Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Use FrameFlex to animate a video clip, part of Media Composer 8.7 Essential Training: 110.
- [Instructor] As we saw in the last lesson, if you bring very high resolution content into Media Composer and add it to a sequence, Media Composer automatically applies a spatial adapter. In my mind the S on the spatial adapter icon implies a change of scale, but it's actually a lot more than that. I have here a video clip that's very high resolution. This is 4k media from a red camera, we can see here in our high resolution media bin. And I've just linked to this media rather than ingesting it at a specific resolution and putting it into the Avid media files folder.
I've got a sequence called FrameFlex and I'm working on a complete version. I'm going to mark the clip from beginning to end and overwrite this into my sequence. And right away you can see the S for FrameFlex being applied and making some kind of spatial adaptation of the content. This media's pretty rocky and I suppose it might benefit from some stabilization. But for now let's just look at scaling it. With the clip in my sequence I'm going to go to Effect mode and you can see that, automatically, an effect has been applied called FrameFlex.
The green dot tells me this is a real-time effect, or at least Media Composer expects this to be real-time. And now that I'm in the Effect editor, let me just see if I can resize this a little bit so you can see my preview. I'm getting the effect preview in the Composer window. And this is pretty interesting, it's quite similar to the Avid pan and zoom effect, in the sense that you can already see I've got some control points here that I can use to resize and scale the image.
But it does have fewer controls in Effect editor. I've got Position and Scale, and you'll notice that there's a Reformat option, but I don't have things like Ease In and Ease Out. If I expand my keyframes, of course I do have the option to work with advanced keyframes like BÃ©zier keyframes. So I can manually create something like an Ease In or Ease Out, but it's not quite as convenient and easy as choosing it in a menu. We'll just close this for a second. So how does this work? I'm going to click on one of the corners here and resize the image and you can see that I'm getting the result displayed on the left here in what was my source, or player monitor.
This is great because I've now got the original image and I can decide which part of it I'm going to see and I've got the result displayed on the left. Notice, though, just like the Avid pan and zoom effect, this doesn't update live, I have to release the mouse button to see the result. Just one thing to note, I'm going to go back to my timeline here, so we can see our bin. This media is not 16 by 9, it's full DCI compliant 4k, which is 4,096 pixels by 2160, so it's a 1.9 to 1 aspect ratio.
The frame rate matches our project which is very helpful, but you'll notice if I go back into my FrameFlex effect the Reformat option here is set to stretch. If I change this to Pillarbox or Letterbox and if I just return the size to 100%, let's reset our position. There we go, there we are.
Now you can see in the composer window I'm getting some thin letterboxing. With such a small difference between true 4k and UHD which would match our 16 by 9 aspect ratio, the amount of letterboxing is pretty small. And so, I think Avid's right by default to set this to stretch. It's pretty hard to notice, but if you wanted to make sure you had exactly the right aspect ratio for your media, you could either choose Pillarbox or Letterbox. Pillarboxing is vertical bands on either side, rather than horizontal.
Or I suppose you could choose center keep size and this will give us a one to one pixel, or center crop which will fit the image so that there are no gaps. So now we're just losing the edges on the left and the right of the image. Still, I'm going to put this back to Pillarbox or Letterbox or, in fact, I think what I'll do, I'm going to animate a motion through this clip. So I'm going to take this key frame that was added when I first made a change to the image. And I'm going to pull this back to the beginning, I'm going to scale in a little over to the right here I think is fine, I'll add another key frame to lock that in space.
Let's add another key frame most of the way through the clip and I'll drag across the image here. And then I'll add another key frame so the camera stays where it is at the end. These simplified controls make it really easy to apply this kind of motion. So now I'm going to drag back and have a look on the timeline. Well, I've got the movement, but it looks like my display setting is compressing the image inside the letterboxes.
So let's go back to our Effects settings and change this reformat to stretch, and now let's try again. Much better. So you can see each of these controls gives you a different way of approaching changing the appearance of your video. And it's interesting that this Reformat option kind of acts independently of the size adjustment that we've made. And you'll notice this a lot when working with Effects in Media Composer.
That the controls work together, but not codependently. Still, that's how to make adjustments to the display of high resolution media in Media Composer.
- 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.