This course provides the foundation for Media Composer User Certification through an Avid Learning Partner. It introduces the interface and basic editing techniques before moving on to trimming, fine-tuning the edit, adjusting audio, handling multi-camera editing, adding transitions, adding titles, and outputting a finished project. The training is hands-on, and features project-based lessons working on real-world projects ranging from extreme sports and documentary footage to an episode of the television show Hell’s Kitchen. The course provides a comprehensive introduction to this powerful software.
- Exploring the interface and preparing to edit
- Assembling a basic sequence
- Ingesting file-based media
- Manual timeline editing
- Refining the edit
- Refining and mixing audio
- Customising Media Composer
- Introduction to multi-camera editing
- Creating quick titles and basic transitions
- Preparing for output and exporting a file
This course is aimed at
Producers, editors, assistant editors , and the novice or intermediate Avid user. This course assumes that you are familiar with the language of editing, although no prior experience with Avid is expected. You will benefit most from the course if you have some experience of video or film editing or have attended our Editing – Fundamental Concepts short course.
Lesson 1 – Exploring the Interface and Preparing to Edit
Strating 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 Source 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 an Audio Edit Cue, Performing Basic Editing, Splicing Clips into the Timeline, Adding Tracks into a Sequence, Overwriting Clips into the Timeline, Marking Edits in the Timeline, Editing Audio and Video, Extracting and Lifting Segments from the Timeline
Lesson 3 – Ingesting File-Based Media
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
Creating Subclips, Preparing the Project for Editing, Drag and Drop Editing in the Timeline, Finding 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 a Sequence, Trimming Segments with Top and Tail, Trimming Segments with Extend
Lesson 5 – Refining the Edit
Understanding Your Trimming Options, Overwrite Trimming with the Smart Tool, Using the Trim Keyboard Shortcuts, Using Ripple Trim to Fix Dialogue, Trimming on-the-Fly, Trimming in the Computer Window, 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 – Introuction to Multicam Editing
Creating Group Clips, Editing with Multicam 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 Filter, Reviewing Work in Full-Screen Mode, Exporting a Sequence for Web Sharing, Using Send to Templates for DVD Authoring, Creating Your Own Send To Template
The Avid Media Composer Certified User Exam is the first of two certification exams that allow you to become Avid Certified. The two combined certifications offer an established and recognized goal for both academic users and industry professionals as shown in the graphic below. The Avid Media Composer User Certification requires that you display a firm grasp of the core skills, workflows, and concepts of non-linear editing on the Avid Media Composer system. Avid collaborated with a team of test development consultants and technology subject matter experts throughout the exam development process to ensure the exam is reliable, fair, and valid.
An Avid Certified User credential allows you to:
- Differentiate yourself from competitors
- Make your résumé stand out with downloadable logos
- Prove your credentials with a Certificate of Achievement
- Gain recognition from your employer and peers with our online Certified Professional listing
Q-01: What is the Media Composer Certified User exam?
A-01: The Media Composer Certified User exam is designed to assess a candidate's core skills for editing with Avid Media Composer, including the fundamental concepts and workflow of editing. The Media Composer User Certification requires that you display a firm grasp of the core skills, workflows, and concepts of non-linear editing on the Avid Media Composer system. The exam covers content from the MC101: Media Composer Editing Essentials 3-day course (or equivalent real-world product experience) and the MC110: Media Composer Effects Essentials 2-day course. Read More
Q-02: Why should I obtain this certification?
A-02: As a professional, an Avid Certified credential allows you to:
- Differentiate yourself from competitors
- Make your résumé stand out
- Attract and win new business
- Gain recognition from your employer and peers
- Leverage the power of the Avid brand
As an employer, use the Avid Certified credential as a benchmark so you can:
- Find the right person for the job
- Quickly assess candidate skill level
- Invest in and promote your most promising employees
- Keep your systems running at top performance, with little to no downtime
Q-03: Who should take the Media Composer Certified User exam?
A-03: Avid Media Composer Certified User exam candidates might be aspiring film and television editors, multimedia producers, or anyone involved in the video and film production process. The exam is designed for individuals who possess a fundamental understanding of and the capability to use Avid Media Composer to edit a project through completion, with all of the basic operational skills to capture and manage media, edit, apply effects, color correct, and output the finished program.
For more detailed information on what is covered on the Media Composer Certified User exam, see the Media Composer Certified User Exam Blueprint.
Q-04: How do I register for the Media Composer Certified User exam?
A-04: Call or email Peter on 02073593986 to schedule your exam
Q-05: What happens if I take the exam and do not pass?
A-05: Exam results are shown immediately when an exam is completed and submitted for evaluation. Unless a candidate is banned from retaking the exams for reasons of fraud or rule violations, the following retake policy applies:
- If a candidate does not pass a certification exam, the candidate may retake the exam after 24 hours have passed.
- When a candidate has passed a certification exam, it may not be taken again for that version of the Avid product.
Q-06: What should I bring with me to take the exam?
A-06: You may be required to bring two forms of personal identification with you to the exam testing center. Exam participants are not permitted to access personal items or belongings during the exam. This includes, but is not limited to, cellular phones, personal computers, notebooks, and backpacks.
Q-07: Can I refer to study materials during the exam?
A-07: No. Candidates are not allowed to reference any documentation or study materials during the exam.
Q-08: What is the format of the exam?
A-08: The Media Composer Certified User exam is comprised of 60 questions and is directly tied to the Media Composer Editing Essentials and Media Composer Effects Essentials course content. The time allotted to complete the exam is 75 minutes.
Test items are presented in the following formats:
- Multiple Choice: Select the single option that best answers the question
- Illustration Review: Refer to the illustration (e.g. Media Composer user interface, movie frame, etc.) prior to answering the multiple choice or multiple response question
Q-09: What will I receive if I successfully pass the exam?
A-09: Along with becoming a part of an elite group of Media Composer users, you will receive:
- Official certificate emailed to you, proving your Media Composer 6 User status.
- Logos electronically delivered to you, for use in your business marketing materials such as business cards and websites.
- (Optional with your express consent) Listing of your credentials on Avid.com. (http://www.avid.com/US/support/training/find-professional)
|It is advisable to bring a notepad and a pen to take notes during the course. Everything else will be provided for you!|
|This course takes place at our post production partner facility VET in Hoxton. Full address details can be found HERE|
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