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The Six Skills Every Video Editor Needs to Have

Being a video editor is no easy task. It’s like trying to do a 1,000 piece puzzle with 10,000 pieces but without seeing the box so you don’t know what you’re supposed to be making. And 3,000 of the pieces actually work for 900 of the pieces you need but you have no pieces for the other 100 pieces so you have to cram them together to complete your puzzle. Then you get asked to change the border of one of the sides but you only have middle pieces left. But you figure it out anyway because that’s what you do. Then you start work on the next puzzle.

This article will discuss the six skills every video editor needs to have in order to have a successful career, create powerful videos, and stay sane while doing it.

Please note: some links in this article are affiliate links. All that means is I receive a small commission if you were to buy something after clicking on the link at no extra expense to you. It’s a very standard internet practice for blogs and websites and helps to support Edit Video Faster. I never link to a product I haven’t used or would not recommend. Always happy to answer any questions you have about affiliate links in general or the products linked to below!

The Art of the Edit

Every video editor needs to know how editing actually works. An editor should know when to cut and when to let the shot linger. They need to know the rules and how to follow them. But at the same time they need to know when and how to break them.

“Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.”

The Dalai Lama
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The Video Editor’s Digest | Edition #46

Hey there and welcome back to the Video Editor’s Digest! In this edition we cover the Avid / Chrome SIP issue, music visualizer in AE & more.

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Fix Offline Title in Avid Media Composer — EVF Tutorial

This tutorial explains how to fix an offline title in Avid Media Composer two different ways. If you have a title that is offline, there’s no need to worry. You can fix it in seconds. I show you how in this video.

Music used in this video, “Paper Trail” by Travis Loafman, was purchased and licensed through my friends at Soundstripe (affiliate link). For 10% off a subscription use the code EVF at checkout.

If you enjoyed this tutorial and want to stay in touch whenever I come out with a new post / podcast / video / newsletter / etc. you can go here to signup. No spam. Ever. Just the good stuff 😀

– Josh

Prevent Offline Media Using Media Creation Settings in Avid Media Composer — EVF Tutorial

This tutorial explains how to use Avid Media Composer’s Media Creation settings to prevent offline media. MC’s Media Creation settings allows you to set what drive and resolution media is created to. TL;DR set this drive and resolution when you first open up a project so the next time you open the project none of your media is offline because it was created to the correct drive.

Music used in this video, “Back To My House” by PALA, was purchased and licensed through my friends at Soundstripe (affiliate link). For 10% off a subscription use the code EVF at checkout.

If you enjoyed this tutorial and want to stay in touch whenever I come out with a new post / podcast / video / newsletter / etc. you can go here to signup. No spam. Ever. Just the good stuff 😀

– Josh

The Creation Cycle of a Video Editing Project

You probably don’t edit airport employee training videos. You probably don’t edit online marketing videos for healthcare startups. You probably don’t edit small-budget YouTube comedy series. These are all types of videos I edit. They all have different audiences, goals and styles. Each video contains unique challenges and are different in so many ways from one another. One thing is the same though — the creation cycle.

For just about every video I edit I go through the exact same routine. In this post I’m going to explain what that process is.

I could write about pre-production for hours but I’m going to start from after the footage is shot and we’re in post. Let’s get into it!

The Creation Cycle of a Video Editing Project

Phase 1: Pre-Production in Post Production

Before I begin what many would call “the actual editing” of a video there’s a lot that takes place. The time you spend right now in this phase will reap more benefits than time spent in any other phase. You will in all likelihood edit video faster with more time spent working on the tasks in this phase. It’s kinda like pre-production but you’re already in post.

Review pre-production notes

Read over any notes you have from the client/producer/director/whoever on the goals, audience, specifics, branding guidelines, must-haves, must-have nots, etc. of the video. Alternatively if possible you should talk to the client/producer to go over these details again. Things change during production and sometimes you’re left out of the loop. Tackle any possible surprises ASAP! Read more

I Got A New Job!

