How and Why to Apply Effects on Filler in Avid Media Composer

By in Tutorial Thursday, Video Editing

Avid Media Composer’s filler is frequently overlooked and occasionally cursed, especially by new Avid editors who’ve accidentally dragged a piece of filler over clips on their timeline. However, it’s a very powerful filter that acts quite a lot like Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop. Effects placed on filler will be applied to all the video on layers below, including other effects and transitions. This can be used to easily apply effects across large sections of complex edits, or to build creative multifaceted transitions and effects.

In this video tutorial I will show you a few of the countless possibilities of effects on filler that might come in handy on your next project.

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I have been editing professionally with Media Composer for the last 12 years. As an online and offline editor I have had to become deeply familiar with the capabilities and quirks of Media Composer, as well as many other post-production tools.