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Creating a Glitch Effect Without Third Party Plug-Ins in Avid Media Composer

Who needs plug-ins when you have the paint effect? This tutorial will explain how you can create a glitch effect to transition from one shot to the next without using any third party plug-ins in Avid Media Composer!

Having plug-ins for your projects in Avid Media Composer is great, but not always necessary. There’s almost always a way to get the look, feel, or effect you’re looking for just by using what’s offered right out of the gate. For instance, you can create a glitch-like transition effect using the different modes (color adjust, darken, clone, etc.) found inside the paint effect. Some of these alternatives to plug-ins may end up costing you some time, but will hopefully more than make up for it by saving you from having to purchase plug-ins, along with helping you dive deeper into all the functions Media Composer has to offer.

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4 Secret Weapons for Mixing Metal in Avid Pro Tools

Do you identify with any of these statements?

 

You record/mix/produce heavy music including rock, metal and hardcore

You’re not getting the impact, clarity and punch from your productions that you want

Your mixes aren’t quite stacking up when you compare them to the pros

You’re spending hours and hours with online tutorials, but not seeming to make much progress

 

Actually, you don’t need a ton of expensive plug-ins to crank out big, heavy mixes. Check out these 4 stock plug-ins (Digirack Expander/Gate, Mod Delay III, D-Verb, and Sansamp PSA-1) included free with Pro Tools, that I use in almost every metal mix.

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Creating A Blur Transition in Avid Media Composer

In this tutorial, I’ll show two different ways you can create a blur transition between two shots, each having a slightly different look to them. Then you can decide which works best for your situation!

A blur transition is an excellent alternative to using a basic dissolve from shot to shot in your sequence. But, like most methods in Avid Media Composer, there’s always more than one way to achieve your end result. Whether you’re wanting a quick and easy way to just get the job done, or if you have a bit more time to make it more fluid looking, both techniques will help create a great looking transition that you can add to your editing toolbox.

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Learn How to Quickly Duplicate Multiple Clips in Your Media Composer Timeline

In this video I’ll show you the basic way to copy and paste clips in Avid Media Composer. Copy/Paste works the same in Media Composer as it does in almost every other app. You just need to remember a few things, like selecting the proper tracks, etc…

Copy/Paste is a quick and easy way to duplicate clips, even multiple clips, that you have already worked on and paste them elsewhere in the timeline. No need to re-do work! You can even edit your copied clips independently from the clips you copied. Finish your edit with time to spare in Avid Media Composer.

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Using the Extend Tool in Avid Media Composer

One of the beautiful things about the design of Avid Media Composer is not just non-linear editing, but non-linear workflows. For example, if you need a shot in your timeline to be longer or shorter, you don’t have to use the Trim Tool. You can actually use the Extend Tool for a very similar effect. This tutorial will show you how to use the power of the Extend Tool to your advantage!

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Pro Tools Workspace and Soundbase for Sound Effects Editors

As curator of the Pro Sound Effects library of more than a quarter million professional effects and a freelance sound designer, I’d like to show you some of the techniques I use in Pro Tools to manage the tremendous number of files I use across multiple locations to reduce the time and cost it takes to create great productions.

 

Sound Libraries: Search your entire sound effects collection in one place

If you’re like most sound editors and designers, you have vast libraries of sound effects and loops spread across multiple drives. Many audio post professionals use a general library like the Hybrid Library for a well-rounded, reliable sonic palette in addition to buying speciality libraries and recording their own sounds.

But searching through each location one by one is inefficient and messy. The new Sound Libraries feature is intended to simplify this process and bring your entire collection together in one place. 

In Pro Tools preferences on the Operation tab, you can select your default “Sound Libraries” location. Any files added to this location will populate in the Sound Libraries shortcut on the Workspace Browser.

But if your libraries are spread across multiple volumes and locations, simply navigate to a folder you’d like to add to your Sound Libraries via Workspace, then right-click on the folder and select “Add Sound Library Location”.