It’s been awhile since I’ve truly written something for EVF. Actually it’s been awhile since I’ve written much of anything. My writing muscle was burnt out after letting my former daily blog expire and disappear into a digital black hole back in August. Two years of writing and publishing everyday…

Fast forward a quarter of a year later and I’m starting to get the itch again. But where do I write? I’ve always felt that with what I publish on EVF I need to be very calculated and stick to the facts and provide “expert-level” insights at all times. Well, even though I believe myself to be a more-than-successful editor and video professional, I can’t always provide that A+, top-of-the-line content with the tiny amount of time I can commit to EVF.

With that being said, I’m just going to let the words keep on flowing and write a bit about editing and life.

BTW I’m free writing right now. It can be a lot of fun and almost meditative at times. You should try it out if you ever get in a creative funk. Please excuse any typos or poor grammar because I’m just churning out the words.

Recently I took a new full-time position. I haven’t really broadcasted this anywhere. Nick and I recorded a podcast episode the other day where I talked about it some. It hasn’t published yet but should be episode 82. I’m absolutely positive I won’t remember to come back to this post and link it. 🙂

My new position is part editor (let’s call this ~70% of my responsibilities), producer (~20%) and project manager (~10%). Full-time freelancing is officially done. For now. I loved my time freelancing. Loved it. Even the stressful times when I couldn’t guarantee more than a few hundred dollars of work on a given week. I can absolutely see myself going back to that lifestyle too.

This position though was too good to pass up. I enjoy the content, my coworkers and my day-to-day work. Plus the paid time off. Uhhh I’ve missed the paid time off so much. I’m only 8 years into this career. It feels like though that I could always go back to freelancing. And vice versa. Yes, it sucks losing out on some gigs. Last week I had to turn down two projects. My network will take some sort of hit. As a professional though I think we should always be working on and building our networks. I recorded this fantastic Command+Edit episode with my friend and fellow editor Rhonda Thain if you want to hear me talk more about it.

I still have a couple small projects I’m working on on the side. And a couple pet projects I want to take on. The experience of running my own company, getting an LLC, doing my bookkeeping each week, having a real accountant, cold emailing, warm calling, invoicing and just overall doing many, many uncomfortable things have made me a better editor, professional and person.

Remember, I’m still free writing here so I know I’m about to lurch into a new topic like an unexpected jumpcut.

The software I’m using now is relatively the same. I’m in Premiere probably 60% of the time. Media Composer 30% of the time. And After Effects and Photoshop round out the rest. I’m rocking Premiere 2017 on most projects with the hopes that no one accidently updates to 2018 forcing me to update as well. And MC is on version 8.5.2. It’s a little behind and I miss some of the cool new features I’ve been seeing but it definitely still gets the job done.

Okay last topic before cutting myself off.

Next month I’m headed out to Los Angeles for the first time! Crazy, right?! How have I never been? I’m pumped. I know I mentioned it in a somewhat recent Video Editor’s Digest but again for anyone out there I’m thinking of doing a small happy hour. Seriously small. Like 4-6 of us max. If you want to join shoot me a message.

Thank you for indulging me and letting me get some stuff off my chest. If like this kind of post — more chatty, less instructional — let me know. Or let me know if you hate it and I should stick to basic little video tutorials like this one which somehow has 100,000+ views. Wut?

That’s it from me. Til next time…

– Josh

May 2017 | EVF Recap

I took this picture of my dog the other day. It appears though that she stole my phone and took a selfie. I swear the world would be a better place if dogs could use phones and we could text our dogs while we were out of the home.

It was the last day in month of May in the year two thousand and seventeen. Alone in a cold edit bay on a warm sunny afternoon an editor watches a blue bar slowly move from left to right inside of a gray box. 47 minutes remaining. He thinks to himself, “I’ve been wanting to write on my business’ blog for weeks but haven’t found the time or self-awareness to actually do it. Maybe now’s a good time to try.”

And here we are. If I haven’t lost you yet I’d like to take the next thousand or so words to talk about what’s been going on with EVF, the podcast and my freelance editing work.

The online comedy show I’ve been working on for the past several months recently launched! The only editing left to do is a small change in one of the later episodes and the creation of some more marketing material for them. This project is so. darn. close. to being done.

