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Avid Media Composer

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Avid Media Composer

Duration: 4 Days

US Price: $1895

Delivery Option: Courses are delivered via online live remote attendance option 8:00 am - 4:00 pm PST. Students receive digital course materials prior to the start of the course.

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During this Avid Media Composer course, attendees will learn everything they need to know to achieve confidence using this versatile post-production software. Through immersive instruction and hands-on exercises, participants will master the interface and all of the creative editing tools and techniques which include; trimming, fine-tuning the edit, adjusting/mixing audio, multi-cam editing, adding transitions, designing titles, and outputting your finished project for screening and delivery. Avid remains a trusted mainstay in the post-production industry and can handle small and large projects with proven dependability.

Course taught by an expert real-world Avid Certified Instructor

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Basic knowledge of a Mac or PC computer. Video editing terminology is helpful but not required.

Course Overview

Introduction to Media Composer

  • Launching Media Composer
  • Understanding the Select Project Window
  • Learning the Interface
  • Working with Bins
  • Creating a New User Profile and Changing User Profiles
  • Personalizing the Application

Getting Started

  • Creating a New Project
  • Setting Up Your Project
  • How to Input Video and Audio Clips
  • Importing Media Files
  • Preparing to Edit
  • Saving Your Work

Building Your Sequence

  • Creating a New Sequence
  • Working with Tracks
  • Locating Audio Cues
  • Building Your Sequence with Splice-In
  • Editing with Overwrite
  • Removing Material from a Sequence
  • Essential Tools

Drag-and-Drop Editing in Segment Mode

  • Understanding the Smart Tool
  • Building a Montage with Drag-and-Drop
  • Adding Narration with Drag-and-Drop Overwrite
  • Editing Audio in the Sequence

Refining the Sequence

  • Moving Segments in the Timeline
  • Changing Shots in the Sequence
  • Deleting from the Timeline
  • Changing the Length of Timeline Segments
  • Exploring Trim Mode
  • Useful Tools

Introduction to Transition Effects

  • Creating Transition Effects
  • Modifying Transition Effects in the Timeline
  • Accessing Effects from the Effect Palette
  • Modifying Effects in Effect Mode
  • Creating Audio Crossfades

Introduction to Segment Effects

  • Adding Segment Effects
  • Stabilizing Shaky Footage
  • Using Automatic Color Correction to Improve the Footage
  • Hiding Jump Cuts with FluidMorph
  • Resizing a Shot
  • Using Standard Keyframes

Combining Multiple Effects

  • Nesting Effects
  • Changing the Order of Nested Effects

Freeze Frames and Motion Effects

  • Types of Motion Effects
  • Creating Freeze Frames
  • Creating Motion Effects

Creating Titles

  • Title Creation Tools
  • Quick View: The Avid Title Tool


  • Exporting Your Video

Technical Fundamentals

  • Fixing Technical Problems
  • Troubleshooting Missing Media Files
  • Recovering Lost Work
  • Deleting Media

Fundamentals and Beyond

  • Fundamental Concepts
  • Learning the Basic Workflow
  • Going Beyond HD
  • Working in 4K
  • Creating a New Project
  • Setting up a Project

Inputting Media

  • Ways to Input Video and Audio Clips
  • Using the Source Browser
  • Linking Clips to Your Project
  • Importing Media Files
  • Importing Sequential Image Files
  • Copying and Converting Linked Media

Preparing Dailies

  • Prepping for the Edit
  • Adding Information to Dailies
  • Sorting the Bin
  • Filtering the Bin
  • Creating Subclips
  • Cloning Clips to Multiple Bins
  • Opening a Bin from Another Project
  • AutoSyncing Picture and Sound
  • Grouping Clips

Quick Editing Tools

  • Editing from the Bin
  • Creating a Stringout Sequence
  • Storyboard Editing
  • Cutting Down a Sequence with Top and Tail
  • Using the Extend Function
  • Using Markers
  • Mapping Buttons and Menus

Cutting and Recutting a Scene

  • Review of Basic Edit Tools
  • Selecting Multiple Segments
  • Alternate Ways to Use Sequences
  • Finding Alternative Shots
  • Essential Tools

Trimming Dialogue Scenes

  • Understanding Trim
  • The "Radio Edit" Technique
  • Exploring Trim Mode
  • Trimming On the Fly
  • Creating Split Edits
  • Maintaining Sync
  • Slipping and Sliding Segments

Mixing Sequence Audio

  • Mixing Audio Efficiently
  • Setting Up for Audio Mixing
  • Audio EQ Tool
  • Keyframing Volume and Pan Changes

Working with High-Resolution Images

  • Understanding Pan and Zoom Effects
  • Exploring the Source Settings Dialog Box
  • Using FrameFlex on 2K+ Clips
  • Creating a Pan and Zoom Effect with FrameFlex

Creative Retiming Effects

  • Review of Freeze Frames and Motion Effects
  • Creating Motion Effects to Fill a Duration
  • Creating Timewarp Effects
  • Timewarp Preset Effects
  • Creating a Timewarp Effect
  • Using the Anchor Frame

Tracking and Blurring Objects

  • Blurring Unwanted Objects
  • Creating a Blur Effect

Introduction to Multilayer Effects

  • Creating a Split-Screen Effect
  • Using Advanced Keyframe Graphs
  • Essential Tools

Nesting Multiple Effects

  • Nesting Effects
  • Changing the Order of Nested Effects
  • Editing Inside a Nest
  • Measuring Performance
  • Adjusting Playback Quality
  • Rendering Effects
  • Understanding ExpertRender

Creating ChromaKey Effects

  • Different Keying Types
  • Exploring the SpectraMatte
  • Viewing the Matte Channel
  • Cropping Out Garbage
  • Adjusting the SpectraMatte

Animated Titles and Graphics

  • Creating Titles with NewBlue Titler Pro
  • Creating a Title
  • AMA Linking to Real-Time Moving Matte Keys

Packaging and Export

  • Understanding the Review Process
  • Tools for Review
  • Preparing for Output
  • Packaging a Sequence
  • Exporting a File
  • Using the Send To Export Templates
  • Exporting XDCAM Media

Managing Project Media

  • Managing Your Media
  • Deleting Media Files
  • Understanding Consolidate and Transcode

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