Avid Agility — Third Edition
Avid Agility is my book covering all things Media Composer, designed to help both newbies and advanced editors get up to speed quickly and easily. The just-released third edition has been extensively rewritten and contains nearly 50 pages of additional material, including a new chapter on Script Integration and ScriptSync. It now focuses squarely on MC 6, and all illustrations reflect that version.
The book represents a large fraction of what I know about Media Composer, learned over a period of two decades, during which time I worked closely with the folks at Avid, helped my peers become fluent with the system, taught hundreds of editing students, ran a magazine about editing, and in general, got neck deep in all things Media Composer. For advanced editors, it contains in-depth, easy-to-read material on critical subjects you may have glossed over in the past; for those moving to MC from other platforms, it offers clear, well-illustrated explanations of basic concepts. If you’re looking to get more out of Media Composer, this is the book for you.
The first edition covers Media Composer 4 and 5. The second covers MC5.5. The new third edition focuses on Media Composer 6. You can get it from the publisher, CreateSpace, or from Amazon. Enter this code when you check out from CreateSpace and you’ll receive a 20% discount off the list price: HGDQXDTN.
The third edition is also available as a beautiful Kindle ebook. It works on all Kindle devices, but looks especially good on tablets with color screens, such as the iPad or Kindle Fire. Owners of the Kindle book can read it on their Macs or PCs using the Kindle reader application.
“The most ambitious and comprehensive book on Avid Media Composer I’ve read. This is much more than an operating manual or how-to — it’s like having a seasoned pro sitting next to you, revealing his trade secrets. If you’re a Media Composer editor, rookie or old pro, Avid Agility will make you a better editor, guaranteed.”
Jonathan Moser, Post Magazine
“The quickest path to becoming a Media Composer Jedi Master. Editor and teacher Steve Cohen has written a clear, comprehensively-illustrated, and easy-to-understand guide — a bible on advanced editing with Avid Media Composer 5.x. For anyone who works regularly on an Avid and has a desire to take their skills to the next level, this book is essential reading.”
Lawrence Jordan, Editor and Founder of 2-pop.com and HollywoodReinvented.com
“Very rarely is the reincarnation of a classic pulled off successfully, but Steve Cohen’s done it. It’s 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, American CinemaEditor Magazine
“Avid Agility is very much a definitive book about the Media Composer environment. [It] may well be the ultimate book on customizing Avid’s unique capabilities for individual creative editing.”
Ray Zone, Editors Guild Magazine
“Some of the material takes my breath away—simply because ‘I didn’t know that!!’ A superb gift for any Avid editor, student or pro.”
Loren Miller, Editor, Teacher, and Creator of KeyGuide Keyboard Shortcut Pages.
“An amazing work — for both new and old Media Composer users. I’d recommend that each and every one of you who are editors order the book.”
Norman Hollyn, Head of the Editing Track & Professor, USC School of Cinematic Arts
“Steve Cohen has taken his DECADES of experience editing on Avid and distilled them into a very readable, INCREDIBLY illustrated book. [It] consistently delivers magical little tricks that make you say, ‘I wish I’d known THAT yesterday!'”
Steve Hullfish, Avid Master Editor, Colorist and Author of Five Books
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