Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video The Submaster effect, part of Media Composer 8.7 Essential Training: 110.
- [Instructor] If your system is struggling to play back and you are going to render, you can just select your tracks, go to the Timeline menu, go to Render, and choose Render at Position. Probably have to put my play head in the right spot first. Or, you can use the in and out marks to specify a range. And now the menu shows Render In/Out. When you render this way, Media Composer renders all of the effects and these green dots will all disappear. I won't do it right now, because it'll just take a few moments.
But, you don't need to render every single track in this way. I'm just going to clear those in and out marks. And in fact, there are a couple of ways of rendering just a single layer using the Submaster effect. So here, I'm going to mark the region in the timeline where these complex layers of effects are. I'm going to just hold down cmd here on Mac OS or ctrl on Windows, and I'm going to add a video track. I'm right clicking and choosing New, Video Track. And with this play head lined up, I'm going to deselect all of my tracks except video eight.
I can press Shift + Command or Shift + Control + A, but I'm going to hold the Shift key down and just drag down here. Just to make a change. And I'm going to click to add edit. I'm going to add an edit as well, again, I'm holding down Control or Command, at the end of this section. So now I have a region that I can apply an effect to. And the effect I want is Submaster. Right here in the Image category. I'm going to drag this onto that filler. The Submaster effect allows you to render it even though it doesn't necessarily contain anything.
And, of course, in order to show the composite at that layer, on video eight, Media Composer's goin' to have to incorporate all of the video clips below it. So, I'm going to have this segment selected, go to Render Effect, choose the drive, and click OK. Okay, so now I'll turn on monitoring for this track, and you can see just how responsive the timeline is. I'll play through this section.
Beautifully smooth, and no indication of any playback problems on the time code bar at the bottom of the timeline. I have my extract Segment Mode turned off, so if I select this segment and hit delete, it just removes the clip without attempting to perform an extract edit. Now, I'm going to make a selection in the sequence here. I'm going to hold down the Control or Command key at the beginning of this section, and mark an end point; I'm pressing "i." Then, I'm going to hold down Control or Command and Alt to catch the end of that section, and press "o" to mark an out point.
So, I've got a perfect selection. And then I'm just going to drag from above the track selection buttons here down to video two. That's going to toggle the mode, so video eight turns off and video two to seven turns on. And now I've got a perfect selection. I've got just this area of the timeline picked out. With this selection in place, I'm going to click the Collapse button. And this is going to collapse all of those tracks and all of their effects into a single segment on the timeline. If I want to, I can double click to open this up and you can see the contents.
And you'll probably recognize already this is very much like nested effects. Here are all the segments and I can double click to see the contents. And I can double click to collapse again. And if it wan to, I can step in. And now I've got a timeline that I can edit into and make changes to. I'll just step out. Just as you can render the Submaster effect when it's applied to filler, this is also a Submaster effect that's been applied automatically when I clicked the Collapse button.
So, I can go to my Render Effect button, I'm not going to render in the background, I'm not using the background services on this machine, and click OK. The dot disappears and now we can play through without any problems. Once again, I probably won't receive any awards for compositing, but, you can see how quickly and easily Media Composer is able to combine those effects into a single item. It speeds up the render time and it cleans up your timeline.
And all you have to do is make a selection and click the Collapse button.
- 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
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 10/13/2017. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover what’s new in Media Composer 8.7, 8.8, and 8.9.