Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Review clips, part of Media Composer 8.7 Essential Training: 101.
- [Voiceover] Once you have your clips imported into Media Composer, of course, the next thing you're going to want to do is take a look at them. You're going to want to play them and decide which clips you want to keep. I want to move onto having a large amount of media in this project to show you some playback options. So I'm going to close this select selects bin, I'm going to make a new bin and I'll call this, climbing media. Now I'm going to pull in the rest of the climbing media, in fact all of the climbing media here. So if I just toggle over to my finder window, this is the same of course as Windows explorer on Windows.
And I'm going to select all of the media in here, I'm just going to press command A here on Mac OS, that'd be control A on Windows. And I'm going to drag these into Media Composer. I'm going to hold the alt key down while I do this, so the Media Composer links to the media rather than importing and transcoding them. So I'm going to drag this over, hold down the alt key or option as it's sometimes called in Mac OS and release the mouse, and you can see from the icons that are being displayed here, these are linked media rather than imported, let's just resize this a little bit, and maybe even switch over to our thumbnail view, there we go, just like that.
Now we've seen, a little bit earlier, in the source monitor and I suppose in the bin, that we have the option to use the keyboard to play these clips back, now I always hesitate to show a lot of keyboard shortcuts in these kinds of videos, because I think it's difficult to remember them and it just ends up being a flood of information. But I do think in Media Composer in particular, if you can build your familiarity with the keyboard, you'll find it easier to use the system. And if you don't have a dedicated, color coded and symbol coded keyboard, it can be difficult to remember what those keyboard shortcuts are, in fact, I'm working now without a color coded keyboard.
So if you go to the settings, and I'm just going to press K here to jump to the keyboard settings and double click to open them up, you get a preview of the keyboard and you can see what each key is for. If you hover your mouse over each of these you see what they do. These controls of course apply throughout Media Composer, but of course it also depends what you have selected. If you have the project window selected, pressing play isn't going to do much for you. I want to draw your attention actually to play as an option in particular because if you look at the keyboard here, we've got this is actually the grave key, it's like a backwards apostrophe at the top left of the keyboard, that's play.
So is the tab key, up here so is the number five and so is the space bar. In fact, you can also use L key to play forward as we saw earlier, and so how many's that? One, two, three, four, five play buttons that we have by default in Media Composer and I suppose we could also use this option which plays between our in and out marks which we'll come to later on. As an avid editor I pretty much personally only ever use J, K and L or the space bar, that's just the way I prefer to work.
Which means I've got a few buttons free here that I could use to create my own keyboard shortcuts for other purposes, we'll have a look at that later on. Still, I want to draw your attention up here to one and two, and three and four, and as you can see here, one and two are for 10 frames backwards and forwards, three and four for one frame, which again is doubled up over here in our arrow keys. So probably not necessary to have this duplicated. Why are so many keys duplicated? Well, as I mentioned previously, if you have a lot of existing users that are familiar with working in one way and you add functionality, it's probably a bad idea to remove the existing functionality, because it just confuses existing users, so Avid has added and added and added flexibility to the system over the years.
Still, I'm going to close this down, I just wanted to draw your attention to it because if in doubt you can always go into the keyboard settings to find out which key does what. Remember, as we saw earlier on, if you hold the shift key down you get a whole other set of keyboard shortcuts that apply when the shift key is held down. Interestingly, you do not have the option to create keyboard shortcuts using the command, in Mac OS or control in Windows, modifier key. You are probably familiar with control S for save, control C for copy and so on, or command, you can not create your own.
Okay, so I'm going to close the keyboard settings and I'm going to double click to open up one of these clips. The most obvious way that you're going to use to play back your content is to click the play button, so let's take a look. (water running) Okay so we've got a slow tilt up, and we can see from the position of our play head in the source monitor, we're nearly half way through and as you saw there, the play button is also a stop button.
As we've seen, J, K and L can be used to playback at multiple speeds, so if I press L a couple of times or so. (water running) And you saw there just before we got to the end that we reached 120 frames per second and the audio cut out at that point. We can go back and forth with these buttons, but you'll notice when you first start using Media Composer this fast forward and rewind button doesn't actually do anything. I'm going to come back to these buttons later on because they're pretty powerful, they allow you to jump between specific items either in a clip or in a sequence.
So, in spite of being called fast forward and rewind they're more like jump forward and jump backwards, and we'll look at that later on. So here I can go one frame forward, I can go one frame backward, I've got my eight frames forward option, eight frames backwards and as we've seen these are replicated in the keyboard. If we add in and out marks, which again we'll look at in a few moments, to specify the section of a clip we want to work with, we can play between those marks, just to get a sense of the content we've chosen.
Right now we don't have any marks, so the beginning and the end of the clip is the entire selection, in fact just watch what happens to the play head though when I click this button. (water running) I just clicked it to stop as well, you'll notice that the play head did not jump to the beginning of the clip in order to begin playing forward, and that's because, unlike some other non-linear editing systems if you don't specify a region of the clip that you are interested in, Media Composer will use the play head itself as the beginning, we'll see that again in more detail when we start to build sequences.
At the top of the source monitor, there's a little menu where you can see a list of recent clips, right now I've just got one and I've got the option to clear this menu and clear the entire monitor. This is pretty useful if you want to run through a selection of shots. I'm going to make a pretty random selection in the bin here and just holding down the shift key and clicking on the first and last of these clips. And now I'm going to double click on any of these, and just, you see there very quickly in the source monitor, all of those clips have been loaded and they're now listed in this menu.
So without going to the bin, I can toggle between the clips and compare and contrast them. If I choose to clear the menu, one clip remains, and if I clear the monitor even that's gone and you can see in fact, we've lost our source track selection buttons in the timeline panel. There's another way to compare shots that I'm a big fan of, and we touched on this earlier on. Just going to open one shot here to see it in the source monitor, and then I'm going to hold the alt key down to select another item and double click to open that in it's own floating source monitor.
These actually work the same way as the one in the composer window, they're just an additional monitor that we can use to check out and compare shots. Now, what's really wonderful about these floating panels is that like the composer monitor, we have this gang option at the bottom of the monitor. You see there's one here under the program side of the composer window as well. If I want to compare and contrast two takes of the same shot, and admittedly these are two quite different takes but at least we'll get the idea, I can turn on the gang option and now as a I drag through one the other updates in sync.
Now what you'll find is if you press play, they won't both update and play at the same time but they will update when you click stop. And I'll show you what I mean, I'll just click back a little bit earlier, and play a couple of moments. (distorted audio) And you see it jumped, by the way this is a slow motion shot which explains the sound quality there. You don't have to just do this with a single source monitor, I can actually open up, I'm holding down alt key here, let's add this one and gang that.
Let's put these all first of all right at the beginning. Let's have this one and gang that, see if I can just make this one a little larger, let's have this one. Excellent. Alright, I'm just going to pull this down to one side. And now I'm going to gang these as well, perfect. So now as I drag through each of these windows, each of these floating source monitors, I can see all of the pictures update.
Now of course what we're looking at here is five completely different shots, they're of the same media. But you get the idea, you can use this feature to compare and contrast different bits of footage. And if you are working with multiple takes of the same action, it's a fantastic way to compare and contrast how dynamic the action is, how fast it moves and of course the timing for it. So I'm just going to close these floating source monitors. Bring my bin back, and we're ready to continue.
- 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