101 Intro to Media Composer Editing
This Multipart Avid Certified course introduces the concepts of nonlinear editing and progresses through the basic features and functions of the Media Composer system. This includes, but is not limited to, digitizing and organizing source footage, editing sync and non-sync material, trimming sequences, editing audio, adding effects, creating titles, and outputting work to tape. Class time is divided between demonstration and hands-on practice time, with ample time for experimentation with engaging sample media. Participants will edit several different types of footage including narrative film, news, and corporate. This class allows editors and assistant editors to acquire, quickly and efficiently, the skills necessary to operate Media Composer. Prerequisite: 099
101A Intro to Media Composer Editing
This three-day course covers Modules 1 8, 19, and the Standard Title Tool in your Avid Media
This two-day course covers Modules 15, 16, 17, and 21, as well as reviews Module 8 and 19 (as
This two-day course covers Modules 18, 20, (and 21 if it wasn’t already covered in 101B as noted) in your Avid Media Composer 101 book.
This two-day course covers Modules 9 – 14 in your Avid Media Composer 101 book. Course
104 Intermediate Input/Output
This course is a practical, hands-on introduction to input and output methods used in the Avid nonlinear editing workflow providing in depth information on signal flow between the Avid, mixer and deck. Topics include drop frame and non-drop frame timecode, proper mixer configuration, input and output tools available in the Avid software, and post production workflow. Students practice logging, digitizing, striping tapes, and output to tape will working extensively with Avid’s digitizing and output tools. Prerequisite: 101
105 Intro to Editing Aesthetics
Leaving behind the intense technical training that Avid requires, this courses content reflects upon the reasons we became editors in the first place to compellingly tell stories through images. Students begin by learning the methods for organizing thoughts through a script breakdown and easily segue into the “Conceptual Physics of Editing.” After a thorough discussion of “how we see” and “focusing the gaze,” the art and craft of editing is delved into with a practical analysis of psychological tactics designed to illicit emotional responses. The class is presented in a seminar fashion and is rife with clips from over 100 years of scintillating cinema.
107 Basic Editing Workshop
Using trimming and assembly techniques, this course gives students an opportunity to work on real-life footage in order to create their own personal projects that are designed to teach specific editing aesthetic principles. Students also get valuable feedback on their projects from the instructor and their fellow students. The projects cover editing without sound, adding sound through sound design, and story structure in editing. Prerequisite: 101 Pt 1, 105 Pt 1
107F Basic Editing Workshop
This course is an introduction to editing video created specifically for online and mobile publishing. Conventions for Film and TV editing are covered and compared to editing considerations for the internet/portable mediums. Editing workflow, graphics for the small screen, typography, compression and online publishing to conventional Video Hosting sites will be addressed both in lecture and in exercises. Effort to provide further experience with Final Cut Pro Studio will be accomplished by several in-class exercises focused not only on the technical but more importantly on using the tools to achieve strong creative goals. Prerequisite: FCP200
125 Intro to New Media Aesthetics
This course is an introduction to current online, mobile and tablet video media from a content editing and editing aesthetics perspective. New Media will be defined, its forms explored online and on portable devices. Comparisons and contrasts will be made between traditional film/tv editing aesthetics to the challenges of online, mobile and tablet video. The monetization and publishing of online video/mobile by Advertisers will be reviewed. An overview of the expanding role of a New Media Editor, his/her tools, discussion of Clients and career goals will also be given. Prerequisite: 099
136 Script to Screen
This is the first of three courses centered on editing narrative features. The focus is on understanding the story arc and characters’ journey while learning the editing steps and process. This is a hands-on workshop closely simulating a real- life work environment. The instructor gives specialized feedback and guidance to each individual student. The class is divided up between editing, screening and critiquing time. Prerequisite: 107
198 Web Media Essentials
Advertisers, Content Creators and Users are capitalizing increasingly on video content accessible online, on mobile devices and on portable devices. Content Creators need not be coding experts to become relevant participants but they
must address aspects of producing, formatting and publishing with a clear understanding of how to best utilize the Internet. This course provides an overview of Internet tools available to Producer/Editors working in New Media. This is not a course teaching web design, web development or Flash, rather, the goal is to convey how the Internet is utilized to publish, promote and monetize video content for online/mobile/portable devices. Most people have some understanding of the Internet vis-a-vis video, this course seeks to fill in knowledge gaps by exploring how to: establish a professional web presence including common methods used to achieve that goal, explore out-of-the-box publishing tools available online and review conventional avenues to advertise/monetize online video content.
