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3D Warp vs. Resize in Avid Media Composer

This tutorial you’ll learn the difference between a 3D Warp Effect and a Resize Effect in Avid Media Composer. We’ll cover what each effect does, how to apply an effect, how to adjust an effect and more.

Recapping the Tutorial

3D Warp and Resize are two common effects used in Avid Media Composer to adjust the size / scale or position of a clip. 3D Warp is by far superior! Let’s breakdown the differences between then.

Applying 3D Warp and Resize

First, find 3D Warp and Resize in the Effect Palette. Open the Effect Palette by hitting Command+8 if you’re on a Mac or Control+8 if you’re on a PC. The Resize Effect is located under the Image folder. The 3D Warp Effect is located under the Blend folder.

Resize Effect in Effect Palatte
3D Warp Effect in Effect Palette

Take the Resize Effect and drop it onto your clip. Do the same with 3D Warp on a different clip. In the video tutorial I place two clips on top of each other. The top clip gets the Resize or 3D Warp Effect and the bottom clip is just a background layer so you can see how this works.

Using 3D Warp and Resize Effects

Next open up the Effect Editor. Click on the clip with the Resize or 3D Warp Effect applied to it if it does not appear automatically.

Resize Effect in Avid's Effect Editor

Now for Resize, change the scaling down to let’s say 70%. Close the Effect Editor and take a look at the clips in the timeline. You’d expect to see the clip underneath the one you scaled down. Hmm… That’s not what Resize does. It’s not intuitive, I know. What Resize does is resizes that clip and everything underneath it.

Let’s try this out with 3D Warp.

3D Warp Effect in Avid's Effect Editor

Now scale the clip with 3D Warp applied down to 70%. Close the Effect Editor and take a look at the clip in the timeline. Now you’re see the clip underneath. Boom!

What 3D Warp can Do that Resize Cannot Do

3D Warp is one of the handful of effects that you absolutely need to know. I’ll even say it’s the #1 effect you need to know. Compared to Resize, 3D Warp can also rotate a clip, add a border, give it a drop shadow, put it into 3D space, and so much more. And it also effects only that clip it’s applied to, not everything underneath it like what Resize does.

Additional Recommended Viewing: Fixed vs. Elastic Keyframes Tutorial in Avid Media Composer

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EVF Tutorial – Markers in Avid Media Composer

This tutorial is on how to use Markers in Avid Media Composer.

You’ll learn what Markers are, how to add them, how to edit them, how to jump between them and more.

Below are useful links related to the tutorial:

Reach out to me if you have any questions on this tutorial or anything else Avid Media Composer, video or post production-related. I’m here to help you emotionally, mentally and technically as a video editor.

EVF Tutorial – Quick Transitions in Avid Media Composer

I am SOOO excited. Today I’m launching my first ever product — an Avid Media Composer Bin with over 50 preset Quick Transitions. In the tutorial below you’ll find out how to create your own preset Quick Transitions. After watching the tutorial go here to get my Quick Transitions Bin.

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The Power of Presets for Avid Media Composer Editors

Presets will make you a faster editor. Period. Putting systems in place for often-used tasks makes you a more efficient editor. Presets are some of these systems. You can preset many aspects of your NLE, especially Avid Media Composer. Below I discuss four of my favorite areas you can use presets.

This post focuses on presets in Avid Media Composer but some concepts should be able to cross over into other NLEs like Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X.


Workspaces are the arrangement of tools on the screen.

Workspaces are preset arrangements of your tools on the screen.

There are 3-5 Workspaces (sometimes referred to as Toolsets – different but essentially the same thing which I’m not going to get into today) you should customize, save and map to your keyboard. These are preset arrangements of your tools on the screen.

The first is obviously Source/Record Editing. This is your bread and butter Workspace, which you’ll most likely spend the bulk of your time in. You use it for your standard editing – laying in shots, moving them around, manipulating time, etc. Why do you map this to your keyboard? Anytime you are done in another Workspace or you have random tools open, this will put you back in your default editing setup.

