Using Media Composer Smart Tool On the Fly

Avid Media Composer's smart tool On the Fly editing allows users to quickly edit clips by using a variety of buttons located on the left-hand side of the screen. These buttons allow users to do everything from splice clips, add ripple trim or even adjust audio. All users need to use these features are a sequence of clips and Avid itself.

Step 1: Uses for On the Fly Editing

The On the Fly editing buttons can be used to quickly edit sequences that either don't fit together or are just too long. All of these On the Fly editing buttons are located down the left-hand side of the screen at the bottom.

The On the Fly editing feature allows users to edit their video sequences while they are actually playing the video sequence. There's no need to edit individual clips and then insert them back into the original sequence. Instead, users can watch the entire video and edit or delete sequences that they wish to change.

The buttons are as follows:

  • On the Fly button - Top button that has several lines and two small squares. This is pressed to start quickly editing sequences on the timeline.
  • Segment Mode (Overwriting/Lifting) - This is the red arrow button.
  • Segment Mode (Splicing/Extracting) - This is the yellow arrow that has a break in the tail.
  • Overwrite Trim - This is the red button that looks like a roll a film.
  • Ripple Trim - This is the yellow button that also looks like a roll of film.
  • Audio Key Frame Adjustment - This is the black button that looks like a skinny downward pointing arrow.

Step 2: How to Edit On the Fly

The first thing that users should do is synch their keyboard with the buttons. This way, they only have to hit certain buttons to get the edits to occur.

Users will generally have their audio and video sequences within their timeline, which is located at the bottom of the screen. The video is generally at the top and the audio at the bottom.

To use the On the Fly editing, users just first need to hit the On the Fly button. Then, they need to start playing their video. When they come across a section that needs to be edited, they simply need to find that segment in the timeline.

If users move their mouse to the segment break, it will automatically turn into the buttons depending on where it is positioned. For example, if a user places the cursor right on the segment line break, it will automatically turn into the Ripple Trim button. A little higher and further out, it's the Overwrite Trim button and so forth.

This way, users then just need to click the mouse, and then they can quickly edit the clips.

Step 3: How the On the Fly Tool Saves Time

Before, users had to manually edit each individual clip and they usually couldn't see how it would look in the whole video sequence. With this feature, videographers can watch their entire video and make changes when they see the issue.