199 HD Essentials
This course is dedicated to teaching the basic concepts of professional and consumer HD (or High-Definition). Blue laser media, tri-level sync, professional and prosumer HD camera information, HD media encoding, and HD in editing and onlining will be just a few of the topics covered in this concentrated, information packed lecture-style course. Prerequisite: 099
Due to the complexity of Avid 5, our Avid 201 course has been divided into 3 sections to help our students fully absorb the material and have adequate practice time
201 Editing Tools and Techniques for Avid Media Composer
This two-day course covers Modules 1 3 in your Avid Media Composer 201 book. Course Topics include: advanced editing tools and techniques, such as replace edit and sync-point editing, introduction to multi-cam editing, advanced trimming techniques, such as bi-directional and asynchronous trim, and shortcuts to save time and to streamline editing workflow.
This two-day course covers Modules 4, 7, and 8 in your Avid Media Composer 201 book. Course Topics include: introduction to Avid Script Integration and ScriptSync tools, and Audio EQ and AudioSuite Tools for audio editing and mixing.
This two-day course covers Modules 5 and 6 in your Avid Media Composer 201 book. Course Topics include: introduction to Avid Marquee Animation tools and techniques.
202 Avid Project and Media Management
Avid media and database features are among the strongest in the industry. This course provides students with advanced techniques, explaining how to work with all Avid data, from customized user preferences to media file metadata. The information imparted will prepare students to assess, organize and troubleshoot complex Avid project workflows, including multiple versions of media and collaboration on multiple Avids. Hands-on exercises simulate practical applications and assist students in mastering and understanding complex and powerful concepts involved in Avid database management.Prerequisite: 201
203 Film Editing Workflow
This practical Avid Certified course prepares editors and assistant editors for film editing on Avid Media Composer, Avid Film Composer, and Avid Xpress Pro. Each day combines instructor-led lecture,demonstration,and hands-on practice. Topics include understanding the telecine and downconversion (HD to SD) processes; framerate, time code, aspect ratio conversion issues, film project and HD workflows, ranging from importing telecine logs to turning over cut lists, change lists, EDLs and digital cuts. Prerequisite: 101, 201
205 Effects Tools and Techniques for Avid
This Avid Certified course focuses on designing multi-layered and multi-nested effects on Avid Media Composer for maximum quality and optimal render time.Hands-on exercises help students create and combine effects to achieve real-world results. Topics include effect shortcuts and tips, advanced nesting and keying, advanced title features, render time reduction,and effect media management. Prerequisite:209
206 Editing Audio in Avid
This course focuses on Avids audio editing toolkit and audio editing practices and techniques.The course is divided between instructor lecture and demonstration and exercises where students gain practical hands on experience. First, students learn how to master Avids audio tools: Audio Mixer, EQ and Audio Suite Plug-ins and effects. Students will then put their newly acquired skills to work on a variety of different project types:promos,documentary and narrative.Finally,students will learn how to export their project media to Pro Tools for further audio editing and sweetening. Prerequisite 101
207 Intermediate Editing Workshop
This editing workshop provides hands-on, supervised experience at editing narrative fiction. A basic editing methodology for each scene is suggested and progress is critiqued throughout the two-day course. Upon suggestions from the instructor, students will re-cut the same scene in different ways, expanding the view of what is possible through editing. Prerequisite: 101,105, 201
209 Advanced Avid Media Composer Effects
