Manipulating the Toggle Source/Record Button in Avid

Avid media composer is a pretty solid product that provides non-linear audio/video editing solutions for the editing professionals. Being available on both the Mac and PC platforms, along with the distinction of being the pioneer in non-linear editing, has made it the tool of choice for many. The following explains how to use the Toggle Source/Record Button in Avid.

Step 1: Launch Avid

The first step is to launch the Avid software suite. To do this, you will select the Edius program application shortcut from the programs menu to launch the software. You will be presented with a splash screen and then prompted to start a new project. You may either opt for starting a new project of load a previously saved project.

Step 2: Load Sequences and Use Toggle Action

You will load a couple of sequences in the resource monitor to edit in the Avid software suite. Now, drag the sequences to the timeline and move to the “Toggle Source/Record Button”. Click it and doing so will enable the timelines of the sequences in the source monitor, and they will all be visible in the timeline segment.

You may toggle back again to see the initial sequence timeline and see the other sequence files. You will now toggle to the view that enables the timelines for all the sequences again and put in a couple of end points on the timeline by selecting a suitable in point and marking it by pressing the “I” key. In a similar fashion, you will select a suitable out point and mark it by pressing the “O” key.

You will now again toggle back to the standard timeline view and mark a suitable play head point in the original sequence where you want the merger to take place. You will press the “Splice In” button located above the timeline. You will notice that the original sequence has now been spliced into the sequence loaded into the source monitor and the view would have switched (or toggled back) to the view with all timelines visible. Thus, the toggle button actually enables you to work with multiple video and audio sequences and lets you select and splice in and out any selected portion of the media without having to switch back and forth between multiple timelines. You can mix a host of clips and sequences without bothering with multiple timelines.

Step 3: Apply Color Correction

Also as an additional functionality, you can incorporate color correction in your video clips and sequences that are now tied together. To do this, you will create a new video track by pressing Ctrl + Y, and then proceed to open the effects palette by pressing Ctrl + 8. You will now select the Image option and click and drag the color effect option to the new video track. Now you will select the effect mode from the bottom of the screen and will notice that effect editor is now open. The “luma range” would have automatically been set from 16 to 235. This will have the effect of automatically clipping out any illegal colors and hues in your video clip/sequence selections. Click Save and Exit.