New Course: Avid Media Composer 101

LMU Extension introduces Avid Media Composer 101, which will begin June 2015. Media Composer 101 is the first step in achieving confidence, creativity, and efficiency with Avid Media Composer, the non-linear film/video editing application used in most movie and television productions. Beginning with Media Composer: Editing Essentials, this course will provide the foundation for Media Composer User Certification. This course will get you editing today with a built-in Quick Start guide covering the essential tools you need to start a basic project, assemble the story, and output to web — perfect for producers, journalists and corporate videographers.

For those headed toward a career in post production, the second half of the course builds on the Quick Start to offer complete, foundational training in the craft of professional editing for news, documentary, commercial spots, and scripted narrative films. Learn by doing with real-world projects. Start with the basics of 3-point editing and how to construct a scene, then move on to reworking a scene and trimming dialogue for maximum emotional impact. Add to that the tools and techniques to mix music and sound effects, create titles and transitions, and deliver the program to specification. You will also learn critical skills needed to work as an assistant editor, including how to sync picture and sound from different sources, organize a project, manage media and metadata, and more. No familiarity with the system is necessary, however a background in editing, production, post-production is strongly recommended.  Prior experience with Macintosh or Windows OS is also recommended.

Media Composer User Certification
The Avid Media Composer Certified User Exam is the first of two certification exams that allow you to become Avid Certified. The two combined certifications offer an established and recognized goal for both academic users and industry professionals. The Avid Media Composer User Certification requires that you display a firm grasp of the core skills, workflows, and concepts of non-linear editing on the Avid Media Composer system. Avid collaborated with a team of test development consultants and technology subject matter experts throughout the exam development process to ensure the exam is reliable, fair, and valid.

James Zolliecofferm, M.F.A. is post production systems administrator and lecturer in the LMU School of Film and Television. He completed is Master of Fine Arts degree in Screenwriting in 2012 at LMU.  He also teaches at Mount St. Mary’s College and the Art Institute of California.

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