Let’s have some #realtalk for a moment. I’ve been so close to this project that I find it really difficult to share it with the world. All I see is imperfections, shots I wanted reshot and lines of dialogue I want changed. But deep down I know it’s pretty darn good and about as good as I was ever going to get it based on the constraints I was working under. Warning: the comedy show is definitely PG13. Here’s their website where you can watch the first two episodes. (yes, I’m still terrified to share my work. I believe most editors get the same way too)

Here’s some more #realtalk. I screwed up my 2016 taxes. I thought I had nailed it back on April 15th. However I met with an accountant to talk about 2017 and while going through 2016 he found two fairly significant screw-ups. And they’re probably going to cost me a couple thousand dollars. Whoops. But we’re sorting it out and it’s better to get it done right than risk getting dinged later down the road. Needless-to-say I’m disappointed. It’s a learning experience that I’ll grow from though.

I was meeting with the accountant because I’m getting an LLC for my freelance business (which EVF will eventually reside under) and I wanted to see how my accounting would work with my new business. That’s when we discovered my mistakes in 2016. Anyway, back to the LLC. Getting an LLC is something I’ve been putting off. Why? It’s completely foreign to me. I hate things like legal paperwork (but who doesn’t?). As my freelance business matures I need to protect myself, “legitimize” myself and set it up in a way it can continue to grow. BTW, if you’re interested in the process for setting up an LLC let me know as I’m considering writing about my experience with it.

Oh, May marked the 1-year anniversary of going fully freelance. Woo!

Enough freelance. Let’s talk about the podcast.

This month’s episodes:

  • Command+Edit Episode 72: Nick and I interview Niel Guilarte of the All Things Post podcast about his documentary The Messengers that he directed and edited.
  • Command+Edit Episode 73: I interview David Colantuoni of Avid to discuss Media Composer | First
  • Command+Edit Episode 74: Nick interviews Mae Manning about unique journey from bartender to successful editor

We currently have two interviews booked for June. One is with an editing educator about their time teaching editing overseas and the other is with a screenwriter.

In Command+Edit Episode 73 (above) I chatted with Avid about their upcoming Media Composer | First release. MC | First is basically a free, lite version of Media Composer. It sounds perfect for anyone interested in learning Media Composer but might not be ready to pull the trigger on a year-long subscription without first getting to know Media Composer a bit better (because let’s face it, Media Composer is a tough software to learn). I’m [highly] considering taking a dive deep into MC | First and creating some training material around it. However it depends on if there’s enough demand. If you’re remotely interested in MC | First and using resources (guides, courses, tutorials, blog posts, etc.) that I create to help you learn it, I’d really like to hear from you. All you have to do is reply to this email.

Here on the EVF website you may have noticed I switched themes! However in the process I accidentally deleted my homepage. Oops. I don’t mind because I wanted to overhaul it anyway. I’ll be doing some other minor updates around the site while I continue the painful process of switching hosting companies as well. All I want to do is create videos and write helpful things on the internet and it feels like there’s always a thousand other obstacles standing in the way!

Anyway, thank you so, so much for reading. Please give me a shout if there’s anything you’re struggling with and you think I could help or if you just want to chat post or baseball or dogs or travel or anything. 🙂

Cheers,
Josh

Batch Exporting in Avid Media Composer

The other day I had to export nine different parts of a training course I was editing in Avid Media Composer for one of my clients. Media Composer isn’t like Premiere where I can add a bunch of videos or sequences to a Queue in Adobe Media Encoder. From inside a sequence you have to export them one at a time. This isn’t convenient for anyone. In this project in particular I’d have to go back and check every 20-30 minutes and then go and export the next video. However there’s a trick you can do to batch export out of Media Composer and I’m going to explain that in this post. In fact, this trick is allowing me to write this blog post then go take lunch outside at a park next to the Potomac River.

Let’s jump right in. How do you batch export? Instead of exporting from a sequence we’re going to export from a bin. And to export from a bin we need to create copies of our master sequence(s) that we want to export.

