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Unleash the Avid Timeline
by Janet Dalton - Mewshop Avid Certified instructor, freelance editor
Janet DaltonFCP editors and students constantly complain to me that the Avid timeline is so rigid. "I just want to click on a clip and delete it" they say or "I just want to pull out an edit to make it longer or shorter".

While it is true there are times when I wish a single click on the avid timeline could do more than just move the play head, there are buttons you can map to your keyboard that will go a long way to making your Avid timeline more flexible.

Top of the list has to be the segment mode buttons. Map these buttons to your avid keyboard and they will change your passive curser into a selection tool with a click of a key. They will allow you to select and delete clips, red one will leave a space while the yellow will close the gap. They will also allow you to pick clips up and move them around. A quick way to activate the segment modes is to drag a lasso from left to right around a clip or multiple clips in the timeline and then you can use your keyboard to toggle between the red and yellow.

My next favorite would have to be the "extend edit" button. I have this mapped to my "E" key. Students ask all the time how can I extend an edit without having to go into trim mode. Well with the extend edit button all you have to do is mark an "in" where you would like to extend the start of a clip too and hit "extend edit". OR mark an "out" where you would like to extend the tail of a clip too and hit extend edit. This behaves as if you where doing a double roller trim in trim mode or it is the same as doing extend edit in FCP.

Finally, "top" and "tail" buttons are great if you want to quickly shorten a clip in the timeline without going into trim mode or without using marks and the extract button. All you have to do is park your play head in the clip where you would like it to start and hit the "top" button. Everything from the start of the clip to your play head will be removed. No need for any marks. If you want to remove everything from your playhead to the end of a clip hit the "tail" button. These buttons behave like a single roller trim in trim mode of like rippling in FCP.

All of the buttons above buttons are located in the command palette located in the tools menu.

MARCH/APRIL 2009 Classes

MARCH/APRIL 2009 Classes
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APPLE

Final Cut Pro 100: An Overview of Final Cut Pro This two-day hands-on course is an overview course of Final Cut Pro that introduces students to the primary feature set and basic interface. In this course you learn to perform basic editing functions while familiarizing yourself with the user interface. Course cost: $850.
Sat-Sun March 7-8, April 11-12

Final Cut Pro 101: An Introduction to Final Cut Pro This three-day hands-on apple certified course introduces students to the primary feature set and basic interface of Final Cut Pro. In this course, you learn to perform basic editing functions while familiarizing yourself with the user interface. Course cost: $1200.
Mon-Wed March 2-4, April 6-8

Final Cut Pro 200: A Comprehensive Study of Final Cut Pro This five-day workshop highlights the entire feature set of Final Cut Pro. This course is designed for those seeking an in-depth understanding of Final Cut Pro's technical capabilities.
Course cost: $1700.
Mon-Fri March 9 - 13. April 27 - May 1
Final Cut Pro 250: Final Cut Pro for Avid Editors
This two-day hands-on course introduces students to the primary feature set and interface of Final Cut Pro. Using Avid editing terminology and references as stepping-stones, this course translates a student's existing editing talents to the FCP skill set.
Course Cost: $1200
Sat - Sun Apr 25-26
Final Cut Pro 300: Advanced Techniques in Final Cut Pro This three-day course provides the most extensive must-know professional techniques for cutting dialogue scenes, action scenes, fight and chase scenes, documentaries, comedy, music videos, multi-camera projects and more. Covers basic Soundtrack principles.
Course cost:$1200
Fri - Sun, Mar 6 - 8

Final Cut Pro 301: Advanced Techniques in Final Cut Pro
This two-day course custom class provides must-know professional techniques for cutting dialogue scenes, action scenes, fight and chase scenes, documentaries, comedy, music videos, multi-camera projects and more. Covers basic Soundtrack principles.
Course cost: $950
Sat - Sun Mar 21 - 22

Final Cut Pro 501(E): An Introduction to Final Cut Pro
This four-night hands-on course introduces students to the primary feature set and basic interface of Final Cut Pro. In this course, you learn to perform basic editing functions while familiarizing yourself with the user interface.
Course cost: $850.
Mon-Thu Apr 6-9

Final Cut Studio 101: Motion Graphics and Effects in Final Cut Studio
This three-day hands-on course familiarizes students with real-world effects techniques, including filters, layering, composite modes and animating video, graphics and titles. Course cost: $1200.
Fri - Sun Mar 6 - 8

DVD Studio Pro 501 (E): An Introduction to DVD Studio Pro
This four night hands-on custom course delves into the world of DVD authoring using DVD Studio Pro. In this comprehensive course students learn everything they need to create a professional DVD.
Course cost: $1200.
Mon - Thu, Mar 9 - 12.

DVD Studio Pro 100: An Overview of DVD Studio Pro
This two-day hands-on custom course delves into the world of DVD authoring using DVD Studio Pro. In this comprehensive course students learn everything they need to create a professional DVD.
Course cost: $1200.
Sat-Sun Mar 14-15

DVD Studio Pro 101: An Introduction to DVD Studio Pro
This three-day hands-on course delves into the world of DVD authoring using DVD Studio Pro. In this comprehensive course students learn everything they need to create a professional DVD.
Course cost: $1200.
Fri - Sun March 13 - 15.

