Avid Media Composer: Avid Pan & Zoom

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Motion Control

This week, we’ll look into Avid’s own Pan & Zoom effect. It is used to, well, pan and zoom into images that are larger than your sequence dimensions without quality loss (as would occur if you imported the image into a bin and then used, say, a 3D Warp for panning and zooming). We’ll create simple and a bit more complex animations, learn about the different temporal and spatial interpolation parameters, and of course I’ll hint at some best practices and some quirks of the effect.

http://avidscreencast.com/2010/07/37-avid-pan-zoom/

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Avid Media Composer: Media Composer 5 Introduction

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Interface

I’m finally on Media Composer 5, so in this week’s episode, I’ll introduce you to the most obvious new features such as the Smart Tools, Realtime Audio Effects, the new Interface and some new Keyboard Shortcuts. There are a lot of different tutorials covering similar subjects, so check out the show notes for more.

http://avidscreencast.com/2010/07/35-media-composer-5-introduction

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Media Composer 5 Introduction

http://avidscreencast.com/2010/07/35-media-composer-5-introduction

Avid Media Composer: Film Flash

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Transitions

I was asked if it was possible to get the Glow Effect without Boris Continuum Complete. Had I been a smart-ass, I would have replied: “Sure, buy Sapphire!” But I’m trying not to be, so I came up with something that looks kinda similar, and I called it Film Flash, because “Glow Part 2″ seemed lame. In this tutorial, I’ll use a Blur and the Color Effect to create that Film Flash.

http://avidscreencast.com/2010/06/34-film-flash/

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Film Flash

I was asked if it was possible to get the Glow Effect without Boris Continuum Complete. Had I been a smart-ass, I would have replied: “Sure, buy Sapphire!”

But I’m trying not to be, so I came up with something that looks kinda similar, and I called it Film Flash, because “Glow Part 2″ seemed lame.

In this tutorial, I’ll use a Blur and the Color Effect to create that Film Flash.

Watch the video.

Blurring Into / Out of a Title

In this episode, we’ll transition into a title by starting with a blur and then slowly letting it focus.

To do this we’ll have to look into how titles actually work, redoing it as a simple Matte Key and then manipulating Key and Fill to achieve out goal. You see, it’s fun for the whole family!

And if you were hoping for Media Composer 5 content: As soon as I get my hands on the new version, there’ll be some. Might take a bit, though, sorry.

Watch the video.

Avid Media Composer: Blurring into / out of a Title

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Transitions

In this episode, we’ll transition into a title by starting with a blur and then slowly letting it focus. To do this we’ll have to look into how titles actually work, redoing it as a simple Matte Key and then manipulating Key and Fill to achieve out goal. You see, it’s fun for the whole family!

http://avidscreencast.com/2010/06/32-blurring-into-out-of-a-title

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Introduction to the MC5 Timeline

A brief introduction to Avid’s new Smart Tool and how it works in the timeline. The video also covers some new keyboard shortcuts, linked selection, and several other issues.

Watch the video.

Avid Media Composer: Introduction to the MC5 Timeline

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Interface

A brief introduction to Avid’s new Smart Tool and how it works in the timeline. The video also covers some new keyboard shortcuts, linked selection, and several other issues.

http://blip.tv/file/3739338

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Curtain Transition

This week’s episode features a request from Youtube user Instantslugger, who wanted to know how to do a curtain transition within Media Composer.

Turns out it’s not that hard. We’ll do it using Avid’s Paint effect and a Matte Key, plus I’ll show you how to make the transition reusable and real-time.

Watch the video.