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Using nesting and auto-nesting

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Video: Using nesting and auto-nesting

As you've probably gathered, applying effects is both a very common and very powerful addition to the editing process. In fact, many times, you'll actually want to add more than one effect at a time. The way Media Composer works is that if you apply one effect on top of another, the second one actually replaces the first. So for example, if I wanted to add a flop to my existing resize, drag it onto this segment, you'll notice that the resize disappears and is replaced by the flop.

Using nesting and auto-nesting

As you've probably gathered, applying effects is both a very common and very powerful addition to the editing process. In fact, many times, you'll actually want to add more than one effect at a time. The way Media Composer works is that if you apply one effect on top of another, the second one actually replaces the first. So for example, if I wanted to add a flop to my existing resize, drag it onto this segment, you'll notice that the resize disappears and is replaced by the flop.

I'm going to undo that because as you can imagine, this isn't the goal I'm going for. Therefore, you'll want to use nesting, to add multiple effects to the same segment. Let's take a look at how it works. So let's take this resize and as you can see applying a flop outright isn't the way to go. Instead I'm going to want to nest this, and there's a couple of different types. The first type is Simple Nesting, which is basically going to allow me to climb inside of this effect and apply another effect to the raw video underneath.

So I'm going to step in and I do that by pressing the Step In button right here, and as you can see my resize went away, or seemingly. It's actually still there. It's just that I'm looking at the raw video in isolation, without looking at my resize as well. So I'm just going to grab my flop, apply it like so, there's my flop and if I step in again, notice that the flop is gone, the resize is gone and I'm looking at my raw video again.

Again, they're still there, but I'm just not seeing them. I'm going to apply a third effect. I'm going to actually apply the Color Effect and we're going to go into much greater detail on the Color Effect in a future movie, but for now all I want to do is just take the color out of this, which means I'm going to bring my Saturation to 0. Here's my Saturation, bump that down to 0, and let's take a look at how this looks. So we see our color effect. I'll step out one. Now we see our color effect in conjunction with flop.

I'll step out a third time and I see my color effect, my flop and my resize. We have what we need, but the process of getting there is a little disjointed because I don't get to see all the effects work together until the very end. So let's take a look at another type of nesting called Expanded Nesting and it's actually my preferred way of nesting. I'm going to go ahead and remove this effect. If I want to step in and remove my flop, remove my color effect, step out and I still have my resize.

To see all of my nested effects in conjunction with one another, I'm going to do Expanded Nesting by selecting my Lift/ Overwrite Segment Mode, double-clicking, and applying my flop to this new track that's appeared here. This is actually a track inside the nest, but we see it conjunction with the effect that's already there. Go ahead and apply that, so we see both our flop and our resize, double-click again, and I'll take my Color Effect, again just bump the Saturation down to 0.

And I never have to leave the full visual effect. I'm able to see them all in conjunction with one another. I'm going to go one more time and I'm going to apply a mask and I want to show you something. If I go to Film > 16.9 Mask and we'll emove our position indicator to the very beginning. I'll apply this. Again, when you're nesting, you're applying inside the effect. So I've climbed inside the resize, inside the flop, inside the color effect.

I'm applying it to the raw video. I'll apply it and you can see I have a nice mask here, the top and the bottom. However, as I go through the clip, notice that my mask disappears at the bottom. It's gone. The reason it's gone is that I applied the mask to the raw video, but the raw video itself was resized. So the mask goes out of the frame and I'm not able to see it. I'm going to click on this effect and delete it and I'm going to step all the way out, like so.

If I want to do that in one fell swoop, all I have to do is double-click on the bottommost effect. And instead of applying the mask inside a nest to the raw video, I'm going to apply it on top of all existing effects. Let me show you what I mean. I'm going to take my mask and I'm going to auto nest or apply it on top of the effects by Alt+dragging. If I'm on a Mac, it'll be an Option+drag. Alt+drag, release, and now if I scroll through this effect, I have the mask the entire way.

It doesn't disappear when the image resizes and that's because it's on top of all of the other stacked effects. Nesting may seem a bit confusing at first, but you'll definitely get used to effect ordering as you get more practice. For now, my advice would be to stick to one nesting method, simple, expanded or auto nesting, and learn how the effect ordering works for that particular method. Then you'll be able to tweak and adjust as needed if you need to switch to another nesting method.

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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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