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Nesting Effects in Avid Media Composer

Learn to to use two different nesting functions within Avid Media Composer.  

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In particular, this lesson will demonstrate how to use simple nesting for Color Correction Purposes.

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In today's Media Composer lesson I'm going to talk about nesting effects.

In Avid Media Composer there are two types of nesting, which are Expanded Nesting, and Simple Nesting.

Let's start with expanded nesting.

Double click on a clip segment that has an effect applied to it.

This will expand the timeline, giving you an extra segment that you can apply an additional effect too.

So, in this example, I will navigate over to the effects palette and drag a flop effect onto this segment of the police man, so he's facing fireman.

You can keep nesting effects inside of effects by double clicking on the segment again.

So, I'll grab the Lightning effect from the illusion category and drag it onto the empty segment.

It's important to note, that with using expanded nesting, you can still see your entire sequence along with any audio tracks.

Also, if you see an empty track area after double clicking on a clip segment, it means that particular effect has a background layer.

Under normal circumstances, you can leave the background layer empty.

However, if you were to edit a clip into the empty layer, it would become your new background, preventing this picture in picture effect from seeing down into the next layer.

Okay, I'll go ahead and undo that function.

To collapse the expanded nest, just double click on the bottom most clip segment of the nested layers.

The other type of nest is called a simple nest.

To open a simple nest, park the position indicator over a clip segment that has an effect applied to it.

If you have more than one video track, make sure the correct video track is turned on, and all your other video tracks are turned off.

This time, instead of double clicking on the segment, press this downward black arrow to enter into a simple nest.

So, what happens is you are now working exclusively with the original clip segment, without seeing all the other tracks within your sequence.

This type of nesting makes it easy to perform color correction.

So to demonstrate, I'll navigate to the Windows menu, and choose Workspaces Color Correction.

Then I'll make some quick changes to improve the luminance balance.

If you click on this split screen icon, you can see the difference I've made.

Then I'll go back to the Source Record Workspace.

The other advantage of simple nesting is it makes it easy to add additional video tracks for placing graphics and titles inside segments that have already been resized or composited within your sequence.

In this example, I'll right click in the timeline area to add a new video track.

Now, in doing so, don't forget to move this video monitor icon to the top most track.

Then, I'll edit this logo onto V2.

Okay so now, when you're done with the simple nest, press the black up arrow to step back to the original sequence.

Fantastic! Now you have the basics of using the nesting functions within Avid Media Composer.

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