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MC 101: Professional Editing with Avid Media Composer

Course Description

This 5-day hands on course provides students with exposure to the core skills, workflows, and concepts involved in professional nonlinear editing on Avid Media Composer systems. This course will cover the timeline direct manipulation tools, AMA enhancements, mixing frame sizes and aspect ratios, transcoding mixed rate material, and the user interface.

This class covers editing and effects techniques for the Macintosh operating system. Session time is divided between demonstration and hands-on practice, with dedicated lab time for experimentation with sample material. "


What You Will Learn

  • Capturing media and preparing for editing
  • Organizing source material in bins
  • Using basic editing techniques for sync and non-sync material
  • Trimming and fine-tuning video and audio
  • Enhancing audio
  • Creating horizontal, multilayered and nested effects
  • Using basic 3D warp effects
  • Creating titles with Avid Marquee
  • Finishing and final output


Who Should Attend?

This class is designed for anyone looking to edit professional-quality video with Avid Media Composer. Common attendees include producers, editors, assistant editors and multimedia producers.


Course Cost




Students should have the following prerequisite knowledge prior to attending the course:

  • Knowledge of OS X and basic computer navigation
  • Basic knowledge of editing terminology is recommended



MC 101 is taught Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.


Class Dates in 2015
February 23 - 27, 2015
April 27 - May 1, 2015
July 13 - 17, 2015



Students who have completed MC 101 will receive a 10% discount off the cost of the Six-week Art of Editing Course or the FCP 200 course if taken within one year of MC 101.


Lesson Outline

Day Description
Day 1 Module 1: Introduction to tools and workflow
Module 2: Basic Editing
Module 3: Timeline Editing
Module 4: Trimming the Sequence
Day 2 Module 5: Advanced Editing and Trim Techniques
Module 6: Editing Dialogue
Module 7: Refining Audio
Module 8: Customizing Your Workspace
Day 3 Module 9: Introduction to Effects
Module 10: Creating Motion Effects
Module 11: Introduction to Compositing
Module 12: Nesting Effects
Module 13: Performance and Rendering
Day 4 Module 14: Introduction to Finishing
Module 15: Creating Titles With AVID Marquee
Module 16: Preparing Sequence for Review
Day 5 Module 17: Capturing Tape-Based Media
Module 18: Capturing File-Based Media
Module 19: Organizing Clips and Bins
Module 20: Managing Media
Module 21: Delivering the Finished Work
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