Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Save an effect template, part of Media Composer 8.7 Essential Training: 101.
- If you're happy with the way you've configured an effect, it's extremely easy in Media Composer, to create a preset. The way media composer manages effect presets, is one of the reasons I love it so much as an editing system. I'm going to go into effect mode here, and I'm going to look at the effect editor. And, you'll notice at the top left of the effect editor, where it says "Dip to Color", I've got an icon, that represents the effect.
In fact, each of the effects that I've applied to this sequence, has it's own unique icon. But that's not critically important, what's important is that I have this icon in the effect editor window. I'm going to go to my bins in my project panel, let me just resize this a bit, so we can see both, and I'm going to create a new bin, and I'm going to call this bin, "Effect Presets". Here we go. All you need to do, to create a preset, from an effect that you have displayed in the effect editor, is drag this icon straight into a bin.
This is a fantastic feature, because, remember, bins are files on your hard drive. You can e-mail them to yourself, you can store them on a USB stick; and over time, as you build up visual effects with key frames of animation and subtle adjustments that you're happy with. You can simply, put them in a bin, and carry them with you wherever you go, and bring that bin into any project that you're working on, to really hit the ground running. Now that I have this effect preset in a bin, I can drag it straight onto a clip on the timeline, and here, this is interesting.
Media Composer is letting me know, that my transition, which if you recall, is 2 seconds long, is longer than the amount of handle left over for this Sand 3 clip. So, because I've pre-defined a duration that doesn't fit, Media Composer has to warn me, and give me the option to either cancel the operation, or size to fit. If I choose size to fit, Media Composer will automatically shorten this end of the transition, so that overall it works. I'm going to choose that option.
And, I'm going into the effect editor, for this effect, We can see that the duration has been dropped, to one second and 18 frames. Here's my original, set to two seconds. This is a nice feature, actually, but it's something you need to keep an eye on, because it indicates that you don't necessarily have the media that you need. And when you reach the ends of the handles, the ends of the original media, that's where most often you're going to have the stuff you really don't want on screen.
Still, here we are and I've got my Dip to Color preset. The wonderful thing is, you can use exactly the same workflow to create presets for any effect that you see listed in the effect editor. Lets just collapse this program Color Control here. And you can go one step further, I'm going to move this bin down a little bit, and I'm going to go to my effects pallette in the project window. And if I scroll down, right the way down, we can see there's an effect presets listing.
That's actually the name of my bin, and if I click it I get my Dip to Color effect listed. So if you have a list of effects in a bin, and just to show you, you can name this anything you want, let's call this "Maxim Presets", and go to my effect pallette, there it is, you can group them by bin, you can organize them, and as soon as you open them, they are available. However, you can also add certain types of effect to the quick transition dialogue. And to do this, you have to use an incredibly specific workflow, I'm going to go to my bins, and just to show you the slow way around of doing this, I'm going to make a new bin, and I'm going to call this bin, "Quick Transitions".
You have to write it exactly like this, and I'm going to name this "Sandy Dip to Color". I'm going to put this preset into our quick transitions bin. Now, if I go to my timeline, lets pick one of these transitions, and then go into the quick transition dialogue, click on the add option, and right down at the bottom, there's my Sandy Dip to Color. If I select that, and click add, we have our preset, and what's great about that, is I can now mark in and outbox in my sequence, go to the quick transitions dialogue, choose Sandy Dip to Color, click apply to all transitions, in to out.
I don't think I'll apply the cross-fade to the audio, Im going to turn that off, and I'm going to click add. Now, I've just replaced the existing transitions, and added them where they were absent. So, again it's very easy for you to create effect presets in Media Composer, it really is just a question of dragging that icon straight from the effect editor into a bin.
- 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