To begin create a new bin. Label it something like, “For Export Only”. Take your master sequence, set in and out points and select just the tracks you want to export. If it’s all tracks, select every track (Hit Cmd/Ctrl+A to quickly do this).

Next duplicate your master sequence. Highlight it in the bid and hit Cmd/Ctrl+D to do this. Move the duplicated version into your For Export Only bin. Rename the duplicated version of your master sequence to the filename you want it to have upon export (i.e. abc-course-part1-v01-170418) but without the file extension. Go back to your master sequence(s) and repeat as needed until you have a bin full of sequences you want to export; each with their in and out points set and tracks selected.

Close out of every bin expect your For Export Only bin. You don’t have to do this but I’m OCD about screen real estate and digital clutter. Then select all the sequences in your For Export Only bin. Right-click on the sequence icon for any of them (it’s the little film stripe next to the name of the sequence).

In the menu that pops up find Export (pre V8.5ish) or Output (post V8.5ish; the name changed somewhere around MC v8.5). If you’re on an older version of MC it’ll open a dialogue box up immediately. If you’re on a newer version you will have to go into a sub-menu in Output then you choose Export to File… Once you do this the same dialogue box will pop up as in the older versions of MC.

Pre Version 8.5(ish)

Post Version 8.5(ish)

This is the box that’ll open after selecting Export or Export to File…

Navigate to where you want to files to go like a watch folder or an exports folder or just somewhere on your hard drive. Then go to your export settings at the bottom of the box. Set your export preset to a QuickTime Movie or whatever you want to export it as for you to then compress in Adobe Media Encoder or Sorenson Squeeze or another compression software. Go into it’s options (click the Options… button) and make sure Use Marks and Use Selected Tracks are checked (this might say “Use Enabled Tracks” in newer versions of MC…I’m still on 8.4.4!). Doing this means that you are MC to export the enabled tracks and in and out points you set for each sequence.

Make sure Use Marks and Use Selected Tracks are checked

Click Save in the export settings then Save again in the Export As… dialogue box to begin batch exporting.

Next go to your favorite local lunch spot and relax while Media Composer does it’s thing. Where am I going? Perfect Pita 🙂

I hope you found this quick tutorial helpful. If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below or shoot me a message here.

Cheers,
Josh

P.S. If you’re new around here and want to know more about EVF and learn more helpful tips and tricks on being a faster video editor go to this page to begin your journey. And please never be shy if you have a question or just want to chat about editing (or baseball!).

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Mastering Avid Media Composer’s Keyboard Shortcuts – Lesson 9: Everything Else

Mastering Media Composers Keyboard Shortcuts – Lesson 9

This is the ninth and last lesson in a series on mastering Avid Media Composer’s keyboard shortcuts. Each lesson tackles a handful of shortcuts. By the end of all the lessons you should be flying through your editing sessions.

This isn’t just any old list of shortcuts. For many of them I explain exactly how they work and how I use them everyday as a professional editor.

If you’re just getting started, no worries. You can take this lesson and circle back to the previous lessons. You can find all the lessons here.

This lesson focuses on everything else not in the other lessons!

Everything Else

There are shortcuts that just don’t fit into any one group and groups of shortcuts I didn’t want to dedicate an entire lesson towards. Well, here they are! If you see any that I’ve missed over the past nine lessons, please let me know in the comments and I’ll add them in.

Toggle Source/Record

Shortcut: Esc

If you look at the image below, you’ll see the Source and Record Monitors. Source is on the left and Record is on the right. The Timeline or the material that’s loaded in the Monitor is represented by the white or gray bar beneath the player. When that monitor is active, meaning you can hit keyboard shortcuts like J, K, L, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Home, End, Space Bar, D, F, G, etc. and it’ll do something, the bar is white. When it isn’t active, it’s gray. Only one will be active at a time. In the example below the Record Monitor is active.

Use Esc to Toggle Between Source and Record Monitors

Use Esc to Toggle Between Source and Record Monitors

Hitting the escape key will switch between the two Monitors. You don’t have to click back and forth when you are deciding on In/Out Points in the Source Monitor and down in the Timeline. Try this one out if you haven’t used it before!

