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Media Composer Customized Transitions

In Avid Media Composer, you can create your own soft wipe transitions by creating a gradient.

play_avid_tutorial.pngI recently had a customer who wanted to create a soft clock wipe effect.  The majority of preset wipes within Avid Media Composer do not have a softness control.

An easy fix is to create your own soft wipe transition, which then can be stored as an Avid quick transition for future use.

The secret is to create to black/white gradient, which is used by the Avid Software to create the transition.


Here's an example of a wipe created from the gradient above.


Keep in mind, a gradient doesn't need to be a simple back and white pattern.  The gradient can be a picture.  Anything with a texture (i.e, clouds), will produce a nice transition.

You can use Photoshop to create customized effects within Avid Media Composer.

A good example of this technique is to create a clock wipe that has a soft colored edge.

Before you begin, if Avid Media Composer is running, make sure you exit the software.

Then launch Photoshop.

In Photoshop, navigate to the file menu and choose new.

Go ahead and give the file a name.

Make sure the width and height are set to 720 x 486 pixels.

Then press okay.

Okay, make sure the foreground and background colors are set to full black and full white by clicking on this default color button.

Next, click on the gradient tool.

Then in the upper left of the toolbar area, click on the angle gradient icon.

Move to the middle of the canvas area, and draw a line to create the angled gradient.

Now, to eliminate this hard edge, navigate to the filter menu and choose blur - Gaussian blur.

Adjust the blur amount and then press okay.

Now navigate to the image pull down menu, and select mode / grayscale.

Click discard to get rid of any color information.

Navigate to the file menu and choose save - as.

If you are running Avid Media Composer on a Mac, save the file in the following path.

Mac HD / Applications / Avid Media Composer / SupportingFiles / PlasmaWipes / 720 x 486 / Avid / Custom.

If you are running Avid Media Composer on a PC, the path is similar.

Change the format to Photoshop raw.

Then click the save button.

For the Photoshop raw options, press ok.

Now, launch Avid Media Composer.

Within Avid Media Composer, navigate to the project window and click on the purple effects tab.

Find the PlasmaWipe Avid Custom category.

Drag the soft clock wipe effect that you created onto an edit point to create the transition.

Navigate to the upper left corner of the timeline window and press the effect mode icon.

This will open the effect editor window.

Within the effect editor window, adjust the width and softness value for the wipe.

You can also add an additional blend color by adjusting the Saturation and Hue values for the blend color.

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

And don’t forget, GeniusDV also offers classroom and flat rate onsite Avid Media Composer training.


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