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Working with nested PIP effects Avid Xpress

Understanding nesting within Avid Xpress / Media Composer is a critical when creating certain effects. For example:

If you want to have a transition (let's say a plasma wipe) between several PIP effects without affecting the background layer, it can be challenging to figure out. With Avid Xpress or Media Composer, an effect on any layer will affect all the lowers below it. This means the transition would also affect the background layer.

The trick is to nest your content within a single PIP effect. Here are the steps:

 Start a new sequence, and place your background layer on V1.  Then edit two clips onto V2 and place a transition between them.  In this example (a center brick plasma wipe transition).

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plasma_wipe_center_brick.gifThen click the effects editor button, and adjust the paramters of your particular effect.  In this example, I'm adding a white border by adjusting the width slider.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Use the red segment arrow to select both segments within the Avid timeline.  Hold down the shift key in order to select both segments. 

Then navigate over to the Avid effect's palette and find the PIP effect.  Hold down the alt key (option on a MAC) and double click on the PIP effect icon within the effect palette. This will nest contents of V2 within a PIP effect.

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That's it!  The transition between the two nested clips will be contained within the PIP and will not affect the background video.

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*You can always re-open the nest by using the red segment arrow and double clicking on the PIP effect within the Avid timeline. This will allow you to change the contents within the nested PIP effect. 

 

open_nest.gif When you are finished, use the red segment arrow and double click on the PIP effect again.

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