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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 added transitions to your sequence, you'll often need to further adjust their duration and position. There's a quick way to do this, via the Transition Manipulation tool, which is the last of the buttons in the Smart tool that we haven't talked about. Let's take a look. All right, so we have our sixty-frame dissolve at the beginning of this, and I have some comments that we want to try that with it ending on the cut. Now, I could go back into my Quick Transition display and then move it over, but I'm going to show you a more tactile way to do that, and that's via my Transition Manipulation tool.
So I'm going to go ahead and select it, and I'll zoom in so we can really see this. And you'll notice that when I hover over a transition my cursor turns into a hand. So this allows me to just drag a transition to the left or to the right. I can create a custom transition by having some of it before and some of it after. You'll notice that as I drag, I see these six frames here. This is the first, middle, and last frame of my A side, and this is my first, middle, and last frame of my B side.
So, as you see as I drag, this updates so that I can see exactly what portion of the shots will be included in the transition. Also, if I hover on the edge of the transition, I can adjust its duration, one side at a time. So, if I bring this in over here and on the right, if I bring this in, I can customize exactly how long it is and then if I drag, I can customize its position.
So, let's go ahead and start the transition slightly before the cut, let's drag it out so that it lasts a little bit longer, and we see that we are starting to get her foot come into frame on this transition. So, that's not a big deal. It's just a reference point for us. But occasionally you might drag it so that you see the slate at the beginning of the shot, which you know you don't want in the transition, or you might see something else you don't want. So, definitely use this to your advantage to be able to include the correct media in the transition.
Let's go ahead and play through this. This again is a play loop, so it will play two seconds before the transition and two seconds after. It's really dynamic. I'll play by pressing the spacebar. (clip playing) Okay and the transition corner display will remain up as I continue to tweak. If we make it a little bit longer, you can go ahead and try one more time. Let's play through it once more. (clip playing) All right, so as you can see, you can quickly change your transition's duration and position in a tactile way by using the Transition Manipulation tool.
Yet another example of how you can make key adjustments in numerous ways in Media Composer.
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