Linking to files using AMA
      3m 36s
    3. Linking to hi-res stills
      5m 59s
    4. Using the Avid Marketplace
      2m 50s
    5. Using the Capture tool
      5m 19s
    6. Capturing footage
      3m 41s
    7. Batch capturing
      4m 25s
  13. 12m 58s
    1. Deleting material from the bin
      5m 29s
    2. Understanding the Media tool
      4m 46s
    3. Deleting unreferenced clips
      2m 43s
  14. 17m 35s
    1. Preparing your sequence for output
      5m 44s
    2. Performing a digital cut
      5m 26s
    3. Exporting your sequence as a file
      6m 25s
  15. 19m 2s
    1. Solving offline media
      6m 48s
    2. Re-linking media
      3m 0s
    3. Resetting Avid settings
      5m 9s
    4. Using the Avid Attic
      4m 5s
  16. 44s
    1. Additional resources
      44s

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Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training
6h 56m Beginner Dec 08, 2011

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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.

Topics include:
  • Adding and removing shots to build multi-track sequences
  • Trimming shots to fine-tune sequences
  • Exploring navigation shortcuts and project management strategies
  • Customizing the editing workspace
  • Using advanced editing and trimming methods
  • Adjusting audio levels and pan
  • Applying, nesting, compositing, and revising video effects
  • Understanding the relationship between rendering and system performance
  • Incorporating intelligent media management strategies
Subjects:
Video Video Editing
Software:
Media Composer
Author:
Ashley Kennedy

Using Quick Transition effects

Probably the most common effect you'll use while 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. We'll learn how to apply the dissolve via the Quick Transition window in this movie. All right, so we have our establishing suitcase shots, and then we go into our montage here. I'd like to have the dissolve right at this shot.

So I'm going to park near this edit point and I'm going to open the Quick Transition window by clicking on this button right here. We have a dialog box that opens, and right away I need to choose whether this is going to be a video dissolve, an audio dissolve, or both, and in this case I just want this to be a video dissolve so I'll deselect A1 and A2. I can choose what type of dissolve or fade I want to use, and I just want to use the basic dissolve, so I'm going to choose that.

I can choose whether my dissolve is centered on the cut, whether it ends on the cut, begins on the cut, or I can create a custom dissolve where I can just drag where the cut starts and ends, and I can actually also adjust the duration by hovering over the edge of it and dragging it out. You'll see the duration update right here in this box so, I can also change it, and I would like to, so I'm going to change this to 60 so it's a two-second dissolve, and we'll go ahead and start it on the cut.

So, as the suitcase comes into view, it's going to slowly dissolve. All right, so what do we have? We have a video dissolve that starts on the cut. It lasts two seconds, and we want to look at this option right here, Target Drive. This is only if I render it, and you'll never need to render a quick transition to see it play out, so this option is really not important right now because we are not going to add and render this dissolve. Rather, we're just going to add it.

I'll go ahead and Add, and you'll see that the transition starts on the cut. It's going to last two seconds, which we'll go ahead and play through now. (clip playing) All right, looks good, exactly how we want it. We have the image of their feet and the suitcases kind of persist over the first two seconds of that shot. Looks really nice. There's one more thing I'd like to show you about the quick transition and that's just how to apply multiple transitions at once.

Let's say that I would like to have a few transitions in between all of these dance shots, just really quick ones. I would just mark an in at the beginning of the sequence and I'll mark an out at the end. We'll go back into the quick transition. We want a video-only dissolve that is centered on the cut. We just want these to be maybe about four frames long.

Again, it doesn't matter about the Target Drive, because we're not rendering them, but you'll see this new button. It's Apply To All Transition Between In And out. I'll go ahead and just check that. If I had any existing transition effects there, I could either skip them or overwrite, but we don't have any, so it doesn't matter. And again, I'm just going to add the transition, not add and render. I'll go ahead a press Add, and you'll notice that every transition in between my in and out points received a dissolve.

I could go through a see if I like it, but I'll leave you to do that. For now, just realize that the Quick Transition tool is a great way for you to quickly apply transitions and be able to manipulate both their duration and position, as well as the type of transition, which includes most basic dissolves and fades.

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Q: When I open the exercise files, the media is all offline. I tried to reconnect using the steps in Chapter 14, but that isn't working. What do I do?
A: Make sure to watch the "Using the Exercise Files" video. The Avid MediaFiles folder must be located at the root directory of the media drive (i.e. not inside any other folders, such as the exercise files folder), or all media will be offline. Here's a summary.

1. In the lynda exercise files, there is a folder called Avid MediaFiles. Inside of that folder is a folder called MXF, and inside of the MXF folder is a folder called 1.

2. Rename the "1" folder to "2" (or any other number).

3. In a separate window, open the MXF folder of the Avid MediaFiles folder that's already on your system (not the exercise files folder). Drag the "2" folder from the exercise files to this MXF folder. You will now have both a "1" and a "2" folder. 
The media for this course will be in the "2" folder.
 
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