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Avid Xpress Pro 5.5 Essential Editing

with Chris North

Video: Welcome

Covers Avid Xpress Pro, from interface basics to rendering to importing and exporting footage.
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  1. 4m 8s
    1. Welcome
      1m 28s
    2. Different versions of Avid
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 46s
  2. 36m 41s
    1. Creating a new project
      2m 15s
    2. The Project window
      4m 26s
    3. The bin windows
      5m 16s
    4. The Source and Record windows
      3m 26s
    5. The timeline
      6m 45s
    6. Zooming on the timeline
      2m 10s
    7. Understanding tracks and patches
      6m 12s
    8. Assigning hotkeys
      3m 17s
    9. Customizing your toolset
      2m 54s
  3. 15m 19s
    1. Media creation settings
      4m 37s
    2. Organizing your media
      7m 17s
    3. Planning your story
      3m 25s
  4. 36m 58s
    1. Start
      3m 48s
    2. Selecting source clips and marks
      3m 58s
    3. Cutting clips onto the timeline
      4m 12s
    4. Moving clips around on the timeline
      3m 47s
    5. Deleting clips
      3m 40s
    6. Setting the snapping behavior
      1m 12s
    7. The three-point edit
      4m 12s
    8. Building your story
      12m 9s
  5. 30m 30s
    1. Trim mode overview
      8m 29s
    2. Single roller edits
      3m 52s
    3. Dual roller edits
      3m 3s
    4. Overlapping picture and sound
      3m 36s
    5. Keeping audio and video in sync
      2m 49s
    6. Slip edits
      3m 33s
    7. Slide edits
      2m 33s
    8. Fixing audio that has slipped out of sync
      2m 35s
  6. 20m 34s
    1. Using the Quick Transition window
      4m 15s
    2. Using cross dissolves and fades
      4m 25s
    3. Creating audio transitions
      2m 36s
    4. Applying transitions to multiple clips
      2m 32s
    5. Modifying transitions
      4m 0s
    6. Other transitions
      2m 46s
  7. 22m 54s
    1. Using the Effects palette
      2m 16s
    2. Using the Effects editor
      3m 53s
    3. Using Effects presets
      2m 45s
    4. Keyframe essentials
      4m 19s
    5. Rendering principles
      2m 52s
    6. Basic color correction
      2m 19s
    7. Basic motion effects
      4m 30s
  8. 32m 42s
    1. Creating titles
      10m 10s
    2. Creating a lower third
      15m 17s
    3. Adding credits
      7m 15s
  9. 25m 28s
    1. Using the Audio Control panel
      2m 50s
    2. Setting audio levels
      3m 53s
    3. Setting audio pans
      2m 56s
    4. Creating an audio transition
      3m 1s
    5. Cleaning audio
      5m 34s
    6. Adding music
      7m 14s
  10. 30m 3s
    1. Understanding the file structure
      5m 55s
    2. Live capturing from a tape
      10m 41s
    3. Batch capturing from a tape
      3m 51s
    4. Recapturing your footage
      2m 36s
    5. Importing files
      5m 14s
    6. Relinking files
      1m 46s
  11. 15m 19s
    1. Preparing to record
      9m 35s
    2. Printing to tape
      5m 44s
  12. 14m 20s
    1. Exporting to a file
      8m 33s
    2. Exporting for the web
      3m 41s
    3. Exporting for DVD
      2m 6s
  13. 5m 0s
    1. Differences from other NLE systems
      5m 0s
  14. 31s
    1. Goodbye

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Avid Xpress Pro 5.5 Essential Editing
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All filmmakers and television producers (budding and experienced alike) will probably use an Avid product at some point in their careers. Avid Xpress Pro 5.5 Essential Editing covers the latest version of this high-end editing application, from the basics of using its interface to the ins and outs of rendering, creating titles and credits, and importing and exporting footage. Chris also demonstrates a range of hands-on editing techniques. Exercise files accompany this training.

Topics include:
  • Exploring and customizing the user interface Organizing media and planning a story Editing essentials Moving clips around on the timeline Adding and modifying transitions Using the Effects palette and editor Rendering principles Creating titles and credits Editing and manipulating audio Importing footage and live capture Recording to tape Exporting files and media
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Hello, there! My name is Chris and I am hoping to be able to introduce you to the wonderful world of editing on the Avid. I have been an editor and motion graphics designer for nearly ten years now and I have been using Avid as my editing system of choice for pretty much all that time. I have used other editing programs as well, but I'll make absolutely no secret of the fact that I am a big fan of Avid. I love it; it works extremely well. It has evolved over many, many years and incorporated the suggestions of thousands of editors who work in all manner of different kind of shows, whether it's corporate dramas, TV commercials or feature films. So, it has very much got that feel of a piece of software that's been designed first and foremost by editors rather than software engineers, which can sometimes happen with this kind of stuff. But of course, at the end of the day, the real reason we have these tools in the first place is to edit and to tell the stories that we want to tell.

So in this title, I have tried to focus on the basics only to introduce you to editing techniques and the way in which Avid works, so that at the end hopefully, you will be confident enough to just get on here and start creating. If you're new to editing, you'll just want to follow straight through the title from beginning to end. If, however, you are currently using another editing package, such as Final Cut Pro or Premier, you might like to quickly take a look at 12th chapter where we talk about transitioning from other editing systems. Now, of course, by now if you are American, you've probably noticed something odd going on to my accent and that's of course because I am a Brit. So, if I occasionally say 'Zed' instead of 'Zee' or we will talk about la-soo-ing instead of lass-o-ing, I hope you still would be able to follow what I am talking about.

But anyway, enough waffling from me. Go and get yourself a nice cup tea and a Marmite sandwich and when you're all settled, let's get started.

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