Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Trim monitors, part of Media Composer 8.7 Essential Training: 101.
- [Narrator] Once you get into trim mode, the composer window turns into a trim monitor, and let's take a look at the controls that come up. I'm going to click into my timeline window and I'm going to select and edit here, and straight away we're in the trim mode. The first thing I want to point out, is that we lose some time code information at the top here. The focus is very much on adjusting the timing of the cut rather than navigating your media. Coincidentally, if we look under the tools menu, there is a time code window, and we can use this to have an additional floating time code reference, and if you click on it, you can choose all the same kinds of options that you'd have in the composer window.
I can even add a line, and another, and another, let's just resize a little. This time code window is pretty useful when you're reviewing content because you can make it quite large. If I remove these additional lines, like this, I can change the size and make this pretty massive, actually. There we go. It might seem a little overkill in a screen like this, but if you've got people sitting at the back of the room, it can be pretty useful.
Just click in here, and maybe change it back a little. Okay. So, now I'm in trim mode. You'll notice that I've got a left side of the edit and a right side of the edit, and that just means that I can see the end of the clip to the left, and the beginning of the clip to the right. There's some shortcuts over here, that we'll perhaps get to later on, but in particular, I want to draw your attention to these two. The mouse jog turns the mouse into a jog controller.
I'll just click this so you can see and hear the effect. Pressing escape will take you out of that mode, but also it takes us out of trim mode. So let's go straight back in. We also have the option to use the mouse as a shuttle. And again, I'll press escape and come back in. In fact, when you're in these modes, I'll just go back into the mouse shuttle mode, you can come out by pressing the space bar, or by double-clicking with the mouse button.
Now, in this mode, I've got some buttons that allow me to click through and trim, adjusting the timing of my cut. Just to illustrate this, I think I'm going to click on the left side of the edit here, so we can see our clips moving. And I'm going to go to the fast menu in the timeline, and I'm going to turn on clip frames so we can see which clip is which. If I click one frame at a time, you can see that the left side of the edit is trimmed and adjusted.
I can go eight frames at a time as well, and in fact, the reason it's eight frames in this project, is that these buttons take you one-third of a second at a time, we're in a 24 frames per second project. Well, technically, 23.976 but that's just for broadcast, so it's really 24 frames per second and one-third is therefore eight. I can click over to the other side of the window and I can use the same buttons to make these similar adjustments.
Of course, I've got a problem now because I haven't turned on my video two track, and I'm losing sync with the clip on video two, but we already know about that so we're fine. If I press the space bar while in this mode, Media Composer will loop play around the cut. So let's try that now. - Okay, it's about the whole experience. Okay, it's about the whole experience. - [Narrator] This is a really important feature because you can only really get a feeling for the timing of an edit by playing through it.
The reason that Media Composer winds back as far as it does and plays as far as it does, is because these controls right here, preroll and postroll for loop play. By default, they're two and a half seconds, but you can change them to anything you want. So we could maybe have, one second after, see I'm typing one zero zero, you don't need the punctuation, and maybe I'll say give me three seconds before so I've got a better sense of the lead-up to the cut. And then, let's try this again. I'm going to switch to the left side of the cut just so I know what I'm trimming, and let's try playing.
- Okay, it's about the whole experience. Okay, it's about the-- - [Narrator] Now I'm getting a little bit of the clip before, and that's because three seconds back just catches the end of that prior shot, but while playback is happening, you can click these buttons or use the equivalent keyboard shortcuts, to make a change to your trim. So let's try this now. - Okay. Okay, it's about the whole experience.
Okay, it's about the whole experience. - [Narrator] That works for me. As you become more familiar with the tools and the controls in Media Composer, it's pretty likely that you're going to be using the keyboard to apply trims, or the smart tool. But it's good to know that if you really want to get detailed control and make micro-adjustments, you can do so using the composer window in it's trim mode. This little option here allows you to specify a transition.
In fact, the default transition on your system. We're going to cover transitions in the next chapter, but just so you can see the result, if I type in one zero zero here, and press play - Okay, it's about the whole experience. - [Narrator] You can see we get a dissolve. In fact, now that we've added that dissolve, there's an icon for it in our sequence. So, the idea is that you go into the trim view, you adjust the timing, get it just right, and add a transition while you're there.
In fact, here we've got the option to specify whether the transition is centered on the cut, starting at it, ending at it, or with a custom start, and there's a little dialog here we can use to change where this transition effect is going to be, between the A side and the B side, that's the clip on the left of the edit and the clip on the right, and we can also click here to go into the full quick transition dialog, where we can specify a different type of transition. We'll come to that in the next chapter.
So that's the controls when the composer window is in the trim mode, and of course, if we want to come back out of the mode, we can just switch over to source record.
- 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