Matrix LE 2×2 – Display Multiple Tracks of Video in One Interface

Matrix LE 2×2 is an easy to use tool that allows you to display up to four tracks of video in various matrixes such as 1×2, 2×2, 2×1, where you have the ability to rearrange, resize, resample, add borders, background, and more – all in one easy to use interface.

Description

What is Matrix LE 2×2?

Matrix LE 2×2 is an easy to use tool that allows you to display up to four tracks of video in various matrixes such as 1×2, 2×2, 2×1, where you have the ability to rearrange, resize, resample, add borders, background, and more – all in one easy to use interface. Matrix will even work if your videos are not the same length.

How It Works

By applying the Matrix effect to your uppermost video track, the plugin automatically displays your video tracks in a “matrix” of up to four windows. Settings are easy to understand, and allow you to quickly adjust your columns, rows, background (grayscale, solid color, linear gradient, circular gradient), border (width and color), and shadow (offset, angle, opacity, softness).  Settings can be saved for future use or to share with others.

The Matrix windows can also be easily rearranged/swapped by a simple drag and drop procedure (shown below).

Videos with varying lengths also work with Matrix. You can leverage Avid’s timesaving features and fill in any gaps by applying an Avid Titler+ effect, as shown below:

When all of your video clips are of varying lengths, Matrix can even be applied to an auto-generated, uppermost filler video track, as shown below:

Columns, Rows, Margin, Spacing

To adjust the number of columns, drag the slider to the left or right. There’s a maximum of 2 for both rows and columns. The Margin settings allows you to change the outer margin of the effect. Spacing adjusts the space between each window.

Background

Background options include grayscale, color, Gradient: Linear, and Gradient: Radial.

The default background setting is “Grayscale”, which can be adjusted from black to white (or any shade of gray between the two).

To select a solid color, choose “Mode: Color” from the dropdown, then select the color you would like to use by selecting it from the color picker or by using the RGB sliders.

There are also options for both linear and radial gradients. To use a gradient, select one of the options from the dropdown.

If using the “Gradient: Linear” setting, there are options for “Size” as well as “Angle”. The “Size” option adjusts the size of the transition between the two colors. The “Angle” option allows you to rotate the gradient. Shown below are some sample settings as well as the results.

If you are using the “Gradient: Radial” option, you can select your start and end colors, plus change the overall size of the gradient. The “Size” option allows you to change the sizing of the gradient effect (it scales up from the center). Shown below are some sample settings as well as the results.

 

Border

Matrix LE 2×2 allows for simple adjustments of borders for each of your Matrix windows. To adjust your borders, open the Effect Editor and scroll down to the “Border” section.

Options for the border include the width and the color. To change the color, you can use the color picker tool and select a color from within your footage (shown below) or alternately use the color sliders.

Shadow

To adjust your shadow, open the Effect Editor and scroll down to the “Shadow” section.

Matrix LE 2×2 allows you to change several shadow options, including Offset, Angle, Opacity, and Softness.

Offset – the distance between the Matrix windows and the shadow (0 to 100)
Angle – the shadow’s angle (0 to 360)
Opacity – the transparency value of the shadow (0 to 100)
Softness – the softness amount of the shadow (0 to 100)