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Avid Xpress DV 3.5 Editing [Paperback]

Avid Technology Inc.
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Dec 6 2002 Avid Educational

If you're serious about your career as a video editor, you need to learn on the software that the pros use. Avid Xpress DV 3.5 brings broadcast and Hollywood video editing power to your desktop for under $2,000 and Avid Xpress DV 3.5 Editing shows you how to use it. The training experts at Avid have crammed an entire beginner's course into one complete book/CD-ROM combo that lets you get hands-on fast. This book covers all stages of the editing process including how to input and organize source footage, edit sync and non-sync material, trim sequences, edit audio, create titles, and output a finished program. Even if you've never used an Avid system before, step-by-step instructions, illustrated with screenshots and reinforced with review questions and practice exercises, promise to turn you into a proficient Avid user by the time you're through with this comprehensive course.


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If you're serious about your career as a video editor, you need to learn on the software that the pros use. Avid Xpress DV 3.5 brings broadcast and Hollywood video editing power to your desktop for under $2,000 and Avid Xpress DV 3.5 Editing shows you how to use it. The training experts at Avid have crammed an entire beginner's course into one complete book/CD-ROM combo that lets you get hands-on fast. This book covers all stages of the editing process including how to input and organize source footage, edit sync and non-sync material, trim sequences, edit audio, create titles, and output a finished program. Even if you've never used an Avid system before, step-by-step instructions, illustrated with screenshots and reinforced with review questions and practice exercises, promise to turn you into a proficient Avid user by the time you're through with this comprehensive course.

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Avid Technology's award-winning team of Education Specialists is a highly trained group of instructors with extensive knowledge in all aspects of postproduction. Avid combines the team's in-house expertise with a CD-ROM containing all of the project and media files used in the book to create a full-featured training course in every title.


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This is probably one of the best learning books available for Avid DV Xpress 3.5. As one user put it, it does assume you know nothing about the system and starts you off running with basic commands. I started this book and program not even knowing what a bin was, and in two days, I mastered basic editing on the Avid system, which is such a high-end program I didn't think it was possible. I recommend this book to anyone who is a novice. Not a good idea if you're experienced, not even as a refresher. Might wanna try another book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Detailed - Great Place To Start Feb. 12 2003
By A Customer
This is the same book used in the Avid authorized classrooms. It assumes nothing of the reader and takes you step by step through the operation of XDV. It includes media files on disc that are used and referred to in the exercises that follow each chapter. The chapter and exercise on trim editing is worth it's weight in gold. I went through it twice and will probably do it again soon. The whole set of books are great to have around as reference and to revisit and review areas on the Avid to keep yourself sharp, leaving nothing to chance. I too found chapter one to be incredibly basic (but hey, shouldn't chapter one be just that?), but it does get challenging if you keep working through it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars REDUNDANT INFORMATION Jan. 26 2003
why is a book on avid xpress dv telling me how to log in to Windows XP, or how to resize windows by clicking on the corners of dialog boxes? there is so much unnecessary information in the book that it makes it difficult to read and follow through, often finding myself skipping several pages. there is so much filler and double-spacing that makes up 80% of the bulk in this book.
for example on page 1-15, the author explains moving a bin into a folder. "to move a bin into a folder, click and drag the bin icon to the folder triangle. When you release the mouse, the bin appears in the folder." that is just painful! get to the point! explain the program not the mechanics of the operating system!
who doesn't know how to drop down the list of trash contents by clicking on the side-arrow? one can intuitively make these decisions as the interface of xpress dv is not cryptic at all!
a terrible read! just use the online Help files instead.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Detailed - Great Place To Start Feb. 12 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the same book used in the Avid authorized classrooms. It assumes nothing of the reader and takes you step by step through the operation of XDV. It includes media files on disc that are used and referred to in the exercises that follow each chapter. The chapter and exercise on trim editing is worth it's weight in gold. I went through it twice and will probably do it again soon. The whole set of books are great to have around as reference and to revisit and review areas on the Avid to keep yourself sharp, leaving nothing to chance. I too found chapter one to be incredibly basic (but hey, shouldn't chapter one be just that?), but it does get challenging if you keep working through it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best Avid Educational Book for beginning editor May 22 2003
By Jeramiah A. Young - Published on Amazon.com
This is probably one of the best learning books available for Avid DV Xpress 3.5. As one user put it, it does assume you know nothing about the system and starts you off running with basic commands. I started this book and program not even knowing what a bin was, and in two days, I mastered basic editing on the Avid system, which is such a high-end program I didn't think it was possible. I recommend this book to anyone who is a novice. Not a good idea if you're experienced, not even as a refresher. Might wanna try another book.
15 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars REDUNDANT INFORMATION Jan. 26 2003
By happy face - Published on Amazon.com
why is a book on avid xpress dv telling me how to log in to Windows XP, or how to resize windows by clicking on the corners of dialog boxes? there is so much unnecessary information in the book that it makes it difficult to read and follow through, often finding myself skipping several pages. there is so much filler and double-spacing that makes up 80% of the bulk in this book.
for example on page 1-15, the author explains moving a bin into a folder. "to move a bin into a folder, click and drag the bin icon to the folder triangle. When you release the mouse, the bin appears in the folder." that is just painful! get to the point! explain the program not the mechanics of the operating system!
who doesn't know how to drop down the list of trash contents by clicking on the side-arrow? one can intuitively make these decisions as the interface of xpress dv is not cryptic at all!
a terrible read! just use the online Help files instead.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read for Avid Newbies and Novices May 1 2008
By Andrew F. - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a wonderful read for those who have little to no knowledge of AVID Xpress. It builds you up from the barest of bones using concrete examples. The included DVD provides editable samples and allows you to actually DO the examples in the book, instead of just reading about them.

If you've never touched an AVID system, this is a must-read and your key to the AVID promised land.
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