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Sony DNE 2000: Getting Up To Speed
Mike Harper Mike Harper
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Getting fast on the DNE 2000, like most NLE’s, involves knowing the toolset, then practice using them on a daily basis.
You can increase your editing speed on the DNE 2000, if you know the major set of the tools and how to use them. In this tutorial, Mike Harper demonstrates some shortcuts and tips.


Use the keyboard short cuts as much as possible rather then the mouse!

Reason: Since ALL of the scrubbing functionality is assigned to the jog wheel, you may have to go between the mouse, jog wheel and the keyboard. This can be awkward, since you have 3 devices and only 2 hands! To get around this potential problem, assign as much functionality to the keyboard you can, then use the keyboard and the jog wheel almost exclusively.


Of course, there are functions that you must us the mouse for, and there are some good short cuts for that style of editing as well.



THE KEYBOARD MAPPER:

With the keyboard mapper, you can assign most of the common editing and timeline functions in a way that suits your own taste. In this example, I assigned all such features that I utilize in other NLE systems . You can use this as a guide or better yet, start from scratch and make your own. This will force you to learn all of the functions that are available for mapping.

To map the keyboard do the following:

  1. Go to the set up menu.
  2. Select the keyboard tab. (Fig1)
  3. Choose a key you want to map
  4. In the functions menu select a function.
  5. Click apply. That function is now assigned to that key.


Figure 1

Notice that you can assign more then one key for a function. You can now export the keyboard map setup file to your desktop or floppy to use on your shift. And remember, be sure to reset the keyboard for the next editor!

Here are just some of the functions that I have found to be very valuable in developing speed using the keyboard mapper:



YOU WILL DEFINITELY WANT TO MAP THE FOLLOWING :

  • Undo and redo functions.
  • The download functions.
  • Insert and overwrite modes


MOUSE FUNCTIONS:

  • There are several efficient drag and drop features on the DNE 2000. When selecting a event, hold down the shift key. This allows you to override the “Snap” feature and move events freely.
  • When dragging a event to the timeline, hold down the control key to activate the track that you want to lay the event on. (This is faster then having to constantly turn tracks on and off.)

In this example (figure 2), notice how video and audio are turned on, but the edit is only being performed on the audio tracks.


Figure 2

  • Double clicking on a event recalls an event to the source viewer. (All modifier info is recalled with it.)
  • By right clicking on an event you can see the in and out stamps and other important info.
  • Finally, you can marquee select more then one event for trim or other operations.


LOG WINDOW FUNCTIONS:

Using the log window can be a great time saver during crunch time. Let's say you are cutting material from a server feed. After you assign the material in the candidate list, try this:

  • Open the log window- hint:( very good to have a hot key for this).
  • Go to the clip tab this is where you will organize your shots. Clips can be rearrange in the clip window, renamed and deleted. There are several buttons. They are : change scene name (this allows you to change the name of a clip). Next to the name button, are the direct entry button, a delete button and the logging button.
  • Click on the logging button. This will log your clips as you hit the add key on the jog wheel controller or the record function that you mapped in the keyboard mapper. See figure 3.


Figure 3

  • Now click on the direct entry button. This will place the clips on the timeline in the order that you clicked on them. ( figure 3a)


Figure 3a

THE TRIM WINDOW:

The trim window has some very powerful tools in it: here's an explanation and a few tips:

  • TRIM IN: Trims the in point: notice the different results when in insert vs. overwrite you can change modes and you can pick different clips while the trim window is open.
  • TRIM OUT: Same behavior as trim in but trims the out point.
  • SLIDE IN: This is often called rolling the cut point in other systems. You are effecting the in and out point at the same time. Think of it as changing the cut point of a edit.
  • SLIDE OUT: Same behavior as slide in, but on the out point. Notice that both slide in and out are overwrite functions only.
  • SLIP SOURCE: This is a very powerful tool that I would recommend assigning a hot key for. This tool changes the in and out, but doesn't change the duration. You would use this to change the content of a shot, and not effect the timing of a shot.
  • SLIP REORDER: This is just like moving a shot up and down the timeline and over writing the surrounding shots. This is always an overwrite function.



DOWNLOADING TIPS:

The DNE 2000 has several innovative tools in its download module. First, you can edit on the timeline, while you are downloading. To do this:

  1. Open your server and create a batch download.
  2. Open the download module and begin downloading
  3. On the right, hit the “add to background tab”. (Figure 4)


Figure 4

This places the downloading process to the background and allows you to edit on the timeline from any of your other sources!

Note: You can't perform a linear type of edit. Click the download button again to return to the download module.

Author’s Note: Remember fast editing is dependent on developing quick reflexes. The DNE 2000 is designed with this in mind. If you take time to learn all of these features, you will find it rewarding!

---Mike Harper





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