MC 110 - Media Composer Fundamentals II

3 days

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Course Description

This course is for video editors who understand the basics of the editing tools in Media Composer and are ready to move ahead and learn the fundamentals of creating effects within Avid Media Composer. Along with its counterpart, MC 101 - Media Composer Fundamentals I, 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.

You will be taken through the basic effects-building interface; then you'll learn fundamental audio adjustments and effects, multilayered video compositing, tracking, stabilization, various retiming methods, and basic color-grading techniques. This course is a crucial 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: Fundamentals and Beyond

  • Fundamental Concepts
  • Learning the Basic Workflow
  • Going Beyond HD
  • Working in 4K
  • Creating a New Project
  • Setting up a Project

Lesson 2: Inputting Media

  • Ways to Input Video and Audio Clips
  • Using the Source Browser
  • Linking Clips to Your Project
  • Importing Media Files
  • Importing Sequential Image Files
  • Copying and Converting Linked Media

Lesson 3: Preparing Dailies

  • Prepping for the Edit
  • Adding Information to Dailies
  • Sorting the Bin
  • Filtering the Bin
  • Creating Subclips
  • Cloning Clips to Multiple Bins
  • Opening a Bin from Another Project
  • AutoSyncing Picture and Sound
  • Grouping Clips

Lesson 4: Quick Editing Tools

  • Editing from the Bin
  • Creating a Stringout Sequence
  • Storyboard Editing
  • Cutting Down a Sequence with Top and Tail
  • Using the Extend Function
  • Using Markers
  • Mapping Buttons and Menus

Lesson 5: Cutting and Recutting a Scene

  • Review of Basic Edit Tools
  • Selecting Multiple Segments
  • Alternate Ways to Use Sequences
  • Finding Alternative Shots
  • Essential Tools

Lesson 6: Trimming Dialogue Scenes

  • Understanding Trim
  • The "Radio Edit" Technique
  • Exploring Trim Mode
  • Trimming On the Fly
  • Creating Split Edits
  • Maintaining Sync
  • Slipping and Sliding Segments

Lesson 7: Mixing Sequence Audio

  • Mixing Audio Efficiently
  • Setting Up for Audio Mixing
  • Audio EQ Tool
  • Keyframing Volume and Pan Changes

Lesson 8: Working with High-Resolution Images

  • Understanding Pan & Zoom Effects
  • Exploring the Source Settings Dialog Box
  • Using FrameFlex on 2K+ Clips
  • Creating a Pan and Zoom Effect with FrameFlex

Lesson 9: Creative Retiming Effects

  • Review of Freeze Frames and Motion Effects
  • Creating Motion Effects to Fill a Duration
  • Creating Timewarp Effects
  • Timewarp Preset Effects
  • Creating a Timewarp Effect
  • Using the Anchor Frame

Lesson 10: Tracking and Blurring Objects

  • Blurring Unwanted Objects
  • Creating a Blur Effect

Lesson 11: Introduction to Multilayer Effects

  • Creating a Split-Screen Effect
  • Using Advanced Keyframe Graphs
  • Essential Tools

Lesson 12: Nesting Multiple Effects

  • Nesting Effects
  • Changing the Order of Nested Effects
  • Editing Inside a Nest
  • Measuring Performance
  • Adjusting Playback Quality
  • Rendering Effects
  • Understanding ExpertRender

Lesson 13: Creating ChromaKey Effects

  • Different Keying Types
  • Exploring the SpectraMatte
  • Viewing the Matte Channel
  • Cropping Out Garbage
  • Adjusting the SpectraMatte

Lesson 14: Animated Titles & Graphics

  • Creating Titles with NewBlue Titler Pro
  • Creating a Title
  • AMA Linking to Real-Time Moving Matte Keys

Lesson 15: Packaging and Export

  • Understanding the Review Process
  • Tools for Review
  • Preparing for Output
  • Packaging a Sequence
  • Exporting a File
  • Using the Send To Export Templates
  • Exporting XDCAM Media

Lesson 16: Managing Project Media

  • Managing Your Media
  • Deleting Media Files
  • Understanding Consolidate and Transcode