Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Resize a shot, part of Media Composer 8.7 Essential Training: 101.
- [Instructor] Well I think all editors dream of treating the post production process as an entirely creative one, the truth is a lot of the work that we do is really to save our content, you're either going to have media that's too bright or too dark or the framings wrong and you're going to need to correct that before you can get in to the creative process. You'll find that quite a lot of the effects in Media Composer make this process easier and the resize effect is a good example, in fact if I go to my effect pallette and scroll down to the image category you can see here we've got quite a few options that will help us with this sort of thing, simple flip and flop effects, blur effects, mosaics, even the masks which help us to reframe the shot with letter boxing, and the effect we're going to use now is the resize, this has got a green dot so on a reasonably powerful machine I'd expect this to play back without dropping frames.
I'm in this resizer shot sequence and I've got a mark that's set up on the timeline here at just before six seconds, and we're going to work on this runner to greeting at car shot, and let's start by taking a look at the shot, I'll just play through first of all. Now we've got a problem with this shot, it's pretty quick but we can see this lady in the foreground on the right is looking straight in to the camera, and particularly just now she glances back at us, now the action we're interested in is over here, this is our guy, this is one of our runners that we want to focus our attention on and it turns out that we're hardwired to respond to anybody looking directly at us if you're in a crowded room or walking down the street and somebody turns and looks directly at you, even out of the corner of your eye, you're likely to turn and see who's looking at you, it's that sixth sense feeling that somebody's watching you and actually it's the corner of your eye and your brain responding, so what we need to do is find a way to frame this lady out but not for the entire shot necessarily, I think we can probably get away with half of it and one option would be to just chop off the beginning of the shot but then it's already pretty short, so what I'm going to do is use the resize effect to just get her out of the frame.
I'm going to drag the effect on to the clip and then I'm going to go in to the effect mode, and in this mode we can now begin to make adjustments to the effect. Each of the controls has a disclosure triangle to access it, I'll just expand these out, and you'll notice that now I'm in the effect editor over in my composer window which has now become my preview monitor because I'm in the effect editor and in the effect mode, inside here we've got some control handles, they're a little difficult to see at the moment but if you look down at the bottom right I've got this reduce and enlarge option, I'm going to click reduce a couple of times to shrink this preview, this is not going to effect my finished media, what this is doing is if you like zooming out of the preview monitor itself, so I can see some of the surrounding space and this makes it easier for me to see and to work with these control handles, if I wanted to I can make adjustments here in the effect editor, and you can see I've got a background color which doesn't make much sense at the moment but right here in the preview monitor I'm going to click and drag over, so you can see a bit of the background and now if I wanted to I could change this and add a hue and so on.
I can click to use an eye dropper or I can double click and bring up the color info panel and pick a color that way, but we're not going to zoom out, or rather we're not going to shrink this image so let's leave these where they were, and we can leave this as it was. You can see here I've got a scaling control, I can specify that I want a fixed aspect and that means that the image won't stretch in one direction or another as I change this.
Notice that I've got a few other options here if I right click, I can specify that I want large text, or that I want thumb wheels instead of sliders but personally I find the sliders to be a bit more useful, and a few other useful options but we'll just stick with the standard controls for now. I can specify the position here and I can also specify crop, I can remove part of the image, and if I expand these, nothing seems to happen, which is a little bit odd but the reason I've got this blank space is in order that I can see the more advanced key framing options and view the graph control for this, I can key frame this, but we'll come back to more advanced key framing later on.
So now that I've got the direct control handles here in the composer window, or rather the preview monitor, all I need to do is click and drag to resize this, and you'll notice that you can click and drag to not maintain the aspect ratio by clicking these handles, just undo that, not particularly helpful, just undo that, it's pretty good for repurposing content though, and if you're working in news it's quite possible that you'll be receiving content that's in all sorts of aspect ratios and this can be a quick fix for that, especially if you make presets, but if I click at the top right hand corner now if I drag up Media Composer is going to protect the aspect ratio.
Now this guy with the red on, he's our subject so I want to make sure that his eye line is about two thirds of the way up the screen, I don't want to zoom in too much but I think we can probably get away with just edging her out of the frame, I think around about there is fine, and now I can zoom in if I want. Coincidentally the keyboard shortcuts you use to change the size of thumbnails in the bin are the same as the ones you use in this window, it's control or command k or l, so if I press command l here this is going to go back to 100%, so now you can see that we've lost this lady at the side of the screen and she's no longer distracting the audience.
We've also got a key frame though because I expanded one of our controls and I don't really need that so with it selected I'm going to hit the delete key to remove it, it wasn't doing any harm because there's only one of them so it's a flat level adjustment but we might as well keep this clean. I feel I should add that with all of the long explanation of each of the controls that we have in the effect editor and over in the preview monitor, which by the way you can tell is on because you get this key frame button and you get the enlarge and reduce buttons.
With all that explanation it might seem like adding a resize effect and changing the scale of an image is quite a long journey but if you think about what I've actually done, I've just dragged the effect on to the clip, switched over to the preview monitor, stretch the image to the size I want and now that I'm done I can go back to the timeline and continue editing, and if I scrub through this content we now don't have that lady looking straight at us and distracting us.
- 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