Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video Trimming heads and tails, part of Avid Media Composer: Narrative Scene Editing.
When editing a Montage it's often a good idea to lay a good foundation and then carve from there. That's what we've done in this sequence, here, Montage scene long. We've taken all the subclips that we've made from our giant 10 & 1/2 minute master clip, and laid everything in without any emphasis on any sort of flow. But we'll go ahead and take care of that now. Now the first thing that we want to do is map the commands Top and Tail to our keyboard. If I go to Settings and then Keyboard and then open up my Command palette, which is Command+3, or Ctrl+3 on a PC.
Top and Tail are found in the Edit tab, right here, and I always map Top and Tail to E and R, because that's Mark In and Mark Out. But Mark In and Mark Out are also I and O, you don't need two of those. So, that's where I tend to put it, Top on E, and Tail on R. Now what are Top and Tail? Top, basically extracts material from the position indicator to the beginning of the clip. So if I were to perform a Top edit right now, I'll press E, you notice that, that first part of that clip was extracted.
Let me just undo Command+Z, or Ctrl+Z on a PC. And a Tail extracts the end, so from the position indicator to the end of the segment. So I'll perform a Tail Edit now by pressing R, and you can see that the end of that shot was extracted. So Top and Tail are wonderful tools for helping to carve the material in a Montage. So I am going to basically, zoom in a little bit, so I've some better control, and then I'm going to just move my position indicator, to a specific moment, like him drawing that on the ruler right there.
So we just want it very, very, very, short clips. So, I think right before he starts to make that drawing right there, I am going to go ahead and press E, to make a Top Edit, and then when he finishes that action maybe about right their, I'll press R. And now I'll just mark clip by pressing T, you can see that, that's two seconds and 21 frames. So a lot better, I am just going to keep doing that. So, lets go ahead and find a moment here how about right there. So I'll just do E to do Top, and R to do Tail, and so on, and so forth.
It's very easy, and we are well on our way. Now, I already have a scene that's been chopped up, and you can see that it is about 24 seconds. I am going to go a head and play it. So you can see kind of where we're at right now, after we've performed those Top and Tail Edits, and obviously going from 6 & 1/2 minutes to under 30 seconds is a dramatic improvement, but let's just see kind of what the content from visual energy is like right now. (video playing) So, it still needs some work, and you can also tell that I did some moving around of clips, if you need to move clips around its really easy, it's just the extracts by segment mode.
I'll make sure that you have your Link Toggle Selection on, so everything will move at once. And then just hold down Command on a Mac or Ctrl on a PC, to snap to the transition. So, I have done a little bit of that in sort of redefining how these shots are coming together. But I will just undo that, because kind of like how I had it. You can see that you know we are well our way to getting this frenzy, this frustration, it's going to get even better, when we start doing some jump cuts, and doing some more rhythmic editing.
But as you see, because a Montage is primarily a visual practice we're essentially just using our eyes and our instincts to include the best material. Again, once we're happy with very fine base we can begin further tweaking to build a motion within the scene.
- Evaluating the goals of the project
- Working with digital scripts
- Understanding coverage, shot composition, and camera movement
- Editing dialogue
- Adding cutaways and reaction shots
- Building a montage scene
- Editing a flashback
- Laying in off-camera audio
- Adding effects
- Color-grading a scene
- Receiving feedback and refining the rough cut