Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Create a stringout, part of Media Composer 8.7 Essential Training: 110.
- [Narrator] For our Chapter Four content, I've created a Chapter Four folder in our project directory. Just browse to that directory, choose Chapter Four and you should find our Anesthesia project waiting. I'm going to go into this project. One of the common tasks for editors at the early stages of a project is to produce a stringout. This is not even an assembly edit where the order is right but really just all of the media lined up together with an overlay showing timecode and so on.
I'm going to show you how quickly and easily you can do this in Media Composer. I'm going to open up our Ingest Bin. We've got quite a few clips here. And let me just switch from our custom view here to statistics. I can see that lots of these have audio. Not all of them do. And some of them have In and Out marks. I don't want to use any of those In and Out marks for the purposes of this stringout. I'm going to select all of the clips in the bin.
I'm going to press CTRL-A or Command-A here on Mac OS and I'm going to press G which is the keyboard shortcut to remove both In and Out marks. You can see those marks disappear. If I just go into the Settings just briefly and go into the Keyboard Setting, you can see D removes the In, F is the Out, and G is both marks. I find G to be actually an extremely useful keyboard shortcut to remember. I don't like to place a lot of emphasis on learning keyboard shortcuts.
I think they're useful but they're a way of getting faster not a way of learning core skills. But G is very useful for just cleaning things up and allowing you to get on. Now I've got my media ready to incorporate into a sequence. Notice that if I go to my Timeline window and switch the Toggle Source/Record option here to view the contents of the Timeline, it is empty. I don't have a sequence right now. That's okay. I could make one but I'm going to show you a shortcut. In this Bin, I need to decide the order in which I would like these clips to be added to my sequence.
If your clips were recorded with what used to be called Record Run Timecode. That means timecode that begins on the first clip and keeps going through to the last one. Then I suppose I could double-click on the start heading here and this would give me a timecode order sorting for my media. That might not be so useful because, of course, you might have picked up any number of different shots from different cameras. Instead, if I click on the name heading... I'm double-clicking here. I could right-click and choose Sort on Column Ascending but double-click will switch between Ascending and Descending sorting in a column.
I've got what looks to be like perhaps a more reasonable order for this media. I've got C-Numbers, followed by Slate Numbers, followed by Takes and I think that's a pretty good sorting order. With this selected, I'm going to press CTRL-A or Command-A to select all of these. I'm going to drag any one of these... And remember you need to always click on the icon. Into the Timeline window. And when I release the mouse, you can see all the action going on there in the background. All the clips are added to the sequence that was just created automatically in the order in which they're sorted in the bin.
Here is the untitled sequence that was created in the same Bin as the original media. I'm just going to click on the name here and I'm going to call this Stringout and I'm going to go to my Bins. I'm going to open up Sequences and I'm going to be organized right from the start. I'm going to drag this Stringout sequence into my Sequences Bin. This means I can close my Ingest Bin because I've now got access to the content in my Sequences Bin. This is looking pretty good.
I can scrub through and I can explore my content in one long sequence. But it'll be pretty useful to have some timecode information onscreen as well. To get access to that, I'm going to open up this Anesthesia_FX Templates Bin. This is a Bin that we copied over from another project into this one. We did it just to get access to this effect preset. Remember, you can add an effect preset to a Bin just by dragging the icon from the Effect Editor.
I want to use this to add some extra information to my sequence. In the Timeline window, I'm going to right-click and choose New + Video Track. This is Command-Y or CTRL-Y. I now have a blank video track and I'm going to take this preset and drag it onto the Filler. Before I release the mouse button, I want to mention that although Filler is the background in the Timeline, it is also a thing that you can edit and you can apply effects to. In this instance, when I release the mouse, I'm applying the timecode burn-in preset as an effect to the Filler and all of the clip underneath it are shown through that effect.
By default, when you add a track to Media Composer, it's not monitored. You can see here in the track Header, I've got the monitoring only set for Video One. I'm going to turn on monitoring for Video Two and right away you can see the result. We've got my timecode and the clip name which is extremely useful. Let's take a look at how this is working. I'm going to go to my Effect mode and here's our timecode burn-in effect. Remember, the Effect Editor shows you effect controls for the topmost switched-on track.
I can see that Display One and Display Two are turned on and I'm getting the timecode for Display One and the Source Clip name for Display Two. You can see... There it is. This particular media has letterboxing so I'm going to go to the Appearance for my timecode Display One and I'm just going to lower this a little. Let's get that into my letterboxing and let's go the same for my Display Two.
405 seems to work. I'm just going to select this slider and type in 405 just quickly on my numerical keypad and that enters the same number. There we go. And now, I can close the Effect Editor and I'm ready to export this as a file and share it for review and approval.
- Importing and transcoding media
- Creating a group clip
- Syncing picture and sound clips
- Making quick edits such as stringouts
- Recutting a scene
- Creating subsequences
- Pacing a scene with Media Composer's trim tools
- Mixing sequence audio
- Working with high-res media
- Retiming video
- Nesting effects
- Keying video
- Animating titles and graphics