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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.
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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