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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.
Markers are digital Post-it notes which allow you to give yourself reminders as well as communicate your editorial needs to other people involved in the post-production process. Let's take a look at how to use these very useful tools. I have a sequence here, and there are a couple of things that I need to change and a couple of needs that I need to communicate with other people involved in the edit. Most of them have to do with some color correction. I have a couple of shots I want to swap out. So I am just going to play through, and when I get to a point where I'd like to leave a note, I'm going to pause, and we'll discuss how we can use our markers.
I'll go ahead and select my Timeline, and play. (music playing) (Female speaker: Swing dancing brings you together.) All right, so right here we have kind of a bright shot, and then it gets a little bit dim, and then it goes back to being bright, so we do need to match that a little bit better. So, I'm going to put a marker right here on V2, so I want to make sure that V2 is selected. I also actually need to map a marker to my keyboard, which we know how to do.
I'm just going to go to Settings, press K to jump to my keyboard, open up my edit keyboard, and I'm going to open up my Command palette by pressing Ctrl+3 or Command+3. And if I click on the More tab, here are all the different colors of markers I have available to me. I'm going to go ahead and just mark my red marker to F5, a green to F6, and a blue to F7. So I'm going to go ahead and click on my Timeline to activate it, and I'm going to put a red marker there, so I'll press F5.
And the Marker window comes up, and I can leave a note. Now, this is a color correction note, so if I have a colorist that I'm working with, I can leave a note for them. Or if I'm doing my own color correction, I can just come back and every one of the red markers I know is a color correction need. So I'm just going to say, "Match this lighting." Again, I could change the color of my marker here as well, but we've already got red, which represents color correction. And I'll say OK, and let's go on.
(Female speaker:--brings you together. It brings you to a simple time where the roles are defined.) (Female speaker: One person follows, one person leads, and there's only three things that matter, and that's the music, the dance floor, and your partner. And you just forget everything else.) You know what? I actually had a different shot in mind right here, so I'd like to just swap this out altogether, but I'd like to just leave myself a note, because I don't have time to do it right now, but I have time allotted tomorrow to do that. So, again, I'm just going to park on this and make sure that V2 is selected, and we're going to go ahead and press F6.
This will give me a green marker, and I can say, "Swap out with darker dance footage." That's the narrative stylistic footage, instead of this one right here. So I'm going to click OK and we'll keep going. (Female speaker: My great grandmother owned a clothing store in the '30s, '40s, and '50s, and since I was a little) (girl, she started giving me those clothes.) I have a note about the interview here. I do have to deselect V2 in order to place a marker on V1 here.
And I would actually like to cut this out altogether and choose a different portion of this interview where she talks a little bit more in detail about this subject. So I'm going to, again, put a green marker here, and that was F6, and let's go ahead and say, "Swap out with grandmother story from 30s/40s/50s" and say OK, and you'll notice that the marker went down to the V1 track.
Now, I can put markers on my audio tracks too. I just need to deselect video, and whatever the highest most-selected track is is where my marker is going to go. So if I wanted to then display my markers, I could. I can just right-click on my Record monitor and choose Markers. Here they are, arranged by color and time code, and if I double-click on any of these, my position indicator will snap right to that marker. I can also print this if I wanted to.
Again, this could be a very long list. It can be very helpful to show this to other people. So I can go to File and Print Markers, or Ctrl+P if the Markers window is open. And I can also export markers from the File menu. If I export markers, that exports it as a text document that I can then email to whoever I want to. Also notice that in the Record monitor I can see the marker, along with the text that I have associated with it; however, this is only available if I'm parked on it.
When I play through it, you don't see it. (Female speaker:--those clothes, so I started collecting vintage clothing.) So, you don't have to worry about the markers messing up your show. Now, because markers can be used for various purposes, sometimes I'll only want to show markers of a certain color. To display markers of one particular color, or to take away markers of certain colors, I just go down to the Timeline Fast menu, say Show Markers, and then I can uncheck the colors that I don't want to show. So if I only want to look at my editorial markers and take away my color- correction markers, I would just deselect red, and you don't see it anymore.
It is there though, so I can bring that back up if I just select it. So, as you can see, markers can help you stay organized and communicate with others.
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