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Using Timewarp

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Video: Using Timewarp

Imagine that you'd like to start with a shot in real-time, then speed it up significantly, and then slow it down all the way to a stop, and then make it go in reverse. While the Motion Effect Editor and Freeze Frame Creation tool are limited in they can only produce non-variable motion, Media Composer's Timewarp effect allows you to vary the speed however you like. So in this lesson, we'll take a look at the basic functions of the Timewarp effect so that you can produce interesting variable motion shots. Let's look at our Ballerina shot again.

Using Timewarp

Imagine that you'd like to start with a shot in real-time, then speed it up significantly, and then slow it down all the way to a stop, and then make it go in reverse. While the Motion Effect Editor and Freeze Frame Creation tool are limited in they can only produce non-variable motion, Media Composer's Timewarp effect allows you to vary the speed however you like. So in this lesson, we'll take a look at the basic functions of the Timewarp effect so that you can produce interesting variable motion shots. Let's look at our Ballerina shot again.

And let's start out with the clip in real-time. Speed it up significantly. Bring it down to a Freeze Frame, and then go in reverse motion. We can do that with the Timewarp effect. Go ahead and drag it over. And when I open the Effect Editor, you'll see it looks quite a bit different than we're used to. The way I'm going to look at my Motion Effect Graphs is to click on these buttons here. And in the left you see a Speed Graph and on the right a Position Graph.

We're primarily going to use the Speed Graph for all of our adjustments and we're simply going to use the Position Graph to monitor the amount of frames I have to make sure I don't run out of material when I'm creating my effect. So to do that I'm just going to make sure I see the entire graph onscreen at once. That will help me later. And I'm going to do something similar over here. So we start off in real-time. And as you see I'm at 100%, and there's my keyframe. It goes all the way across.

So I'm going to speed it up. I need to add a keyframe here. I can do so here or if I've mapped it on my keyboard I can do it there. So we'll go ahead and increase this to 304% here. And then you'll notice that it actually produces a nice S-curve here. This is called Spline. It eases in and eases out from keyframe-to-keyframe. I have a couple of other interpolation methods here that I can use.

One, if I right-click here, is Linear. It goes in a liner fashion from keyframe-to-keyframe with no ease-in or ease-out. Another is Shelf. It goes straight from 100 to 304. And the last one is Bezier. It gives me these direction handles that I'm able to manipulate the amount of ease-in and ease-out from keyframe-to-keyframe. I'm going to keep Spline and move on. So I'm increasing it in speed.

And then I'm adding a keyframe here and I'm going to decrease it significantly in slow-mo and then actually go to a Freeze Frame for a little while. And then I'm going to add another keyframe. We'll add two so that we can hold on a Freeze Frame for this amount of time. We'll add another keyframe that actually sends it into reverse motion. The negative numbers indicate reverse motion. You'll notice that I have a blue dot here. A blue dot effect indicates that it needs to be rendered.

So instead of just playing it out here, which if I do, it'll just produce a black image, I'll render it out. And I'm going to change my Render Type from Both Fields to Blended Interpolated. Again I'm not going to go into the specifics of what this means. Just know that Blended Interpolated is a far superior render method, and I'm going to come down here to Render Effect. Going to render my effect to my data drive, say OK, and let's check out how this looks.

Go fast and then slow down to a Freeze Frame and then in reverse, exactly what we wanted. Again this exact example probably isn't as practical as something a little bit more standard. Speeding something up, slowing something down, going in constant reverse motion. But it does give you a good idea of all of the variety that you can achieve within the Motion Effect Editor in the Timewarp effect. I'm going to talk briefly about the Position Graph. What you have to keep in mind is that you have a limit as far as what you do in the Timewarp effect.

Because we have a certain number of frames that makes up this segment, if I exceed that number of frames by burning through them too quickly, my Position Graph is going to indicate that. Notice how it's going to out the right side, so that indicates that I have enough frames. I'm going to go ahead and just delete these keyframes. If however I bring it up so it's going really fast, notice that my line goes up at the top of the graph. This indicates that I've run out of frames.

And as you will see, it's going to produce a freeze frame for the last quarter or so of this shot. It's a green dot effect. So we know it's going to play in real-time. So let's just see what we're talking about here. And there is my freeze frame. It goes from 212 to 413 to 428 as indicated by these keyframes here. And when it does get to this point, it becomes a freeze frame because I've simply run out of frames. So just use your Position Graph as something to monitor as you're building your speed in your speed graph.

The Timewarp effect is very powerful because it lets you do basically anything you want in terms of changing the speed, direction and feel of a segment within the Timeline. Unless you render, it doesn't produce any additional media or master clips like the Motion Effect Editor and Freeze Frame Creation tool do. So besides being more powerful, it saves on time and hard drive space as well.

