Avid Editing

5th Edition

A Guide for Beginning and Intermediate Users


  • Sam Kauffmann
  • Ashley Kennedy
  • Description

    Far more than just a software manual, Avid Editing is your trusted guide to uncovering the many layers of one of the world’s most exciting crafts. This book weaves valuable editing principles together with the robust Avid workflow, delving deeply into efficient editing techniques and concepts. In an easy-to-read style, you’ll encounter detailed step-by-step instructions for hundreds of Avid procedures, and more than 500 images and screen captures make complex concepts easy to grasp. You’ll soon begin to know the system in and out, all while improving your overall editing technique and skillset.

    Geared toward beginning and intermediate Avid editors, this book guides you through both narrative and documentary editing projects. The accompanying DVD provides professionally shot footage for you to edit, giving you a hands-on, learn-as-you-go experience.

    Key Features

    New to the fifth edition:
    * Coverage of all updated Media Composer 6 functionality, including exciting interface changes and powerful new editing tools
    * Working in a tapeless HD workflow
    * Using brand new organizational and searching techniques
    * Customizing and linking your Avid workspaces for your own individual editing style
    * A new 4-color insert with the color correction chapter


    novice Avid editors; university students studying video production

    Table of Contents

    Getting Started
    Basic Editing
    The Project Window
    A Few Editing Tips
    Advanced Editing
    Saving Your Work
    Keeping in Sync
    Importing and Exporting
    Digital Filmmaking at 24P
    HD and HDV
    Shooting on Film, Finishing on Film
    Present and Future


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    Focal Press
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    About the authors

    Sam Kauffmann

    Sam Kauffmann is a professor at Boston University’s College of Communication, where he teaches digital editing and film production. He is an award-winning video and filmmaker with numerous credits as a cinematographer and editor. His work has aired on network and local television stations throughout America. Included among his credits are Show Your Love, Fire: Countdown to Disaster, Killing Time, Surviving the Family, and South Africa: Building Democracy, about six South Africans who are helping to build a new nation from the rubble of apartheid.

    Ashley Kennedy

    Ashley Kennedy is an adjunct professor at Columbia College Chicago where she teaches advanced post-production courses. She is also on staff at Columbia College’s Center for Innovation in Teaching Excellence (CITE), where she designs and delivers technology-related workshops to campus-wide faculty on a variety of digital media and web-based topics. Additionally, she has authored several extensive e-courses on for the online training site, lynda.com, on the topic of Avid Media Composer. Prior to her jump to higher education, Ashley was the Principal Instructor at Avid Technology, Inc., where she developed and taught courses within the Avid Certified curriculum, contributing to more than a dozen in-classroom and e-learning courses. She also managed the Avid Certified Instructor program and co-managed the Avid Authorized Training Partner program. Ashley holds a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Illinois, and an M.F.A in Film from Boston University.