If you want the Timecode Tool, Markers, Audio Tool and Audio Mixer open while you are editing in this Workspace like I do, make sure the Source/Record Editing Workspace is selected under Windows > Workspaces. Then open all the tools you want and position them on your screen and hit Save Current under that same menu.

If you want to see a tutorial over on my YouTube channel let me know in the comments section!

Audio Editing is the next Workspace to setup. Besides setting up my audio tools where I want them, I like to tie this together with my Audio Timeline View, which will be discussed in the next section. To do this, go up to Windows > Workspaces > Properties… then type in “Audio.” If you have a Timeline View named “Audio” it’ll automatically switch to that view.


Color Correction is another Workspace that should be setup. I’ve found that the only real things you need to adjust are the location of the monitors and Color Correction Tool along with what goes into the monitors by default. I tend to like having the left monitor being set to Previous, the middle monitor set to Current and the right monitor set to RGB Parade.

03-FullScreenSettingsIf you don’t have a traditional confidence monitor or work solely on a laptop/single monitor system like I do at times, the Full Screen Playback Workspace should be mapped to your keyboard. FYI – sometimes Full Screen Playback won’t run on the monitor you want it to if you are running two screens or switch between 1-2 screens often. If that happens, go to Settings > Full Screen Playback. Then move the dialog box to the monitor you want to be full screen. Then click Select Monitor and click OK.

The last Workspace you might want to setup is Effects Editing. To be honest, I don’t use this. I have my Effect Editor positioned in my Source/Record Editing Workspace. Do this by opening the Effect Editor, save the current Workspace, close the Effect Editor then save the current Workspace again. This tells Avid Media Composer “I want this tool positioned here but don’t want it open when I activate this Workspace.” From there, I map Effect Editor to my keyboard always staying in the Source/Record Editing Workspace with it open. The advantages of having the Effects Editing Workspace setup is that you might want more room for your monitors or the Effect Editor than you would with the Source/Record Editing Workspace. For me, I don’t find it that useful but you might.

Timeline Views

When you jump on someone else’s User Settings the first difference you’ll notice is their Timeline View if they have one setup. Some like to drag the timecode track between the video and audio tracks. You’ll definitely notice if they color their tracks differently (I like pale yellow-orange for video tracks and a light blue for audio). However you want to stylize your timeline view it’s up to you – just make it efficient for your workflow.


There are four basic timeline views that I use and firmly believe every editor should use as well. Those are: Default, Audio, Tiny and Big/Stringout.

I wrote a post over on ScreenLight’s blog some time ago where I go into detail on each one and how to manipulate your timeline for each workflow. The gist of it is to change the track sizes, color and pick the data shown then save it at the bottom of the timeline.

Seriously though, if you’re interested in doing this (and you should be), read the aforementioned post.

Quick Transitions

Quick Transitions are great if you use any transition frequently, which I assume you do. This is the dialogue box that pops up with you hit the \ key to set your dissolves. Media Composer comes with Dissolve, Film Dissolve, Film Fade, Fade to Color and a few others as defaults. But do you know you can add your own?

Create a bin labeled exactly Quick Transitions. Then drop in your own transitions (wipes, flashes, etc.).


This Friday I’ll be announcing the first ever product for Edit Video Faster. It’s a bin full of over 50 preset Quick Transitions. You can get it along with more information here. On Friday I’ll be coming out with an in-depth tutorial on my YouTube channel on how to setup your own custom Quick Transitions Bin. You can find that tutorial here.

Get a head start on creating your bin with 50+ preset Quick Transitions here!

Export Settings

Each and every time you export a file from Media Composer you should save an Export Setting if it’s something different than you already have. Why? You can export a QuickTime movie at least a thousand different ways but you might not remember every detail (frame rate, key frames, compression type, etc.) of the handful of types of .movs you use.

Why try to remember every detail if you can save the settings with a detailed name each time?


