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Using direct timeline manipulation

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Video: Using direct timeline manipulation

The classic workflow for editing in Media Composer is usually mark In and Out points, edit the shot into the Timeline using either Splice or Overwrite, and then if necessary, move shots around using Segment mode. However, if you like, you can also combine these functions and drag your shots directly from the source monitor to the Timeline. Let's take a look. Now we still have our gaps in our sequence so I think I will use our Timeline manipulation tools to drag something from the source monitor into the Timeline to fill the gap. I have already marked a shot here.

Using direct timeline manipulation

The classic workflow for editing in Media Composer is usually mark In and Out points, edit the shot into the Timeline using either Splice or Overwrite, and then if necessary, move shots around using Segment mode. However, if you like, you can also combine these functions and drag your shots directly from the source monitor to the Timeline. Let's take a look. Now we still have our gaps in our sequence so I think I will use our Timeline manipulation tools to drag something from the source monitor into the Timeline to fill the gap. I have already marked a shot here.

It's 2 seconds and 8 frames. And I will use this shot to overwrite the material right over where the gap is. So I want to check a couple of things. I want to make sure that my video is selected, and I am going to deselect my audio here. And I also want to enable my Lift/ Overwrite Segment Mode in the Timeline Palette so that it knows to overwrite this material rather than splice it in. All I do is I drag my source monitor down to my Timeline and as you can see there is an outline about where it's going to be dropped in.

We will go ahead and line it up where it looks like the music changes a little bit and release. The shot is edited in. Let's take a look. (Music playing) All right, it looks like that works for me. Let's go to the other gap and see what we have got. (Music playing) We have a clear change right here.

So I am going to mark an In, and that will help me when I am overwriting so that I can snap to that In point. Let's just grab our group dancer shot here and let's find another portion of this. Let's do the spin into the dancing. So we will mark an In, mark an Out. We have, oh, it's a little short. Let's make the Out a little bit later.

Let's finish the action, okay. So it's 2 seconds and 23 frames. Again I am going to make sure that my tracks are selected appropriately, that we have our Lift/Overwrite Segment Mode selected, and drag from the source down to the Timeline, and I am going to snap to my edit point there. So Ctrl+Drag and there we go. It looks like I have really overwritten a little bit too much there. Don't worry. We will learn in the next chapter how to fix that but let's take a look at this edit point for now.

(Music playing) Yeah, what'll want to do is actually extend the length of this shot and we will learn that little bit later but for now I like the way this edit lines up. So using Timeline manipulation with the Lift/Overwrite Segment Mode is pretty self-explanatory. If I wanted to the same thing but with my Extract/Splice Segment Mode, I could do so. If I wanted to get a shot, let's say, our Arabian dancers, and I wanted to insert that into the Timeline pushing all of the other clips down stream, I can do so.

Just make sure that I have my appropriate track selected, video, deselect audio, make sure I have my Extract /Splice in Segment Mode and drag. I am going to hold down Ctrl and release. And as you see it, it's dropped into the Timeline, pushes everything down, and now my video is longer than my audio. It's not what I wanted to have happen so I will go ahead and undo that. I can either do Ctrl+Z or I can go ahead and just select it using my Segment Mode and press Delete and away it goes.

Dragging-and-dropping clips to the Timeline is a much tactile approach to editing and for some editors, it's an absolute necessity to be able to use the Timeline as a palette of sorts and move clips around freely to build the sequence. Therefore, you may, very well, find it useful to drag clips around to create your sequences dynamically.

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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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