chapter  15
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Power Editing Techniques

BySam Kauffmann

Avid Media Composer is a complex editing system, loaded with features that give the editor tremendous flexibility. Match Frame is a very handy command, and something most editors use a lot. It allows to immediately access the source clip of a shot in the Timeline—usually because editors want to check what comes before or after the section they spliced in. Match Frame can be found inside the Fast menu between the Splice and Overwrite commands, or the Timeline Fast menu. Performing a Slip Trim allows to leave a clip parked in the Timeline—and without affecting its position—editors shift the shot's content by accessing its handle. To review, Slip is used to change the contents of the clip editors've already cut into the Timeline. Performing a Replace Edit does what editors would expect—it replaces material in the sequence with other material of their choosing.