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Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training

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  1. 3m 43s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 27s
  2. 22m 59s
    1. Understanding clips and media files
      2m 34s
    2. Understanding the Select Project window
      5m 40s
    3. Working in the Project window
      5m 35s
    4. Setting up and organizing a project
      5m 13s
    5. Saving and backing up
      3m 57s
  3. 50m 15s
    1. Using the Composer Monitor and the timeline
      6m 32s
    2. Adding shots using Splice
      5m 57s
    3. Adding shots using Overwrite
      7m 2s
    4. Removing shots using Extract and Lift
      4m 31s
    5. Using Extract/Splice Segment Mode to switch shots in the timeline
      5m 1s
    6. Using Lift/Overwrite Segment Mode to move shots in the timeline
      5m 59s
    7. Using direct timeline manipulation
      4m 6s
    8. Using subclips and subsequences
      3m 48s
    9. Adding and patching video tracks
      7m 19s
  4. 26m 39s
    1. Understanding trimming
      3m 42s
    2. Using A-side Single-Roller Trim to improve audio timing
      7m 59s
    3. Using B-side Single-Roller Trim to improve audio timing
      5m 41s
    4. Using Dual-Roller Trim to refine video
      6m 5s
    5. Using Ripple Trim and Overwrite Trim
      3m 12s
  5. 24m 8s
    1. Using the J-K-L keys for navigation
      4m 15s
    2. Using navigation shortcuts
      6m 26s
    3. Using the Command palette
      6m 4s
    4. Sorting and sifting clips
      7m 23s
  6. 20m 38s
    1. J-K-L trimming
      4m 11s
    2. On-the-fly trimming
      7m 18s
    3. Advanced trim methods: Slip mode
      5m 18s
    4. Advanced trim methods: Slide mode
      3m 51s
  7. 21m 33s
    1. Using the Audio tool to read audio levels
      6m 18s
    2. Using the Audio Mixer to adjust audio level and pan
      8m 27s
    3. Keyframing audio for intra-segment audio adjustments
      6m 48s
  8. 55m 23s
    1. Using Quick Transition effects
      5m 19s
    2. Using the Effects palette and the Effects Editor
      5m 21s
    3. Keyframing segment effects
      6m 0s
    4. Using nesting and auto-nesting
      5m 49s
    5. Saving effects templates
      5m 34s
    6. Building basic composites using vertical effects
      4m 53s
    7. Using the Picture-in-Picture effect
      6m 41s
    8. Creating basic motion effects
      5m 55s
    9. Using Timewarp
      5m 56s
    10. Using the Color effect
      3m 55s
  9. 9m 48s
    1. Understanding system performance
      5m 58s
    2. Rendering tracks
      3m 50s
  10. 20m 30s
    1. Analyzing footage for problems
      3m 8s
    2. Using the Y-Waveform monitor to set whites and blacks
      5m 34s
    3. Using the RGB Parade to correct color casts
      4m 42s
    4. Using the Vectorscope to improve skin tones
      3m 27s
    5. Correcting color automatically
      3m 39s
  11. 29m 16s
    1. Formatting and enhancing text using Avid Marquee
      6m 52s
    2. Using Marquee to apply shapes and gradients
      4m 23s
    3. Using title templates
      2m 40s
    4. Bringing a title into Media Composer
      3m 42s
    5. Revising the title
      2m 49s
    6. Creating rolling and crawling titles
      4m 40s
    7. Using Auto-Titler
      4m 10s
  12. 22m 3s
    1. Using the Capture tool
      5m 7s
    2. Capturing footage
      4m 26s
    3. Batch-capturing
      4m 46s
    4. Adjusting settings for import
      5m 7s
    5. Using AMA (Avid Media Access) for QuickTime imports
      2m 37s
  13. 16m 54s
    1. Understanding deletion types and cases
      3m 51s
    2. Performing bin deletion
      3m 17s
    3. Understanding the Media tool
      6m 17s
    4. Identifying and deleting media relatives and non-relatives
      3m 29s
  14. 15m 31s
    1. Understanding media delivery types
      2m 28s
    2. Preparing a sequence for digital cut to print to tape
      2m 48s
    3. Performing a digital cut
      5m 8s
    4. Exporting a QuickTime movie or QuickTime reference
      5m 7s
  15. 14m 39s
    1. Solving the offline media problem
      3m 58s
    2. Re-linking media
      2m 19s
    3. Solving Avid settings corruption
      4m 35s
    4. Using the Avid Attic to find and retrieve bins
      3m 47s
  16. 19s
    1. Goodbye
      19s

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