When you export, click on Options under Export Settings. Adjust the parameters for your export then click Save As… Give it a unique name – ex: QT 1920×1080 30fps or QT-HQ-WebDeliveryForCompression. Next time you go to export you can find that setting in the drop down menu and won’t have to change any parameters. You can do this for any file that Media Composer exports (.pngs, .wavs, etc.).


Summing Up

Presets save you loads of time and only take a few minutes to setup. Workspaces, Timeline Views, Quick Transitions and Export Settings all do this. What are your favorite presets to create in Avid Media Composer or your NLE of choice?

Lastly – if you want to get a jumpstart on your Quick Transitions bin, head on over to this page. It’s simple, affordable and only takes a few minutes until you have 50+ preset Quick Transitions.

See you on Friday with a new tutorial!

EVF Tutorial – Timeline Shortcuts in Avid Media Composer

This tutorial goes over some of my favorite timeline shortcuts in Avid Media Composer. I’ll go through how to zoom in, zoom out, zoom out to show the entire timeline and how to zoom to just a specific area.

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Clip Color in Avid Media Composer

This tutorial goes over how to set clip color in Avid Media Composer. I’ll go through two ways to set clip color, how to remove it and how to be able to set it to any color outside the default options.

Recapping the Tutorial

Clip Color in Avid Media Composer is the color you can give to a clip inside a bin. The clip then appears to be this color in the timeline. This is super useful when you are trying to tell the difference between things. I use this for VO revisions or different days of filming. You may also like to keep all of your graphics one color or all of your titles one color. It’s up to you!

To begin, make sure “Source” Clip Color is turned on. This is so the clip’s color you set in the bin appears in the timeline. Otherwise it won’t appear. Go to the Fast Menu in the timeline and select Clip Color… Inside the pop-up box check the Source option and click OK.

Setting Clip Color Method #1

Select a clip in a bin. Then go up to the Edit menu and choose Set Clip Color… Then select a color. Your clip will now appear that color in the timeline.

To remove the color, go back up to the Edit menu then choose Set Clip Color to Default.

Setting Clip Color Method #2

The other way to set a clip color in Avid Media Composer is in the bin. Right-click on a bin column heading and select Choose Columns… Make sure Color is selected.

Find the Color column in the bin. Select a clip(s). Then right-click inside the blank rectangle in the Color column. Choose a color.

To remove the color, select the clip then right-click inside the blank rectangle in the Color column and choose None.

Let’s say you want more than these 16 default color options. There’s a trick you can do to choose any color you want. To do this hold down the Opt key if you’re on a Mac or Alt key if you’re on a PC and right-click the rectangle in the Color column. A new box will appear. Choose your color and click OK.

Additional Recommended Viewing: Paint Effect Tutorial in Avid Media Composer

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Paint Effect Tutorial in Avid Media Composer

This tutorial is an overview of the Paint Effect in Avid Media Composer. We’ll go through the following modes: Solid, Clone, Blur, Saturation and Erase. We’ll also dive into keyframing.

Here are the links I talk about in the video:

Quick Recap of Paint Effect Tutorial in Avid Media Composer

You can find the Paint Effect in the Effect Palette in the Image folder. Open the Effect Editor to adjust the Paint Effect’s parameters. Select the Mode.

Solid Mode

The Solid Mode creates a solid shape (shocker!). You can change the color in the Color parameter. Using the polygon tool or free draw tool you can draw different types of shapes besides squares and circles. Select a shape then alter it’s options like opacity and feathering. Selecting the shape and hitting delete will remove it.

Clone Mode

The next mode is Clone. Draw a shape over the part of the video you want to copy. Then select that shape and move it to the location where you want it. You can hit Command+C (Mac) / Control+C (Windows) to copy the shape. Then hit Command+V (Mac) / Control+V (Windows) to paste the shape then move it again so you have a duplicate version. This is similar to the Stamp/Clone Tool in Photoshop if you are familiar with it.

