v80 Powergrade, p. 3
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iFinish's Edit Suite window, where you do the fine tuning
and capturing of your clips. Click image for full sized
So let's try
that Export From Edit Suite command. First, you either trim
a clip you'd like to export, or choose an entire timeline. Mark
an in and an out on the clip or timeline you'd like to bring
to your effects package (keep in mind that real-time effects
and transitions that are in this clip or timeline must be rendered
for this technique to work.) Then go to File and choose Export
From Edit Suite. Then you see an Export dialogue box, where
you choose the location where you'd like to save the clip Name
it, then select Render as: iFinish QuickTime. Under Video Option
select As Media 100 by Reference. At the bottom, after Selection,
choose Range if you marked an In and Out, or select Program
to export the entire production on which you're working. Click
Export and it's done in a flash. After you've done what you'd
like to do with that clip in your favorite compositor, bring
it back into Finish at exactly the same spot by importing the
clip and dragging it to its previous Mark In on the time line.
The small wedge will turn red when you hover the clip over it
to show that it will drop the clip on the timeline at just that
advantage of this Windows version I noticed is its context-sensitive
right-click menus, a great time-saver that's possible only in
Windows -- sorry, Mac fans, but here's where iFinish really
outshines its Mac-based brother, Media 100. Right-click on the
blue range strip on the timeline, for example, and you'll see
choices of commands that will make your life easier.
useful right-click is on the current time indicator (CTI), where
you're able to Select from Here, Remove Gaps from Here and lots
of other useful commands. And, don't forget the keyboard shortcuts.
A favorite of mine is splitting a clip by holding down the Control
key and the "/" key. Now, you can either delete the split portion
or apply an effect to just that part of the shot (for example,
if you'd like an effect where the first part of a shot is in
normal motion and then it suddenly changes to slow motion).
Another favorite of the power user elite is holding down Control
and the G key-that closes the gap between clips, a great housecleaning
function. To close all the gaps in the entire timeline, press
Control and the K key.
you always wanted to lasso a group of clips in the timeline?
Here's a feature that's a definite short cut: Hold Alt and drag
in the blue bar on the timeline and you're able to drag across
and select all the clips you want.
Now who says
you can't do three-point editing in iFinish? In the timeline,
mark an in point using F9 and an out point with F10. Then, double-click
on a clip in the bin that you want to edit into your show. Here,
mark either the In or the Out depending on whether you'd like
to back-time this clip or not. Then drag the clip to the mark
in point on your timeline, or the mark out, also depending on
whether you're back-timing the out. If you happen to overlap
another clip on the timeline, it will place your dropped clip
on another track, where it's ready to add a transition.
transitions, let's add some. iFinish uses Direct Edit technology
to make it fast and easy. Expand the video track by clicking
on the arrow just to the left of the letter V. This results
in two tracks, emulating an A/B-roll editing environment. To
have your dissolve begin at your cut point, in the Fx track,
Shift-drag to the right and you can make a transition that's
as long as your available footage will allow. If you want the
transition to end at the cut point, drag to the left while holding
down Shift and Alt. The default transition will be the last
one you used, so if you want to change it, double-click the
transition bar that you've created and in the Edit Suite window,
you're offered a choice of over 52 transitions, many of which
are able to be executed in real time (with the V60 or V80 models).
The real-time transitions are the ones in bold face type in
the Edit suite's Transition drop down menu. By the way, if you'd
like to expand the number of real-time transitions available
to you, select WipeDesigner in that menu, where you're able
to use still gradients to designate custom shapes for your transitions.
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