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Using navigation shortcuts

From: Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training

Video: Using navigation shortcuts

To be an efficient editor, you also need to know shortcuts for finding footage and customizing your workspace. In this lesson, we'll explore some of the most useful shortcuts for selecting tracks, zooming in and out of the Timeline, and matching frames from the sequence to the source monitor. Let's take a look at track selection. If I want to edit V1 to V1, right now what I would have to do is deselect all of the other tracks. Now, this can get very time-consuming, especially with sequences with lots of tracks.

Using navigation shortcuts

To be an efficient editor, you also need to know shortcuts for finding footage and customizing your workspace. In this lesson, we'll explore some of the most useful shortcuts for selecting tracks, zooming in and out of the Timeline, and matching frames from the sequence to the source monitor. Let's take a look at track selection. If I want to edit V1 to V1, right now what I would have to do is deselect all of the other tracks. Now, this can get very time-consuming, especially with sequences with lots of tracks.

Fortunately there are some shortcuts to help you out. If I want to select all of my tracks at once, I hit Ctrl+A or Command+A if I'm on a Mac. If I want to deselect all of my tracks, I hit Ctrl+Shift+A or Command+Shift+A if I'm on a Mac. Therefore, if all tracks are selected and I know I want to make a V1 to V1 edit, I simply Ctrl+Shift+A, hit my V1, and I'm ready to go. If I want to select the inverse of the currently selected tracks, I can do so by lassoing through the track selectors, starting up here in the gray area.

Lasso through and all of my opposite tracks are selected and do so again to get back to where I was. If I want to turn on and off the tracks from a certain location, I can do so by Shift+dragging through my track selectors. So if I wanted to enable A1 through A4, I can do so by Shift+drag. If I want to disable V1 through A2, I can do so by Shift+drag. Let's go ahead and select V1 again. So I'll just Shift+drag A3 and A4, select V1 and I'm ready to go.

Let's take a look at how to enlarge and reduce the size of our tracks. If I want to make tracks larger, I simply select the tracks that I want to affect. And I'm going to Ctrl+L or Command+L if I'm on a Mac. If I want to make them smaller, I select the appropriate tracks, and I hit Ctrl+K or Command+K. A lot of times editors want to set up a view for various functions of the edit. When you are editing video only and audio isn't as important, a lot of times you want to make the video tracks a little bit larger.

So let's go ahead and select our video tracks. Ctrl+L to make them larger. I'll go ahead and just lasso through my track selectors to A4 to select the inverse. And now my audio tracks are selected. I'll Ctrl+K my audio tracks. And now I have a nice video view. I'll come here. Save this out. Name it Video View. Say OK.

And now this is the view that I'll use when I'm editing primarily video. Let's make an Audio View as well. We already have our audio tracks selected. So I'm going to just Ctrl+L to make them larger. And I'm going to make my video tracks smaller. So I want to lasso through to deselect my audio. And I'm going to Ctrl+K my video tracks. All right. So we have an audio focused view.

I'll come down here, save it out, and call it Audio View. Okay. Then we can go seamlessly back and forth between our Video View, which highlights our video tracks, and our Audio View, which highlights our audio tracks. Let's talk a little bit about zooming into the Timeline. If I know that I would like to work right here, we already know that I can do the scale bar to zoom right into where I want to go. There are a couple of shortcuts though. If I come to my Fast Menu and go to More Detail and Less Detail, I see that I have Ctrl+Right Bracket to give me more detail and Ctrl+Left Bracket to give me less detail.

So let's Ctrl+Left Bracket to zoom way out. Ctrl+Right Bracket to zoom way in. Let's go ahead and zoom back out. I'm going to hit Ctrl+Alt+M. My cursor becomes a double arrow. And I'm simply going to lasso over the area that I would like to zoom in on, and it opens up the entire view. If I want to zoom back out, I hit Ctrl+Alt+J and we've got the whole Timeline again. Finally, to bring a frame in the sequence up in the source monitor, if I want to access Tony's interview, because I want to edit it into the Timeline again, without going back to my bin, then I can simply do something called Match Frame.

Let's go ahead and switch to my Video View because we're dealing with video frames. So I want to bring Tony's interview up in the source monitor. I'm going to Alt+Ctrl+click to snap to the head of that shot. And I'm going to do a Match Frame. Match Frame can be found in the Timeline Fast menu. And it's this one right here. It looks like a little piece of film. I press it. And there is my Tony interview. I can then go to any point in this interview and edit another section into the Timeline. Now, Match Frame behaves in such a way that it only matches the topmost selected track.

So here, if I'd like to bring up Dr. Shannon's interview, the way it's selected right now is it's actually going to bring up this shot of the Nutcracker B-roll. So if I perform a Match Frame, it brings up my B-roll instead of my interview. To bring Dr. Shannon up, I'd have to deselect V2, perform the Match Frame again, and there we go. Let's go back however and I'll just clear my monitor and explore a feature called Match Frame Track, which is going to allow me to bring up Dr. Shannon's interview, even though my V2 is selected.

I just park right in the middle of the clip that I'd like to bring up, and then come over to V1, right-click and choose Match Frame Track. And there's my Dr. Shannon interview, even though I had V2 selected. Match Frame is an extremely often used technique for editors, because you're always wanting to access footage that you've already edited, so that you may edit it again. Editors don't like to always go back to the bin for all the material, so Match Frame is a great tool. While the tools covered in this movie are just scratching the surface of all the things you can do, knowing and using these techniques will greatly help you out going forward.

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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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