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Using Segment mode (Lift/Overwrite) to move shots

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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.

Using Segment mode (Lift/Overwrite) to move shots

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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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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