A Valuable Introduction to Collapsing Video Effects in Media Composer

By in Tutorial Thursday, Video Editing

Hello! I’m Benjamin Hershleder, and this is my fourth post for Avid Blogs. My past entries can be found here.

The video I’ve put together for this post covers a feature used with video effects called “Collapse.” While it can be helpful in a variety of situations, I’ll be focusing on its use to improve the quality of transitioning from a vertical effect build with several tracks into a single track of video. Overall, the topics are:

  • Why Collapsing will help to make your projects even more polished
  • The process of Collapsing (which creates a “Nest” of effects)
  • One method to Unnest some, or all, of the elements within your nested effect

I hope my video will help to make your workday easier and/or more productive, and your projects just that much more polished. There’s a lot of editing power in Media Composer that often goes untapped. Consider taking advantage of all the explanations, tips, tricks, and step-by-step guidance in my book, The Avid Media Composer Cookbook.

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Benjamin Hershleder has been an Avid Certified instructor since 1997, and is the author of "Avid Media Composer Cookbook". He provides private Avid training in addition to being a freelance editor and director, as well as an adjunct professor at American Film Institute in Los Angeles.