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New Avid Media Composer Editing Features

Avid Media Composer 5.0 implements some new editing features.  These features are very similar to the editing features within Final Cut Pro.

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These new editing features allow the user to bypass the traditional trim and segment editing modes.  You can now trim and drag clips directly within the timeline without having to enter into a specific mode. There's also a new 'link selection toggle', which automatically selects a clip's corresponding audio when dragging a clip within the timeline.

These features can be toggled on/off, which means you can choose to stay with the legacy editing functions if you choose not to use these new features. 

If you choose to have all the new features enabled, the position if your mouse cursor is important in terms of which editing function is active.

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Dragging  from the top portion of a clip enables the red (Overwrite / trim) function.

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Dragging from the bottom portion of a clip enable the yellow (splice / ripple trim) function.

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After a few minutes of testing these new features, I've found them to be incredibly intuitive and easy to use.  I highly recommend that you leave them turned on.




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