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Scratch Removal Avid Media Composer

Learn how to use Avid Media Composer's scratch removal tool for repairing video frames within a sequence.


The scratch removal function is an excellent effect for preserving old footage from film or tape.


Avid Media Composer has a fantastic tool for removing artifacts or single frame scratches with a video frame.

Check out this short clip segment within my sequence.

Now this is a real world example of some footage captured from DV tape.

You can see there are some digital artifacts within one of the frames.

Move the position indicator one frame after the artifact.

Then press the add-edit button.

Then move the position indicator one frame before the artifact and press the add-edit button again.

This will create a 2 frame clip segment.


Place the position indicator back over the frame that needs to be repaired.

Now navigate to the project window and click on the purple effects tab.

From here, click on the image category and look for the Scratch removal effect.

Drag the scratch removal effect onto the 2 frame clip segment.


When working with the scratch removal effect, I've found it's easier to close the source window within the composer window by dragging the left edge to the right until the source side disappears.  

Then drag the left side of the composer window back to the left to provide a larger work area.


Now navigate to the upper left corner of the timeline window and press the effect mode button.

Choose one of the drawing tools off to the right side of the effect editor window.

In this example, I'll click on the rectangle tool.

Then I'll draw a rectangle around each area that needs to be repaired.


Now, if you have multiple areas that need to be repaired you will need to click back onto the rectangle tool each time you need to create a new area.

What's happening here is Avid Media Composer automatically uses the previous frame in order to cover up the damaged part of the frame you are parked over.

Using the previous or next frame is usually your best bet, since it will be the least noticeable difference between frames.


When finished, click on the render effect button and press okay.

Okay, back up and look at the results.

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