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The Six-Week Art of Editing Class Now Includes Avid.
The Edit Center students on editing stations

Syllabus

SIX-WEEK COURSE: THE ART OF EDITING

NOTE: This is a sample syllabus only. Specifics vary due to the needs of each class and the details of each class project.

Week 1 Intensive Avid Media Composer Training (10:00-5:00)

Week 2 Begin Class Project
Five-hour editing shifts start this week (9:00-2:30 or 1:30-7:00), cross over time everyday for an hour for tech lectures, scrrenings, guest lecturers etc., and continue for the remainder of the course.

Week 3 Editing Class Project
Special Lecture Topic: Advanced Avid Techniques

Week 4 Editing Class Project
Special Lecture Topic: Effects in Avid

Week 5 Editing Class Project
Special Guest Lecture Topic: Assistant Editing
Special Lecture Topic: Topics in Assistant Editing

Week 6 Finish Class Projects
Special Lecture Topic: Career Paths

Also Screenings and Guest Speakers To Be Announced
Plan on two events per week, either at night (7:15 PM start time) or in
a morning/afternoon overlap (1:30-2:30).

 
WEEK 1

DAY 1
  1. Before We Start
    Introductions & Recommendations
    Books
  2. Lecture: Intro to Avid Media Composer
    Opening Avid (the Mac OS)
    Interface Overview
    Avid Editing basics
    The Rough Assembly
  3. Edit Western
DAY 2
  1. Finishing Editing Western
  2. Western Critiques
  3. Lecture: Importing Footage
  4. Import Tully
  5. Lecture: A Bigger Picture
    System Overview
    Media Management
    Organizing Your Project
DAY 3
  1. Edit Tully
  2. Lecture: Basic Sound Editing
DAY 4
  1. Finish Editing Tully
  2. Tully Critiques
  3. Discussion: How to Cut - and Why?
    What happens when different people edit the same scene?
DAY 5
  1. Tully Courseware
 
WEEK 2

Start editing class project (Director visit TBA)
  1. Day 4 (approximate): Advanced Avid Techniques (Special Lecture)
    **Lecture to be designed by student request. Topics may include:
    Match Frame and Reverse Match Frame
    Replace Edit
    Advanced Cutting and Pasting (the Clipboard Monitor)

 
WEEK 3

Continue editing class project (Director visit TBA)

  1. Day 4 (approximate): Advanced Avid Techniques (Special Lecture)
    **Lecture to be designed by student request. Topics may include:
    Titles and Effects
    Nesting
    Remapping the Keyboard

 

WEEK 4

Continue editing class project (Director Critiques TBA)

  1. Day 4 (approximate): Effects in Avid (Special Lecture)
    **Lecture to be designed by student request. Topics may include:
    Audio Effects
    Keyframing Effects
    Color Correction
    Mattes
 
WEEK 5

Continue editing class project (Director Critiques TBA)
  1. Day 3 (approximate): Assistant Editing (Special Guest Lecture)
  2. Day 4 (approximate): Topics in Assistant Editing (Special Lecture)
    16:9 vs. 4:3
    PAL vs. NTSC vs. HD
    Exporting
    Compressing for the Web
    Audio Peak Detection
    Advanced Media Management (AMA vs. MXF)
    EDL, OMF, etc.
    Film workflow
  3. Final Screening of Class Projects
  4. Create Reels


 
WEEK 6

Finish editing class project(s)

"Job Talk"

Class dinner!


SUGGESTED READING

Plummer, Mary. Media Composer 6 - Editing Essentials. [This book is distributed in class.]

Dmytryk, Edward. On Film Editing. More info

LoBrutto, Vincent. Selected Takes: Film Editors on Editing. More info

Murch, Walter. In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing. More info

Oldham, Gabriella. First Cut: Conversations With Film Editors. More info

Ondaatje, Michael. The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film. More info

Rosenblum, Ralph and Robert Karen. When the Shooting Stops...The Cutting Begins. More info

Rubin, Michael. Nonlinear 4: A Field Guide to Digital Video and Film Editing. More info



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