Blur Mode

Select the Blur Mode. Select the shape tool to draw a shape around the area you want to blur. Change the blur amount and feathering as desired. In the Record Monitor you can create a keyframe by hitting the Keyframe icon. This allows you to track the shape. You can do this in any of the modes. Create a keyframe then move the shape. Repeat this as necessary.

Saturation Mode

Change the mode to Saturation. Draw a box around the clip in the Record Monitor. You may need to zoom out on the Record Monitor to do this. The default settings is probably not what you want. Open the Color tab’s parameters. Under the Saturation parameter you can lower the saturation. This is how you make a black and white video or image quickly.

Erase Mode

I use this in conjunction with the Saturation Mode a lot. In the example in the tutorial I desaturated the video using the rectangle shape in Saturation Mode over the clip then desaturating it. Now, select a shape tool. Draw a shape around the area you want to “erase” from being desaturated. Change the mode to Erase. And now that area is back to regular color. Erase mode erases whatever shape is below it in the Paint Effect.

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Set Default Tracks for New Sequences in Avid Media Composer

Hey there! This tutorial is on how to set the amount of default video and audio tracks are made when you create a new sequence in Avid Media Composer. Let me know what you think! Did you find this helpful?

Recapping Set Default Tracks in Avid Tutorial

The X’s and O’s

To begin, open a bin. Right-click inside the bin and select New Sequence. Give the sequence a name. If you look in the timeline you’ll see the tracks V2, V1, and A1. These are the default tracks for new sequences in Avid Media Composer.

The point of this tutorial is to show you how to change these for every new sequence in the future.

To do this, right-click inside an empty area in the timeline and go to Timeline Settings. Next navigate to the Edit tab in the Timeline Settings. Inside the Edit tab there’s a New Sequences box towards the bottom. Change the video and audio track numbers to whatever you desire. For me I like to do five video tracks and two mono audio tracks. Then click OK.

Go back to your bin and create a new sequence. This new sequence will have the new default tracks set for it.

Why this small editing trick is important

No joke, this is a deep, pro-level trick. It may only save you 10 seconds a day. However I feel that those 10 seconds a day are so important. Those 10 seconds a day that you can save are the driving force behind Edit Video Faster.

If you can save 10 seconds a day using this hack then you save almost a minute a week. If you extrapolate that out of a year you’re at nearly an hour. What about for an entire career? Or what if you couple this with dozens of other tricks that save you 10 seconds a day?

Small adjustments like setting up default tracks in Avid Media Composer for new sequences will make you a faster video editor. Thanks for watching and reading.

Additional Recommended Viewing: Bins Setup for New Projects in Avid Media Composer

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Bins Setup for New Projects in Avid

Hey there! This quick tutorial is on how I setup my bins and folders for new projects in Avid Media Composer. Everyone works differently so if you do something different share it below and why!

Recapping Tutorial on Bins Setup for New Projects in Avid Media Composer

First I create all of the folders. The folders are: 01_Sequences, 02_Audio, 03_Graphics, 04_Footage, and 05_Old.

In the 01_Sequences folder I create two bins — Master Sequences and Working Sequences. The 02_Audio folder gets bins labeled Music, SFX, and VO.

The 03_Graphics folder gets the following bins:

  • FFs (Shorthand for Freeze Frames)
  • FX (Shorthand for Effects)
  • Imports
  • Quick Transitions
  • Titles

The 04_Footage folder gets a bin for each day of filming. For example I would name a bin FTG-210525 for the footage filmed on May 25th, 2021. I also create an All for Sift bin. All the clips in the FTG-… bins will be Opt/Alt+dragged into the All for Sift bin so all my footage is in one place (mirrored) and it’s left in it’s original dated bin for reference.

The 05_Old folder gets a bin labeled Old Sequences. If this bin gets too large I’ll make an Old Sequences 2 bin.

Bonus Tip: To close all bins at once, select a bin then go to the Window menu and choose Close All Bins.

That’s how I do my bins setup for new projects in Avid Media Composer. Do you do something different? I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.

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