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In Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training, author Ashley Kennedy demonstrates basic and intermediate editing techniques in Media Composer, one of the most widely used nonlinear, video editing systems. This course covers how to build sequences, mix audio, color correct footage, apply effects, and troubleshoot common post-production issues in Media Composer. Exercise files accompany the course.
Sometimes, for organizational and logistical purposes, you'll want to break a master clip or sequence down to it's more basic components. In this movie, we will go over creating subclips and subsequences so that you can make clips and sequences as long or as short as you want to. Okay. So, here I have a rather long master clip. It's about a minute-and-a-half long and there is a portion of it that I would like to use in a sequence and it's at the end. It is this portion here where they are dancing in that circle and so I am going to mark an In at the beginning of that action, and I will mark an Out at the end of that action.
And you can see that now I have 12- second selection out of the minute-and-a-half and to make this its own clip, I can come up to here to the Create Subclip icon and just drag that to my bin. Notice that the Subclip icon is just a smaller version of the master clip icon and I am just going to rename this, like so, and then when I load that into the source monitor by double-clicking, that portion is the only thing that loads.
It breaks it down for me so it will easier to work with. This is also used a lot for interviews. I have an interview here and I would like to only use this 11-second snippet out of the master interview. So I will go ahead and play it for you. (Male speaker: You have the mentor and the apprentice, Drosselmeyer and Mini-Meyer.) (Male speaker: And that's one of the themes in the story.) (Male speaker: Is like you know the apprentice is trying to learn how to become a magician.) All right. And I would like to only work with that.
So again, I can drag my Create Subclip icon or I can Alt+Click or Option+Click and drag from the source monitor into my bin and I am just going to title this Tony- magician apprentice. This material is also all from the Urban Nutcracker, just from different portion. So that's subcliping. It's pretty basic. I can load that into the source monitor. Again, I just have my 11 seconds loaded and all of the rest that I won't use, I don't need to access that.
And I don't need to access all the rest of the material than I am not going to use. Now sequences work basically the same way. I have a sequence here and it's about 50 second long or so. But I have a selection of 15 seconds at the beginning of the sequence that I would like to use for promotional purposes in a different sequence. It involves narration, so I will go ahead and just play a portion of it for you. (Male speaker 2: Start a Christmas tradition with Tony Williams's Urban Nutcracker, now in its 9th season.) (Male speaker 2: Don't miss the show that critics are calling "simply stunning," "outstanding" and "marvelous.") So I would like that to be its own sequence.
The Create Subsequece icon is up here in the upper right. I can just click-and-drag it over. And I will just rename this, Urban Nutcracker -Promo and then when I load that, that's the only portion that loads into the Timeline. Again, if I wanted to, I could also Alt or Option+Drag from my record monitor, notice that my cursor turns into a little hand, and drag that over like so. I don't need that, so I will delete.
So as you can see, using subclips and subsequences is a great way to break out material into elements that make the most sense for your editing purposes.
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