|Avid Import Settings for setting duration of the import.|
Here are this weeks tips and tricks. Some are relatively simple, while some are a little more involved. I am using Avid Media Composer on the Mac, so if you are using a Windows system, remember that COMMAND on the Mac is the same as CTRL on Windows and OPTION on the Mac does what ALT does on Windows.
- Creating a Sequence of Stills with Dissolves - Have you ever tried to import a bunch of still images, drop them into a sequence and then wanted to add a dissolve to every transition? You soon find out that you can't add a dissolve because there isn't any adjacent material to use in the dissolve. Here's the solution. Begin by setting your "Import Settings" to the duration that you want each still to remain on screen. In my example, I have the "Frame Import Duration" set to 2 seconds - the length of time each image will remain on screen. After you've selected a duration, import all of your images, select them in the bin and drag them into a new sequence.
Batch Import dialog in Avid.
Apply To All Transitions.
- Solo a Video Track - If you have a composite in the timeline and want to solo a specific video track, you can do so by holding down the COMMAND key and clicking on the video monitor indicator of the track. The track monitor indicator box will turn green to let you know it is soloed.
- Editing Titles From the Bin - A quick way to edit titles, or to use an existing title as a template, is to edit it directly from the bin. This is done by pressing the OPTION key and double-clicking the title in the bin. The title will open in the Title Tool, ready for editing.
- Replace Timeline Views - If you hold down the OPTION key as you click on the Timeline View menu, the menu appears with the option to replace any of the existing Timeline Views.
- Enlarge / Reduce Audio Waveforms - When working with audio in the timeline, it's very helpful to view the audio waveforms. In order to get the appropriate detail, it's sometimes necessary to increase the track size by pressing the COMMAND-L keys or reduce the track size with COMMAND-K. Or if you're more of a mouse driver, OPTION clicking between the tracks changes the mouse pointer allowing you to change the track size with the mouse. Did you know that it's possible to change the waveform size within those tracks? Clicking COMMAND-OPTION-L enlarges the waveforms and COMMAND-OPTION-K reduces the size of the waveforms in the track.