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Editing with Avid Fundamentals

A contact sheet of behind-the-scenes photos from 'Newsfront' | Dir. Phillip Noyce | Photos: Mike Giddens

Become an Avid Editor

Highly practical course introducing the fundamentals of using Avid Media Composer, getting you up and running in two days. Most suitable for Post Producers or Production personnel who work in the industry but are new to Avid or need a refresher. It can also get you started with the basics.

Understand how media is typically organised in Avid Media Composer in a professional environment

Learn how to confidently play back multi-camera footage and listen to specific audio and view all or specific cameras

See how to create bins and sequences and learn how naming conventions in Avid can enhance communication between the producer and editor

Is Editing with Avid Fundamentals right for you?

This is not a course for those wishing to learn the craft of editing, it is a technical, software-oriented course. It is most appropriate for Post Producers or Production personnel who already work in the industry but are new to Avid and need to learn how to work the tools, or for people who need a refresher. Alternatively if you are not yet working in the industry but are aspiring to work in Post Production, this course can also get you started with the basics, learning from real world examples.


  • How to create and organise folders and bins to house your work
  • Understanding and using the right timecode reference to locate specific footage, or when making notes or communicating with your editor
  • How to create titles and use locators in Avid to create references for yourself, rather than keeping endless paper notes

Meet Your Tutors

Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca Edwards is a highly experienced online editor and colourist, and an Avid Certified Instructor (ACI). She has credits on…

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What you will need

No editing experience necessary for this course. You will be working in a lab-based environment and will be allocated a Mac computer for the course duration, so familiarity with the Mac interface will be an advantage.

Access to the Avid Media Composer software after the course will be an advantage so you can practice your new skills.  More information about the software can be found here.

This course is only open to students aged 18 +.


Currently, AFTRS is in the Orange Zone of the AFTRS COVID-Safe Roadmap.

This means the requirements for all staff and students coming into the AFTRS building are as follows:

  • Proof of full vaccination (or a certified medical exemption plus a negative COVID test within 72 hrs before entry)
  • Service NSW QR Code Check-in & AFTRS QR Code check-in
  • Mandatory Mask wearing in all public spaces, teaching rooms & workspaces
  • Maintain 1.5 meters physical distance at all times
  • Anyone who has been interstate from NSW in the last 7 days needs to present a negative COVID test within 72 hrs of entry
  • Anyone who has a ‘Red Warning’ in Service NSW App from potential contact with a positive COVID case in the last 7 days needs to present a negative test since that date at entry

You will not be permitted entry if you fail to comply with any of the above, if you are awaiting the results of a COVID test, are a close contact, or are unwell and presenting any symptoms.

All students participating in face-to-face courses are required to adhere to the AFTRS COVID-Safe Requirements as directed by AFTRS.

AFTRS reserves the right to update or amend AFTRS’ COVID-Safe Requirements at any time for any reason.

AFTRS reserves the right to suspend any student from a face-to-face course for any failure to adhere to the AFTRS COVID-Safe Requirements.

Any student from a face-to-face course suspended due to a failure to adhere to the AFTRS COVID-Safe Requirements will not be eligible for any partial or full course fee refund.

Read more about AFTRS’ COVID-Safe protocols here.

To find out about future offerings of this course, register your interest. For more information email info@aftrs.edu.au or call 1300 223 877.


This course is for students aged 18+ only.

If a student wishes to withdraw from a course, they may do so up to 15 days before the course commences and get a full refund. Cancellations 14 days or less before course commencement will incur a penalty.

AFTRS reserves the right to cancel any course for any reason at any time. In the event of a course being cancelled by AFTRS prior to commencement a 100% refund or credit note of the course fees paid will be provided.

Should AFTRS need to cancel a course after commencement, but before its completion, reasonable efforts will be made to reschedule. If rescheduling is not feasible, it is at AFTRS sole discretion to issue either full or partial credit notes depending on the circumstances.

AFTRS will make every effort to ensure the scheduled run of any course.

If you are planning to travel to attend a course, please confirm with AFTRS that the course is confirmed before you make your travel bookings. This decision is dependent on course enrolments meeting minimum numbers. AFTRS is not liable for any travel or accommodation costs incurred through course cancellation at any time for any reason.

Find out more information about discounts and refunds here.