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Using Segment mode (Extract/Splice) to switch shots

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Once you've edited shots into the Timeline, you'll often want to move them around. Whether this means switching locations or just nudging them slightly one way or the other, it's important that you know how to reposition clips once you've edited them. In this lesson, we'll take a look at Extract/Splice Segment mode to learn how to reposition shots in the Timeline. Now there are two types of Segment modes in Media Composer: Extract/Splice Segment mode and Lift/Overwrite Segment mode. They're represented by these arrows here. The yellow arrow on the bottom is Extract/Splice Segment mode and the red arrow on top is Lift/Overwrite Segment mode.

Using Segment mode (Extract/Splice) to switch shots

Once you've edited shots into the Timeline, you'll often want to move them around. Whether this means switching locations or just nudging them slightly one way or the other, it's important that you know how to reposition clips once you've edited them. In this lesson, we'll take a look at Extract/Splice Segment mode to learn how to reposition shots in the Timeline. Now there are two types of Segment modes in Media Composer: Extract/Splice Segment mode and Lift/Overwrite Segment mode. They're represented by these arrows here. The yellow arrow on the bottom is Extract/Splice Segment mode and the red arrow on top is Lift/Overwrite Segment mode.

They probably look familiar to, as they look a lot like the Splice and Overwrite arrows that we used previously. As you may imagine, they not only look similar to the Splice and Overwrite arrows, but they act very similarly too. However, instead of editing shots from the Source monitor to the Timeline, these arrows are for grabbing shots and moving them around the Timeline. They each behave differently and in this lesson, we'll explore the functionality of the yellow arrow, Extract/Splice Segment mode.

Okay, so we're working with the same sequence here. Let's just go ahead and review our footage. We have kind of a narrative montage in the beginning, and we have a little bit more of a complex dance scene afterwards, and it's followed by a little more of that narrative story. So, we have a couple of notes, and basically after they set down their suit- cases, we want to change the order of these two shots. So she's putting the flower in her hair here, and here we have kind of a nice slow pan over to her shoe.

We want to change that around so that the pan over comes first. I'm going to go ahead and play so you can see what I'm talking about. (clip playing) Okay, so we have suitcase too and we want to stick with suitcase. So what I'm going to do is just click on the Extract/Splice Segment mode and then click on this clip right here.

If I click and drag and I drag to the left, you'll see that I get a four-window display. Now, the first and the fourth windows represent the frames on either side of the clip that I'm about to drop down. So I can see exactly where I'm dropping it. The second and third windows represent the first and last frames of the clip that I'm dragging. So, as you might imagine, I want to snap to the point in between two edits and if you remember, I was able to snap to an edit by holding down Ctrl or Command on a Mac, and this is no different.

I'm going to hold down Ctrl and now when I drag this clip, you can see that it snaps to those edit points. Okay, so we are going to insert this shot right here, and I'm going to let go, and the shot's changed position. I now have the pan over to the shoe right where I want it. Let's go ahead and watch it and see if we like it. (clip playing) All right, that looks a lot better, more what we were going for.

We're telling the story better here, and this works well. So, we have another note where we actually want to change a couple of shots with a couple of more, and that's down here where we have her adjusting the tie and then looking at the tie and then we have him flipping up his hat and then continuing to put on his hat. Let's go ahead and take a look at this sequence, and we'll start right here and I'll Play. (clip playing) So, where we get that horn, we would instead like him flipping up his hat.

So, we're going to switch these two shots with these two shots, and it works the same exact way. We're just going to grab two shots at a time. I'm going to click on this shot here and then Shift+Click on the adjacent one. And if I wanted to move many, many shots, I could just Shift+Click all the way down the line and everything could move at once, but we only wanted to grab two. Another way to actually grab multiple shots at one time is to make sure that I have the correct arrow selected and then lasso, and then they're both selected using Extract/Splice Segment mode.

So I'm going to grab on, and then I'm going to hold down the Ctrl key and just move it over. And we want to go over two, so I'm going to let go here. All right! We have our hat and we have the tie, and I'm going to play to see if this works for us. (clip playing) All right! I think the timing works out really well in all of our decisions to move those shots around.

I do want to point out one more thing about Extract/Splice Segment mode. And if I just wanted to get rid of a shot entirely, I could use it to delete shots as well. So say, for example, I wanted to find a different shot of her putting the flower in her hair and I wanted to just extract it so that I could go back to my bin, find a new shot, and splice it in. Well, before we learned how to extract material using in and out points and the Extract command. Now, if you wanted to extract an entire segment in this case, I would just click on the segment and press the Delete key on my keyboard.

It's extracted, the duration of our sequence shortens, and I can go find another shot. Now, this is something I don't want to do in this case, so I'm going to Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on a Mac. And again, I think that the order of our shots in this case works really well for our sequence. Moving shots around in the Timeline is essential to the editing process, as it allows you to lay down an initial rough cut and then fine-tune by moving things around as you see fit. Extract/Splice Segment mode, or yellow arrow, is very important to this overall process, as it allows you to freely manipulate clip locations without going back into the bin for additional material.

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Avid Media Composer 6 Essential Training

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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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