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With the recent addition of Media Composer 5.0, I've realized there have been some nice shortcuts implemented into the Avid software.

As a user of Media Composer software for almost 20 years, I've grown accustomed to the standard Media Composer shortcuts.  Keep in mind, most of my editing experience comes from editing on a Macintosh.

Previous versions of Media Composer had limited right click functionality on a MAC.  This is because the older Macintosh systems only had a one button mouse.  After right click functionality was introduced into the Media Composer software, it required a strange keyboard combination or (CTRL + SHIFT + mouse click)  to bring forward the shortcut menu.

New to me, are the (right click) shortcuts for individual tracks within Avid Media Composer.  In particular, the ability to perform a 'match frame edit' from a specific track.


In the past, you had to de-select all the tracks, then turn on a single track in order to perform a match frame edit.  Now, you can right click on a specific track.  Other 'right click' functions include 'Locking / Unlocking' a track.  Also, the ability to delete a specific track without having to 'de-select all the other tracks'.

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The new Media Composer 5.0 software features a new enhanced image stabilization feature that uses Avid's built in tracking function.


All you need to do is drag it onto a segment within your Media Composer sequence.  That's it! Media Composer will automatically do the rest for you.  Try it! I've found the results to be quite amazing.

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Every once in awhile I run across an amazing feature within Avid Media Composer that I've overlooked.  Here's one of them:  'The Fluid Morph effect'. 


Yes, I'll admit, this effect has been in the software for awhile, but I never realized how useful it is until now. The 'FluidMorph effect' is a transition effect that morphs from from clip to another. Suppose you have a 'talking head' clip, and you need to cut out a section of the interview without cutting away to 'B roll'.  You can use the 'FluidMorph' transition to hide the cut. 

Check out this example (in slow motion) showing the same exact clip with the FluidMorph filter applied to the second clip.


Truly amazing!  In the past, I would try to use a dissolve to hide the edit.  Now, with the FluidMorph filter, the transition is almost unnoticeable.

I've found using a duration of 5 frames of  'FluidMorph" is quite adequate to hide a jump cut.  To do this, simply park over the FluidMorph effect in the timeline and click on the Avid effect editor.


The effect editor dialog box will open.  Then enter in a value of 5 frames.


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