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  • Tue, Apr 8 2014 4:02 PM

    • S.Clements
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    Easier way to apply effects to clips?

    Hi,

         I'm getting carpal tunnel syndrome from applying effects in Avid.  Ironically, I find the easiest way to apply effects is to drag and drop, but this is killing my wrist and thumb (I have a lot of effects to apply to a timeline right now).  I would like to be able to EASILY select a clip and just click on an effect and have it be applied.  However, the only way I can select a clip to apply an affect is with the red overwrite tool, but that involves shift+A to get into the mode, clicking on the clip, then mousing up to the effect and ?FORCEFULLY? double clicking to apply the effect and then, to avoid accidents, pressing shift+A to disengage - repeat process over and over.  I wish I could just hover over a clip, mark it with the T key and then click on an effect and press one key to easily apply the clip.  Am I missing something?  What's the fastest way to apply different effects over and over throughout a timeline?  

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  • Tue, Apr 8 2014 4:10 PM In reply to

    • ppohio
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    Re: Easier way to apply effects to clips?

    One thing you can do is add select clip to a keystroke so that you can can select the clips quickly. 

    If you are adding the same effect a bunch of time to a number of clips, the best thing to do is to grab the effect and put it in a bin, then go through and mark all your clips, then double-click the effect in the bin.

    You can select multiple clips by using the segment mode selection and the shift key and clicking each one, or you can mark in and out and then click on "select in/out" while holding the option key. I used the Command Palette and put the Select In/Out button right above my timeline for this purpose (I think it may be there by default, can't remember). Then double click the effect to add it to all the selected clips.

     

    Edit: I can't figure out a way to assign effects to a keystroke :-/

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  • Tue, Apr 8 2014 4:29 PM In reply to

    • S.Clements
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    Re: Easier way to apply effects to clips?

    Thanks, ppohio.  I'm kinda going through and adding a bunch of different effects all over the place, so the "select all and drop or double click" approach doesn't really work for me.  However, I could cut out the shift modifier on "select clip" as you suggested.

     I don't like having to double click forcefully on an effect to get it to apply.  If I don't really click hard, it doesn't seem to take me seriously!:-) It's crazy.  I wish you could just select the effect in the effect palette and just press 1 button to apply it to your selected clip.  I find the forceful double clicking more damaging to my hand than dragging and dropping.  

    I find a lot of icons in Avid to be what I call "sticky".  They don't response very quickly and sometimes multiple attempts are required. This is comparable to the way the safari browser icon on a mac opens so much more swiftly than the firefox browser icon.  Avid has a lot of firefox-like icons.  Even the main Avid application icon requires a really hard double click.  The effect icons require this as well.  I find the icon responsivensiveness in Avid to be very frustrating. 

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  • Tue, Apr 8 2014 5:28 PM In reply to

    • ppohio
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    Re: Easier way to apply effects to clips?

    I know what you mean - I figured you were probably doing a bunch of different stuff which would be tricky. 

    I know this is never the answer anyone wants to hear but I have "outsourced" some of this type of work to Keyboard Maestro (you could also use Quick Keys, I think Keyboard Maestro was half as much). Whenever I have to do a lot of tedious tasks like this, I have found that while figuring out the initial set of commands can be a little tricky, it can be worth it to save on the carpal tunnel factor. I use it for marking and de-selecting the clips quickly when doing effects in a situation like yours. You can also set a command in it to do the double-click, thus reducing the double-click annoyance to a keystroke or a diffenent mouse button, etc. You can even have it move the mouse to a specific part of the screen, so if you have your effects in a bin and just leave the bin in the same position, it can do a surprising amount of work for you.

    There is a free demo that I think is good for at least two weeks. I know nobody likes to add more third party applications to their workflow but I've found it to be a huge time-saver for me. I'm using it right now to log footage: I hit one key, it goes back to my in point, adds a marker, I type in the marker, it closes the marker window, writes the I/O to the selects sequence and starts playing again, reducing what would be six or seven key strokes to two.

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  • Tue, Apr 8 2014 6:23 PM In reply to

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    Re: Easier way to apply effects to clips?

    Interesting....so that's a macro, like I've heard people talking about.  I have heard of people using them for syncing footage. I'll look into it.  Thanks!

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