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Media Composer® 6: Professional Effects and Compositing

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MEDIA COMPOSER 6: PROFESSIONAL EFFECTS AND COMPOSITING was created to teach film and video editors about the full range of effects available in Media Composer. In this thorough guide, you'll go far beyond the basics and learn how to apply, design, and build your own effects, how to make full use of all of Media Composer's effects nesting techniques, how to composite various elements using different types of keys, and how to animate effects using key frames and the motion tracker. You'll also get familiar with the Avid FX interface that comes bundled with the Media Composer. Media Composer is a powerful tool, the standard editing system used by professionals in the film and television industries. Go beyond the basics and take a giant step toward your mastery of this important software with MEDIA COMPOSER 6: EFFECTS AND COMPOSITING.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Dedication
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. About the Author
  6. Contents
  7. Introduction
  8. Lesson 1 Effect Design and Techniques
    1. Reviewing Effect Techniques
    2. Exploring the Effect Editor
    3. Building Multilayer Effects
    4. Preparing Your System to Work with Effects
    5. Saving and Using Templates
    6. Collapsing Tracks in the Timeline
    7. Creating a Video Mixdown
    8. Designing and Deconstructing Effects
  9. Exercise 1 Creating a Title and Video Wall
    1. Creating a Nest with Different Effects
    2. Working with Titles: Replacing Fill with Video
    3. Creating a Video Wall
  10. Lesson 2 Animating with Keyframes
    1. Understanding Keyframes
    2. Advanced Keyframe Techniques: Exploring the Graphs
    3. Adding Keyframes to Selected Parameters
    4. Working with Animation Curves
  11. Exercise 2 Creating a Simple Animation
    1. Animating the Video Wall
    2. Using Bézier Curves
    3. Changing the Clip Order
  12. Lesson 3 Using the 3D Warp Effect
    1. Applying the 3D Warp Effect
    2. Basic Concepts
    3. Using the 3D Warp to Make a Mac Cover Flow Effect
    4. Handling Transitions with the 3D Warp
    5. A Quick Guide to the Remaining Features
  13. Exercise 3 Creating Effects
    1. Swooping
    2. Adding a Flash Pan
    3. Applying a Soft Shadow
    4. Applying a Transition Effect with a Reflection
  14. Lesson 4 Importing Graphics and Mattes
    1. Importing Still Images
    2. Importing Movie Files
    3. Importing Animated Graphics and Logos with Alpha
    4. Importing Photoshop Layers
    5. Batch Import: Graphic Workflow
    6. Batch Import: File Workflow
  15. Exercise 4 Importing Files
    1. Preparing and Importing Various Images
    2. Importing Color Bars for Line Up
    3. Creating a Slide Show and Reimporting Files
  16. Lesson 5 Paint Effects
    1. Applying Intraframe Effects
    2. Shape Creation
    3. Object-Manipulation Tools
    4. Object Parameters
    5. Animating Shapes
    6. Subsets of the Paint Effect
  17. Exercise 5 Using Paint to Enhance Your Footage
    1. Learning to Draw Bézier Shapes
    2. Using Magic Mask to Perform Secondary Color Correction
    3. Change the Background in Boat Quay
    4. Wire Removal
  18. Lesson 6 Keying
    1. Keying with SpectraMatte
    2. Matte Keys
    3. Luma Keys
    4. Using AniMatte
  19. Exercise 6 Using Different Keying Techniques
    1. Creating a Luma Key
    2. Creating a Green Screen Key
    3. Using AniMatte to Remove Garbage
    4. Creating a Custom Wipe with AniMatte
  20. Lesson 7 Tracking and Stabilizing
    1. Tracking Workflow
    2. Using the Tracking Tool
    3. Performing a Track
    4. Advanced Tracking Features
    5. Viewing Tracking Data
    6. Manually Adjusting Tracking Data
    7. Setting a Reference Frame
    8. Making Use of Tracking Data
    9. Tracking Examples
    10. Stabilizing
  21. Exercise 7 Tracking
    1. Stabilizing the Big Boat Shot
    2. Tracking a “Knock Back” Effect
    3. Creating a Dancing Girl
    4. Tracking the Man on the Bike
  22. Lesson 8 Refining the Composite
    1. Exploring the Workflow for Convincing Composites
    2. Advanced Nesting
    3. Adding Finishing Touches
    4. Saving Complex Effect Templates
    5. Saving Title Templates
    6. Understanding the Limitations of the 3D Warp Effect
  23. Exercise 8 Compositing and Beyond!
  24. Appendix A Working with FluidMotion and Photoshop
    1. Correcting FluidMotion Artifacts
    2. Preparing Images in Photoshop
    3. Creating Lower Thirds in Photoshop
  25. Appendix B Answers to Review/Discussion Questions
    1. Lesson 1 Answers
    2. Lesson 2 Answers
    3. Lesson 3 Answers
    4. Lesson 4 Answers
    5. Lesson 5 Answers
    6. Lesson 6 Answers
    7. Lesson 7 Answers
    8. Lesson 8 Answers
    9. Lesson 9 Answers
    10. Lesson 10 Answers
    11. Lesson 11 Answers
    12. Lesson 12 Answers
  26. Index
  27. Lesson 9 Third-Party Plug-ins
    1. Third-Party Plug-ins
    2. Using Sapphire Plug-ins
    3. Familiarizing Yourself with Specific Effects
    4. Applying Title and Graphic Effects
    5. Applying Textures
    6. Trying Other Effects
    7. Exploring Transition Effects
  28. Exercise 9 Using Sapphire Plug-ins
    1. Blurring the Background
    2. Animating Lens Flare
    3. Applying Rays to the Title
    4. Creating a Psychedelic Background
  29. Lesson 10 Introducing Avid FX
    1. The Avid FX Workflow
    2. Understanding the Interface
    3. Using Avid FX
    4. Additional Windows
    5. Using Filters
    6. Using the Pixel Chooser
    7. Applying Effects to the Media Composer Timeline
    8. Help!
  30. Exercise 10 Exploring Avid FX
    1. Cover Flow Revisited
    2. Changing the Position and Rotation
    3. Reusing the Effect
    4. Adding a Reflection
    5. Using Containers
  31. Lesson 11 Avid FX: Working with Multiple Tracks in Avid FX
    1. Working with Tracks
    2. Using the Spline and Paint Tools
    3. Creating Masks
    4. Keying
    5. Adding Transitions
  32. Exercise 11 Creating a Ring of Fire Effect
    1. Setting Fire to Your Image!
    2. Refining the Fire
    3. Fine-Tune the Flames
  33. Lesson 12 Avid FX: Titles and 3D
    1. Exploring Title Tools
    2. Creating a Text Page in Avid FX
    3. Creating a Vector Text Track in Avid FX
    4. Creating 3D Titles
    5. Using the Title-Matte Effect
    6. Creating 3D Shapes
    7. Working in 3D Space
    8. Exploring Particles
    9. Closing Remarks
  34. Exercise 12 Working with EPS and Particle Effects
    1. Getting Started
    2. Adding Lighting
    3. Applying Materials
    4. Working with Plasma Particles