Undo

Shortcut: Cmd+Z (Mac) | Ctrl+Z (PC)

This is pretty straightforward. Just like in pretty much any program out there you can undo an action you just made. Keep hitting this shortcut to undo further and further back.

Redo

Shortcut: Cmd+R (Mac) | Ctrl+R (PC)

If you undo too far backwards, use this shortcut to go forwards an undo step.

Find

Shortcut: Cmd+F (Mac) | Ctrl+F (PC)

This shortcut opens the Find tool.

Use Cmd+F (Mac) or Ctrl+F (PC) to open Find

Use Cmd+F (Mac) or Ctrl+F (PC) to open Find

Full Screen Playback

Shortcut: Cmd+Shift+F (Mac) | Ctrl+Shift+F (PC)

This shortcut enters Full Screen Playback mode.

Title Tool – Center Object Horizontally

Shortcut: Cmd+Shift+C (Mac) | Ctrl+Shift+C (PC)

In the Title Tool use this shortcut to align the text or object horizontally (left and right) across the screen. Basically this centers the text or object along an imaginary Y-Axis running down the middle of the Title Tool.

Title Tool – Align to Frame Bottom

Shortcut: Cmd+Shift+Z (Mac) | Ctrl+Shift+Z (PC)

In the Title Tool this shortcut aligns the selected object(s) to the bottom of the frame.

Title Tool – Send Object Backward

Shortcut: Cmd+Shift+K (Mac) | Ctrl+Shift+K (PC)

This will send a selected object, including text, back in the stacking order. This is important when you are placing objects on top of each other.

Title Tool – Send Object Forward

Shortcut: Cmd+Shift+L (Mac) | Ctrl+Shift+L (PC)

This will send a selected object, including text, forward in the stacking order. This is important when you are placing objects on top of each other.

Title Tool – Switch Between Selection Tool and Text Tool

Shortcut: Opt+Click Text (Mac) | Alt+Click Text (PC)

Holding Opt or Alt and clicking text will switch between the Selection Tool (how you move the text around the Title Tool) and the Text Tool (how you type in text).

Title Tool – Bold Text

Shortcut: Cmd+Shift+B (Mac) | Ctrl+Shift+B (PC)

This shortcut bolds selected text.

Title Tool – Italicize Text

Shortcut: Cmd+Shift+I (Mac) | Ctrl+Shift+I (PC)

This shortcut italicizes selected text.

Title Tool – Soft Drop Shadow

Shortcut: Cmd+Shift+H (Mac) | Ctrl+Shift+H (PC)

This shortcut adds a soft drop shadow to selected text or objects.

Title Tool – Duplicate Object

Shortcut: Cmd+D (Mac) | Ctrl+D (PC)

This shortcut duplicates a selected object.

Title Tool – Save Title As…

Shortcut: Cmd+Shift+S (Mac) | Ctrl+Shift+S (PC)

This shortcut will allow you to save your title.

MultiCam Mode

Shortcut: Cmd+Shift+M (Mac) | Ctrl+Shift+M (PC)

Use this shortcut to enter MultiCam Mode.

MultiCam 1

Shortcut: F9

This shortcut uses MultiCam 1 when in MultiCam Mode.

MultiCam 2

Shortcut: F10

This shortcut uses MultiCam 2 when in MultiCam Mode.

MultiCam 3

Shortcut: F11

This shortcut uses MultiCam 3 when in MultiCam Mode.

MultiCam 4

Shortcut: F12

This shortcut uses MultiCam 4 when in MultiCam Mode.

MultiCam 5

Shortcut: Shift+F9

This shortcut uses MultiCam 5 when in MultiCam Mode.

MultiCam 6

Shortcut: Shift+F10

This shortcut uses MultiCam 6 when in MultiCam Mode.

MultiCam 7

Shortcut: Shift+F11

This shortcut uses MultiCam 7 when in MultiCam Mode.

MultiCam 8

Shortcut: Shift+F12

This shortcut uses MultiCam 8 when in MultiCam Mode.

