Avid Media Composer: Removing Extra Frames

When you are working with Avid Media Composer, there can be extra frames in your video clips which you might not want included. Among other video editing software, Avid Media Composer is a great tool for extracting frames. This guide will show you the basics on how to extract unwanted frames from your video.

Step 1: Start the Avid Media Compose Program

Launch the Avid Media Composer. Double-click the program icon or shortcut on your screen. If you can't find it there, search for the program on your computer's program folder.

Step 2: Open the Video You Want to Edit

Once you've opened the program, find the "File" tab on the upper left corner of the window or screen. Click the tab and choose the "Import" tab. A new window will appear and from there, you will be able to find the video which contains the frames that you want to extract. Once you found the clip, load it and then click and drag it into the time line of your video editor. Search the video track until you spot the first frame of the sequence that you wish to omit.

Step 3: Mark the Frames You Wish to Extract

By pressing "I" on your keyboard, you will be able to mark that position as the in-point of your selection. It means that later on, the parts that will be extracted will start there. Now, scroll further in the video to find the last frame of the selection that you wish to extract. To put a mark on that frame, press "O" on your keyboard. This will mark the end of the frame sequence you will be extracting.

Step 4: Delete or Remove the Unwanted Frames

After you have selected the frames, right click the selected section in the timeline and this will bring up a sub-menu. You can either completely delete or remove it. Deleting and removing are completely different from each other. When you delete, the frame will be removed but leaves a blank space on the timeline. When you remove, it will remove the frame, but will merge the remaining end of the video on both sides removing the possibility of inserting a new clip.

If the frame is too short and won't affect the look of the newly merged video, then this method is the ideal one to use. But, if the frame is long enough to leave a trace of skipping, then this method isn't advised unless that is what you are aiming for.

Step 5: Save the Finished Video Clip

Click "File" and choose "Export" to render the new video file. Choose an appropriate name for the new video file to keep it from getting mixed up with any unedited clips. You may also keep a new folder for all your edited files to separate them from the raw shots. Having the files unsorted can lead to a tedious process, especially if you have acquired a collection of many videos.