This workshop bridges the gap between the 110 Intro to Effects and the much more difficult 305 Advanced Effects Editing course. The Avid AVX plug-in effects, a full suite of additional, powerful effects available to Avid editors, are also covered. Anyone who expects to be involved in design and building of complex effects sequences on the Avid will benefit. Prerequisite: 110, 201
212 Graphics Importing, Exporting and Formatting
This intermediate level course teaches proper importing and exporting techniques for the Avid, as well as graphics preparation and manipulation using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects.Working with still graphics, animations, and live action footage, students will learn about conversion techniques, scaling, frame rate and frame size, alpha channels, mattes, masks, file formats, and compression. Prerequisite: 201, 110, 610, 619
236 Dailies to Rough Cut
This is the second of three courses centered on editing narrative features.The focus is on understanding the story arc and characters’ journey while learning the editing steps and process.This is a hands-on workshop closely simulating a reallife work environment. The instructor gives specialized feedback and guidance to each individual student.The class is divided up between editing, screening and critiquing time. In this second part of class, students edit a few scenes then build them into a sequence. They explore advanced techniques in applying solutions to various editorial challenges, including dealing with a lack of coverage and building dramatic tension. Other challenges include how to handle missing shots, mismatched action, content changes and aesthetic disagreements. Prereq 136
239 Color Correction with Avid Media Composer and Xpress Pro
This Avid Certified course,designed for the intermediate user, explains how to color correct a sequence. The editor learns how to color correct each shot in a sequence, use internal video scopes,make sure the color and luminance are within safe broadcast limits, and create a treatment for the entire sequence. Class time is divided between demonstration and hands-on practice. Samples from ESPN are used for some demonstrations. Prerequisite: 101, 110
301 Intro to Short Form Editing
The Art of the Quick Cut.This course introduces the student to the basics of the quick cut. Students will get first-hand experience with magazine style editing, a technique of stylizing cuts that spans across several forms including commercial ads, series spots, and other styles of short form editing for broadcast television and film.This course will give the student an informative foundation in this very competitive, highly creative field. Prerequisite: 201, 110
301F Intro to Short-form Editing
Video content created for viewing online, on mobile devices and on portable devices tends to be short (under ten minutes) given many reasons: technological limitations (bandwidth, processing speed of mobile devices), how people seem to like to watch video on-the-go (on a short bus ride, while working out, a quick video on a lunch break) and due simply to the short nature of some content like music videos, instructional videos and sketch comedy.
Since online video content tends to be short in form and online viewer attention spans even shorter, the video content must rise to a challenge of making its points clearly, telling its story succinctly and offer up a style readily identifiable with its subject matter. Essentially short-form editing requires a solid understanding of editing foundations mixed with STYLE.
This course will concentrate on adding a point of view and style to create attention-getting and engaging video as well as reinforce video editing basics. Base elements (some video, some stills, copy and format) are provided with a clear objective and the Student is left to make their own creative decisions about how to cut the piece, what style of graphics, typography, audio choice, color (or lack there of) to demonstrate a sense of style and point of view in their finished video piece.
