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Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started
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Working in the Effects palette


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Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started

with Steve Holyhead

Video: Working in the Effects palette

The Effects palette opens up a whole world of both transition and segment-based effects, as well as plug-in effects from Avid and third party manufacturers. Once we've mastered the controls, you'll be having a lot of fun exploring this aspect of Media Composer. Over here in the Project window, after bins, we have Settings. After Settings we have the Effect palette. These are categories, on the left-hand side. As I click between the categories you can see there are various effects within each category.
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  1. 4m 13s
    1. Welcome
      1m 31s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 42s
  2. 21m 40s
    1. Starting Media Composer and creating a new project
      4m 15s
    2. Understanding Media Composer
      5m 47s
    3. Working with clips, bins, folders, and the Project window
      3m 44s
    4. Saving and backing up your work
      4m 16s
    5. Retrieving a project from the Attic
      3m 38s
  3. 27m 58s
    1. Understanding media formats and the Format tab
      8m 25s
    2. Importing media
      6m 11s
    3. Linking to media using AMA
      5m 43s
    4. Accessing media from other projects
      2m 56s
    5. Working with clips in the bin
      4m 43s
  4. 23m 49s
    1. Getting started with editing
      7m 25s
    2. Creating a new sequence
      5m 39s
    3. Removing material from your sequence
      6m 20s
    4. Editing segments in the Timeline
      4m 25s
  5. 30m 44s
    1. Using Splice, Overwrite, and three-point editing
      5m 25s
    2. Understanding trim concepts
      4m 39s
    3. Working with trim techniques
      6m 6s
    4. Using the Timeline
      7m 49s
    5. Building multitrack sequences
      6m 45s
  6. 14m 21s
    1. Adjusting audio levels and pan
      6m 42s
    2. Diving deeper into audio
      7m 39s
  7. 23m 8s
    1. Setting quick transitions
      5m 33s
    2. Working in the Effects palette
      3m 42s
    3. Keyframing effects
      7m 1s
    4. Setting system performance and rendering effects
      6m 52s
  8. 17m 37s
    1. Creating freeze-frames and motion clips
      4m 40s
    2. Understanding timewarp effects
      7m 15s
    3. Understanding Timeline compositing
      5m 42s
  9. 19m 44s
    1. Working with basic color correction
      7m 13s
    2. Stabilizing shaky footage
      1m 44s
    3. Creating a basic title
      5m 0s
    4. Mixing down video and audio
      5m 47s
  10. 6m 33s
    1. Building the final output
      6m 33s
  11. 18s
    1. Goodbye
      18s

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Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started
3h 10m Beginner Jun 10, 2010

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In Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started, author Steve Holyhead explores the tools and techniques in Media Composer for producing great looking video, as well as the basics of high definition media formats. This course walks through the video production workflow from input to editing to output, covers key information such as trim concepts and frame rates, and introduces techniques such as color correction, footage stabilization, and real-time audio effects. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Working with clips, bins, and folders
  • Importing media
  • Creating sequences
  • Editing in the Timeline
  • Using the Splice, Overwrite, and Three-Point editing techniques
  • Trimming sequences
  • Refining audio
  • Adding and keyframing effects
  • Compositing
  • Mixing down audio and video
Subject:
Video
Software:
Media Composer
Author:
Steve Holyhead

Working in the Effects palette

The Effects palette opens up a whole world of both transition and segment-based effects, as well as plug-in effects from Avid and third party manufacturers. Once we've mastered the controls, you'll be having a lot of fun exploring this aspect of Media Composer. Over here in the Project window, after bins, we have Settings. After Settings we have the Effect palette. These are categories, on the left-hand side. As I click between the categories you can see there are various effects within each category.

Some of these are transition effects. For example, let's come down to Shape Wipes here. If I pick up the Clock wipe and drag it and drop it between these two clips here, I've created a clock wipe between them. (Clip playing.) If I come down to Spin and take Z Spin and drag and drop that between these two clips here, again, I've created an effect between the outgoing clip and the new incoming clip. (Clip playing.) However, as I said, some of these effects are segment-based effects.

For example, under Image, I have Flip and Flop. If I wanted to make flower face the other direction, if I took the Flop effect and rather than dragging it and dropping it to the transition point, drop it on the clip itself, I will have affected the entire length of this clip, like so. (Clip playing.) So that's the difference between a transition effect and a segment-based effect. A segment-based effect alters the whole clip; a transition effect, just the transition between two clips.

Let's look at another example. Under the Blend category, I have Picture-in-Picture. If I drag and drop that on to the cobweb clip, you can see that it automatically resizes the cobweb clip to 50% of its original size. If I want to edit that, all I need to do is go into Effects mode. You can see I'm currently in Source Record Editing mode. Below that though is the Effects mode button. It looks like a couple of sliders. Click on that, and we open up the Effect Editor. You can see there's the icon for the name for the effect that we're editing.

First off, let's look at Scaling. If I fold open the Scaling Parameter, you can see I've got X and Y. They're currently locked together, so if I expand or contract the size of the image, the X and Y values go up and down together. If I uncheck that, then I could effect the scaling of X and Y independent from each other. Now if you find dragging the sliders with your mouse a little cumbersome, if you leave the parameter highlighted like so, you can use the arrows keys on your keyboard to increment one value at a time up or down.

There is also a border control here. If I wanted to go ahead and add a border and then might be I'd like to add some color to the border, so here I've got my HSL controls, I can start to customize the color. That gives us an idea of how we might navigate around the Effects Editor. Once we're happy with the effect that we've created, all we need to do is close the Effects Editor. We'll return to Source Record Editing mode, and now we can play back the results of the effect. (Clip playing.) The Effects palette gives us a large inventory of Effect categories and types, which can all be customized.

Effects provide a way for us to manipulate story, meaning, rhythm and feel.

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Q: I'm having a little trouble in the Chapter 2 "Linking to media using AMA" video.

When I follow the procedure shown to link to AMA volume - Humming Birds, instead of the bin with the clips opening as shown in the training video, I'm presented with a Bin Selection dialog box. All options in this dialog result in the same message:

Unable to link to any clips at/ (followed by the directory)

Do I need to have a particular camera codec installed on my system in order to read/import these training files in the AMA folder?
A: With Media Composer 5.5 onwards, the AMA plug-ins must be downloaded and installed after installing the Media Composer application.

If the AMA plug-in for your camera type (in this case P2) has not been installed manually, then the AMA link will fail. This is a change from Media Composer 5.0, when the AMA plug-ins were bundled into the main application installer.

Once the AMA plug-in needed (in this case P2) has been downloaded and installed, this will solve the problem.

All AMA plug-ins can be found at http://www.avid.com/US/products/Avid-Media-Access. Choose the Plug-In sub-tab and download from there.
 
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