Avid 110 Video Effects

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Media Composer Fundamentals II (MC110) is for video editors who understand the basics of the editing tools in Media Composer and are ready to move ahead and learn the fundamentals of creating effects within Avid Media Composer, the non-linear film/video editing application used in most movie and television productions.

An intermediate course, this course is designed to teach students the technical and organization skills of an assistant editor, and develop their editorial skills with the tools and techniques required to produce a well-edited video. From using dynamic trim techniques to shape the actor’s performances in a dramatic scene, to quickly assembling a news package to meet deadline, this course empowers novice users to take their Media Composer skills to the next level. Class projects and exercises are hands-on, giving students the opportunity to work on an unscripted documentary project, as well as a scripted comedy scene.

In conjunction with the Media Composer Fundamentals I​ (MC101) course,this course will prepare you to earn the credential of Avid Certified User: Media Composer.


  • How to create custom project sizes, including larger than HD (2K, 4K, etc)

  • Understand the operational implications of working in larger-than-HD projects

  • Link to media files and copy, consolidate or transcode the media, as needed

  • Synchronize video and audio from separate sources

  • Organize project bins using common industry conventions

  • Quickly assemble a scene using storyboard editing, plus Top, Tail and Extend

  • Use various search tools to locate a desired clip

  • Create multiple versions of a sequence to track the creative process

  • Utilize Media Composer’s trim tools to dynamically adjust the pacing of a scene

  • Adjust Clip Gain, and utilize Pan and Volume automation to create and integrated audio mix

  • Create pan-and-zoom style “camera” moves over still images or video

  • Solve common image problems with effects to stabilize the image, blur faces and logos, and erase unwanted jump cuts

  • Create freeze-frames, slow-motion and TimeWarp effects

  • Use multilayer effects to create split-screens, superimposed images, and more

  • Composite video elements using the SpectraMatte effect to create a chroma-key

  • Intelligently render effects sequences to improve playback performance

  • Create animated titles using NewBlue Titler Pro

  • Selectively delete unwanted render files to keep the media drives clutter-free

  • Understand how to correctly backup project files and associated media files

  • Restore lost work using Avid’s autosave feature and Relink media files

  • Output the finished program according to common broadcast delivery standards

  • Be ready to sit the associated certification exam

  • ​Course cost includes a copy of the course textbook Media Composer 8.6: Fundamentals 2 by Greg Staten. We recommend that if you don't have access to the software to practise, you can download a free trial version from the Avid Website.​

You can view additional information regarding the Avid online examination process by clicking here: https://www.avid.com/US/support/training/certification/Media-Composer​


Rebecca Edwards is a highly experienced Online Editor and Colourist and an Avid Certified Insructor (ACI). She has credits on some of the industry’s biggest, and fastest turnaround TV formats for the Australian, UK and USA markets. She has worked in a diverse range of genres including reality TV, children’s TV, and documentary, making shows about a wide range of subjects from cooking to losing weight, and from serial killers to drunken monkeys. The location highlight of her career to date was when she worked on a fully catered TV show in the Costa Rican jungle.

In addition to television, she has credits on various short films, including one that was screened in competition at Cannes. Rebecca has a Graduate Diploma in TV Editing from the AFTRS, a Graduate Diploma in Media Arts from UTS, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Goldsmiths College (London) and a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from Exeter University (UK). She is an Avid Certified Instructor and has been teaching Assistant Editor and Avid Courses at AFTRS for several years.

Have any questions? Please get in touch: open@aftrs.edu.au or 1300 065 281

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