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Carlos E. Martinez March 22nd, 2006 06:41 AM

Avid Xpress tutorials
 
How have you Avid Xpress users got to learn how to use it?

What I mean is have you used any books or DVDs as tutorials?

What were the ones you found to be best?



Carlos

Richard Alvarez March 22nd, 2006 08:18 AM

Carlos,
I edit on Avid XpressPro, but all of the Avid products have very similar interfaces and workflows.

You can go to http://avid.com/freedv/tutorials/index.asp and download some simple tutorials about avidFREE Dv, which will apply to simple tasks in Avid Xpress as well.

Your copy of Avid also shipped with "tutorials" on the disc. This is basically footage to use in the tutorials outlined in the manual. (IF you bought a student version, you did not receive hard copies of the manual. Instead they exist as files on your disc as well)

Additionally, there are excellent books on editing with Avid available. My favorite is by James Monohan - "Avid Xpress Pro for Windows and Macintosh", its a Visual Quikpro Guide. I really like the way it is laid out. Again, it will also apply to Avid Xpress as well.

Good luck!

Tim Borek March 22nd, 2006 08:28 AM

"AVID Made Easy" by Jaime Fowler
 
I've started reading this book (Sybex, 2006), and I've been pretty happy with its good blend of theory and practical application. It includes Avid FreeDV on CD with sample files to build the projects shown in the book. The only things I don't like is that it doesn't have as many screenshots as I prefer, and it's very much a linear read from Chapter 2 onward. (I guess I just prefer task-based learning.)

The author voice is great for beginners like me though. Unfortunately, because there are only 24 hours in a day, I've had to put my Avid learning on hold so I can get a grip on the Adobe products I'll need for college in the fall. But I do plan to continue learning Avid after doing some projects in Adobe.


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