MC 101 - Media Composer Fundamentals I

2 days

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Course Description

This course is the first step in achieving confidence, creativity, and efficiency with Avid Media Composer, the non-linear film/video editing application used in most movie and television productions. Along with its counterpart, MC 110 - Media Composer Fundamentals II, this course provides the foundation for Media Composer User Certification. The Media Composer 101/110 combined class saves you over 20% versus booking the classes separately.

This course leads you through the interface and basic editing techniques before moving on to trimming, fine-tuning the edit, adjusting audio, handling multicamera editing, adding transitions, adding titles, and outputting your finished project. The training is hands-on and features project-based lessons in which you work on real-world projects ranging from extreme sports to dazzling documentary footage. This course is the first step in mastering Avid Media Composer.

Who Should Attend

  • Producers
  • Editors
  • Assistant Editors
  • Multimedia Producers


  • Practical working knowledge of Mac OS X
  • A background in editing, production, or post-production is strongly recommended

Course Outline:

Note: The curricula below comprise activities typically covered in a class at this skill level. The instructor may, at his/her discretion, adjust the lesson plan to meet the needs of the class.

Lesson 1: Introduction to Media Composer

  • Launching Media Composer
  • Understanding the Select Project Window
  • Learning the Interface
  • Working with Bins
  • Creating a New User Profile and Changing User Profiles
  • Personalizing the Application

Lesson 2: Getting Started

  • Creating a New Project
  • Setting Up Your Project
  • How to Input Video and Audio Clips
  • Importing Media Files
  • Preparing to Edit
  • Saving Your Work

Lesson 3: Building Your Sequence

  • Overview
  • Creating a New Sequence
  • Working with Tracks
  • Locating Audio Cues
  • Building Your Sequence with Splice-In
  • Editing with Overwrite
  • Removing Material from a Sequence
  • Essential Tools

Lesson 4: Drag-and-Drop Editing in Segment Mode

  • Understanding the Smart Tool
  • Building a Montage with Drag-and-Drop
  • Adding Narration with Drag-and-Drop Overwrite
  • Editing Audio in the Sequence

Lesson 5: Refining the Sequence

  • Moving Segments in the Timeline
  • Changing Shots in the Sequence
  • Deleting from the Timeline
  • Changing the Length of Timeline Segments
  • Exploring Trim Mode
  • Useful Tools

Lesson 6: Introduction to Transition Effects

  • Creating Transition Effects
  • Modifying Transition Effects in the Timeline
  • Accessing Effects from the Effect Palette
  • Modifying Effects in Effect Mode
  • Creating Audio Crossfades

Lesson 7: Introduction to Segment Effects

  • Adding Segment Effects
  • Stabilizing Shaky Footage
  • Using Automatic Color Correction to Improve the Footage
  • Hiding Jump Cuts with FluidMorph
  • Resizing a Shot
  • Using Standard Keyframes

Lesson 8: Combining Multiple Effects

  • Nesting Effects
  • Changing the Order of Nested Effects

Lesson 9: Freeze Frames and Motion Effects

  • Types of Motion Effects
  • Creating Freeze Frames
  • Creating Motion Effects

Lesson 10: Creating Titles

  • Title Creation Tools
  • Quick View: The Avid Title Tool

Lesson 11: Exporting Your Video

  • Exporting Your Video

Lesson 12: Technical Fundamentals

  • Fixing Technical Problems
  • Troubleshooting Missing Media Files
  • Recovering Lost Work
  • Deleting Media