So… Why Avid?
Well… My students actually asked me to bring my Avid Workshop to Berlin, so here it is!
Avid Media Composer is still the most used software in the higher end of the film industry. Most series and movies we see are cut in Media Composer.
Yes: some series and films are cut in Premiere, FCP X, and even DaVinci Resolve.
Most are still cut on Avid.
My students often ask me why, and the answer is not simple: to really understand why some editors and productions choose Avid Media Composer, you really need to dig into it, learn it, and see it for yourself.
Some reasons are: best in big projects with lots of media, fantastic media management, best trimming tools, best customisation, best stability, best collaboration tools, and many other reasons…
Sadly, Avid Media Composer is often badly taught, and this causes a lot of frustration.
I started teaching Media Composer in 2006, to all kinds of students and professionals, and I know it takes time to learn it, but I can guarantee this: once you really know it, cutting in Avid is such a joy!
I helped with this to many editors who came from other programs (Premiere, FCP, DaVinci Resolve), and after some adaptation, they fly in the Avid now.
I also trained many students who are now, today, editing film and tv-series all over the world, and working as assistant editors in big shows.
So! If editing is really your thing, trust me, Avid Media Composer is one of your main tools, and you should train yourself, either with me, with the manual, or somewhere else.
But DO train yourself.
If you don’t train, and try to use Media Composer using your previous knowledge with other programs, you’re only going to get upset!
Should you learn Avid Media Composer?
As you may know, I use and teach all major editing programs: DaVinci Resolve, Premiere Pro, FCP X, and Avid Media Composer.
Choosing the right software/workshop depends on many factors: type of project, workflow, background experience and needs, budget, professional situation, etc..
If you need help deciding, drop me a line here: firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m happy to help!
So, is Avid Media Composer for you?
Here are some situations where knowing Media Composer is a must:
- If you are serious about editing, and wish to develop a career as a film-tv editor. In this case is very easy: you really need to know, and master, the Avid. No question!
- If you aim for a position as an assistant editor in the high end of the industry. For the same reasons, assistant editors need to know the Avid, and master specially the technical side of it.
- If you edit feature length projects, with lots of material.
- If you edit in a team, with multiple editors working on the same project.
- If you edit primarily fiction and documentary projects.
Can you do all this with other programs?
Yes, but Avid Media Composer is the software you’re going to find in most big productions.
My Avid Media Composer Berlin Workshop.
My Avid Media Composer Berlin Workshop will take place from November 5th to November 9th (Monday to Friday), 10:00 to 12:00, at my co-working space, in central Kreuzberg (Betahaus).
Classes are in English, and groups are very small (8 students maximum).
You can register here.
In this workshop we focus primarily on dealing with media and editing: the two most important aspects of learning and understanding the Avid way…
No previous experience is required. We start with the Avid from scratch.
If you studied Avid in the past or use it today, this workshop will also help you understanding things better, and you will also discover plenty of new stuff, like background rendering!!!!!
English is a must!
Students must bring their own laptops (Mac or PC), with the latest version of Avid Media Composer installed.
HOW TO DOWNLOAD AVID MEDIA COMPOSER
You can download a fully functional demo of Avid Media Composer here, and you can use it without limitations for 30 days.
Alternatively, you can download and install Avid Media Composer First here. This is a completely free version of Media Composer, that you can use to train and edit small projects, with no time limitations.
Again, in case of doubts, write me: email@example.com
- Dates: November 5th to November 9th.
- 10:00 to 14:00 (20 hours)
- Price: 195 Euros.
- Seats: maximum of 8 students.
- Language: English.
- Location: Betahaus, Prinzessinnenstraße 19-20, Berlin
- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: +34 683 31 45 45
To register, please click here.
Payment is via bank transfer. Once you register, I will contact you to send you the payment details. If you wish to use any other payment method (Pay Pal, etc.), contact me.
Please, note that your seat is reserved only after payment.
Previous editions of my workshops have sold out. If you are interested, register as soon as possible!
If you wish to cancel after registering, you get back 80% of the workshop fee, but you have to notify me 10 days previous to the start. Thank you!
I’m an independent filmmaker, film professor, and editing and postproduction expert.
I have years of experience as an editing instructor.
Since 2009, I teach courses, workshops and seminars all over Europe, in film schools, festivals, production companies, and other institutions: DOCMA, FilmArche Berlin, ESDIP-Berlin, MIZ-Babelsberg, Master-LAV, DocumentaMadrid, and many others…
My teaching method is very practical, precise, and structured, and I also make sure things are exciting and fun!
I have postproduced and graded lots of film projects: La Piedra (Víctor Moreno), Freedom to Kill the Other’s Children (David Varela), Armenoscope (Silvina der Meguerditchian)…
My movies as director have been shown in more than 40 international film festivals and venues: Cineteca Matadero, MUSAC, Alcine, Pragda New York…
Projects, inter-face, media ingest, organising your footage.
- User profiles.
- Projects. Project resolution and frame-rate.
- The Avid inter-face. Workspaces and windows.
- Bins and folders.
- Understanding bins. Bin views.
- The Source Browser.
- Media Ingest: media link, import.
- The Avid Media Files folder. Master Clips and Media Files.
- Understanding the way Media Composer handles media.
- Source Settings.
- Transcoding media. DNxHR and DNxHD codecs.
- Waveform based video and audio sync.
- Playback keyboard commands.
- Organising your footage in a film project.
- Classic Bin structure.
- Logging footage.
- Rename, subclip, adding metadata and comments.
- Markers. Markers Tool.
- Search tools: Custom Shift, Find.
- Creating sequences.
- 3 point editing.
- Overwrite. Splice-in.
- The Track Panel. Performing video and audio edits.
- Sync Lock.
- Multi-track editing.
- 4 point editing.
- Timeline Settings and Options.
- Full Screen Playback.
- Refining the edit.
- The Smart Tool.
- Moving clips in the Timeline.
- Extract and Lift.
- Trimming Tools.
- Ripple and Roll Trim.
- Video and audio overlap.
- Trimming with the keyboard.
- Dynamic Trimming.
- Slip and Slide Trimming.
- Fit to fill.
- Multicamera Editing.
- Match frame.
AUDIO AND FX
- Audio Tools.
- Audio Gain and Volume.
- Audio Mixer.
- Working with audio keyframes.
- Audio Ducking.
- Audio dissolves.
- Clip and Track based effects: EQ, Reverb, Dynamics (Compressor, Expander, Gate, De-Esser).
- Video Effects.
- The Effects Mode.
- Adding and customising effects.
- Adding keyframes to effects.
- Basic Effects: Resize, Picture in Picture, Color Correction.
- Timewrap: constant and variable speed effects.
- Video transitions.
Rendering, exporting, media management, settings
- Re-linking to high quality media.
- Render and Media Creation Settings.
- Rendering, background rendering.
- Exporting: Quick-Time Reference, Custom.
- Exporting to AMA.
- Exporting to DPX.
- Workflow with other softwares.
- AAF export to DaVinci Resolve, Pro Tools, After Effects, etc..
- Media Management operations.
- The Media Tool.
- Moving, copying, and consolidating media.
- Avid Media Composer Settings.
- Final Q&A.