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Old January 20th, 2009, 05:24 PM   #1
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Avid Training Ideas?

Hey everybody....I need help. I'm trying to get some exposure to Avid, but need some ideas on how to do that. I've been trying to get involved with some local editing studios that do use Avid, but no ones really hiring or taking interns at the moment. Could you guys give me some recommendations on what would be a good way to get some experience with Avid?

I thought about possibly getting an academic version of media composer 3.0 so I could basically teach myself. Figuring this might be a good start.

Should I think maybe offering to do some volunteer work at one of the local studios? At the moment I can't really give up my full-time job, (Video Production Manager for Engineering firm) so my schedule will be somewhat limited. Any help/advice is hugely appreciated.


*Forgot to add that I have been editing with Premiere Pro for about 5 to 6 years now (Corporate setting) and I also have a good amount of experience with Final Cut Pro. I'm in the Denver area also.
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Old January 23rd, 2009, 03:47 PM   #2
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Emrys,

Getting hands-on experience with Avid 3.0 would be a good idea. So, if you can afford and you qualify for the academic version it would get you up to speed the fastest. I would also look at lynda.com and Avid's web-site for training.

The good news is that you know Premiere and Final Cut, so once you understand how Avid is a little different in how it handles media, then I think you;ll catch on quickly.

Cheers.

ps. There's also a few books by Steve Bayes on Avid at Amazon.
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Old January 23rd, 2009, 04:12 PM   #3
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Emrys,

Getting hands-on experience with Avid 3.0 would be a good idea. So, if you can afford and you qualify for the academic version it would get you up to speed the fastest. I would also look at lynda.com and Avid's web-site for training.

The good news is that you know Premiere and Final Cut, so once you understand how Avid is a little different in how it handles media, then I think you;ll catch on quickly.

Cheers.

ps. There's also a few books by Steve Bayes on Avid at Amazon.
Thanks David. Yeah I've actually been going through the free tutorials on avid.com for about a week, and getting some good beginning exposure. The one thing I'm finding, which I didn't quite realize until now, is how similar all the NLE's truly are. I didn't quite think about how since I do have experience with other NLE's getting into Avid isn't very different. Since I've been watching all the tutorial videos I really feel like I would be able to jump almost straight in and feel really comfortable with Avid in just a couple days. I would say the one true way avid differs from say FCP of PPro is that its group based, and it looks it has its on intermediate when it comes to media. Other than that, everything is pretty much the same concept. Thats encouraging :)

I just bought a book by Steve Bayes over at amazon that one of my friends reccomended too: Amazon.com: The Avid Handbook: Advanced Techniques, Strategies, and Survival Information for Avid Editing Systems, 5th Edition: Greg Staten, Steve Bayes: Books

Looks like it's a good one to have. Thinking about grabbing this one when it becomes available as well: Amazon.com: Avid Editing, Fourth Edition: A Guide for Beginning and Intermediate Users: Sam Kauffmann: Books

Hopefully I can get a copy of the academic version here too. Might need to register for a couple classes first to qualify though. Thanks again for the reply. :)
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Old January 25th, 2009, 10:37 AM   #4
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If you have a valid student ID you qualify. We offer a bundle that includes the academic version of MC, 3rd party software and Class On Demand Complete Avid Media Composer training DVD.

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Old January 27th, 2009, 02:14 AM   #5
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Gary, I've been following this thread with interest. I was thinking about getting
the academic version of Avid MC, but someone told me a couple of days ago that the it
is missing a few key components like the ability to export EDLs. Do you know if this is true? Would the academic bundle from video guys be the complete package?
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Old January 27th, 2009, 11:20 AM   #6
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nothing missing from the EDU version accept 3rd party software. Which you can get as the bundle above.

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If you have a valid student ID you qualify. We offer a bundle that includes the academic version of MC, 3rd party software and Class On Demand Complete Avid Media Composer training DVD.