This makes it very simple to search your entire library by selecting the top-level Sound Libraries Location, or you can search a specific library folder by clicking the drop down and selecting a sub-location.

 

Soundbase: Categorize your sounds faster than ever

Soundbase brings quick and efficient tagging capabilities to the Workspace Browser. If you’re a sound effects editor this means it’s very simple to categorize your sounds.

To add Soundbase tags, click on the Soundbase field in the Workspace Browser and select from one of the existing tags, or begin typing to create a new tag. Each file can have multiple tags which is perfect for matching category and sub-category systems used by general sound effects libraries like the Hybrid Library.

For a sound effects editor, there are many creative benefits to tagging your files and browsing by category. Instead of a search that is limited to the terminology you can think of in the moment, browsing will present you with sounds that you would have otherwise not found with specific search terms.

Some sound effects libraries, including libraries from Pro Sound Effects, will import with the Soundbase tags already populated with categories.

 

Keyboard Shortcuts: Efficiently integrate newly added features

Now let’s look at a few of the keyboard shortcuts that will speed up your workflow using these new features:

Ctrl + Alt + T: Brings up the assign tags popup window. This also works when you have multiple sounds selected allowing you to add tags to large groups of sounds. This is very helpful when categorizing larger libraries.

Ctrl + Alt + Cmd + T: Shows/hides the Tags Pane. If you are only doing simple searches, use this shortcut to hide the Tags pane, then bring it back quickly when you want to browse by category.

Ctrl + S: Once you’ve found the sound you’re looking for, use this to instantly spot the sound to edit insertion. This one is very handy and typically a lot faster than dragging and dropping.

 

These new Workspace and Soundbase features are sure to help sound editors finish projects faster and with better quality by staying organized, efficient, and in the creative zone.

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Continuum VR Unit — 360 Video Editing in Avid Media Composer

This video is a quick start guide for any Avid editor that would like to work with 360 immersive video formats. Featuring the new Continuum VR Unit for Avid.

The VR Unit includes five powerful filters: VR Blur, VR Sharpen, VR Reorient, VR Insert and VR Flicker Fixer. These new filters support mono & stereoscopic 360 formats such as top/bottom.

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Learn Avid Media Composer | First in Under 7 Minutes!

Now, with Avid Media Composer First, you can test the waters of the industries’ leading and most powerful editing software! Whether you’re a seasoned editor in another software, or this is your first time editing, this crash course tutorial will show you how to get started in Avid Media Composer First in less than 7 minutes!

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Polish Your Projects with Pixel-Perfect Accuracy with Mocha Pro 5 for Media Composer

With its powerful new workflows and advanced editing tools, Media Composer has been turning heads throughout the industry. We’re constantly working on ways to make the industry’s best video editing software even better, and when you subscribe to Media Composer, you can be sure you’re always up to date with the latest, most advanced workflows in the industry.

Mocha Pro is Academy award-winning software that’s designed for advanced planar motion tracking, masking, and object removal. Here’s what you can do with the Mocha Pro 5 AVX plug-in:

 

  • Solve tracking challenges with pixel-perfect accuracy
  • Calibrate, correct and remove lens distortion with the lens module
  • Easily create detailed roto shapes with purposely designed creation tools
  • Remove unwanted elements, wires, rigs and tracking marks with ease

 

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Track and Replace Screens Inside Media Composer with Mocha

Replacing monitors and cell phone screens is a very common post task that  is typically handled by an effects compositor. These shots are now made easy inside Avid Media Composer with the Mocha Pro AVX plug-in from Boris FX.

In this short video tutorial, Mocha product specialist Mary Poplin shows how complex motion tracking tasks are made simple with Mocha Pro plug-in for Avid. Mocha Pro’s planar tracking algorithm can track through difficult motion, such as objects that go off screen.

Avid video tracks can be set as the insert layer, so the editor can easily change the insert content… a huge plus when working with a client on a deadline.

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