Avid Editing: A Guide for Beginning and Intermediate Users

Far more than just a software manual, Avid Editing is your trusted guide to uncovering the many layers of one of the world’s most exciting crafts. This book weaves valuable editing principles together with the robust Avid workflow, delving deeply into efficient editing techniques and concepts. In an easy-to-read style, you’ll encounter detailed step-by-step instructions for hundreds of Avid procedures, and more than 500 images and screen captures make complex concepts easy to grasp. You’ll soon begin to know the system in and out, all while improving your overall editing technique and skillset.

Geared toward beginning and intermediate Avid editors, this book guides you through both narrative and documentary editing projects. The accompanying DVD provides professionally shot footage for you to edit, giving you a hands-on, learn-as-you-go experience.

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  1. The Perfect Balance of Technical Knowledge and Aesthetics It’s easy to write a book about teaching the Avid from a purely technical point of view. There are many books out there that cover how to use this non-linear editing system. However, “Avid Editing, Fifth Edition: A Guide for Beginning and Intermediate Users” by Kauffmann and Kennedy, not only covers the technical aspect of using the Avid very well, but also includes many practical applications and examples for what makes great cuts and how things really work in a professional editing room…

  2. Not just for picture editors I’m a film sound editor, not a picture editor. Still, it’s important that I stay up-to-date with what goes on “upstream” of my job so that I can better work with the picture people. AVID EDITING by Kauffman and Kennedy quickly provides me the information I need in order to understand how Avid editors are currently tackling picture editing issues. This affects the way I work. When a picture editor tells me, “No, that can’t be done,” I can reply, “Take a look at page 342.”¬†

  3. If you’re new to Avid editing, this is the book for you. A thoughtful and clearly written guide for anyone new to Avid editing. This book is well organized, and precise. There were only a couple of minor errors and omissions, but with a program as deep and complex as Avid Media Composer, it is amazing that there were not dozens of them. The authors not only understand and explain the Media Composer user interface, they also give a wonderful introduction into the art of editing. Kaufmann and Kennedy actually make the process of learning this program…

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