Getting Started — Setting Up a New Project
[1] Set Up Project Folder on Hard Drive
[2] Copy Video Files to Project Folder
[3] Create Avid Project and Sequence and Tracks in Timeline

Write the Script
[1] Create Script Format in Word
[2] Story Structure Diagram
[3] Writing Style
[4] Transition Words and Phrases
[5] Write In and Out of SOTs

Graphics, Images and Using Photoshop
[1] Create Lower Third in Photoshop
[2] Create Bike Theft Story Graphics in Photoshop

[3] Create Bike Theft Story Graphics for Animated Maroon Background
[4] Laying Bike Theft Story Graphics for Animated Maroon Background

Adding Files to the Project Bin in Avid
[1] Link to Media
[2] Import Images
[3] Import Voicetrack

Laying Tracks
[1-1] Voicetrack
[1-2] Using Ripple Trim Tool to Add Air to Voicetrack Clip Segment
[2-1] SOT: Nat Sound Pop Open
[2-2] SOT: Spencer
[2-3] SOT: Brian
[3-1] B-Roll Overview
[3-2] B-Roll Full Version (place all bike theft story clips)
[3-3] B-Roll Padding at End of the Story
[4-1] Graphics - Title Card, 61 and 10 percent
[4-2] Graphics - Lower Third, Spencer and Brian
[4-3] Graphics - Lower Third - Add Fade Effect

Checking the Match Cut
Close a Gap in the Timeline
Delete Clip Segment in the Timeline
Move a Clip Segment in the Timeline

Leading with Audio
[1] Leading with Audio Technique - Nat Sound Pop Open
[2] Adjusting Audio Level When Leading with Audio

[1] Using the Ripple Trim Tool (to be published)
[2] Slip Trim Function
[2] Avid video: Editing with the Trim Tools

Post Production — Fixes and Effects
[1] Using Rule of Thirds Guide and to Resize Video Clips
[2] Add the Same Effect to Multiple Clips
[3] Using Color Correction to Increase Gain (make clip brighter)
(remember to hold down option key to add a second effect to same clip;
might be helpful to watch next tutorial first)
[4] Adding Multiple Effects to the Same Clip
[5] Resize Images
[6] Rotate an image or video clip when not level to the horizon
[7] Speedup and Slow Motion
[8] Fly In Lower Third

Advanced Effects
[9] Photoshop for Video
[10] 3D Title - Avid FX
[11] Green Screen Effect
[12] Light Streak Freeze Frame Effect
[13] Creating a Basic Title
[14] Marquee 3D Text
[15] Marquee Auto Titler
[16] Animating a Graphic
[17] Freeze Frame Camera Effect
[18] Credit Crawl with a Logo

Adjust Audio Levels
[1] Adding Additional Channels in Audio Mixer
[2] Adjusting Audio Level When Leading with Audio
[3] Adjusting Audio Levels for Full and Under
[4] Example of Audio Levels Set for Bike Theft Story
[5] Using Audio Transitions

Final Checks
[1] Padding at End of the Story
[2] Clear In and Out Marks, Black Holes and Flash Frames
[3] Render In to Out

Exporting as a Quicktime Movie
[1] Exporting as a Quicktime Movie
a. Name it: section number jerry story.mov (ex.: 1 jerry interview.mov)
b. Save it to: your graded story folder.
c. Be sure to view the entire movie with headphones on prior to filing.
d. See below on what and how to file.
[2] Export as an H.264 Movie
Using H.264 helps eliminate stoppage in play and "tearing"

Avid Media Composer and Film Composer
is a pdf document on
Getting Started Guide for Video Editing.

More Resources for Avid Training

91 Avid Media Composer 7 Keyboard Shortcuts
Avid Media Composer Editing Guide
Getting Started Fast with Avid Media Composer 7
Avid Media Composer YouTube Channel
Avid Media Composer Editing Guide (pdf)
Avid Media Composer Power Tips on Managing Bin Data, Timeline Editing Tricks, Audio Control, Video Effects and Media Management
Jump to Edit Points (YouTube)

lynda.com has a library of online training videos available at no cost to current University of Minnesota students, faculty and staff
1. Log in to your UofM account.
2. For Avid Media Composer 8 Essential training go to lynda.com
(Click on SIGN IN > Fill in UofM email address in USERNAME block >

Digital Films is a blog by Oliver Peters that includes a tab of resources for the Avid world that he's accumulated since he first started working with Avid Media Composer in the early 1990s.

Avid has a library of seven online training videos. Although these are MC6, they're similar enough to what we use in class to help you.
Getting Started with Media Composer

Creative Cow is a library of free online training videos. Here are links to videos that will help you with basic editing, trimming and adjusting audio levels.
Basic Editing: Basics of editing, how to do three-point edit.
Basic Transitions: Ways to access effects, how to adjust transitions once applied; quick way to add to multiple clips.
Trimming Clips Part 1: How to move clips around using Segment Mode feature.
Trimming Clips Part 2: Basic trimming, advanced trimming and Smart Tools.
Basic Audio Mix Part 1: Setup and follow through for a basic for audio mix.
Basic Audio Mix Part 2: Mixing in Composer using keyframe audio editing method.