Color 100: An Overview of Color
This two-day hands-on custom course is an overview of Apple's masterful new color grading and finishing software. Start with the basics of color balancing and correction, and move on to the fine points of secondary grading with Color.
Course cost: $1000.
Sat-Sun March 28-29

Color 101: An Introduction to Color
This three-day hands-on course will familiarize students with Apple's masterful new color grading and finishing software. Start with the basics of color balancing and correction, and move on to the fine points of secondary grading in color.
Course cost: $1200
Fri. - Sun March 27-29

Soundtrack Pro 101: An Introduction to Soundtrack Pro
This two-day class guides you through using Soundtrack Pro to edit audio files, repair field recordings, perform multi-track arranging and mixing, synchronize audio and video, analyze and fix common audio problems, and perform other creative sound design technique. Course cost: $850
Sat - Sun April 4-5

Color 501(E): An Introduction to Color
This four-night hands-on course will familiarize students with Apple's masterful new color grading and finishing software. Start with the basics of color balancing and correction, and move on to the fine points of secondary grading within Color.
Course cost: $1000.
Mon-Thu March 23-26

Motion 100: An Overview of Motion
This two-day hands-on custom course will familiarize students with Motion, Apple's revolutionary software for motion graphics design. This comprehensive course covers working with Motion's Real-Time Design engine, interface and much more.
Course cost: $950
Sat - Sun April 18-19

Motion 101: An Introduction to Motion
This three-day hands-on certified course will familiarize students with Motion, Apple's revolutionary software for motion graphics design. This comprehensive course covers working with Motion's Real-Time Design engine, interface and much more.
Course cost: $1200
Fri - Sun Apr 17-19

Motion 501: An Introduction to Motion
This four-night hands-on custom course will familiarize students with Motion, Apple's revolutionary software for motion graphics design. This comprehensive course covers working with Motion's Real-Time Design engine, interface and more.
Course cost: $950
Mon - Thu Apr 13 -16

Logic Pro 501(E): Advanced Techniques in Logic Pro
This four-night custom course takes you through Logic's powerful advanced features covering everything from production, editing, and mixing, to notation and scoring to picture. Course cost: $1000
Mon - Thu Apr 27-30

AVID
Avid Media Composer 101: Editing with Avid Media Composer
This two-day weekend course introduces the concepts of nonlinear editing and includes all basic features of the Avid Media Composer system for Macintosh Course.
Course cost: $1000
Sat - Sun Mar 14-15, Apr 4-5

Avid Media Composer 101: Editing with Avid Media Composer
This three-day weekday course introduces the concepts of nonlinear editing and includes all basic features of the Avid Media Composer system for Macintosh.
Course cost: $1350
Mon - Wed Mar 16 - 18, Apr 13-15

Avid Media Composer 110: Introduction to Avid Media Composer Effects
This two-day course introduces basic effects in the Avid interface and is a prerequisite for the 305 Advanced Avid Media Composer Effects course.
Course cost: $1000.
Thu - Fri Mar 19 - 20, Apr 16-17
Sat - Sun Mar 21-22, Apr 18-19

Avid Media Composer 101/110: A Comprehensive Study of Media Composer
This five-day intensive course incorporates the vital elements of Avid Media Composer's core 101 and 110 classes to provide an in-depth understanding of Media Composer's entire feature set.
Course cost: $2200
Mon-Fri Mar 16 - 20, Apr 13-17

Avid Media Composer 305: Advanced Avid Media Composer Effects
This two-day hands-on certified course focuses on designing multilayered and multinested effects on Avid Media Composer for maximum quality and optimal render time. Course cost: $950
Sat - Sun Mar 28-29

Six Week Intensive Workshop

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Our signature Six Week Course in the art and technique of film editing is taught on the two leading industry tools - Avid and Final Cut Pro. The industry uses both. So should you.

This Intensive class provides a complete education - from the art and history of editing to the technical know-how needed on the job.

A comprehensive jump-start for anyone serious about a career as an editor, over half of our Six Week graduates have found work as editors and assistants.

Learn from the best in our Artist in Residence series, where editors of Academy Award winning films guide you on your work and share insights from their own.

As always, every student leaves with a professional Editor's Reel, and those interested in showcasing their work can now have samples posted on a special alumni section of our website.

April 27 - June 5
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Recession Special Series : Art of Documentary Editing

This five-day hands-on workshop explores all aspects of documentary editing - from the aesthetic background and creative decision-making that make a good story great, to road-tested workflow methods for picture and sound that every editor should know.

During the week, we'll screen and deconstruct clips from a wide range of non-fiction genres, from the earliest experiments of Thomas Edison to the cutting-edge documentaries of today.

In addition, we'll cut a number of exercises using real footage from real docs - looking at how editing can affect character and story, and create or alter realty. Each day ends with a screening and critique of each other's work.

You'll learn proven methods of media management for long-form projects, effective approaches to structure and storytelling, and basic principles of sound design geared towards cleaning up an edit for festivals and broadcast.

We'll also invite guest documentary filmmakers and editors to round out your training experience with real-world advice from the field.

Prerequisite
Students may edit in either Avid or Final Cut Pro, but a working knowledge of editing is expected. NOTE: This is not a course in how to edit on Final Cut Pro or Avid, however students may enroll in a certified Avid or FCP class prior to the Art of Documentary class and receive a 10% discount on both classes.

Audience
Anyone with FCP/Avid experience interested in learning editing techniques specific to documentary and reality television.


Monday thru Friday
Date: March 30- April 3, 2009
Hours: 10am to 5pm

Cost: $1195
Partner organizations: $995
Six Week Alums: $895
Each student works on their own system
12 seat maximum

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