Editing with Composites and Effects in Avid Media Composer

with Ashley Kennedy
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Editing with Composites and Effects in Avid Media Composer
Video duration: 0s 2h 14m Intermediate


This course shows how to create complex composites using mattes, keys, and intraframe effects—elements that allow editors and motion graphics artists to seamlessly combine and animate multiple layers of video content—with Avid Media Composer. Avid Certified Instructor Ashley Kennedy demonstrates chroma-keying with SpectraMatte, creating shape masks with AniMatte, working with alpha channels using Matte Keys, and changing the color and/or characteristics of specific objects within the video frame using the Paint effect. The course includes real-world examples of how these tools can be used in a production setting.

Topics include:
  • Introducing compositing
  • Pulling chroma keys with SpectraMatte
  • Animating a chroma key
  • Working with luma keys using the 3D Luma Keyer
  • Masking out part of an image with the AniMatte effect
  • Using AniMatte effects as transitions
  • Using alpha channels in keys
  • Creating a title sequence using a layered Photoshop file
  • Changing the color or characteristics of an area inside the video frame using the Paint effect
  • Writing words with the Brush tool
  • Cloning and tracking objects
  • Removing scratches and artifacts
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- [Voiceover] Hi I'm Ashley Kennedy and welcome to Editing with Composites and Effects in Avid Media Composer. In this course we'll be exploring exciting tools that will allow you to combine many separate elements together to form one cohesive reality by delving into the world of compositing. We'll start by getting a good introduction to compositing concepts within Avid Media composer. Then we'll take a look at the proper way to work with Avid's powerful chroma keyer, SpectraMatte, to composite blue screen or green screen footage.

We'll even see what options you have to key footage that was simply shot against a solid background. We'll also discover how to create and animate shape masks with the Animatte effect. Then we'll add to our compositing arsenal by dissecting all the ins and outs of matte keys where we can use graphics with alpha channels to work with many layers of video. And finally we'll learn how to literally paint, to colorize, to blur, or simply manipulate just one part of the video frame. We'll be covering all of these features plus other tools and techniques within Avid Media Composer's extensive group of keying, matting, and painting tools.

Now let's get started with Editing with Composites and Effects in Avid Media Composer.

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