Avid Media Composer 2020, Live Online Workshop

The new and flashy Avid Media Composer is here, and you should get to know it, if film editing and post-production is your thing!

This new version comes in with a modern re-designed interface, much easier to use, and lots of new useful features.

Classes are in English.

You can read reviews of my workshops here.


New dates to be announced very soon. Write me at flavioggarcia@gmail.com if you want me to notify when registrations are open.

So… Why should you learn Avid Media Composer?

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 Avid.

Yes: some series and films are cut in Premiere, FCP X, and DaVinci Resolve, and as you can see here on my web-site, I also teach those programs.

Still, most high-end movies and shows are 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 2005, 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!

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: flavioggarcia@gmail.com. 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.



Registrations not open at the moment.

New dates to be announced very soon. Write me at flavioggarcia@gmail.com if you want me to notify when registrations are open.

Payment is via bank transfer. Once you register, I will contact you to send you the payment details. Please, note that your seat is reserved only after payment.

Alternative methods of payment also possible (PayPal, cash, etc.). Contact me at flavioggarcia@gmail.com if you need this.

Last edition of my Avid Media Composer Workshop in Berlin was sold-out. If you are interested, it’s best to reserve your seat soon.


I started teaching Avid in 2005, so you’re in good hands!

I’m an independent filmmaker, film professor, and editing and postproduction expert.

I have years of experience as an editing instructor.

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…



Users, projects, new, inter-face, media ingest, organising your footage.

  • User profiles.
  • Projects. Project resolution and frame-rate.
  • The new Avid Media Composer 2019 inter-face: workspaces, tabbed windows, customisation.
  • New Bin Container, Bins and folders.
  • Understanding bins. Bin views.
  • Sharing Bins across projects.
  • The Source Browser.
  • Media Ingest: media link.
  • The Avid Media Files folder. Master Clips and Media Files.
  • Transcoding media. DNxHR and DNxHD codecs. Creating proxies.
  • Understanding the way Media Composer handles media.
  • Source Settings.
  • Frame Flex, reformat options.
  • Color Management: installing and applying LUT’s, ACES workflow.
  • Waveform based video and audio sync.
  • Playback keyboard commands.
  • Organising your footage in a film project.
  • Classic Bin structure.
  • Logging footage.
  • Rename, sub-clip, 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.
  • Track panel configuration.
  • 4 point editing.
  • Timeline Settings and Options.
  • Full Screen Playback.
  • Editing in the Timeline. 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, (and why it’s the best thing ever, and will improve your editing skills so much).
  • Slip and Slide Trimming.
  • Replace.
  • Fit to fill.
  • Multi-camera Editing.
  • Match frame.


Working with sound

  • Importing audio files.
  • 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).
  • Multi-channel audio.

Effects I

  • The Effects Workspace.
  • Adding and customising effects.
  • Adding keyframes to effects.
  • Adding multiple effects to clips.
  • Adding effects to multiple clips at the same time (filler)
  • Basic Effects: Resize, Picture in Picture, Superimpose.
  • Saving effects to bins.
  • Video and audio transitions.
  • Transition customisation.
  • Fluid Morph.


Effects II

  • Constant and variable speed effects: Timewrap.
  • Timewrap quality options (Blended Interpolated, Fluid Motion).
  • Illusion FX.
  • Working with FX and maks: Paint and Animatte.
  • Animating and tracking masks.
  • The Tracking Tool.
  • Advanced 3D.
  • Advanced Keyframes.
  • Subcap generator.
  • Timeline generator.
  • Avid Pan and Zoom.

Color Grading in Avid Media Composer.

  • The Color Workspace.
  • Avid Media Composer VS Avid Media Composer Ultimatte: differences.
  • Master Controls.
  • Color Wheels.
  • Curves.
  • Managing grades.
  • Color Matching.


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 programs.
  • 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.

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