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Avid Uncut: Workflows, Tips, and Techniques from Hollywood Pros 1st Edition
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"A great book for experienced editors of all NLEs. Hullfish wrangled an impressive number of ‘A list’ editors who provided incredible insight into the specific ways that Media Composer empowers them. It makes a great read for those who wish to maximize their creativity and efficiency in editing."
- Ben Kozuch, Co-Founder, Future Media Concepts
"Like Hullfish's Color Correction for Video, Avid Uncut should sit on the shelf as a reference in every Avid suite. Condensing years of experience and real-world examples, Avid Uncut is easy to read yet packed full of tips, tricks and powerful time-saving Avid features. So whether you're a newbie needing to learn the ropes or a seasoned professional wanting to get up to speed on modern workflows and tools fast, this book is a must-have."
- Ra-ey Saleh, Senior On-line Editor/Colorist, MythBusters; Taboo; Hidden in America
"Avid Uncut is one of the most comprehensive Avid Media Composer training manuals I’ve seen. Hullfish has years of Avid experience and is well-respected for covering some of the lesser known tips that make a Media Composer more productive. This book is no exception, covering not only software features, but numerous workflows. Plus, the reader gets to hear from top television and film editors throughout the chapters for glimpses at their creative solutions. Hullfish isn’t afraid to include informative explanations of some of the lesser covered features, like ScriptSync, the Marquee titler and more, that other writers usually skip. Avid Uncut is a great handbook for editors moving over from other software, but even experienced Media Composer editors will be surprised at how much they’ll pick up."
- Oliver Peters, Editor/Colorist, Oliver Peters Post Production Services, digitalfilms.wordpress.com
"Over the years, Kathlyn and I have worked with many of the most respected Avid editors in the world, people who have edited some of the top-ranked movies and television shows in the market today. Among these prolific and respected editors, Steve Hullfish is often named as their go-to expert when they want to learn the Avid and master its many powers and nuances. You aren't going to master the Avid overnight but with Steve Hullfish showing you the way, you will learn its powers and maximize the workflow that makes the Avid the industry leader in high-end professional editing circles. If you are looking to excel in your understanding of Avid Media Composer, you have picked up the right book."
- Ronald & Kathlyn Lindeboom, Founders, CreativeCOW.net
"In today's adapt-or-die climate of non-linear editing, Avid Uncut is pre-requisite reading for every editor who needs to be relevant with complex file-based editing processes. The fact that this important book was organized with a creative mindset and written conversationally with commentary from the world’s best editors also makes it a fun read."
- Mitch Jacobson, Author, Mastering Multicamera Techniques (Focal Press 2010)
"For students of Media Composer all the way to longtime editors, I highly recommend Avid Uncut. Hullfish is a clear and comprehensive writer and he writes from deep personal experience as well as consulting with other top names. Books like these are an easy recommendation, because if you pick up just a few time-saving tips, the book will pay for itself within a week."
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About the Author
Steve Hullfish produces and edits trailers, TV spots, promos and DVDs through his company, Verascope Pictures, which serves high-end clients: Universal Studios, NBC Television, DreamWorks, HIT Entertainment, Jim Henson Entertainment, VeggieTales and others. He has also co-edited two feature films for Sony/Tristar: Courageous and War Room. His 30 years of producing and editing TV shows and spots have garnered many national awards, including a national Emmy as part of the editing team of the Oprah Winfrey Show. He has co-written four other books including Color Correction for Digital Video, Avid XpressPro On the Spot, The Avid XpressPro Editing Workshop and - most recently - Avid Uncut: Workflows, Tips, and Techniques from Hollywood Pros. He is also in demand as a color correction and editing trainer for clients including NBC Sports, Major League Soccer, Turner Networks, The Versus Network, Southeast Television, Whole Foods, Avid, Tektronix, and the Children's Television Network.
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This amazing book does exactly what I wanted! I have just made my way through Chapter 1 and I have already learned so much and also incorporated the learnings into my editing workflow. It starts with ingesting the footage and takes you all the way, through the vantage point of many advanced Avid editors, including Steve Hullfish.
I will post another review with more specific comments as I make my way through the book. However, for now, I am so thrilled to have found this book! Steve Hullfish has made a great contribution by writing this book! I am going to be referring to this book for a long time!
Avid Uncut:Workflows, Tips and Techniques from Hollywood Pros by Steve Hullfish is a similar book to Mike Matzdorff’s Final Cut Pro X: Pro Workflow although a lot longer and with a much wider remit than just one film’s workflow. At 390 pages it’s by far the longest book in this round up and the most detailed. Other than Matzdorff’s book it’s also the most up to date, being published in 2014.
What’s also great about the book is that it comes with an extremely useful companion website which is stocked with tutorials, keyboard settings and downloadable R3D and Alexa footage to practice with. This makes it not just a bonus but a vital part of getting the most out of the book, as so often with editing it’s much easier to see things than read about them.
Not only does the book give you the inside track on decades of editor Steve Hullfish’s experience in the edit suite, but that of a plethora of other experienced editors from assistants on The Big Bang Theory to award winning documentary editors like Steve Audette and feature editors like Wayne Wahrman (I am Legend, All the Kings Men, Charlie’s Angels I and II) offering sage advice throughout. Steve’s other book The Art and Technique of Digital Color Correction also benefits from this kind of expert input.
Avid Uncut is an essential read for any assistant editor (or anyone whose just blagged themselves a gig as one and now needs to scramble to be ready!) looking to prepare themselves for work on film and TV productions. The book would also be really helpful for experienced editors moving to Avid from other NLE’s to understand how to get work done effectively in it’s unique environment.
Every topic the book covers gets an in-depth explanation from metadata to camera specific workflows, bin organisation, Avid specific visual effects, and onlining. Steve’s writing is practical and results oriented which helps to make the whole thing meaty and not fluffy. For example, there is a whole chapter dedicated to customising your Avid Media Composer settings which goes into a lot of very detailed and practical knowledge, by the time we get to chapter 3 we’re already 183 pages in.
There’s a critical mass to for a film and you have to whittle it down till you get to that point. Pacing really has to know it’s place inside the film… It has to do with the scene itself. What’s the scene trying to do? What’s it’s purpose? Story comes first, then performance. – Wayne Wahrman
Reading Steve’s book almost makes me want to get back into editing with Avid Media Composer again, and if you’re new to Avid it will be offering a massive amount of really useful information. If you’re an experienced hand, you’ll undoubtably learn something new too. But mostly it made me wish someone like Tyler Nelson (Fincher’s editor’s 1st Assistant) would write a similar book for Adobe Premiere Pro.