Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Meet the Effect Editor, part of Media Composer 8.7 Essential Training: 101.
- While the quick transition dialogue gives us limited control over our transition effects, there's a dedicated effect editor in Media Composer, that you're going to become very, very familiar with. It's the go-to place to adjust the settings for your effects. Just going to cancel out of this for a moment. I'm in the "Meet the Effect Editor" sequence and I've got my playhead lined up over our dip to color transition effect and I've got my video 1 track turned on.
I'm going to click on the third button down here, in this series of buttons on the timeline. You'll notice we've got the same button up here on the composer window. Actually we've also got it on the top of the timeline as well. And, if we wanted to, we could set up multiple keyboard shortcuts. You could see there are really many piles up the mountain with Media Composer. And I'm going to click this button and when I do, whichever is the topmost selected track on the timeline is used as the reference to go into the Effect editor, and make changes.
The dip to color transition effect is a pretty simple one. If I move my playhead to the mid-point of the transition, which I'm doing now, holding down the Control or Command key, let me go back into the Effect Editor. Now you can see the level is set to 51 percent. If I drag to the left, I'm getting the A side clip. If I drag to the right, I'm getting the B side clip. Just going to undo that. Just a moment ago, I clicked on to the timeline to reposition the playhead so I could see where this effect was halfway through the transition.
And it's interesting that, as soon as I did that the Effect editor disappeared. Well the reason that happened is the same as the reason why if you're in trimming mode, like this clicking on the timecode bar takes you out of that mode. Clicking on the timecard bar takes you out of modes. So I'm going to go back into the Effect Editor, and now, how do I get my playhead over to the effect? Well, I can click on it, and now I've got the controls in the Effect Editor.
But what you're supposed to do is use this display in the composer window to move around within your effect. In fact, if you notice, we're no longer actually looking at our program monitor. If I drag along here, you can see the playhead moving on the timeline, but now the duration of this monitor is the duration of the effect. It's not the duration of my entire sequence.
We've got a zoom control here that allows me to make more precise adjustments just drag this back over. The idea is, that you use this control to reposition in time for a visual effect rather than the timeline. This is something that you're probably going to get wrong for quite a long time. It's certainly something that I got wrong for a long time. But it's not too important, you can always jump back into the effect editor if you need to. Looking at the settings we have here for the dip to color effect, it really is pretty simple.
We can swap the sources around which is a little bit pointless for this effect because it's a transition and that means we're going to go from wrong clip to the other wrong clip. So we don't want to do that for this particular transition. There might be a reason why you'd want to do that if for example, you've created a very long transition effect and you just wanted to switch around the contents over the course of, even, perhaps a minute. But we also have to option to change the background color, so we're going to position my playhead roughly in the middle here.
And I'm going to click on this color swatch and now you can see I've got a color info palette that's popped up. And I can use this to choose another color. Of course I don't have another color onscreen, so I'm going to drag over and maybe I'll pick one of these oranges here. So let's click to get our eyedropper and maybe I'll go for this Okay. So now, when we drag through the effect, it's dragging through that desert sand color into the desert.
I can click to expand some of these controls, and I'm just going to resize a little bit here. So you can see, there's a whole additional range of key framing control that you can apply in the Effect Editor. You don't need to, we're going to come to this later on in more advanced lessons but it's another one of those interfaces where if you don't know what you're looking at, it's a little bit overwhelming. But once you do know what you're looking at, it's actually very simple. It's just time-moving and the amount of the effect being applied.
You can see the green line there is a straight transition from one state to the other. If I expand my background color controls I've got detailed hue saturation and luminence options. Now as I mentioned, the dip to color effect is a really simple one. So we're not going to get too lost in the controls here. But you will find when you apply some of the more powerful effects, some of the more advanced and complex effects, that you get quite a long list of controls. And in fact, we're going to play with one of those not too long from now.
Because this is a transition effect, I've got a transition duration at the bottom of the Effect Editor that I can change. Let's change this to two seconds. I've also got another position control down here, I can specificy if this is going to be centered on the cut, starting at the cut, and so on. And curiously, I've got this outline path option which doesn't apply to this effect but, will when we start applying some motion to our clips. And we've got another copy of our fast forward and rewind buttons down at the bottom.
These are particularly important because they do allow you to jump between key frames. So far we've only added one to make a flat level adjustment to our audio but soon we're going to be using them on almost everything. And it's useful to be able to jump between them here inside the Effect Editor. There are a couple more controls here that we'll come to later. But I wanted to show you this option show/hide keyframe graphs. It used to be that when you applied an effect to Media Composer, you had the option to promote an effect, to advanced key framing.
But now the advanced key framing is applied to all of the effects by default. It's just a question of whether you can see them or not. And here, I can expand all of these controls to get advanced keyframes. But, we'll look at this later. I'm going to click the button to hide the graphs for now, flatten my background color. So that's just an introduction to the Effect Editor and again you get into it by clicking the Effect Mode button and you can get out of it by going back to source record mode.
- 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