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Ryan Jenkins, Student at the University of Portsmouth, Wins the Award for Best Post-Production Project

The School of Creative Technologies at the University of Portsmouth has been celebrating student success for many years with the CT Graduate Awards. This year Avid is very pleased to support the Award for Best Post-Production Project. Ryan Jenkins, a student from the course BSc (Hons) Television and Broadcasting, is the proud award winner, and his course leader, Charlie Watts, is delighted for his success. Charlie adds, “Ryan was adamant that he wanted to complete a final year project in post, so he carefully looked at how we operate our weekly live program output and then proposed a workflow that would support a clear way to archive VT’s for future use. I’m very pleased to say that the project has been a great success, and he also managed to do his fair share of editing great projects this year.”

Ryan Jenkins

University of Portsmouth

Ryan picks up the story — “Three years ago I was introduced to Avid Media Composer, and I knew my passions lay within editing. I started my university experience not knowing much about editing at all; I just saw it as a way in which to solve a puzzle. Fast forward to today, and I can honestly say that through the use of Avid Media Composer and the excellent guidance from lectures and support staff within the University of Portsmouth, these puzzles are easier to be solved.”

“Whilst studying Television and Broadcasting at the University of Portsmouth, I knew what I wanted to do at the end, and I found different video formats, encoding and the whole complexity of post fascinating. I’d also like to mention and thank the encouragement I received for pursuing such a specialist area from Charlie Watts and Stephen Bellinger, who gave me the confidence to really get stuck in!

“The pressure of a TV industry environment is hard to reflect within a teaching environment. However, I feel the terror and dread felt within the quick turnaround for the live shows we produce was felt by all at some stage or another. This forced me to learn how to edit faster, more accurately, and to really think about what the audience would want to see and hear. Avid is an amazing tool, and although it is a little unforgiving if you do not quick know what you are doing at times, that aspect of it only forces you to learn and get better.”

“I learned how to utilize networked shared storage with Avid, and slowly but surely, I gathered enough experience to be able to build an archive workflow that others could use and understand.”

“After the course had finished, I felt myself still wanting more, and I have recently revised for, and passed, the Avid Media Composer Certified User Exam. Passing this exam and having priceless experiences from my course, meeting and being taught by some truly generous people, has been a perfect way to round off a wonderful and exciting course.”

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Register Now for Avid Education Summits in the US and UK This Summer

Avid Education Summits are back and better than ever, with more training, exclusive seminars and sessions. At this year’s events July 23 and 24 in Los Angeles and Manchester, U.K., Avid Learning Partners (ALPs), certified instructors and educators from the Americas and Europe will come together to discuss the latest updates from Avid and circulate training back to students and learners everywhere.

Avid Education Summits are essential events for Avid educators looking to get up to speed with the latest product features, updates and curriculums. These entirely free-of-charge events include a whole host of Avid Everywhere program and platform updates, workshop seminars, guest speakers and live Avid Certified Instructor (ACI) recertification training.

Hosted at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and the University of Salford’s MediaCity U.K. Campus in Manchester, the Avid Education Summits for ALPs and ACIs are bookended by two weeks of instructor training classes.

From July 18-22 and July 25-29, there’s no better time for educators to get the advanced training they’ve been waiting for with 100-, 200- and 300-level classes for Media Composer, iNews, VENUE, Sibelius and Pro Tools, all scheduled to coincide with the Summit events so that educators can cover all bases in one trip.

At our Los Angeles event Sunday, July 24, Avid and The LA Film School will host an exclusive film screening featuring Oscar-nominated editor Kevin Tent, ACE. As a member of the American Cinema Editors guild and the editor of such notable films as Sideways, Nebraska, The Descendants and Blow, Kevin will discuss his decades of experience as a feature film editor. Admission to the screening is included with registration for the Avid Education Summit.

At our Manchester event, we’re holding an exclusive session with Inside The Edit’s Paddy Bird, who has worked on some of the world’s most renowned television shows, including “X Factor,” “Big Brother” and “Wife Swap” — plus numerous high-end political, historical and observational documentaries. Hosting his editing masterclass, Bird will share valuable techniques and provide key insights on the art of TV editing, taking the next generation of editing professionals through high end crafting secrets that are not taught in film schools, training courses or manuals.

Other agenda topics across both U.S. and U.K. events include:

  • Learning Partner Program updates
  • “What’s New” Training
  • ACI recertification training
  • NewBlue SX
  • Sonnox
  • Networking and socialising with Avid’s Education community

Don’t miss the opportunity to join these live events and network with the Avid community, including ALPs, ACIs and educators from across the Americas and Europe. Register below, or contact one of the teams at training@avid.com or trainingEMEA@avid.com.

Register now for the Avid Education Summit of your choice:

Los Angeles Course Registrations

Code(s)

Course

Cert.

