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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.
We've already taken a look at a couple of the tools in the Smart tool: the Lift Overwrite Segment button and the Extract/Splice Segment button. Well, right below those tools are two Trim Smart tool buttons. We've got Ripple Trim and Overwrite Trim. Just as with the Segment mode buttons, the Smart Tool Trim buttons allow you to grab material in the Timeline and manipulate it directly with your mouse. Let's take a look. So, I have a couple of shots in here that I want to take a look at. The first is right here, as Dave is flipping up his hat.
I'm going to go ahead and play through, and let's see what we need to do to it. (clip playing) All right, so much too long. We need to get rid of the first part of the clip and the last part, and we're going to do that using Ripple Trim. Now, Ripple Trim does not require that you enter Trim mode first. So the way we know how to do it right now is to enter Trim mode and then select the A side of the edit and then trim back, but to do this, I'm going to simply select Ripple Trim-- this corresponds to Shift+F on your keyboard--and I'm going to go ahead and just drag this back.
Now, one tool we haven't gone over yet is to actually set a point where the edit is going to be. So I'm going to set either an in or an out point, either one will do, at this frame right here. So, I'm going to press I to mark an in point, and then I'm simply going to Ctrl+Drag, or Command+Drag on a Mac, back to my in point. So I'm going to click right near the transition, and then I'm going to Ctrl+Drag to my in point and release, and you'll notice that my edit snapped to the in point. And let's play through and make sure that it fits with the next shot.
(video playing) So, I think that worked. We do need to come to the beginning of this clip and cut out that rack focus there as well. So, I'm going to this time mark an out point. I'll first clear my in by pressing D and I'll mark an out here. Again, I'm going to Ripple Trim by holding down Ctrl, or Command on a Mac, and dragging to this out point, and I'm going to release.
Now, because this was a B-Side trim, I don't visually see that I'm at my out point, but if you'll notice when I play through, it worked just fine. So, B-Side trims can be a little tricky visually, but as you can see, it still works when you're snapping to in or out points. I'm going to clear my out by pressing F, and I have another moment downstream that I'd love to look at. Let's go ahead and play through this part right here.
I'll press spacebar to play. (music playing) All right, so we have a medium shot on Kim as she dips Dave down. What I'd like to do, I think, is actually cut from the medium shot, and about right here, I'll go ahead and mark an in point there. I'd like to cut to the long shot of this action. I think it's more interesting to look at. So my goal is to leave visual filler right here, and I'll go back to my bin and get that long shot at another time.
So in this instance, I'm going to use Overwrite Trim, so I'll activate Overwrite Trim in the Smart tool, and the keyboard shortcut for that is Shift+D by default. And I'm just going to grab this transition. And again, I'm just going to Ctrl+Drag, or Command+Drag on a Mac, to my in point and release, and you'll notice that I now have filler in the place that I trimmed and I can go back to my bin and get this shot at a later time. I'll go ahead and play through just to make sure that we cut at the right place.
I'll press spacebar. (clip playing) I think that'll work just fine. I'm going to undo that just a moment because I want to talk about combining these trim methods. If I click on both Overwrite Trim and Ripple Trim, the same thing happens as with my Segment mode. If I hover in the upper portion of the segment, near a transition, this puts me into Overwrite Trim. If I hover in the lower portion of a segment, near a transition, this puts me into Ripple Trim.
It even gets more powerful if I also select my Segment mode buttons. If I hover on the upper portion of a segment, that's Lift Overwrite Segment mode; the lower portion, that's Extract/ Splice Segment mode; and then the same thing over here near the transition. So, if you're an editor that likes to manipulate clips via the interface, the Smart tool is a great option. If however, you are a keyboard-driven editor, you can just disable the Smart tool by toggling off, and use your keyboard. Depending on your style, either way is totally fine.
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