Aligning Keyframes in Avid Effects

When you start dealing with multiple tracks with the Avid Effects, you need to have a method for directing a source clip to a specific track in the timeline, which is known as patching tracks.

Step 1: Mark the Boundaries for Your Sequence

Start by marking in-out points for a series of clips that you want to align for the sequence in the effects Avid. Whatever number of clips you choose, ensure that the duration is the same for all of them.  When you have chosen the duration, you can drag the clips from your selection in the bin directly to the timeline. This creates a new sequence. Indicate the position of the 1st frame of the sequence and make sure to turn on the clip durations feature from the "Timeline Menu" so that you'll know that your clips are all of the same duration.

Step 2: Preparing for the Clip's Effects

Get rid of any audio tracks that you may have added by highlighting them and deleting them. Go to the "Project Window" and look for the "Effects Palette." Find the "Blend Category" and click on the picture in "Picture Effect." After that, hold and drag it into the 1st clip of the timeline. On the recording side of the effects Avid composer window, you will see the edge of the visible picture area. Drag the clip to the area's extreme right edge. Then, click on the 1st keyframe within the effects Avid composer window and then hold and drag the clip to the other side of the picture area.

Step 3: Applying the Same Effect with the Other Clips

Afterwards, you can go ahead and press the "Play" button on the recording side of the composer window. You will see that the clip moves through the frame. Drag this "Play" button onto the other clips as well, which will make them move exactly as the first clip. You can now close off the effects and editor and play your track. Each clip will move across the screen one at a time.

To make your video flow as smoothly as possible, what you need is to layer these segments between the clips. You can do that by adding adequate video tracks by clicking the grey areas of the sequence. Place the playhead indicator in front of the timeline and forward it until the first clip is shown on the visible picture area. The distance is essential, as all clips are going to use it repeatedly.

Step 4: Evaluating and Troubleshooting the Multi-track Sequence

To enter into segment mode in Avid Media Window Composer, you can press on the red segment arrow found at the bottom of the timeline. Hold the command key while dragging the second clip up and over the blue indicator on the nearest video clip after the first one. The command key will assist you in snapping your clip back directly to the blue position indicator. Position your clip in the same exact time interval of the other clips in the timeline. Before putting in the next clip, click on the red segment arrow again, and drag it to the blue indicator of the earlier video clip. The rest of the newly-added clips will follow the pattern of the previous ones.