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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.
Switching shots in the Timeline is very important, but sometimes you just want to nudge your shot without affecting any shots around it. To achieve this, we'll use the other type of Segment mode represented by this red arrow here. It's Lift/Overwrite Segment mode, and it's found at the very top of our smart tool. To enable Lift/Overwrite Segment mode, I just make sure that I have this selected. And just so you know, you don't want to have both of the arrows selected at this point in time. This does function in a different way, and we'll cover that at the end of this movie but for right now, just make sure that Lift/Overwrite Segment mode is selected.
So again, this is used for nudging shots without affecting the duration of our sequence, or any of the shots around it. So, we've got a little bit of an audio- video mismatch here, and I'm going to play it so you can see what I'm talking about. (clip playing) So, we see the suitcases being set down and we hear them being set down in a different time.
We want to make sure to sync that up, and we're going to do that with Lift/Overwrite Segment mode, or our red arrow. Now I've set a locater, which we're going to discuss in a future movie, but basically, it's a visual Post-it note so that I as the editor can see this point in time as I'm performing a maneuver. And what I want to do is match this point in time up, which is the moment that this suitcase gets put down, with the moment that we hear the suitcase. So to help myself out, I'm going to actually put some waveforms in my audio tracks.
To do that, I'm going to open up my Track Control panel, where I can put the wave- form on, on these buttons here, on the left. Now if you're not able to do that, make sure that in your Timeline Fast menu, under Audio Data, that you have Allow Per Track Settings selected. All right! So let's play this and see exactly where that audio is. (clip playing) The suitcases are being set down right here and so I want to move my video to the right.
Now, I have a couple of options here. I can just click and drag, but as you see, it's really hard to see where that locator is. It's not really working for me. I can guess and then let go and I'll probably get it pretty close, and let's go ahead and just see if that worked. (clip playing) Okay, so that's pretty good, but I want to show you another way that you can actually nudge the shot and see it a lot better. I'm going to undo, Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on a Mac, and I'm going to select this and by using the M, comma, period, and backslash keys on my the keyboard, I'm going to be able to nudge this either by one frame or by ten frames, right or left.
Now, the comma and the period go to the left and right. So, if I press the comma, I nudge to the left; if I press the period I nudge one frame to the right. If I press my M key, I nudge ten frames to the left, and if I press my backslash key, I nudge ten frames to the right. So this is a great way to move your segments around the Timeline. Now, I've kind of messed things up here, so I'm going to Ctrl+Z or Command+Z to undo so I can get this back where it was.
So again, I'm just going to click on this clip, and I'm going to use my period key to just nudge this over one frame at a time, and we are matching it up with this audio waveform here. I'm able to see everything vertically lined up, so this should be pretty good. Let's go ahead and give it a try. (clip playing) All right! That worked out really well. Everything happened at the same time. It makes a lot more sense. One thing it did do, as you see, is leave behind blank space, or in Media Composer, this is called filler.
I'm going to zoom in by using my scale bar down here so that we can see this a little bit closer and you'll see that we have visual filler here and we've overwritten the very first part of the clip adjacent to it over here. Now, I think this is going to be a little bit of a problem because we have this clip start right where our music starts right here, and we want to keep it that way, so let's just use Lift/Overwrite Segment mode again to correct that. Go ahead and scroll over there, and let's just see what this looks like right now.
(clip playing) Yeah, we definitely want to move this shot over. So again, I'm just going to click on it and this time I am going to drag because I want to show you a technique. If I hold down Ctrl and drag, you'll notice that Media Composer snaps to the head of that waveform. A lot of times editors do need to snap to where a waveform starts, so it's really nice to be able to do that. I'm going to let go here and I'll zoom back out, so we can see we do have a couple of holes.
Don't worry about that. We will fix those in a future movie when we learn about trimming. But for right now, we've got our timing good here, and it looks like we've got our timing good here too. (clip playing) Great! So we fixed one problem and then we created another, but we ended up fixing that problem as well, by the same method. Again, we will fix those holes later, so hang onto that thought. I do want to show you one more thing about Lift/Overwrite Segment mode, and that's how to delete material.
Again, I can just click on a clip, and let's say that I wanted to switch out this shot here of Kim looking at Dave's tie. We have a different shot, more close-up that we want to use. So, I'm going to click on this clip and press Delete on my keyboard. You'll notice that it leaves behind visual filler, and I can go back to my bin and find the shot later, but I've kept the timing of my sequence. I don't want to this, so I'm just going to undo, Ctrl+Z or Command+Z, and we're back where we were.
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