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Gary,

I'm a teacher and purchased the Academic version of MC3 from Videoguys about four months ago. I've already purchased the Boris, Sonic, etc. package directly from Avid.

How much would just the Class On Demand Complete Avid MC training DVD cost?

BTW, I had asked about the Class on Demand DVD when I purchased MC 3 from you guys, but was told there wasn't a package deal (at the time).

Thanks much!


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Old February 5th, 2009, 04:44 AM   #8
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we are running a special on the COD Avid training for $99.95

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Old February 5th, 2009, 08:17 AM   #9
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Gary,

That was a very quick reply! Looking over the description, the Avid COD DVD seems a little basic. I've been using Avid for awhile now, so I do understand capturing, basic editing, trimming and basic CCing.

Do you have any training DVD's or books that dig deeper into the more advanced features of Avid's effects and color correction?

Thanks very much.
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Old February 5th, 2009, 08:23 AM   #10
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The Tittle I have on sale is COD Avid Complete training by Steve Hullfish reg $179, on sale for $99.95

NEW! Class on Demand Complete Training for Avid Media Composer
featuring Steve Hullfish

The latest 2008 Avid Training from Multi-Award wining Producer Class on Demand!
Steve Hullfish was named an Avid Master Editor in 1996. Since then, he has written or co-written four books on editing and color correction, including The Art and Technique of Color Correction and Avid Xpress Pro Editing Workshop. His editing credits span more than 20 years, including editing the Oprah Winfrey Show for which he won a Daytime Emmy. Other broadcast credits include Emmy nominations for Investigative Reports and Cold Cases with Bill Kurtis on A&E. He runs his own production company - Verascope Pictures - and his clients include Universal Studios, NBC Television, Turner Broadcasting, HIT Entertainment, Jim Henson Entertainment and VeggieTales. This training will give you the solid foundation needed to quickly and easily get started with Avid Media Composer. It includes Lessons on Migrating to Media Composer for Express and Xpress Pro with Mojo users. Learn to edit like a pro regardless of past software experience. Hullfish will guide you through a series of information-packed lessons.


Mastering the Basics
Settings
Capture and Import
Organizing
Basic Editing Tips
Trimming


Audio
Effects
Color Correction
Output and Export
Avid Xpress Pro vs. Avid Media Composer Software
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Old February 6th, 2009, 10:38 PM   #11
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Gary,
As a Canadian college student would I qualify for the Academic MC?
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The Tittle I have on sale is COD Avid Complete training by Steve Hullfish reg $179, on sale for $99.95

NEW! Class on Demand Complete Training for Avid Media Composer
featuring Steve Hullfish

The latest 2008 Avid Training from Multi-Award wining Producer Class on Demand!
Steve Hullfish was named an Avid Master Editor in 1996. Since then, he has written or co-written four books on editing and color correction, including The Art and Technique of Color Correction and Avid Xpress Pro Editing Workshop. His editing credits span more than 20 years, including editing the Oprah Winfrey Show for which he won a Daytime Emmy. Other broadcast credits include Emmy nominations for Investigative Reports and Cold Cases with Bill Kurtis on A&E. He runs his own production company - Verascope Pictures - and his clients include Universal Studios, NBC Television, Turner Broadcasting, HIT Entertainment, Jim Henson Entertainment and VeggieTales. This training will give you the solid foundation needed to quickly and easily get started with Avid Media Composer. It includes Lessons on Migrating to Media Composer for Express and Xpress Pro with Mojo users. Learn to edit like a pro regardless of past software experience. Hullfish will guide you through a series of information-packed lessons.


Mastering the Basics
Settings
Capture and Import
Organizing
Basic Editing Tips
Trimming


Audio
Effects
Color Correction
Output and Export
Avid Xpress Pro vs. Avid Media Composer Software
You convinced me Garry ;)!
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Old February 7th, 2009, 06:13 AM   #13
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yes, canadian students qualify for academic pricing. we will need you to fax or email a copy of your student ID

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