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Migrating from Final Cut Pro 7 to Avid Media Composer 5.5 is a thorough comparison of the interfaces, concepts, tools, and workflow behind each of these two programs, covering the key differences video editors need to know to master Media Composer and make the switch. The course covers the basics of editing in Avid Media Composer, including sequence creation, project organization and navigation, importing and linking media, timeline editing techniques, and how to work with audio and add transitions and effects.
Okay, before we dive in, let's talk about some of the things that we need to have in place in order to do the course properly. You are going to need access to a Mac laptop or workstation which meets or exceeds the minimum system requirements for Media Composer. You can find the system requirements on avid.com and while you are on avid.com, you'll also need to download and then install the 30-day free trial of the latest version of Avid Media Composer. In addition, if you are going to be loading material from popular file based cameras such as Sony XDcam, Panasonic P2, RED or Arri Alexa, then you'll also need to download and install the AMA plug-ins.
Ideally, you will also have an external media drive that is FireWire 800 or faster. Otherwise you can use your Mac hard drive, although this is not a recommended configuration and performance may suffer. White you're on avid.com, check out the community forums. There is plenty of help available there both from other users of this software as well as tips and tricks and other videos.
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