Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Slip and slide, part of Media Composer 8.7 Essential Training: 110.
- Once you have the timing of your radio edit right, it's possible that you'll want to adjust the particular content of a shot or maybe the timing of a shot within a sequence. You can do this using trimming rather than clicking and dragging segments over and then adjusting their location in the timeline. I'm going to show you now the Slip and Slide Trim modes and these use the standard Trim controls but in a very particular way. First of all, if I click on an Edit here I get a dual-roller trim.
I want my audio as well. In fact, what I think I'll do is switch on my Link Selection toggle so now, when I click on an Edit, I get both the video and audio anyway. And let's say I want to change the contents of this middle clip. I've got the nurse coming in and I'd kind of like to have her arrive a little bit earlier but I like the timing of these cuts. This is a perfect opportunity for me to use what's called a Slip Trim. In fact, I think before I explain the Slip Trim, I'm going to start with the Slide Trim which helps to explain it.
I'm going to click into my timeline window and I'm going to add trim rollers at the end of my first clip. And then I'm going to hold the Shift key down and I'm going to click to add a roller at the beginning of the third clip. If you look closely, I have no rollers at all on the middle clip and trimming only occurs wherever there is a trim roller. Because there's no trim roller on this clip, it's not going to change. But the clip before will and so will the clip after.
Because the rollers are pointing in opposite directions, those changes will cancel each other out in terms of the duration of the sequence or, for that matter, the duration of these individual tracks. This is a kind of stretched dual-roller trim. Now that I have rollers on either end of the clip, you can see I've got a four-up view in Media Composer. This is giving me the end of the first clip, the beginning of the second, the end of the second, and the beginning of the third. Watch what happens as I click and drag to the left.
I'm going to click now on any of these rollers and start dragging this over. In fact, I'll do this quite quickly so you can see a result in the Composer window. Notice that the first and last monitors are changing but the middle two are not. And again, that's because I don't have any trim rollers on that middle clip. However, if you look at the timeline, as I drag this over, I'm changing the precise timing with which the first clip ends, the second begins, and the third begins.
This is a slide trim and you can see why. I'm kind of sliding that middle clip around in between the first and the third clips. This is a fantastic tool for adjusting the timing of action. Looking here, I can see I'm going to cut just as our character's head's already turned. I suppose this could give us kind of a surreal finish, especially if we combine this with something like a Morph Cut transition.
Could be quite interesting, aesthetically. The inverse of a slid trim is a slip trim. Let me start from the beginning. I'm going to click away onto my Timecode bar here. I'm going to click to make sure the timeline window is active. I'm going to click onto the inside of this clip. Then I'm going to hold the Shift key down and I'm going to click again. You can see right away what's going to happen here. If I click and drag my trim rollers, the middle clip is going to change but the clip before it won't and nor will the clip after it.
This is often described as being a little bit like a conveyor belt. The contents of this will change as I click and drag. Let's do that. As I click and drag, you can see up in the Composer window the second and third images are changing but not the first and fourth. I'm just changing the timing inside this clip. Once again, a slip trim is incredibly powerful for cutting action. And this is a little bit of an unusual example because we're not look at somebody walking down a street and turning their head and changing the camera angle, which is the perfect use for this kind of content.
But it's very good for checking out a cut of this kind anyway. Because remember, we're still focusing on our radio edit. When I've got split rollers of this kind, let's have a look and a listen when I press the Spacebar to playback. - ...for yourself. (laughs) ...for yourself - It's not actually that bad in terms of timing but I do have any issue with the audio which is that we're catching the beginning of her line in the first clip and the end of her line in the second.
We can fix this pretty easily later on by performing a J-Cut. If I turn of my Link mode, get a dual-roller trim just on this audio clip and stretch out. Click back. Let's have a listen. - Speak for yourself. (laughs) - Not bad. We're taking the audio early. It's leading the video and it just means we don't have that change in the acoustics and the quality of the sound. I'm going to Undo that for a moment because I want to show you one last thing for clip and slid trims, which is how to lasso across a clip in order to go directly into slip or slide trim modes.
Remember, you can lasso across edits from the gray area in the background of the timeline to go straight into Trim Mode. You can also hold down the Alt key to lasso directly inside a sequence. And you can lasso across an entire clip, making sure it's enclosed in the selection to go into Segment mode. That's useful for selecting multiple segments. But if I lasso from right to left, then it doesn't matter if I lasso from the top or the bottom. The important thing is that it's right to left.
I'm going into Slip Trim mode and I'm just clicking to deselect. If I add the Shift key with the Alt key, now I go into slide mode. You don't need the Alt key if you were clicking from the dark gray background of the timeline. But, of course, you do if you're clicking inside of the sequence. There's no harm getting into the habit of using that key. And the Shift key alternates to giving you the other kind of trim.
- Importing and transcoding media
- Creating a group clip
- Syncing picture and sound clips
- Making quick edits such as stringouts
- Recutting a scene
- Creating subsequences
- Pacing a scene with Media Composer's trim tools
- Mixing sequence audio
- Working with high-res media
- Retiming video
- Nesting effects
- Keying video
- Animating titles and graphics