Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Match Frame and Find Bin, part of Media Composer 8.7 Essential Training: 101.
- [Instructor] Two of the most useful shortcuts in Media Composer are match frame and find bin and I'd like to take a moment to just learn about these and maybe set one of them up as a keyboard shortcut. And I think you'll agree, it's worthwhile. First of all, let's look at match frame. Here on the timeline, I've got a clip. It's the slow hand-hold clip and I want to locate this particular clip in the bin and in particular, I want to find this frame.
I want to find this moment in the shot. Doing so helps me to check out other media around it to see whether perhaps there are other takes or other sections of the content I can use in my sequence. It's very useful to be able to check back without having to go manually searching for the shot. Now, I can see this is shot R8_107 so I suppose I could search for it or I could sift the bin and run a find, but I don't need to. All I need to do is choose match frame.
To get to the match frame option, I want to introduce you to the fast menu in between the two monitors in the composer window. If I click on this fast menu, it's actually an unusual version. The fast menu here is really a floating palette of available additional buttons. In fact by default we've got, what is it sixteen buttons with some useful features on them. The one we want is right here, match frame. But if you want to, you can click and resize and make this massively large. If you want to.
In fact, there's no reason why you can't have this palette floating on screen all the time and you could have different areas of the interface set up with different kinds of button. These buttons are persistent just like the rest of the ones in the interface. So you really can personalize this interface quite nicely. Just close that. So in this instance, I'm going to click the fast menu and I'm going to click on match frame and right away the same frame is opened in the source monitor.
What's important here is I'm not seeing the sequence instance of the clip in the source monitor. I'm actually seeing the original master clip from the bin and this means if I click this button down at the bottom of the source monitor find bin, Media Composer can show me the master clip right away. This is brilliantly useful. Although, I have to admit you're probably not going to use the find bin option all that often. It does come up, but most of the time you're probably going to want to use match frame.
Let me just resize this palette. I don't think we need it quite as big as that. That's fine. There are some useful additional options on here which will make more sense as we get into the later lessons. Notice there's a find bin option right here as well. We've also got the option to turn off and on grids for these monitors. Notice that the buttons are context specific so whichever monitor you click in, that's the one that you're adjusting. It can be difficult to tell which one's live, but if you notice the time bar along the bottom here, this little ruler is lighter for the selected monitor.
So I'll just close that for now. I'd like to make this into a keyboard shortcut. In fact, when I'm setting up a Media Composer machine, creating a keyboard shortcut for match frame is one of the first things that I do. I want to draw your attention to a little gotcha here. By default when you apply match frame, Media Composer automatically adds an in-mark to the clip that's opened. This will change in-marks that exist on the clip already. So here for example, I'm going to move my playhead towards the end.
I'm going to go in and I'm going to choose match frame and the in-mark has been moved. Because we're changing the in-mark on the source clip, it doesn't really matter as far as the sequence is concerned. It's not going to change anything in the sequence, but it is a little frustrating because it means that we're not able to check where the in-mark was originally. That's a pretty useful bit of information. So there's another way if I just click to a different part of the same clip here and go back to the fast menu and into the tool palette.
If I hold down the alt key before I click match frame, now Media Composer will match the frame for me and not change the in-mark. So, it's pretty useful having the alt key in this situation. You should note as well if I just jump along the timeline a little bit here and go back in and choose match frame again, you'll notice we're not getting the match frame for the clip on video two. That's because video two is not switched on. If I turn on video two and go back just behind the timeline here, I can see it.
We've got match frame working for this trees shot or here it is, Hanging High. Media Composer will match frame to the topmost selected track. In this case, that's video two and now it's video one. Of course, you have to pick one track and that's the way Media Composer does it. So lets map this to a keyboard shortcut. I'm going to open up my keyboard settings and personally, everyone has different preferences for this, there are a few different keys available but I find I don't usually use the Y key to switch to source record mode.
Source record mode is the mode we've been in pretty much all the way until now. If I choose this option, we just go to the standard editing mode in Media Composer. We've got a button for it here between the monitors. We've got a button for it here on the timeline and you can usually get back to this mode by clicking on the time code bar in the timeline. So I'm going to use the Y key and the way I remember it is "Y not find the original clip?" It's corny, but it works.
I'm going to go to the tools menu and I'm going to choose command palette. Bring this up here. I'm going to go to the other category and I'm going to switch to button-to-button reassignment and in this mode, all I have to do is drag match frame onto the Y key and if i want to apply the alt key or option key as it's sometimes called on MacOS. As you see here, my keyboard actually has this as an alt key physically but it's referred to as an option key here in Media Composer. I can add that by dragging it onto the key.
There we go. And now we get a little tiny dot. I don't know if you can see there under the match frame icon there's a little, tiny dot at the bottom right of the icon that indicates it's the alt version. Notice, we've got a ctrl key option up here as well. Okay, so I'm going to close the keyboard settings and I'm going to close the command palette and now anytime I press Y, I have match frame in my source monitor.
- Setting up the editing environment
- Creating a new project
- Importing media
- Finding, organizing, and linking clips
- Building a sequence
- Editing and trimming
- Adding transitions
- Applying segment effects
- Combining effects
- Applying freeze frame and motion effects
- Creating titles
- Exporting video projects