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Avid Editing: A Guide for Beginning and Intermediate Users (Book & CD-ROM) 1st Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
But now there's relief. Boston University editing instructor Sam Kauffmann has taken the dearth of adequate texts for Avid beginners into his own hands and written on of the clearest, most focused books about Avid editing and digital video editing in general, Avid Editing: A Guide for Beginning and Intermediate Users.
Most texts about digital nonlinear editing attempt to cover too much ground, packing information about cameras, computers, aesthetics, and the entire postproduction process into one volume. Kauffmann succeeds so well because he stays on target. There is little mention of aesthetics or editing theory; rather the book sticks to information important for learning the Avid. Avid specific tools, menus, and shortcuts are clearly defined with examples of their real-world uses. Kauffmann does include some information about the production and postproduction process, but only where it applies directly to understanding the tools and methods of nonlinear editing with an Avid.
Early on in the book, Kauffmann states that it is "a textbook, workbook, and user manual all rolled into one." I would agree. This volume is not only useful for students, but also for experienced editors who may not completely understand the technical processes that occur during Avid editing.Read more ›
If you are a beginner, or if you are an experienced editor, this publication will guide you through many of the techniques I use every day to edit: trimming, navigating through bins, digitizing, and layering. I would recommend, though, that the serious reader have access to an AVID to try out the techniques outlined!
Overall, this book (and its tutorials) would be a great help to any aspiring (or current) AVID user!
The bookÕs progression is wonderful. It logically leads the editor through the process of organizing, digitizing, script notes, editing, effects, sound work, and much more. Features of the software are described in practcal terms, not technical. It demonstrates the various tools' applicablity in real world editing scenarios, describing not just what the tool does but why and where itÕs useful. Its chapters on film are especially valuable even for those whose work will never be printed on celluloid.
Part of the bookÕs charm is KauffmannÕs sense of humor. ItÕs freqently in evidence and makes the book an enjoyable readÑsomething very rare in this type of text.
This edition is all new and broader in scope from the first edition. It deals extensively with Avid XpressDV but includes and explains features in other Avid models so users gain knowledge of the range of tools available to them.
The included DVD contains practice footage and scripts so even those students without their own materials on hand can get right to work.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this book is nearly 15 years out of date. there are some things that cross over into the contemporary, but honestly most of what they have to offer is out of date.Published 20 months ago by R. Essaid
THE BOOK ARRIVE WITHIN A WEEK VERY GOOD SERVICES. I WOULD USE THIS VENDOR AGAIN AN REFER TO OTHER PEOPLEPublished on September 7, 2011 by LaWonda Jackson
Dear Readers: There is a new edition of this book (3rd Edition) available that covers the latest versions of Avid's software, including Xpress Pro HD. Read morePublished on April 13, 2006 by Sam Kauffmann
I was a Media 100 editor for many years and my company switched to the Avid on Jan. 9, 2006. I didn't take any training but, I bought a training DVD set and 3 books. Read morePublished on February 11, 2006 by Nancy
The book jacket says that the book's DVD-ROM will work with Xpress DV 3.0 and higher. The .omf video files were compressed at 20:1 using Media Composer and Xpress DV 4. Read morePublished on January 12, 2006 by A. E. Gomez
This book was a part of our school curriculum for a class on Avid Editing. I didn't realise the value of this book while in School, but now sitting on the Avid a year and half... Read morePublished on January 8, 2006 by KOOL
I can not "truly" put into words how great this book is written. Sam Kauffmann not only shows you the tools in the AVID system, but with "every" tool gives you the reason and... Read morePublished on July 12, 2005 by Ron Griffin
I purchased this book for my son based on the reviews. My son does have some editing experience. When he complained I reviewed the book and decided to work with my son to get... Read morePublished on April 30, 2005 by R. Deming
A well written, well covered guide book on Avid products. A true beginners guide to Avid Xpress DV, Media Composer & Avid Xpress. Read morePublished on October 7, 2003 by Suvi Wijayaratna