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  • Expanding Library of Media Composer Tutorials

    I am a relative newcomer to Media Composer (early 2008) and as I began to feel my way around I got the idea of documenting my adventures by creating short video tutorials, Avid had already a large number of excellent, professionally produced tutorials online. I learned very much from watching them. However...
    Posted to Avid Community Tips (Forum) by drbgaijin on Fri, Mar 13 2009
  • Creating a "Freeze-Frame" in MC

    Easy to do when you know how, but sometimes difficult for a newcomer to figure out! NB. When actually in the "Freeze-frame" pulldown menu, there are many more choices than I mention in this tutorial. For example you can choose "others" and specify an exact length for the created Freeze...
    Posted to Avid Community Tutorials (Forum) by drbgaijin on Sun, Mar 8 2009
  • Using Keyframes in Effects

    To say the least, I was very confused by keyframes when I first began using BorisFX and later AvidFX. I could never seem to get consistent results. Hopefully this very basic look at keyframing will point you in the correct direction. Good luck! Douglas The playback screen can be maximised by using the...
    Posted to Avid Community Tutorials (Forum) by drbgaijin on Mon, Mar 2 2009
  • Lift, Extract and Lassoo

    A basic look at the Lift and Extract buttons. Also the connection between them and the way the Lassoo function works. Regards, Douglas The playback screen can be maximised by using the "Full-screen" button in the control bar.
    Posted to Avid Community Tutorials (Forum) by drbgaijin on Sun, Feb 8 2009
  • Playback Sequences in the Bin

    There are times when you want to check out a sequence without having it replace the sequence that is already on the timeline. Here is how to playback a sequence while it is still in the Bin. Regards, Douglas The playback screen can be maximised by using the "Full-screen" button in the control...
    Posted to Avid Community Tutorials (Forum) by drbgaijin on Fri, Feb 6 2009
  • Remove an Object using Motion Tracking and Clone Painting

    To do this skilfully and efficiently is not easy. I think it is necessary to try a very simple approach in order to learn the basics. Then , when you are at home with the basics, it is time to begin studying the manual and watching some of the excellent tutorials by those who really understand the intricacies...
    Posted to Avid Community Tutorials (Forum) by drbgaijin on Sun, Feb 1 2009
  • Pseudo Timelapse

    The long GOP structure of HDV make life difficult if you want to create a timelapse video. The workaround I use is done by taking a video of the complete event then use the Motion Effect Editor to create the effect by timewarping. Regards, Douglas The playback screen can be maximised by using the "Full...
    Posted to Avid Community Tutorials (Forum) by drbgaijin on Fri, Jan 30 2009
  • Trim Mode - Two Customisation Tips

    Many newcomers naturally use the default Trim-mode and don't realise that there are some functions that can be added by using the "Settings" palette and going into the "Trim" settings. Here are two to help you start your exploration........... Regards Douglas The playback screen...
    Posted to Avid Community Tutorials (Forum) by drbgaijin on Mon, Jan 26 2009
  • Trimming to a Mark

    We all have our own preferences in trimming. Some do it this way and others that way. Once we have found a method we are comfortable with, we tend to stick to it. Here is a trimming tip that may be new and interesting to some of you. Regards, Douglas Don't forget that there is a "Play Full Screen"...
    Posted to Avid Community Tutorials (Forum) by drbgaijin on Fri, Jan 23 2009
  • All the Colours of the Rainbow

    There are many reasons why one would want to choose different colours for different clips ranging from "a well thought out colour scheme to help identify clips" to "a desire to look trendy"! Although the changing of track colours is easy to find.... changing the individual clips on...
    Posted to Avid Community Tutorials (Forum) by drbgaijin on Thu, Jan 22 2009
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