Avid Media Composer Editing Essentials

Code: MC 101

3 days

List Tuition : $1,495.00 USD

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In this course, you will be introduced Avid Media Composer, the non-linear video editing application used in most movie and television productions. Along with its counterpart, MC 110 - Media Composer Effects Essentials, this course provides the foundation for Avid Media Composer User Certification.

The MC 101/110 - Comprehensive Study of Editing and Effects with Avid Media Composer combined class saves you over 20% when compared to booking the classes separately.

This course leads you through the interface and basic editing techniques before moving on to trimming, fine-tuning the edit, adjusting audio, handling multi-camera editing, adding transitions, adding titles, and outputting your finished project. The training is hands-on and features project-based lessons in which you work on real-world projects ranging from extreme sports to dazzling documentary footage. This course is the first step in mastering Avid Media Composer.

  • Producers
  • Editors
  • Assistant editors
  • Multimedia producers

1. Starting a Project

  • Launching Media Composer Understanding the Select Project Window Learning the Interface
    • The Media Composer Interface
    • Rearranging Windows
  • Editing Basic Workflow Creating a New Project
    • Set the Save Location
    • Create the Project
    • Open the Project
  • Setting Up Your Project
    • Working with Bins
    • Identifying Objects in Your Bins
    • Changing Bin Layouts'
  • Ingesting Your Media Preparing to Edit
    • Watching the Footage
    • Organizing Clips in Bins
    • Marking Clips
  • Saving Your Work
    • Auto-Save
    • Manual Saves

2. Basic Editing

  • Building Your Sequence
    • Creating a New Sequence
    • Adding Tracks
    • Making Your First Edit
    • Choosing the Source
  • Understanding the Smart Tool Splicing Video Clips
    • Understanding the Four-Fame Display
    • Snapping to Edit Points
  • Adding Narration with Overwrite Adjusting Sequence Audio
    • Setting Up for Audio Work
    • Using Solo and Mute
    • Changing the Volume of a Segment

3. Refining the Edit

  • Deleting from the Timeline
    • Adding Cuts
    • Using Undo in the Creative Process
  • Moving Timeline Segments
    • Rearranging Video Segments
    • Moving Audio Segments
    • Nudging Clips
    • Moving Segments Between Tracks
    • Selecting Multiple Segments
  • Changing Shots in the Sequence
    • Replacing Existing Material
    • Creating Cutaways
  • Changing the Length of Timeline Segments
    • A-Side Versus B-Side Trims
    • Dual-Roller Trim
    • Using Sync Locks
    • Quick View The Trim Mode Interface

4. Packaging and Output

  • Adding Transitions
    • Creating Video Dissolves
    • Modifying Transitions
    • Creating Audio Crossfades
  • Title Creation Tools
    • Opening the Avid Title Tool
  • Quick View: The Avid Title Tool
    • Creating a Basic Title
    • Editing the Title to the Sequence
    • Modifying a Title
  • Exporting Your Video
    • Exporting a File
    • Changing the Export Options
    • The Export Settings Dialog Box
    • Export A Movie File for YouTube

5. Project Organization

  • Adding Information to Media Assets
    • Working with Text View
    • Saving Bin Views
    • Adding a Custom Column to a Bin
    • Entering Data
  • Organizing Clips in Bins
    • Sorting the Bin
    • Sitting the Bin
    • Copying Items to Other Bins
    • Creating an Assembly Sequence
    • Opening a Bin from Another Project
  • Prepping for the Edit
    • AutoSyncing Picture and Sound
    • Creating Group Clips
    • Creating Subclips
  • Ending the Session

6. Building a Scene

  • Working with Tracks
    • Adding Tracks
    • Manually Patching Tracks
    • Auto-Patching
    • Using the Track Control Panel
    • Displaying Audio Waveforms (Per Track)
    • Improving the Visibility of the Waveform
    • Toggling Source/Record in the Timeline
  • Building Your Sequence
    • Using Splice-In
    • Maintaining Sync
    • Replacing Shots with Overwrite
    • Understanding Three-Point Editing
    • Removing Material from a Sequence
  • Essential Tools
    • Using Find to Search for Clips
    • Fast Forward and Rewind
    • Navigating Using Timecode

7. Trimming Dialogue

  • Understanding Trim
    • Pacing
    • Eliminating

Practical working knowledge of Mac OS X A background in editing, production, or post-production is strongly recommended

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