Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Remove sections of a sequence, part of Media Composer 8.7 Essential Training: 101.
- [Man] Now that we have looked at adding content to sequences using the splicing and overwrite mode should be pretty easy to work out removing things using the same modes, and these are called "extract" and "lift." I'm in a new sequence here, called "remove content," pretty easy to find in our sequences bin. And this is just a continuation of our overwriting exercise. There are a couple ways of removing clips and we'll get to working with clips as segments very soon.
Beforehand, I want to start out by continuing with using in and out marks. So, on the timeline here, I'm going to put an in mark, let's say, around the beginning of this shot. I'm going to hold down cmd and I'm going to click and drag to the first frame of this clip and I'm going to press I for "in," and then I want to catch the last frame, in fact, let me catch the last frame of this clip right here. Now the problem is, if I click and drag holding down cmd or ctrl on Windows, we're going to get the first frame of the next clip.
I know that because if I zoom in, which I can do by clicking on this controller at the bottom, we keep going, and keep going, there. If you zoom in enough, the playhead splits into two lines and those two lines represent the beginning and end of a single frame. We can see that if I hold down ctrl or cmd, I'm getting the first frame of each clip. You can switch that to being the last frame of each clip by combining it with the alt key. So cmd or ctrl gets you the beginning of clips, cmd or ctrl, plus alt gets you the end.
And now, if I mark them out with the O key, you can see, I've cleanly selected the part of the sequence I want. Just zoom out a little. If you know that you want to select an individual clip segment, let's take this one for example. Provided you've got the correct tracks turned on, because remember, tracks selection is critical for selection on the timeline. You can press the T key and you'll get just that clip, except, what's happening here? For some reason, I've ended up getting the entire sequence.
Well, what's happened is I've also selected my A2, so if I turn that off, or press T again, now I'm getting just this clip. You'll find that sometimes the track selection buttons enable you to add to a collection of things that Media Composer will detect or will work on. Whether it's applying effects, working with transitions, or adding cuts. Sometimes, you'll find that you want to minimize the number of tracks that Media Composer is looking at.
And this is a great example, by having too many tracks enabled, I couldn't use that mark clip keyboard shortcut that we early looked at in the source monitor. Still, I'm going to go back here and I'm going to hold down cmd, 'cause I'm on Mac OS and mark it in, and cmd and alt here and mark it out, and now I've picked up a region of my timeline. Right away, you can probably see there's an issue. I've only got my V1 and A1 tracks selected, which means if I preform a lift, which is this button under the program monitor or we've got it here at the top of the timeline as well.
I'm just going to clear that space. I'm going to press G so we don't have the highlight from the in and out marks, you remember G is the keyboard shortcut to remove marks, we've got the button here at the top of the timeline as well. And you can see, I've just made a space. Well that may be what I want to do. I want to be able to keep these cutaways in place. But I'm just going to undo and undo again. And now look what happens when I extract. Now that's pretty dramatic. Now one problem is, that because we've got this auto zoom setting on, when I extracted that content, the sequence got shorter and it looked like everything shuffled around.
So, I'm just going to undo to bring that back and let me see if I can just zoom out a little further. So what I've done now is I've clicked this zoom out button, instead of dragging the slider. And let's see if we can view that a little more clearly. Watch the location of these three cutaways. There, you can see the cutaways stayed where they were and my sequence got shorter. Is that okay, is that not okay? Well, it's up to you as an editor to decide what you want to happen with the structure of your sequence.
But I'm going to undo with ctrl, Z or cmd, Z and this time, I'm going to turn on those V2 and A2 tracks. You can probably guess what's going to happen. If I lift, I get a blank space, I'll undo. And if I extract, I get synced for the remaining contents. I'll just undo that again for now. Of course, I just want to remove those cutaways so I can turn off the tracks in the middle and lift and we're done. There are useful keyboard shortcuts for these as well.
I'll just undo to bring these cutaways back. They are Z and X, and the easy to remember is X for extract. Let me just bring up the keyboard shortcut so you can see this. Z on the left and X right next to it. Of course, you can always change the keyboard shortcuts, but to me, that kind of works. The "mark clip" option doesn't just have to apply to a single clip. But you'll need to select multiple clips if you want to mark them automatically.
I just go back into my timeline, to make it active. I can click and now I'm holding down the shift key to add multiple items, in fact, let me do this the other way 'round. I'm going to click three items in the middle and now, if I press T, I'm getting the beginning and end of that group of clips selected with my in and out marks. We'll look at working with clip segments a little bit later on and ways to move items around inside the sequence. But this is a useful shortcut to allow you to apply in and out marks very precisely, so you can add and removed content selected by the boundaries of the clips you already have in place.
- 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