Smart Tool

Shortcut: Shift+Tab

This shortcut turns on or off the Smart Tool.

Smart Tool – Segment Mode (Lift/Overwrite) (Red Arrow)

Shortcut: Shift+A

This shortcut turns on or off the Segment Mode (Lift/Overwrite) (the Red Arrow) in the Smart Tool.

Smart Tool – Segment Mode (Extract/Splice-In) (Yellow Arrow)

Shortcut: Shift+S

This shortcut turns on or off the Segment Mode (Extract/Splice-In) (the Yellow Arrow) in the Smart Tool.

Smart Tool – Overwrite Trim (Red Trim Roller)

Shortcut: Shift+D

This shortcut turns on or off the Overwrite Trim (the Red Trim Roller) in the Smart Tool.

Smart Tool – Ripple Trim (Yellow Trim Roller)

Shortcut: Shift+F

This shortcut turns on or off the Ripple Trim (the Yellow Trim Roller) in the Smart Tool.

Keyframe

Shortcut: Shift+G

This shortcut turns on or off Keyframes.

Link Selection Toggle

Shortcut: Shift+L

This shortcut turns on or off Link Selection Toggle.

Audio Mark In

Shortcut: Shift+E

This shortcut marks an Audio In Point.

Audio Mark Out

Shortcut: Shift+R

This shortcut marks an Audio Out Point.

Go to Audio Mark In

Shortcut: Shift+Q

This shortcut moves the Time Position Indicator to the Audio In Point.

Go to Audio Mark Out

Shortcut: Shift+W

This shortcut moves the Time Position Indicator to the Audio Out Point.

Mark Markers

Shortcut: Shift+T

This shortcut marks an In and Out Point around the nearest Markers. I actually learned this one while making this lesson.

Current Settings

Shortcut: Cmd+= (Mac) | Ctrl+= (PC)

On various tools you can use this shortcut to jump to that tool’s settings.

Home (Move Window Back to Position)

Shortcut: Cmd+’ (Mac) | Ctrl+’ (PC)

If you move a window like a tool to a different part of the screen and want to move it back to where it is set in the workspace, use this shortcut.

What’s Next?

That’s all the shortcuts for Lesson 9 of Mastering Avid Media Composer’s Keyboard Shortcuts. What’d you think? Learn anything new?

Give me a shout if you have any questions. Leave me a comment below, message me through the contact page or send me an email – josh [at] editvideofaster.com.

Please, if you found these lessons helpful I’d love for you to go to this page so we can stay in touch. There will be many more useful posts, videos, tutorials, guides and more to help you in your editing adventures and this is the best way to find out about them.

– Josh

Mastering Avid Media Composer’s Keyboard Shortcuts – Lesson 8: Timeline

Mastering Media Composers Keyboard Shortcuts – Lesson 8

This is the eight lesson in a series on mastering Avid Media Composer’s keyboard shortcuts. Each lesson tackles a handful of shortcuts. By the end of all the lessons you should be flying through your editing sessions.

This isn’t just any old list of shortcuts. For many of them I explain exactly how they work and how I use them everyday as a professional editor.

If you’re just getting started, no worries. You can take this lesson and circle back to the previous lessons. You can find all the lessons here.

This lesson focuses on the timeline.

Lesson 8: Timeline

Lesson 8: Timeline

Hey real quick. If you missed my announcement about the Mastering Avid Media Composer’s Keyboard Shortcuts Exam, you can find it here!

Timeline

The timeline is where all the magic happens in Media Composer. The shortcuts that follow will speed up your editing, guaranteed. One of my favorite milestones when I was learning Media Composer was when I started incorporating all the different zooming options available. I found myself flying through my edits faster each day as I got more comfortable with them. The shortcuts in this lesson are some of my favorites. Alright, here we go!

More Detail (Zoom In)

Shortcut: Cmd+] (Mac) | Ctrl+] (PC)

This shortcut will zoom the timeline in. Use this instead of the zoom bar at the bottom of timeline. For what it’s worth, I prefer to change this to Shift+].

