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Avid Media Composer 6.x Cookbook

By : Benjamin Hershleder
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Avid Media Composer 6.x Cookbook

By: Benjamin Hershleder

Overview of this book

Avid Media Composer has become the tool of choice by editing professionals worldwide. Whether your project involves editing television programming, independent films, corporate industrials or commercials, this cookbook shows you exactly how to do so in a step-by-step and practical manner, and get the most out of Avid Media Composer editing. "Avid Media Composer 6.x Cookbook" is an expert, clear and logically-sequenced resource with highly effective recipes for learning Avid Media Composer essentials and beyond. It's task-based approach will help users at all experience levels gain a deeper, more thorough understanding of the software. It will help you master the essential, core editing features as well as reveal numerous tips and tricks that editors can benefit from immediately. Just some of the topics include understanding Import settings, mixing frame rates and understanding AMA (Avid Media Access), along with thorough explanations of Trim Mode, Segment Mode, and the Smart Tool. You will learn to customize your work environment with Workspaces, Bin Layouts, Timeline Views, Bin Views, Keyboard Mapping, and much more. The recipes inside are packed with practical examples, time-saving tools and methods to get you working faster and more confidently so that you can spend less time dealing with technical and operational issues and instead focusing on being creative.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Avid Media Composer 6.x Cookbook
About the Author
About the Reviewers

About the Reviewers

Oliver Peters has worked in the television, film, and entertainment industries since 1970. He has accrued a diverse range of experience in all facets of production, post-production, instructional development/design, and project management. His credits include national and international TV and film projects, which have won awards such as the NATPE Iris, Telly, ITS Monitor, a national Addy, and others.

During his career, he worked for numerous years at Century III, the resident post-production facility at Universal Studios, Florida, which he helped design and manage. He currently owns his own post-production services company, working as an Independent Project Manager, Editor, and Colorist.

He is also a contributing Editor to Digital Video magazine and the Creative Planet websites, writing and lecturing about editing and post-production technologies and products. Other books that he has reviewed, include The Art and Technique of Digital Color Correction, Steve Hullfish, Focal Press; Mastering MultiCamera Techniques, M. Jacobson, Focal Press; and The Avid Handbook, Steven Bayes and Greg Staten, Focal Press.

Michael Phillips is an award-winning Filmmaker, Producer, Editor, and Industry Technologist. Michael's contributions to the industry have been for the co-invention and design of Avid's Media Composer, Film Composer, and Symphony product lines, which offer professional digital online and offline editing, and finishing, earning him a 1994 Academy Award® for Scientific and Engineering Achievement from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In 1999, Michael and Avid were rewarded with an Oscar® for their continued efforts in enhancing and developing the Avid Film Composer. That same year, Michael was recognized with a Massachusetts Innovator of the Year award.

His producing and editing credits include, "Johnny Slade's Greatest Hits", "Patriots", "Jack in the Box" for editing, and "Leon" (The Professional), "Milk", and the award-winning documentary "Cinematographer Style" for digital post consultation and supervision; and recently completing the DI conform on "The Iceman".

Michael has lectured around the world on the ever-changing nature of digital processes, spoken at industry forums, and conducted workshops on digital post-production. He co-wrote the book "Digital Filmmaking, The Changing Art Form of Making Movies". He has been awarded over 10 patents from the United States Patent Office for digital synchronization of picture and sound, and other editing technologies pertaining to 24 frame editing, as well as compositing, interactive media (transmedia), and surround sound technologies. Michael is currently developing tools for story discovery.

Michael was chosen as the Post Supervisor for the Sundance Institute Director's Summer Labs 2012.

Michael is currently CTO of Cineworks, a full service film and digital cinema facility with locations in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Miami, Baton Rouge, and Shreveport. Michael is directing research and development of new technology solutions for the digital production process extending workflow consulting to Cineworks clients as well as industry manufacturers on workflow.

Roger Shufflebottom is an Editor living and working in the United Kingdom. He started editing documentaries and TV series on 16-mm film and got his hands on an Avid system for the first time in 1992. He proudly says that he never did any tape-to-tape editing professionally!

He became one of the first cohort of UK Avid Certified Instructors in the 1990s and has since run training courses in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the USA. He has written Media Composer, NewsCutter, Unity and Interplay training courseware for Avid in the U.K, and Focal Press published his book Video Editing with Avid in 2001.

He now teaches editing in the Media School at Bournemouth University, Dorset, U.K.