FINAL CUT PRO TRAINING - AVID TRAINING - PREMIERE TRAINING  "the greatest threat is not knowing what you don't know"

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Michael has attended internationally recognised Train-the-Trainer courses to offer the very best training to the people of South Africa at prices that are in line with our economy.

Media Composer is recommended for high end
broadcast editing and film projects.

With 25 years of design innovation 
is the non-linear editing platform
of choice for productions that require
collaborative media file sharing
and on-line video finishing functionality.



Professional editors required to compile sequences within technical specifications for broadcast, web and DVD output. Editors are familiarized with terminology and editing techniques  commonly used to create documentaries, drama, actuality and news programmes within allocated deadlines.


The course combines lessons included in Avid Media Composer 101 Essential Skills Training and Avid 110 Effects Training. This represents a cost saving of 20% when compared with attendance at both courses. The class progresses through all the phases of creating a sequence on Avid platforms including inputting footage, assembling and trimming sequences, editing audio, applying effects and motion animation, creating titles and outputting a finished programme for various delivery platforms.



Manuals including all lessons and media are provided at no cost for the duration of training and can be purchased for reference and revision purposes for R650 before or during training.


Avid Media Composer is available on Mac and Windows OS. Efficiency with the platform of choice is recommended for best results.

  • 10.00 - 10.15 COFFEE BREAK
  • 12.30 - 13.00 LUNCH. (Light lunch is served).
  • 16.00 TRAINING ENDS.
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Lesson 1: Exploring the Interface and Preparing to Edit
Starting the System, Opening a Project, Exploring the Workspace, Understanding the Project Window, Working with Bins and Folders in the Project Window, Exploring the Editing Interface, Working with the Surface Monitor, Organizing Clips and Bins, Saving Your Work

Lesson 2: Assembling a Basic Sequence

Opening the Project, Understanding the Record Monitor, Creating a New Sequence, Combining Bin Tabs, Marking Edit Points, Finding and Audio Edit Cue, Performing Basic Editing, Splicing Clips into the Timeline, Adding Tracks to a Sequence, Overwriting Clips into the Timeline, Making Edits in the Timeline, Editing Audio and Video, Extracting and Lifting Segments from the Timeline

Lesson 3: Ingesting File-Based Media

Opening the Project, Understanding Importing and AMA Linking, Importing Still Images, Creating a New Project, Importing Audio Files, Opening a Bin from Another Project, Understanding AMA, Linking to a QuickTime Volume, Understanding Consolidate Versus Transcode, Adding Comments to Master Clips in Script View

Lesson 4: Manual Timeline Editing
Opening the Project, Creating Subclips, Preparing the Project for Editing, Drag-and-Drop Editing in the Timeline, Finding Clips in the Bins Pane, Dragging Clips in the Bins Pane, Dragging Clips to Splice-In or Overwrite the Timeline, Sorting and Sifting Clips, Building a Storyboard, Arranging a Storyboard, Editing a Storyboard into Sequence, Trimming Segments with Top and Tail, Trimming Segments with Extend

Lesson 5: Refining the Edit
Opening and Preparing the Project, Understanding Your Trimming Options, Overwrite Trimming with the Smart Tools. Using the Trim Keyboard Shortcuts, Preparing the Project, Using Ripple Trim to Fix Dialogue, Trimming On-the-Fly, Trimming in the Composer Window, Preparing the Project, Using Additional Video to Enhance a Sequence, Slipping or Sliding Segments
Lesson 6: Refining and Mixing Audio
Tailoring the Interface for Audio Editing, Working with Markers, Adding and Patching Tracks, Monitoring, Soloing and Muting a Track, Recording a Voiceover, Using the Audio Tool, Setting Levels and Pan in the Audio Mixer, Changing Levels Within a Segment, Audio Crossfades

Lesson 7: Customizing Media Composer
Creating a New User Profile, Viewing and Changing User Settings, Changing the Font Size, Working with the Command Palette, Customizing a Workspace.


Lesson 8: Introduction to Multicamera Editing
Creating Group Clips, Editing with Multicamera Displays, Exploring Multicamera Editing Techniques, Revising a Multicamera Edit

Lesson 9: Creating Quick Titles and Basic Transitions
Making a New title, Editing a Title Over Video, Working with Shapes and Gradients, Applying a Fade Effect to Titles, Adding Quick Transitions

Lesson 10: Preparing for Output and Exporting a File

Creating a Sequence Report, Adding Bars, Tone and Filler, Reviewing Work in Full-Screen Mode, Exporting a Sequence for Web Sharing, Using Send To Templates for DVD Authoring, Creating Your Own Send To Templates, Preparing a Sequence, Exporting the Program Portion of the Sequence

Lesson 11: Working with Effects
Applying Effects to Timeline Clips, Manipulating Effects with Keyframes, Saving and Applying Saved Effects, Saving Effects with Source, Nesting Effects, Understanding the Render Process and Reducing Render Time

Lesson 12: Retiming Clips and Slomo
Creating Default Settings with the Media Creation Tool, Choosing Between Duplicated Field, Both Fields and Interpolated Field Options, Using Timewarp Presets, Customizing Timewarp with Keyframes

Lesson 13: Touching up with Avid Paint
Removing Selective Areas of an Image, Removing Scratches and Artifacts, Painting with Masks, Animating Paint Effects, Highlighting and Blurring Selections, Tracking with Motion Tracker

Lesson 14: Keying with Avid Animatte
Using Mask Creation Tools, Adding and Deleting Control Points, Adjusting Curves Using Bezier Controls, Animating Masks, Applying Motion Tracking

Lesson 15: Media Management
Opening the Media Tool, Selecting Display Options, Importing Clips From Multiple Projects, Deleting Selected Clips, Managing Render Files