The Avid Media Composer Fit to Fill Tool

Avid's media composer fit to fill tool can be utilized to add motion effects in a video that you might want to lengthen or if you simply want to emphasize some parts of the video. The fit to fill tool might not be very commonly used by most editors but it will really help improve the details of the video.

The fit to fill tool in Avid is very easy to use once you have seen a demonstration of the different steps involved to add the motion effects on the video.

Uses of the Fit to Fill Tool

The fit to fill tool button in the Avid Media Composer allows video editors to make motion effects. The of motion effect that can be normally observed using this tool is the slow motion effect that will lengthen out the video.

Using the slow motion effect that is achieved through the fit to fill tool would be beneficial when you are trying to demonstrate how to perform a certain skill. This way your viewers will be able to properly capture each step and use it for future reference. Another area where the tool's slow motion effect can be used would be when a key moment needs to be replayed for maximum impact, for instance, during athletic or sporting events. Then the use of the effect through the tool could also be applied on footage on natural phenomena such as a drop of water hitting a surface.

Steps in Using the Fit to Fill Tool

When you have your segment to edit available on the Media Composer then the first step in using the fit to fill tool is to locate the button for it. To do so simply navigate to your Command Palette, you can do this by using your mouse or simply using the Ctrl+3 shortcut keys on your keyboard. In the Command Palette under the Edit menu you should see the button for Fit to Fill. You can mark it on your keyboard or add it to a blank area on your toolbar. This is where you will have to access the tool next when you want to use it.

The next step taken should be to put another instance of the segment on the timeline. To do this step you simply have to press the B button on your keyboard twice. Then on the upper part of your screen there should be two segments on your timeline.

Setting up your in and out point is next and you can utilize the letters I for setting the "in point" and the letter O for the "out point." This is the part of the segment that you will be applying the fit to fill to in order to add the effect.

Then you should insert the clip you chose between the two segments. To do so simply choose the start point of the dividing line of the segments on your Control Palette and highlight it to the end part. After that go to the top left of the source monitor where you have the name of the segment and click on it to get the menu options, choose Load Filler to add the clip between the segments.

You can go to the filler area and click on it then set the time you want the filler to run for. Just place the plus sign followed by the number of seconds. Then add the filler in the transition point area between the first and second segments that we set earlier by pressing the V button.

You should now remove the filler of the second track that will also show up right at the bottom of your screen when you add the filler, do so by doing a right click on the icon and choosing delete track.

Next steps that should be done is to set the entry point of the filler by clicking on the filler area, pressing the T button, then clicking on the fit to fill button. Choose where to save the effect and then the rendering should start. After rendering is done, the clip will be saved in the bin and should show up in the timeline.

Render the effect next by moving your cursor into the filler area and clicking on the Motion Effect Editor icon on the lower left of the screen. You should then be able to play the clip and edit the type of effects on the Motion Editor. Click on the button to render the effect and then a pop up will let you choose the effect source drive to save it to. Then the rendering should start.

After all those you should be able to see the finished product on the upper right corner of your screen.

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