Less Detail (Zoom Out)

Shortcut: Cmd+[ (Mac) | Ctrl+[ (PC)

This shortcut will zoom the timeline out. Use this instead of the zoom bar at the bottom of timeline. For what it’s worth, I prefer to change this to Shift+[.

One other note. I will quickly hit Cmd/Ctrl+[ then Cmd/Ctrl+] to re-center my timeline. When you use the shortcut for More Detail or Less Detail the timeline re-centers around where the Time Position Indicator (the blue bar in the timeline) is. This is quicker than reaching over to the mouse and pulling the scroll bar at the bottom of the timeline.

Show Entire Sequence

Shortcut: Cmd+/ (Mac) | Ctrl+/ (PC)

If you’re zoomed in, this shortcut will zoom you out to show the entire sequence. I like to change this to Shift+\ so it’s next to what I changed More Detail and Less Detail to.

Zoom In To…

Shortcut: Cmd+M (Mac) | Ctrl+M (PC)

When you hit this shortcut your mouse will change to two arrows facing opposite directions with a rectangle in the middle. Decide where you want to zoom in and where you initially click that’ll be the start of the new timeline view and while holding the mouse down drag to where you want the new timeline view to end.

I love this shortcut. I change this shortcut to Shift+= so it’s near my other timeline zoom shortcuts.

Zoom Back

Shortcut: Cmd+J (Mac) | Ctrl+J (PC)

After performing a Zoom In To… if you use the Zoom Back shortcut you’ll change the timeline view back to what the view was before you did the Zoom In To…

Make Selected Track(s) Larger

Shortcut: Cmd+L (Mac) | Ctrl+L (PC)

This is similar to the Bin shortcut in Lesson 7 where you can make the frame larger. Whatever track(s) is selected (aka active) when you use this shortcut the track will grow in height. This only affects your view of the timeline and doesn’t affect any of the clips. Also, think “L for larger.”

Make Selected Track(s) Smaller

Shortcut: Cmd+K (Mac) | Ctrl+K (PC)

Whatever track(s) is selected (aka active) when you use this shortcut the track will shrink in height. This only affects your view of the timeline and doesn’t affect any of the clips.

Create New Video Track

Shortcut: Cmd+Y (Mac) | Ctrl+Y (PC)

This shortcut creates a new video track. If you only have tracks V1 and V2, using this shortcut will create V3. Use it again to create V4.

Create New Mono Audio Track

Shortcut: Cmd+U (Mac) | Ctrl+U (PC)

This shortcut creates a new mono audio track.

Create New Stereo Audio Track

Shortcut: Cmd+Shift+U (Mac) | Ctrl+Shift+U (PC)

This shortcut creates a new stereo audio track.

Create New Video or Audio Track at Custom Track Number

Image-02-tracknumber

Shortcut: Cmd+Opt+Y or Cmd+Opt+U (Mac) | Ctrl+Alt+Y or Ctrl+Alt+U (PC)

If you want to create a new track at a custom track number, use this shortcut. For example if you have V1 and V2 as video tracks but want to create V9, use this shortcut. A box will pop up for you to select what kind of track and what track number to put it on.

Snap to Head Frames

Shortcut: Cmd+Drag (Mac) | Ctrl+Drag (PC)

Hold Cmd/Ctrl and drag the mouse across the timeline. This will snap the Time Position Indicator to head frames (the first frame of a clip). This is another shortcut that I absolutely love.

Snap to Tail Frames

Shortcut: Cmd+Opt+Drag (Mac) | Ctrl+Alt+Drag (PC)

Hold Cmd+Opt/Ctrl+Alt and drag the mouse across the timeline. This will snap the Time Position Indicator to tail frames (the last frame of a clip).

What’s Next?

That’s all the shortcuts for Lesson 8 of Mastering Avid Media Composer’s Keyboard Shortcuts. What’d you think? Learn anything new?

Ready for Lesson 9? Click here (or the image below) to go to it.

Give me a shout if you have any questions. Leave me a comment below, message me through the contact page or send me an email – josh [at] editvideofaster.com.

– Josh