306 Intro to Promo Editing
In this course, students will continue their short form editing experience by being introduced to the discipline required to tell a story in 30 seconds or less. Unique terminology will be discussed and real examples from NBC and other broadcast stations will be studied as this course delves into both the aesthetic and technical aspect of short form editing for broadcast television. Students will get hands on experience with cut-downs and constructing a spot from a script. Prerequisite: 301
307 Advanced Editing Workshop
In this course, students will continue their short form editing experience by being introduced to the discipline required to tell a story in 30 seconds or less. Unique terminology will be discussed and real examples from NBC and other broadcast stations will be studied as this course delves into both the aesthetic and technical aspect of short form editing for broadcast television. Students will get hands on experience with cut-downs and constructing a spot from a script. Prerequisite: 101, 105, 201336 Rough Cut to Fine Cut
This is the third of three courses centered on editing narrative features. The focus is on understanding the story arc and characters’ journey while learning the editing steps and process.This is a hands-on workshop closely simulating a reallife work environment. The instructor gives specialized feedback and
guidance to each individual student.The class is divided up between editing, screening and critiquing time. As their entire project is now in a rough cut form, the students will perfect it with a re-cut, scene by scene then sequence by sequence until the story has reach its final cut. The student will finally add music, background and sound effects, visual effects and titles to complete the project. Prerequisite: 236
501 Intermediate Long Form Editing for Drama
Created to simulate a traditional mentorship. This course enables students to explore editing aesthetics on a deep, hand-on level in a workflow patterned after an episodic TV show editorial process. Each student is assigned a project for which the student will cut a piece on their own and then have their work exhibited and exposed to critical review. Notes on the quality of the piece are then provided from the Instructor.Open discussions concerning editing room politics and professional etiquette often ensue. For each successive class session each student must then go back and use these notes and his/her newly acquired aesthetic knowledge to fix and mold their piece into a final project that is acceptable in a professional workplace. The feedback and fix process repeats for several iterations, normally over the course of several weeks. The typical class meets for eight 2-hour reviews. Prerequisite: 336
502F Producing a Video Show for Online and Mobile
Producing a Video Show for Online and Mobile is a four part exploration of an existing iTunes syndicated web show produced for online and mobile device distribution. Students will learn from an existing model- a broad spectrum of skills and techniques from pre-production, production, post-production, compression, publishing/distribution, search engine optimization, social media promotion, analytics and monetization.
The first phase explores the pre-production process including the writing of the show, storyboards, pre-production meetings and how information is communicated to the production team. The second phase involves a study of the production process from camera, lighting, sound, directing the team/talent and also how the captured data is managed/packaged to go off to post. The third phase is the post-production work which the students will take existing, actual assets from production and work to make a short edit for one of the show’s sequences. Students in this part will learn editing workflow, decisions and design of graphics including special visual effects, audio editing and creative sound effects will also be covered. The fourth phase will cover some aspects of onlining video/audio then compression for distribution then go deeply into building community around the content with websites, social media, talk-back via social media and beyond. Prerequisite: FCP300, 611, 621, 301F, 630
506 Intermediate Long-form Editing for Action
510 Survival Skills for the Avid Assistant Editor
The many duties and technical concerns faced by the assistant film editor working with the Avid Film Composer are covered through lectures, demonstrations, hands-on exercises, and occasional off-site field trip instruction at telecine, audio post production, and/or optical facilities. Prerequisite: 101, 203, 098, 201
531 Post Studio Session 1
Students receive several projects to work on and will encounter different problems along the way.They will review the power up sequence, drives (mounting, striping, unmounting) creating a new project and user setting, changing settings, digitizing, mixer setup and use, trimming edits, being directed verbally by a producer, backing up projects, and outputting (EDLs, printing, snapshot, digital cut, hard record). Prerequisite: 104, 201
532 Post Studio Session 2
This class builds on Post Studio Session 1. Students will re-digitize previous projects, finish and put effects on them and may also “argue for their edits. Logging, digitizing and re-digitizing, editing, adding effects, importing graphics, running Norton, recreating media, moving media, adding sound (SFX, music, voice over), audio sweetening and viewing copy (with time code window burn) is covered.
