Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Enable and disable tracks, part of Media Composer 8.7 Essential Training: 101.
- [Instructor] Media Composer has two ways control whether you can or cannot see or hear the contents of a track on the timeline. Well, actually it's two ways for the video tracks and a couple of ways for the audio, they're separate controls. In addition to this, you can also select an item in a sequence, right click on it, and choose mute clips. Course, you can have multiple clips selected. Here, for example, I've got a clip on the video two track on this enable tracks sequence that I've made very blue with a color correction effect.
You can see a green line along here showing the effect has been applied. In fact, I've set up these clips with multiple colors to demonstrate how this works. If I wanted to hide just this clip rather than everything on the track I can select it, right click, and choose mute clips. And now, although the clip is still present and I can edit it and make changes to it, it's not visible. Right click and unmute I think the use of the word mute is a little unusual here because we're talking about a visual, but I suppose it kind of works.
And of course, this would work for groups of clips and also for audio clips. I want to start out, I suppose, with the easiest part of this lesson, which is the audio. You'll notice that each track in the audio portion of timeline has a solo button and a mute button. You're probably familiar with mute already. If the mute button is on, you can't hear the audio. It's a beautiful example of nothing happening. If the solo button is on, you can only hear this track. And you can see the result of that is spelled out because all of the other audio tracks have their mute button enabled.
You can solo multiple tracks. So, you can use this to create a specific mix if you want to hear particular parts of your audio. But, I think the solo and mute options are pretty self explanatory. What's perhaps less clear, is these options. These are track enable buttons and this is a track monitoring option. Let's start with the monitoring option. It really is pretty straight forward. If I scrub through this timeline, you can see that we've got an unmodified clip followed by on video 2, this clips blue, green, and red.
The monitoring option allows you to see tracks up to and including the one that you select. So, for example, if I just set the monitoring to video 2, as I scrub through the timeline I see this blue clip on video 2, and then nothing at all on video 3 and 4. Course, those clips are there. The contents still apply to my sequence. I'm just not monitoring it. So far, so simple. Now look what happens if I adjust these track enable options that are really track monitoring buttons, I suppose, as well as this one.
I'm going to turn off this track enable button for video 2. So notice that video 2 is on for monitoring, but the track is turned off. So, as I scrub through, we're getting the video on video 1, and then nothing happens. And, we're still getting nothing here when the green clip comes in on video 3. Well, what's happening here is we're only monitoring as high as video 2 and video 2's turned off. I just come back a little bit here and turn on monitoring for video 3.
Still now we're going to get video 1, then we're going to get nothing at all because although we are monitoring video 2, it's switched off. And now, as we continue, we're getting our video 3, which is the green shot. We're monitoring it and it's turned on. And then, if we go on further, we're not going to see this red clip on video 4 because we're not monitoring that high up. So, the classic monitoring option is from the top down. It's the highest level that we're going to view clips in our sequence. And what we're seeing here is one of the simple rules of the timeline, that the higher the video track, the more in front it is.
Video 1 is under video 2, which is under video 3, and so on. This is of course different to the audio tracks where you hear all of the tracks at the same time. It can be a little confusing when you first start out using Media Composer cause we've got these track enable buttons on the left for editing and for selection purposes, and then we've got these track enable buttons for monitoring, and then we've got this track layer monitoring control. And we can take this one step further. I'm going to go back a little bit.
I'm going to turn on the track monitoring for video 2, and let's push our layer monitoring I'm going to call it that right to the top two V4. So, as we go through, there's our background, video 1, video 2, 3, and 4. Look what happens if I move my monitoring down to video 3, but in addition I'm going to hold down command, this is control in Windows, and I'm going to click that monitoring button.
Now, I've been saying a lot that the alt key is the way to go if you're not sure when it comes to modifier keys. But remember, there are only three. You've got shift, alt, and command. Or shift, alt, and control in Windows. So, if in doubt, try one of the three. One way or the other, you're going to find the modifier key that you need. In this case it's control or command. Now if I scroll back a little bit to the beginning of the timeline, you can probably immediately guess what's happened. What I'm doing is soloing my video 3 track in the same way that I might solo a specific audio track.
I'm not exclusively seeing clips on V3. So, as I scroll through, I don't see video 1. I don't see video 2. But, there's my clip on video 3, and nothing on video 4. Well, we're not monitoring that high. If I turn off monitoring for V3, as well, I'm not really messing thing up. I've exclusively set Media Composer to monitor video 3, but that happens to be a track that I've disabled.
And you can begin to see the way that Media Composer allows you full flexibility in the way that you interact with the system. Even here, in a scenario where I've made it impossible for myself to actually see any of the clips on the timeline through these contradictory sets of controls Media Composer lets me do it. You can get a little bit caught out this way because you can find yourself setting up so many options that don't work together. And suddenly you can't hear anything or see anything.
If in doubt, make sure you're really familiar with the default settings, and the way things should look when they are, for lack of a better word normal. If I click this button again, I an turn it off. Now I'm not monitoring anything. Click it again, and I'm back to regular monitoring mode. By default, you want these buttons to be on to enable your tracks. And you're probably going to want to monitor from the very top track. These are useful options. It's quite possible you'll be working with graphics, or titles and you want to see under those to view your content and make creative choices about your clips.
So being able to selectively enable and disable tracks and selectively set monitoring levels is really, really useful.
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- Building a sequence
- Editing and trimming
- Adding transitions
- Applying segment effects
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- Creating titles
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