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Pleasantville Effect Media Composer 6

With the introduction of Avid Media Composer 6, we'll be hard at work redoing many of our popular tutorials.

Check out this short tutorial on creating the Pleasantville effect using the new Media Composer 6 interface.

It's easy to create the Pleasantville effect in Avid Media Composer 6.


To start find a clip with a color that you would like to isolate.


Drag your clip to the timeline.


Go ahead and add a new video track by using the keyboard shortcut command Y.


Then drag an exact copy of your clip on top of itself.


Navigate over to the project window and click on the effect palette button.


Click on the image category.


Look for the Color Effect.


Drag the color effect onto the bottom clip in your sequence.


Navigate to the upper left corner of the timeline and click on the effect mode button.


The effect editor window will appear.


Within the effect editor window, find the saturation slider and drag it all the way to the left.


Go back to your sequence and move this monitor icon up a track to V2.


You should now have a color image covering your black and white image.


Navigate back over to the project window and click on the key category.


Find the SpectraMatte effect.


Drag the SpectraMatte onto the clip that's on V2.


Move back over to the effect editor window and click on this color picker box.


Hold down the mouse button and drag the mouse cursor into the Composer window.


Pick a color that you'd like to isolate.  


Notice how the orange is keyed out and you are now seeing the black and white image underneath.


Move back over to the effect editor window and click on this 3D button to promote the SpectraMatte effect.


Twirl down the disclosure triangle for the Foreground.


Scroll down the list of parameters and click on the option for invert key.


Okay, there you go, check is out!


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

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