As promised in his previous post previewing the changes to the Blender sequencer, Cosmos Laundromat director Mathieu Auvray (who has used many different types of editing software) has put together a 30-minute tutorial showcasing how he uses Blender’s video editing features. In it he shares what he’s discovered about using the tool plus recent improvements you might not yet know about. (Bonus: Get a glimpse into the personality of Production Coordinator Francesco Siddi filtered through Mathieu’s humor lens.) The tutorial is meant for current Blender users (basic controls are not covered) or for those just curious how Mathieu has been editing the Gooseberry project!
Watched the vid and want a quick references to Mathieu’s tips and tricks? (Or want to see what you can expect before watching?) Here’s your quick look/reminder at the points covered in the tutorial!
Mathieu’s Blender Editing Software Pros
- Friendly UI
- Convenient keyboard shortcuts
- Also works well on smaller screens
Tips for Using the Editor
- Always check you have your files set to the right frame rate
- Remember: Green strips are sound, the blues ones are your video files
- Reduce the overall size of your movie for the editing process to avoid lag
- Set the dropbox at the bottom of the window to AV Sync to make sure your audio and video sync up (although this may drop some frames when you play the video back in the tool)
- Mathieu prefers to turn on Audio Scrubbing (hearing the sound as you move through the strips, found under the Playback menu at the bottom of the window), although he cautions some others might find this feature annoying
- Turn on the waveforms for your audio files in the right panel to more easily align key sound moments
- While the strip is selected, press K to make a cut at the time line’s current location
- Use Ctrl + click to select everything after your time line (so that you can, e.g., move all the files together without bringing them out of sync)
- OR select everything and press E to move everything to the right of your time line by extending any files currently touched by the line
- At 21:45 you can see Mathieu’s workaround to fade from one file to another
- Create an Adjustment Layer to color correct, etc.
- Overdop: When the overdrop is added (to the sequencer in full-screen mode, for instance) you can always see where you are in the video, visually, as you scroll through the strips you’re working with (press V to adjust the size and position of the overdrop, then V + Enter to set)
- Waveforms: You can now turn on all audio file waveforms at once using the Waveforms option in the view menu (setting this menu to Use Strip Option will let you turn them on and off one at a time, as in the previous version)
- Scene strips: A workaround to lock two or more files in sync so that you can edit them as a single file (see the demo at 9:00)
- Snapping: Use Shift + S to snap the time line to the nearest/next end of a strip; you can also snap all selected files to the nearest strip (eliminating spaces) by pressing Ctrl
- Slip strip contents: Under the Strip menu at the bottom of the window (or just the shortcut S), when selected you can see a shadow of the full file (not just the clip selected) and drag it left and right to adjust which part exactly you see in your clip
Next up: Watch out for another video from Mathieu in the new year walking us through using the sequencer for more complex editing projects…specifically, Cosmos Laundromat!
Note: You’ll find the latest version of the sequencer, with all the features discussed here, in Blender’s Gooseberry branch.