Join Steve Holyhead for an in-depth discussion in this video Using drag, drop, and gestural editing techniques, part of Migrating from Final Cut Pro 7 to Avid Media Composer 5.5.
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So in the earlier part of this chapter, we were dragging and dropping clips into the timeline. What affected the way the clips got added into timeline was that Timeline settings, and that's because we had our Smart tools switched off, like they are currently. Right-clicking in the timeline, in the Timeline settings, my default Segment tool earlier in the chapter was Segment Insert. I am now going to switch it to Segment Overwrite because I find that far more convenient when I start to use my Smart tools to have this as the default in the background if the Smart tools get turned off. So, click OK.
And then the other thing I am going to do is I am actually just going to remove this material that we added as an example on the end of our sequence. I am just going to use the Extract button there, and now we just have the first part of our sequence followed by interview clip 2. This time, I'm going to start using my Smart tools to be more precise in the way that I add my clips to the sequence. So right now, if I grab the Interview_03 clip and drag it over to the sequence, without the Smart tools active, you can see that I am defaulting to the red Segment Overwrite mode.
If I wanted to now override that, I'd activate Segment (Extract/Splice-in), now drag my clip over, and you can see I get the yellow arrow this time. Now as I drag down my timeline, you can see I've got free-form positioning, but if I hold down the Command key, now I can snap to important points in the timeline; for example, the head of this clip, or maybe I could snap to the timeline cursor itself or maybe snap to the very end of the timeline.
Incidentally, if I were to hold down the Option key as well then now I am actually able to snap to the tail of my clip to important points in the timeline. Now I am snapping the tail of my clip to the timeline cursor or the tail of my clip to the head of Interview_02, for example. Let's release Option, go back to just snapping with Command, which is snapping the head of my clip, and now let go at the end of the sequence, and Interview_03 is added on, appended to the timeline.
Now one other thing I should point out, when we're moving clips around in the sequence, when we grab them and move them left or right, or up and down, we can use the Motion Mode Indicator to tell us what we're doing and show us some more accuracy. You can see down here there is a Motion Mode Indicator. It's actually blank at the moment, but if I were have picked the clip back up again and use a constrain button like Command, you can see that I'm actually given an indicator that tells me if I'm snapping to the head, in this case. If I hold down Option, you can see it's now pointing to the left, so it's indicating the tail. Or if I use Shift+Command at the same time, then it's actually constraining vertically instead.
So that's how to use the Motion Mode Indicator to show us what we're doing in the timeline. Let's say I wanted to add some Broll clips to my sequence. Over here in the 06_02 subfolder, I have a Broll bin. If I this time switch to Segment Overwrite mode and grab my little clip 1947 here and bring it over into the timeline, I am going to use Command to snap it to the timeline cursor in this particular case. Now I've got a Broll clip in my sequence.
Let's go and get another clip, 9988. This time I am going to drag the clip over into the sequence, and I want to drag and drop immediately after the other Broll clip that I just added. However, this time you've probably seen that I've got audio associated with this clip as well and by default, it wants to add itself onto A1 and A2, but I already have material there. So to get around that, what I am going to do is I am going to drag and drop the clip to the end of the sequence. This enables me to now reselect the clip but via the audio tracks this time.
Now I can not only move the clip, but I can also repatch the audio down to A3 and A4 at the same time. Okay, finally, I'm going to have a third Broll clip, 1952, drag that over, and drop that after my other two Broll clips, like so. Now, if I start moving clips around in the timeline using these arrows, I can get some different behaviors. If I were to drag this clip now and drop it over the top of the third Broll clip that we just added, I'm going to remove that clip from my sequence entirely.
Now contrast this with if we have the material hold down on the same track here. Let's just drop that down. Let's swap arrows, and this time let's do a similar thing. Let's drag this clip and drop it, but this time we have swapped the order of our clips rather than overwriting the clip. I am going to switch back to my Overwrite arrow for a second. As I start to drag clips around in the timeline, notice the changes that take place in the interface#2. Up top, in the Composer Window area, now we actually have a display which is showing the tail of the previous clip, the head of the next clip, and then the head and tail frames of the current clip in my timeline.
I also get a time indicator showing me how many frames I am moving up or down the timeline. If I move towards the head of the sequence, I get a negative number; if I move towards the tail of the sequence I get a positive number. Okay, so that's how to use gestures to add and move material in your sequence.
- Working with clips, bins, folders and the project window
- Customizing user settings and keyboard layout
- Importing video, audio, and graphics
- Accessing clips from other projects
- Comparing backup structure
- Organizing media and project assets
- Understanding media resolution and locations
- Editing in the timeline
- Mixing audio
- Compositing with keyframes
- Creating titles
- Color correcting footage
- Preparing and outputting master sequences