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  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Course Technology PTR; 1 edition (Feb. 10 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1133727980
  • ISBN-13: 978-1133727989
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #200,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Introduction. 1. Introduction to Media Composer 6. 2. Editing a Rough Cut. 3. Ingesting File-Based Media. 4. Subclip and Storyboard Editing. 5. Refining the Edit. 6. Refining the Audio. 7. Mixing Audio. 8. Customizing Media Composer 6. 9. Multi Camera Editing. 10. Creating Quick Transitions and Basic Titles. 11. Preparing for Output. 12. Exporting a Program File. Glossary. Index. Appendix A: Technical Fundamentals. Appendix B: Capturing from Tape. Appendix C: Outputting to Tape.

About the Author

Mary Plummer has been editing film and video professionally for more than 20 years, including online, offline, linear, and non-linear editing systems. Her freelance experience includes music videos, documentaries, promos, trailers, pilots, show intros, commercials, and independent feature films. The first feature film she edited was finished on the original Avid Media Composer in the early 1990s. Since then, her knowledge and experience have evolved in tandem with the professional non-linear editing tools. In addition to her editing career, she is also an Avid Certified Trainer and best-selling author of numerous film and television post-production software training books, including TITLE DESIGN ESSENTIALS FOR FILM AND VIDEO.

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This book is the best one about video editing i've seen in a very long time. Media Composer can be pretty difficult to understand when you don't have a good video editor to teach you.

This book is THE teacher. A real must have in your bookshelf. It shows the step by step what you should know, from the start.

The explanations are very nicely done and easy to understand. Plenty of tips, tricks and exercises so you can practice. I really enjoy this book as it helps me at work (i'm a cameraman at a local TV station) and i have no more fear to work with Avid.

As son as i finish this book, ordering the second one will be a no-brainer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Thorough, Expert, But Somewhat Dry Slog April 24 2012
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MC is a serious piece of software, designed for and used by professionals. By the time I finish writing this review, the turf will probably have changed, but as of now (mid 2012) it is one of the few programs that can be considered one of the industry standards.

The editors and authors of this book have decided to divide their book on MC 6 into two separate books which was probably a wise decision. More practical. Easier on the hands.

What we have here is an expert, nicely-sequenced, and clear walk-through of basic to intermediate functions for MC 6. It is all about real-world applications, using some fun examples in the process. It is very screen shot-y which might suit your learning style or might not.

This is not the most scintillating prose you will ever encounter, and it would be a stretch to suggest that this book is inspired. However, if you are looking for something that is part reference and part "learn-to" you should probably pick this one up.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
BAD Book Avid! March 28 2013
By soriaM - Published on
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I am a current student at CSUN taking a Digital Editing course for Avid Media Composer. Twenty (20) students in my class and at least five (5) if not more, have outdated books! This book has the same cover, barcode and NO version numbers, so you do not know if your getting the latest version! In addition, the book refers to "Appendix F" which is not included in the book nor in any of my classmates books! Avid you need to work on placing different version numbers, barcodes, and covers for every NEW book! Be AWARE buying this book knowing you may not be getting the current version and missing pages!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Almost vital to learning the software. May 17 2012
By Trottin'-Butterz - Published on
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Unless you're experienced with editing software (I'm not at all) this handy book will show you the ropes of what the powerful MC6 software's capabilities. The writing can be drab/academic, but it's a teaching tool so that's to be expected. You'll learn how to edit from the DVD examples they give you from various popular TV shows, so that's fun and makes you feel like your finished products could really be marketable in the industry. If you have MC6, you really should consider getting this entire series to get the most out of your (expensive) software.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
easy to learn from Jan. 18 2013
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Oh that Mary.
She developed an easy to follow (at times confusing) guidebook. I recommend you learn by yourself instead of partnered up or in a group. You'll benefit more if you do this by yourself. Sure you can cut the costs in half if you partner up and buy one book, but keep in mind one of you will have to read aloud and the other is a mindless drone that only follows orders. I prefer hands on learning. No sharing.
Her bits of humor provide a bit of relief from the reading.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great book. But this editor needs an editor. Feb. 29 2012
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I am brand new to the world of editing and this book is great. Quality paper, good pictures, although some may think they are too small. Step by step instructions are solid. I have to stress that this book is for beginners. I do like how it does not talk much at all about the art of editing but instead gives a few suggestions here and there. It just tells you how to operate the software. The media on the CD is professional stuff. You will work with clips from the show Hell's Kitchen, to snow boarders, to a documentary narrated by Matt Damon (matt damon. sorry. team america world police moment there) and I thought that was really cool. Also, another HUGE plus for me is an accurate index! I have already used this sucker a couple of times and am so glad it is there for quick reference.

A con is the typos. There are TONS of typos, hence the title of this review. They are not on every page but come on people. It is definitely not a deal breaker though.

I would 100% recommend this book. I will be probably read through it again before I move on to part 2 when it comes out in march. Another plus of this book is the way it introduces you to the shortcut keys. It does not throw all of them at you at once but instead offers them as you need them. Practice with them a couple of times and you will remember. Also, the flow of the book is excellent. I have really enjoyed working the projects and learning the software. Ms. Mary Plummer, the author, is extremely informative, organized, and even entertaining. My tip to you if you are just starting, spend extra time on the initial chapters to truly familiarize yourself with the interface. Another plus? The frikin price! 35 bucks? You betcha. Hope this helps. Make sure and step out of that editing bay every now and then and get some sunshine. I'll see ya in Hollywood.