Avid Media Composer Nesting Effects

Avid Media Composer Nesting Effects

In today’s Media Composer lesson I’m going
to talk about nesting effects. In Avid Media Composer there are two types
of nesting, which are Expanded Nesting, and Simple Nesting. Let’s start with expanded nesting. Double click on a clip segment that has an
effect applied to it. This will expand the timeline, giving you
an extra segment that you can apply an additional effect too. So, in this example, I will navigate over
to the effects palette and drag a flop effect onto this segment of the police man, so he’s
facing fireman. You can keep nesting effects inside of effects
by double clicking on the segment again. So, I’ll grab the Lightning effect from the
illusion category and drag it onto the empty segment. It’s important to note, that with using expanded
nesting, you can still see your entire sequence along with any audio tracks. Also, if you see an empty track area after
double clicking on a clip segment, it means that particular effect has a background layer. Under normal circumstances, you can leave
the background layer empty. However, if you were to edit a clip into the
empty layer, it would become your new background, preventing this picture in picture effect
from seeing down into the next layer. Okay, I’ll go ahead and undo that function. To collapse the expanded nest, just double
click on the bottom most clip segment of the nested layers. The other type of nest is called a simple
nest. To open a simple nest, park the position indicator
over a clip segment that has an effect applied to it. If you have more than one video track, make
sure the correct video track is turned on, and all your other video tracks are turned
off. This time, instead of double clicking on the
segment, press this downward black arrow to enter into a simple nest. So, what happens is you are now working exclusively
with the original clip segment, without seeing all the other tracks within your sequence. This type of nesting makes it easy to perform
color correction. So to demonstrate, I’ll navigate to the Windows
menu, and choose Workspaces Color Correction. Then I’ll make some quick changes to improve
the luminance balance. If you click on this split screen icon, you
can see the difference I’ve made. Then I’ll go back to the Source Record Workspace. The other advantage of simple nesting is it
makes it easy to add additional video tracks for placing graphics and titles inside segments
that have already been resized or composited within your sequence. In this example, I’ll right click in the timeline
area to add a new video track. Now, in doing so, don’t forget to move this
video monitor icon to the top most track. Then, I’ll edit this logo onto V2. Okay so now, when you’re done with the simple
nest, press the black up arrow to step back to the original sequence. Fantastic! Now you have the basics of using
the nesting functions within Avid Media Composer. For other great tips like this, or to enroll
in an Avid Media Composer training class, visit

Comments (2)

  1. what is the effect that shows the fireman and the policeman in the same shot?

  2. can you do a video on how to get avid FX and make it present on the pallet

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