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Freeze Frame Effect Avid Media Composer

If you are new to Avid Media Composer, here's a simple tutorial that demonstrates three basic fundamentals within Avid Media Composer.

  • Using the Match Frame Function
  • Creating a Freeze Frame
  • Adding a Video Transition

play_avid_tutorial.pngLearn how to create a freeze frame camera flash effect directly within Avid Media Composer.  This is an excellent tutorial that you may find useful within a 'highlight reel' or 'promo video'.

Start by editing a single clip to an empty sequence.

Find a place in the timeline where you would like your clip segment to freeze.

Park over Frame to Freeze.png

Navigate to the fast menu in the lower middle area of the Composer window and tear off the tool palette.

Click on the match frame button.

Avid Fast Menu Tool Palette.pngThis will match the frame from the timeline into the source side of the Composer window.

In Avid Media Composer you can only create freeze frames from the source window, which is why this match frame button is so important.

It's probably a good idea to create an Avid keyboard shortcut for creating a match frame, which I cover in a different Media Composer Tutorial.

Navigate to the clip menu and choose freeze frame 1 second.

Create 1 Second Freeze.pngSelect a media drive for the new freeze frame and press okay.

Then select a bin for the new freeze frame clip that's going to be created and press okay.

Avid will automatically load the new freeze frame clip into the source window for you.  

Since I chose a one second freeze frame, you will see a one second freeze frame clip loaded into the source window.

Notice the freeze frame clip has a different clip icon to differentiate it from the original clip.

Freeze Frame Icon.pngIn the bottom right corner of the source window, click on the yellow splice-in button.

Splice Edit.pngThis will splice in the freeze frame based on the location of the blue position indicator.

Next, let's add a dip to white transition.

Move the position indicator just before the left side of the frozen clip segment.

Click on the Quick Transition Button within the timeline toolbar.

Quick Transition Button.png
Within the Quick Transition Dialogue Box, uncheck any audio tracks, so Avid only applies the transition to video track 1.

Click on the transition pull-down menu and choose Dip To Color.

Set the duration of the transition to 5 frames.

Add Dip to Color Transition.png
Then press the Add button.

This will add a dip to black transition.  

However, instead of black, we want white.

For reasons specific to this tutorial, make sure the blue position indicator remains on the left side of the transition point.
Left Side of Transition.pngDo not place it on the right side.

Navigate to the upper left corner of the timeline toolbar and press the effect editor button.

Effect Mode.png

Within the Effect Editor Window, double click on the black box for the background color.

Effect Background Color.png
Within the Select Color Dialogue Box, slide the saturation slider all the way over to the left, and then press ok.

Select Color from Wheel.pngWe now have a dip to white transition.

The last step is to add a camera flash sound effect onto the audio tracks below.

Camera Sound Effect.pngYou should now have a camera flash freeze frame effect.

Final Dip to White.png

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