Media Composer 6: Part 1 - Editing Essentials Paperback – Feb 10 2012
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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.
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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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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.
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.
But worst of all, you can't even really use this book as a reference book when you actually want to use it. For instance, let's say you don't remember something, like creating a key frame, well any other instructional book, you can always turn to the index to find where that section of lessons would be in the book.... But no, not this book. You go to the index and look up key frame and it tells you what page the term is in the glossary.
And that's just one example. Every single time I've tried to use this book as a reference, same thing. Completely useless
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