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Media Composer Filmstrip Effect

This is an updated tutorial to reflect changes in Media Composer 5.X. 

Note: The advanced keyframe editor in 5.0 defaults to a ease-in / ease-out movement when keyframing basic motion effects.  Therefore, you need to change the interpolation to linear if you want to create a moving filmstrip effect.

That being said, in Media Composer 5.5, the default has been reset back to linear, so you won't have to perform that step.

It's easy to create a moving filmstrip effect in Avid Media Composer.

To start, you need to mark the same duration for at least 6 clips.

To keep things simple for this tutorial, mark each clip so it lasts exactly three seconds.

If you're looking for a trick to change all your clips to the same duration, check out this short tutorial.

Then, drag all your clips to a a new sequence.

Place the position indicator over top of your first clip segment.

Next, navigate over to the project window and click on the effects palette icon.

Click on the blend category.

Drag the picture in picture icon onto the first clip in your sequence.

Then, move to the upper left corner of the timeline window and click on the effect mode button.

Within the effect editor window, click on the show / hide keyframes button.

In the effect editor window, right click within the position track, and select linear from the contextual menu.

Move over to the composer window and click on the first keyframe.

Click on the reduce button so you can see outside the visible screen area.

Now drag the picture in picture off to the side of the visible picture area.

Now click on the last keyframe.

Then drag the picture and picture off to the left side of the screen.

Navigate to the left corner of the effect editor window and drag the effect icon into a bin window.

Next, drag a forward lasso around your clip segments within the sequence.

Then double click on the effect icon that you've saved in the bin.

This applies the same effect to all the other clip segments.

Move the playhead indicator forward exactly one second starting from the beginning of the sequence.

Add two extra video tracks by using the keyboard shortcut command Y.

Move this monitor icon up to the V3 track.

Hold down the command key.

Now, while using the red segment mode smart tool, drag the incoming clip segment up and over to V2 and snap to the playhead indicator.

Move the playhead indicator forward again one second.

Go ahead and drag the next clip segment up and over to the playhead indicator on V3.

Now move the rest of the clip segments into place.

Okay, that's it... check it out!

For other great tips like this, or to enroll in a certified Avid Media Composer training class, visit GeniusDV.com

Lenny said:

You didn't post the short tutorial mentioned in the video. Please post or email me the short tutorial you mentioned on making clips the same duration.
Thank You. You videos help me on my new career.

John said:

Hi Lenny:

Okay, sorry about that. I just realized that the annotations don't play in the embedded videos on the GeniusDV site.

Here's the link: http://www.geniusdv.com/news_and_tutorials/2010/10/marking_multiple_in_out_points_for_avid_xpress.php


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