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When adding multiple effects with Avid Xpress or Media Composer it is important to understand how nesting works.  It is a common mistake to auto-nest effects in a backwards fashion. Many Avid novice's use the alt-key when stacking multiple effects on top of each other.  Using this method may produce undesirable results.

Remember, with Avid, any effect placed on a layer will affect all the layers below it.  Therefore, it is important to nest items in the correct order to avoid potential problems.  Here is a typical problem many Avid users encounter:

Creating a black and white picture-in-picture effect often produces these results.  What if you only want the pip to be black-and-white without affecting the background layer?

bw_pip.gif

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the steps to produce a black and white picture in picture effect without affecting the background layer.

 Turn on the red segment arrow and double click on the layer containing your picture-in-picture effect.  In this example, double click on V2.  This will open up a nest.

 

avid_media_composer_nesting.gif

Apply the color effect to V1.2.  Enter into effects mode and make the layer black-and-white.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To collapse the nest, turn on the red segment arrow and double click on V2.  As you can see, the effect now works correctly.

bw_nested_pip.gif

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