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The Perfect Balance of Technical Knowledge and Aesthetics
on October 31, 2012
It's easy to write a book about teaching the Avid from a purely technical point of view. There are many books out there that cover how to use this non-linear editing system. However, "Avid Editing, Fifth Edition: A Guide for Beginning and Intermediate Users" by Kauffmann and Kennedy, not only covers the technical aspect of using the Avid very well, but also includes many practical applications and examples for what makes great cuts and how things really work in a professional editing room. As a working professional in the film industry, with years of experience in features & TV shows, I was very impressed with the "real world" practical theories and examples that the authors used. From their knowledge, I can tell that they're working editors as well, who also have their passion projects like all of us do. They are sharing their love of the craft on each and every page. I think that this is the first book to really combine the technical aspects of Avid with the aesthetics of film editing. Every chapter started with a very practical page or two that introduced the reader to the editing topic, and that was a great way to get students into the chapter. I especially liked the "Editing Tips" in Chapter Five. It's very important to remind film students that editing is a 100-year old art form and that the technical side of editing is only there to serve the needs of the project. I've enjoyed using this book in my editing classes and will continue to use it. Thanks again Kauffmann, Kennedy & Focal Press for making my editing course easier.