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Avid Agility: Working Faster and More Intuitively with Avid Media Composer Paperback – September 19, 2010
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-- Jonathan Moser, Post Magazine
"The quickest path to becoming a Media Composer Jedi Master. Cohen has written a clear, comprehensively-illustrated and easy-to-understand guide -- a bible on advanced editing with Avid Media Composer. This book is essential reading!"
-- Lawrence Jordan, founder, 2-pop.com & HollywoodReinvented.com
"Celebrates new capabilities, teases out jewels in the crown, and boldly goes into advanced features. A superb gift for any Avid editor, student or pro."
-- Loren Miller, Boston Creative Pro User Group. Editor, Teacher, Creator of KeyGuide Keyboard Shortcut Pages.
"An easy read, logically laid out, and useful to novice and experienced editor alike. I highly recommend this book."
-- Frank Capria, Consulting Designer, Media Composer, Avid Technology
"A comprehensive guide to making the Avid fade into the background when you're working your editorial magic. Cohen's book will guide you to the next exciting level of the art of editing."
-- Edgar Burcksen, CinemaEditor Magazine
About the Author
His credits include, "Before the Rains," "Material Girls," "The Prince and Me," "15 Minutes," "Blood and Wine," "Three Wishes," "Angie," "Rambling Rose" and "No Man's Land," as well as many pilots and TV movies, including several in the Jesse Stone series. He received an Emmy for "LBJ: The Early Years," an American Cinema Editors Eddie Award for "Don King: Only in America," and A.C.E.'s distinguished Robert Wise Award for writing about editing. He blogs at splicenow.com.
Top Customer Reviews
This book could have had a number of other titles: "Avid Demystified," "Avid Revealed," or "Flying with Avid." I can promise you one thing... should you get this book, and I highly advise you do if you're a Media Composer editor, rookie or old pro, "Avid Agility" will make you a better editor, guaranteed.
This is much more than a operating manual or how-to -- it's like having a seasoned pro sitting next to you, revealing his trade secrets, explaining and enlightening you, all for the cost of a book.
In 236 jam-packed pages, Cohen has managed to take us on a very personalized trip through an admittedly complex and often baffling tool that has had its share of supporters and detractors. He shows us tips and tricks, shortcuts and gotchas, and reveals secrets that explain in concise and colorful prose and illustrations the versatile ways Media Composer can and should be used. He explains it in a straightforward manner that doesn't talk down or overcomplicate understanding.
Frankly, it's no secret that we editors are often stingy with our secrets and methods... admittedly, it's one of our worst traits, mea culpa.Read more ›
I learned Avid originally in 1992. One of the primary tools that helped me was an early, home-bound version of Steve Cohen and Basil Pappas' book about Avid, back before there were really ANY other books other than the manuals. That book opened my eyes to a whole new way of using the tools in Avid.
Steve Cohen has taken his DECADES of experience editing on Avid and distilled them into a very readable, INCREDIBLY illustrated book. Cohen does start from the very basics, but I would say this is not a book for the Avid beginner. This is a great book for someone who wants to become a WAY more proficient Avid editor than they already are.
After quickly getting through the basics, Cohen delivers the deep secrets. I have done a lot of Avid training of my peers. At one point I read ALL of the Avid manuals. But Cohen's book consistently delivers magical little tricks that make you say, "I wish I'd known THAT yesterday!"
Well worth the read. The only thing I DON'T like about this book is the title, though it definitely makes sense for the contents of the book, so I'm not sure if you SHOULD or SHOULDN'T judge this particular book by its cover. Either way, the contents of the book are well worth the time and money.
This is a MUST HAVE tool for all those editors and assistant editors who might be stymied by all the new changes.
Cohen's writing style is appropriately to the point...easy to understand, and not too techy.
The graphics are wonderful, easy to follow.
Thank-you Mr. Cohen.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Stephen Cohen's book is written from the point of view of a professional working on major feature films. Read morePublished on May 11, 2012 by sunpowered
Within just a few minutes of browsing Avid Agility, I had picked up enough tips and special key usage combinations to make me realise this book is an absolute godsend and worth its... Read morePublished on September 2, 2011 by Mike Shaw
just that right selection of tips and tricks i need as a professional avid editor.
I can get irritated when having to read through all the basics and trivialities to filter... Read more
This book is sold as the be all and end all of Avid texts.
Whilst I picked up a few new tips it was pretty light on the ground in regards to version 5. Read more
This book covers a lot of ground for its svelte 236 pages (including the index). It's written succinctly and thankfully there's no space wasted on unnecessary technical jargon or... Read morePublished on January 26, 2011 by John M