AVID Media Composer Courses

MC 101 Media Composer Editing Essentials – 3 days.

Overview

Media Composer 101 Editing Essentials is the first step in achieving confidence, creativity, and efficiency with Avid Media Composer, the non-linear film/video editing application used in most movie and television productions. Along with its counterpart, Media Composer 110 Effects Essentials, this course provides the foundation for Media Composer User Certification.

This course will get you editing today with a built-in Quick Start guide covering the essential tools you need to start a basic project, assemble the story, and output to web — perfect for producers, journalists and corporate videographers.  For those headed toward a career in post production, the second half of the course builds on the Quick Start to offer complete, foundational training in the craft of professional editing for news and documentary, commercial spots, and scripted narrative films.

Learn by doing with real-world projects. Start with the basics of 3-point editing and how to construct a scene, then move on to reworking a scene and trimming dialogue for maximum emotional impact.  Add to that the tools and techniques to mix music and sound effects, create titles and transitions, and deliver the program to specification.  You will also learn critical skills needed to work as an assistant editor, including how to sync picture and sound from different sources, organize a project, manage media and metadata, and more.


 MC 110 Media Composer Effects Essentials – 2 days.

Overview

This course is for video editors who understand the basics of the editing tools in Media Composer and are ready to move ahead and learn the fundamentals of creating effects within Avid Media Composer. This course provides a solid foundation in Media Composer audio and video effects capabilities and, in conjunction with MC101 Editing Essentials course, will prepare you for Avid’s User Level certification in Media Composer. You will be taken through the basic effects-building interface; then, using a real-world, hands-on approach, you’ll learn fundamental audio adjustments and effects, multilayered video compositing, tracking, stabilization, various retiming methods, and basic color-grading techniques. This course is a crucial step in mastering Avid Media Composer, the standard editing system used by professionals in the film and television industries.


MC 201 Media Composer Professional Picture and Sound Editing – 3 days.

Overview

Media Composer Professional Picture and Sound Editing will give you the skills and in-depth knowledge you need to distinguish yourself as a true editing professional and go for the high-profile jobs you want. With the step-by-step guidance in this course, you’ll learn the skills you need to work on big-budget productions: media management, advanced picture editing (learn precision cutting techniques and how to master Script Integration for long-form projects), and advanced sound editing. This course, along with its counterpart Media Composer Professional Effects and Compositing, will prepare you for Media Composer Professional certification at an Avid Learning Partner.


MC 205 Media Composer Professional Effects and Compositing – 2 days

Overview

Go beyond the basics and take a giant step toward your mastery of the software with Media Composer Professional Effects and Compositing. This course teaches film and video editors about the full range of effects available in Media Composer. 

In this thorough course, you’ll go far beyond the basics and learn how to apply, design, and build your own effects; how to make full use of all of Media Composer’s effects nesting techniques; how to composite various elements using different types of keys; and how to animate effects using keyframes and the motion tracker. Along with its counterpart, MC 201 Media Composer Professional Picture and Sound Editing, this course provides the foundation for Media Composer Professional Certification through an Avid Learning Partner.


MC 239 Color Grading with Media Composer and Symphony- 3 days

Overview

Color grading is more popular today than ever before — and in greater demand!  Get started now using the tools you already own.  Avid Media Composer has a powerful toolset allowing you to combine both HSL and Curves for robust corrections, while Symphony takes it to the next level with advanced secondary correction tools and the fastest color-grading workflow in the industry.  You can learn to use these powerful tools efficiently, using expert techniques to achieve consistent, professional results.

This course will teach you to carefully analyze images to diagnose the problems and fix them quickly. Learn to grade in passes, leveraging multiple toolsets for flexibility in correcting the toughest images. Learn to control the eye of the viewer through little known but powerful shape-based secondary tools found in both Media Composer and Symphony that enable you to create animated masks, vignettes, and gradients. Plus, master the advanced relationship-based grading tools in Symphony to streamline your grading workflow and finish in less time than you thought possible.


FCP7 to AVID Media Composer – 2 days.

This course will help you make a successful and painless transition from FCP7 to AVID Media Composer. You will learn to use all the tools you are familiar with in FCP7  but in the Media Composer environment. We cover all the equivalent keyboard shortcuts, and new tools and workflows that are not part of FCP7. By the end of Day 1 you will have a clear idea through hands-on exercises about the standard script-to-screen workflow. On Day 2 we dig deeper into nesting effects, sound editing and mixing, Timewarps, the Paint effect, tracking and stabilizing, media management and color correction. By the end of the course you will be ready to leave FCP7 behind and drive AVID Media Composer with ease.