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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.
To be an efficient editor, you also need to know shortcuts for finding footage and customizing your workspace. In this movie, 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. As we keep building sequences with more and more video and audio tracks, it can become very useful to be able to select exactly the tracks that we want without having to click them all on or click them all off separately. So, to select all the tracks at once, I press Ctrl+A, or Command+A on a Mac.
If I want to deselect all the tracks at once, I press Ctrl+Shift+A, or Command+Shift+A on a Mac. If I already have some of the tracks selected and I want to automatically select the reverse of what I have selected, I just drag a lasso through my track selectors and the reverse are selected. If I want to turn off all of the video tracks to a certain point, I just have to Shift+Click on one of the tracks that is on and drag up.
If I want to turn on certain video tracks, I just have to Shift+Click on a track that's off and drag down. Now let's cover zooming. So far, we've just been using our Scale bar to zoom in and out. But again, keyboard shortcuts are better, so I want to draw your attention to the Timeline Fast menu, where we see more detail and less detail. This is mapped to Ctrl+Right Bracket and Ctrl+Left Bracket respectively. We're going to map those to other keys when we learned about mapping, but for now, let's go ahead and learn this.
So, as I press Ctrl+Right Bracket, or Command+Right Bracket on a Mac, I'm going to zoom in, and I can zoom in so far that my position indicator actually splits into two, and this represents one frame of video, which is really, really helpful. Then if I press Ctrl+Left Bracket, or Command+Left Bracket on a Mac, I can zoom out, and I can zoom way out. I'm going to go ahead and zoom back in here to fill the frame.
Also, we covered enlarging tracks, but I want to cover how to make them smaller as well. I'm going to go ahead and select all my tracks by pressing Ctrl+A, and I'm going to press Ctrl+K, and that makes all of my tracks smaller. And again, Ctrl+L, or Command+L on a Mac, makes them larger. So sometimes, I might like to have my video tracks large and my audio tracks small, so I could just Shift+Drag my audio tracks, Ctrl+L my video, then I can select the reverse, and Ctrl+K my audio.
It's up to you how you customize your Timeline layout. Finally, I'd like to cover Matchframe. This is the technique that matches a frame from the sequence and puts it into the source monitor. This allows you to look at the material either right before or right after the frame in your sequence, which can be very useful. So, let's say I would like to matchframe the beginning of her interview here, because I want to see what came before that. So, I'm going to select V1. Then I'm going to come into my Timeline Fast menu and click on this button here that looks like a little frame of film.
So, this brings up the frame on V1, so I'll just move my monitor down to V1, and we have this exact frame of video loaded up here. It conveniently puts an in point so that I know all of the material before is the stuff that I want to look at. If I would like to matchframe on V2, I just have to select V2, and then again choose Matchframe, and it's going to match this frame right here and put an in point and I can look at the material before or after.
Now, let's say I have something like 8-10 video tracks and I want to matchframe the material on V1. Rather than deselecting all of the above video tracks and then finally getting to V1, I have another technique in mind. If I right-click on V1, even if V2 is selected, I can choose the option Matchframe Track. This again, matches the frame on V1 and I don't have to worry about my track selectors. Knowing your way around the editing interface will help you become a better, faster, and more efficient editor.
While the tools covered in this movie are just scratching the surface of all the things you can do, knowing these techniques will greatly help you out going forward.
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