Media Composer 6: Part 1 – Editing Essentials (Avid Learning)

MEDIA COMPOSER 6: PART 1-EDITING ESSENTIALS is the first step in achieving confidence, creativity, and efficiency with Avid Media Composer 6, the non-linear film/video editing application used in most movie and television productions. Along with its counterpart, MEDIA COMPOSER 6: PART 2-EFFECTS ESSENTIALS, this book provides the foundation for Media Composer User Certification through an Avid Learning Partner. This book leads you through the interface and basic editing techniques before moving on to trimming, fine-tuning the edit, adjusting audio, handling multi camera editing, adding transitions, adding titles, and outputting your finished project. The training is hands-on and features project-based lessons in which you work on real-world projects ranging from extreme sports and dazzling documentary footage to an episode of the television show Hell’s Kitchen. This official training course book is the best first step in mastering Avid Media Composer 6, the standard editing system used by professionals in the film and television industries.

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3 Comments

  1. A Thorough, Expert, But Somewhat Dry Slog MC is a serious piece of software, designed for and used by professionals. By the time I finish writing this review, the turf will probably have changed, but as of now (mid 2012) it is one of the few programs that can be considered one of the industry standards. 

  2. Almost vital to learning the software. Unless you’re experienced with editing software (I’m not at all) this handy book will show you the ropes of what the powerful MC6 software’s capabilities. The writing can be drab/academic, but it’s a teaching tool so that’s to be expected. You’ll learn how to edit from the DVD examples they give you from various popular TV shows, so that’s fun and makes you feel like your finished products could really be marketable in the industry. If you have MC6, you really should consider getting this…

  3. Great book. But this editor needs an editor. I am brand new to the world of editing and this book is great. Quality paper, good pictures, although some may think they are too small. Step by step instructions are solid. I have to stress that this book is for beginners. I do like how it does not talk much at all about the art of editing but instead gives a few suggestions here and there. It just tells you how to operate the software. The media on the CD is professional stuff. You will work with clips from the show Hell’s Kitchen, to snow…

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