FCP200 Comprehensive Intro to Final Cut Pro 7
This Apple Certified comprehensive and immersive course highlights all the key features of Final Cut Pro 7.Topics include basic setup, customizing preferences and settings, capturing video and audio, editing and trimming techniques, using ripple, roll, slip and slide tools audio editing and audio creation using Soundtrack; title creation using LiveType; and final output, as well as time re- map; motion titles; changing clip speed; finishing and output. This course is designed for those who want to familiarize themselves with the entire feature set of Final Cut Pro 7, Soundtrack and LiveType. Students learn how to effectively take a project from concept to completion. Includes optional Apple Pro Certification Exam. Prerequisite: 099
FCP 300 Editing, Color Correction and Effects in Final Cut Pro
This Apple Certified course helps students discover faster and more productive ways to edit clips and trim sequences quickly and efficiently.Because editors may cut multi-camera productions, this course covers aspects of working with multiple cameras simultaneously using Multiclip. Students also learn advanced motion effects including clip-speed changes, motion paths, keyframes with Bezier controls, sequence nesting, integrating layered Adobe Photoshop graphics, image pan-and-scan, markers, and advanced filter effects such as chroma-key. In addition, students acquire necessary post production techniques: reading video scopes, color correction, audio editing and mixing, Soundtrack Pro integration, LiveType animation, media management, output and archiving. Prerequisite: FCP 200
FCP 310 Color Correcting in Final Cut Studio
This two-day hands-on course will familiarize students with the color correcting capabilities of Final Cut Studio. Start with the basics of color balancing and correction, and move on to the fine points of secondary grading, including scene matching, using vignettes to isolate and track regions, creating advanced color effects and looks, skin tone adjustments, adjusting the composition and framing of a shot, and much more. Prerequisite: FCP200
FCP320 Sound Editing in Final Cut Studio
This two-day class guides you through editing audio files, repair field recordings, perform multitrack arranging and mixing, synchronize audio and video, analyze and fix common audio problems, and perform other creative sound design techniques. This course focuses on practical, professional techniques used to add professional music and sound effects to video and multimedia projects. Prerequisite: FCP200
FCP330 Intro to Apple Motion
This two-day, hands-on course will familiarize students with Motion, Apple’s revolutionary software for motion graphics design. This comprehensive course covers working with Motion’s Real-Time Design engine and interface, behavior- based animation, parameter behaviors, blend modes, advanced particle system design, advanced title animation, working with templates, chroma key techniques, masking methods, advanced 3D features, working with audio, keyframing, and integration. Prerequisite: FCP200
941 HD Cinematography
HD Cinematography is an intensive, yet fun, guerilla-style workshop that teaches students how to work with cameras and lighting for professional media production. They will begin by learning the various shots and techniques that have been used in films and television for decades. This will be presented through a video presentation that will simplify the concepts for quicker learning and better comprehension. Students will also learn composition techniques, perspective techniques, movement techniques, camera setups, standard and advanced lighting techniques, production and workflow setups, cinematography by genre and much, much more! The class will also be shown how to produce and maximize high definition media content for use in broadcast television, films and even for websites and social media networks. The grand finale to the class will have students participate in a live production where they will be required to setup their crews, cameras and lightingthen proceed to shoot scenes that they can use to edit outside of the class.
996 Real Life Production Experience
Students in this class work on real projects from real clients with real deadlines as a team, much like the real working world, under the supervision and guidance of the Instructor- Post Supervisor. The role played by each student (i.e. digitizing, rough editing, fine editing, finishing) will depend on the project, each students skills, and the skills of the other students. Prerequisite: Introductory Editing Module
998 Real Life Production Experience
Students in this class work on real projects from real clients with real deadlines as a team, much like the real working world, under the supervision and guidance of the Instructor- Post Supervisor. The role played by each student (i.e. digitizing, rough editing, fine editing, finishing) will depend on the project, each students skills, and the skills of the other students. Prerequisite: Assistant Editing Module
999 Real Life Production Experience
Students in this class work on real projects from real clients with real deadlines as a team, much like the real working world, under the supervision and guidance of the Instructor- Post Supervisor. The role played by each student (i.e. digitizing, rough editing, fine editing, finishing) will depend on the project, each students skills, and the skills of the other students. Prerequisite:Advanced Editing Module.