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    Keyboard Commands vs. Drag & Drop

    A very usual complaint from newcomers is that they can't find an easy way to use their old Drag & Drop workflow in MC.

    The answer I usually give is, "Try and leave your old habits behind you and start learning the MC way - as soon as possible!"

    The use of keyboard shortcuts combined with the possibility of mapping your own keyboard to suit your workflow gives you the possibility ofmaking  MC a very quick, efficient and accurate NLE.

    I used Avid Liquid previously and I used the Drag & Drop method, as it seemed very convenient.
    Avid Liquid has also the possibility of mapping the keyboard and using keyboard shortcuts..... but, because of the convenience of Drag & Drop editing, many people (myself included) prefer/preferred  to use it instead.
    With MC the opposite is true. Drag & Drop is not the easiest way!

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  • Thu, Nov 26 2009 7:47 AM In reply to

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    Re: Keyboard Commands vs. Drag & Drop

    You might already know this, but the keypad harnesses even more power so your example could be done even faster:

    To add more speed: the "." of the keypad also functions as "00" and therefore is one keypress faster.

    Also the last timecode jump of the keypad is remembered and can be repeated by the "enter" key of the keypad. So in your example you could also have quickly pressed 5x "enter" to jump 5 sec. and then 1x "enter" for marking the next i/o all with the 1 sec. jump you gave in just once.

    Besides this you can also just type in a timecode you want to jump to in the clip or sequence. (so without + or -)

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    Re: Keyboard Commands vs. Drag & Drop

    Vincent,

    Thank you for adding those pearls of knowledge.
    One of the reasons as to why I make these tutorials is to show some basics and then hope that others, like you have done, will add some extra spice.

    Thank you,

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    Re: Keyboard Commands vs. Drag & Drop

    Keyboard=essential.

    However, we could kick this up a notch.

    Apart from the keyboard, I like to use my MX610 (that's a 10 button mouse, 12 if You count the "scroll left & right" functions), with a custom Avid profile. The point being - you can map any keyboard key or KEY COMBINATION to any button.

    Consider this: Left hand - in/out, Right hand - overwrite/splice, or zoom in/out, or add locator/goto locator, frame +/- ... You get the picture. A whole new level, if you ask me :)

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    Re: Keyboard Commands vs. Drag & Drop

    Thanks for the video.

    Would i be correct in thinking that the final duration of that little sequence is 4seconds and 4 frames?

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    Re: Keyboard Commands vs. Drag & Drop

    Very helpful video.  I like to see these concepts reinforced.  It helps illustrate for users that the method that may seem to be the most intuitive may not actually be the most practical or efficient.

    Thanks for taking the time to make and post this tutorial. 

    One note on your video. Because, by default, in-points occur at the beginning of a frame, and out-points are placed at the ends of frames, marking an in-point and entering + 1:00, enter, and mark-out will result in a duration of 1:01 rather than the desired 1:00 duration.  The same is true for the 5:00 duration.  Assuming 30fps, one should type + 29, enter to move the play head and additional 29 frames and mark out at the end of that frame, or + 4:29 for a 5:00 duration. 

    The genral rule is enter 1 frame less than the desired duration. 

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    Re: Keyboard Commands vs. Drag & Drop

    Thank you for your comments Robert.

    I made this Tutorial when I was very new to Avid MC.
    At that time I did not know about the "extra" frame.

    I have since made a couple of Tutorials which mention and explain this behaviour.

    Thank you for taking time to add your explanation.

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  • Sat, Mar 16 2013 11:42 PM In reply to

    Re: Keyboard Commands vs. Drag & Drop

    i tried to open the video tutorial but i couldnt, do i neeg a plug in to open it?

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  • Sat, Mar 16 2013 11:59 PM In reply to

    Re: Keyboard Commands vs. Drag & Drop

    Douglas' tutorials are best viewed on the Firefox browser.

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