By Ashley Kennedy | Friday, September 12, 2014
Scene from the 1913 film “The Evidence of the Film”
In the very early days of film, nearly all editing positions were held by women. Female editors, or “cutters” as they were called, were known as the stitchers and menders of the craft. The work was all done by hand; it was low-paid and women rarely received screen credits for their work.
Fast forward to a century later, and although advancing film technologies have made the work easier and more efficient, the proportion of women editing motion pictures has gone from a majority to a low minority—extending the Hollywood gender divide to yet another area of motion picture-making.
By Ashley Kennedy | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
I woke up on Saturday to find a new link posted to a popular video editors forum I belong to. It was advertising lots of free tutorials, available to anyone.
I looked closer at the post, and noticed that the tutorials were mine—those I had recorded under contract for lynda.com. As a special bonus, the collection even came with a cracked (unauthorized) copy of the software that I teach!
By Ashley Kennedy | Friday, August 22, 2014
Have you ever shut yourself in an unventilated closet for hours at a time during the hottest, most humid months of the year?
It’s fun—let me tell you.
And if you’ve watched any of my courses on lynda.com, you’ve probably heard my voice speak through the sweaty resilience that resulted from such a setup. But no longer.
Life is looking up, and it’s thanks to the life-changing addition of a WhisperRoom recording booth to my professional setup.
By Michael Ninness | Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Avid recently released an update to its popular Media Composer 5 video editing software that fixes several bugs, including:
1) Default Segment Mode setting
The MC default for the timeline setting “Default Segment Tool” has been changed from overwrite to insert.
2) Copy/Paste Segment Mode fix
When copy/pasting mark in/out with no segment tool active, the paste mode will no longer be the last used segment mode but the default segment mode. Most editors want to paste in insert mode so unless an editor changes the default (insert), MC will paste in insert mode. The only time MC will paste in overwrite is if the user has only the segment overwrite tool active when paste is executed, as in versions prior to 5.
3) Smart Tools auto selection bug
A bug has been fixed that auto selected the default segment tool when an editor cut a marked in/out selection (Ctrl+X) with no segment tools active.
For information on how to obtain the 22.214.171.124 patch, go to Avid’s support area on its site: http://www.avid.com/US/support/downloads/
If you are a brand new user of Avid Media Composer 5, be sure to check out our crash courseAvid Media Composer 5 Getting Started with Steve Holyhead. For a deeper dive, Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training with Ashley Kennedy is also available.
By George Maestri | Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Our effort to expand our list of video titles brings two new courses and two new authors to lynda.com: Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started with Steve Holyhead and Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training with Ashley Kennedy. Avid is one of the pioneering video editing suites, and the software is used extensively in feature films, television, and many other venues. The brand new Media Composer 5 offers a completely reengineered platform that has been getting a very positive response. For those who want to get their feet wet in the world of Avid editing, we’re proud to present two courses.
In Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started, author Steve Holyhead explores the tools and techniques in Media Composer for producing great looking video, as well as the basics of high definition media formats. This course walks through the video production workflow from input to editing to output, covers key information such as trim concepts and frame rates, and introduces techniques such as color correction, footage stabilization, and real-time audio effects.
In Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training, author Ashley Kennedy demonstrates basic and intermediate editing techniques in Media Composer, inclusing how to build sequences, mix audio, color correct footage, apply effects, and troubleshoot common post-production issues in Media Composer.
We hope these courses are the start of an ongoing series of titles that cover Avid tools and workflows. Let us know what you think.
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