# of Days

Location

Dates

URL

MC101/110

Media Composer Fundamentals ACI Workshop

ACI

5

Moviola

7/18 – 7/22

Register Now

MC201/210

Media Composer Professional ACI Workshop

ACI

5

Moviola

7/25 – 7/29

Register Now

MC239

Color Grading on Media Composer & Symphony

ACI

3

Avid Burbank

7/25 – 7/27

Register Now

MC400

Media Composer System Support

ACSR

3

Moviola

7/20 – 7/22

Register Now

PT400

Pro Tools System Support

ACSR

2

Moviola

7/25 – 7/26

Register Now

PT101/110

Pro Tools Fundamentals ACI Workshop

ACI

5

USC SCA

7/18 – 7/22

Register Now

PT130

Pro Tools Game Audio ACI Workshop

ACI

3

USC SCA

7/20-7/22

Register Now

PT201/210M

Pro Tools Music Production ACI Workshop

ACI

5

USC SCA

7/18 – 7/22

Register Now

PT201/210P

Pro Tools Post Production ACI Workshop

ACI

5

USC SCA

7/18 – 7/22

Register Now

PT300M

Pro Tools Advanced Music Production ACI Workshop

ACI

5

USC SCA

7/25 – 7/27

Register Now

PT300P

Pro Tools Advanced Post Production ACI Workshop

ACI

5

USC SCA

7/25 – 7/27

Register Now

SB101/110

Sibelius Fundamentals ACI Workshop

ACI

3

USC SCA

7/24 – 7/26

Register Now

Manchester Course Registrations

Date

Course

Duration

Venue

Registration URL

18th July

PT130 Pro Tools for Game Audio

3 days

Futureworks

Register for 3 day PT 130 Course

18th July

PT310M Advanced Music Production Techniques

4 days

Futureworks

Register for PT310M Advanced Music Production Techniques

18th July

PT310S6 Advanced Pro Tools | S6 Mixing Workflows

4 days

SSR Manchester

Register for 310|S6 Advanced Mixing Workflows

20th July

VE400 ACSR VENUE | S6L System Support

2 days

SSR Manchester

Register for VE 400 S6L System Support

25th July

Media Composer 100 level Train-the-Trainer

5 days

Futureworks

Register for MC 100 level T3

25th July

IN101 An Introduction to iNEWS

2 days

University of Salford

Register for IN101 Introduction to iNews

27th July

NC120 Media Composer | NewsCutter Option Fundamentals I & II

3 days

University of Salford

Register for NC120 News Editing Fundamentals I & II




Avid Learning Partner Newsletter — Summer 2016

Welcome! The new “Avid Learning Partner Newsletter’ is designed to provide you with all the latest news and information on Avid training and certification, as well as the latest special offers available from Avid.

Each edition of the ALP Newsletter will feature new and forthcoming course and certification releases, details on updates to the course curriculums, local regional news and information, as well as the latest offers available to ALPs to enable you to be successful at delivering training and certification to your students and customers.

We welcome all comments and feedback on the newsletter, in particular what you would like to see included in future editions. You can leave feedback via the ‘Reply” link at the bottom of the newsletter.

Happy reading!

Media Composer | NewsCutter Option Fundamentals I & II Course & Certification

 

Avid Education announced at NAB 2016 the release of the ‘Media Composer with NewsCutter Option Fundamentals I & II’ (NC120) course and associated certification exam. This course is designed for Avid Learning Partners who are training the next generation of journalists

This 3 day ‘hands-on’ course and its supporting certification, the ‘Avid Certified User for Media Composer with NewsCutter Option’, focuses on the news editorial process and workflows using the Media Composer | NewsCutter Option and iNews, with the primary goal to provide end users with the knowledge and credentials they need to create, edit and deliver news packages.

This course is an update and restructuring of the NC101 and NC110 courses into one logical course design and now incorporates exercises with footage provided by the Reuters News Agency. It can be a standalone offering to students or a next step for those who wish to progress on past the MC101/110 and specialise on the news editorial process.

Further details can be seen on the Avid Education Website, as well as by contacting your local ALP Manager.

New Avid Education Website Launched

As part of the launch of the new look Avid.com back in the spring of 2016 we revamped & updated all the Avid Education web pages with more information on all Avid Education courses and certifications, designed new Learning Paths, plus refreshed the Find A Learning Partner & Certified Professional search pages

 

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Avid Education Partners with EditStock.com

Anyone who has taught media production knows the importance of having good media resources to work with in the classroom. However, acquiring quality media assets can be quite challenging — which is why Avid Education is pleased to announce a partnership with EditStock, a provider of high-quality media assets designed to help students learn the art and craft of editing.

 

What this means for you:

Convenience – Footage assets and course files for the Media Composer v8.6 books will be available to download through the website www.EditStock.com/Avid. ALPs and their students will gain special access to download the course files free of charge.

More diverse footage – Media Composer v8.6 courses include a broader range of footage to engage your students, including scripted dramas, documentaries, product commercials, music videos, and action sports clips.

Upgrade options to expand your classroom teaching – Avid Learning Partners will have the exclusive opportunity to purchase footage upgrade bundles that provide access to the full production assets (i.e., raw video / dailies in their camera native format and production audio) for each production featured in the course. Where available, upgrades may also include production documentation (e.g., notes, scripts, lined scripts), sound effects, and original music.

By upgrading your course footage, you have the flexibility to create your own editing exercises for students that go beyond the book, yet are tightly integrated with the course lessons. In addition, because the upgraded footage is not watermarked, students will be able to incorporate their coursework into their demo reels.

Sonnox Elite Plug-ins Course & Avid Certified User: Sonnox Elite Certification

Avid Education was also pleased to announce at NAB16, through collaboration with Sonnox, a new course and supporting certification for the Users of Sonnox Elite Plug-ins.

‘Sonnox Elite Plug-ins’ (SO110) is a half-day course that builds on established Pro Tools user capabilities to enable individuals to become proficient in using Sonnox plug-in software. Providing a comprehensive overview of functions and features, as well as providing an in-depth understanding of the seven Sonnox Elite plug-in products, the ‘Avid Certified User for Sonnox Elite’ certification complements the course and is a natural extension for Avid Learning Partners offering the Pro Tools curriculum.

Please contact your local ALP Manager for further details.

Avid NEXIS Training Courses & Certification

The center stage announcement by Avid at Avid Connect and NAB in April was the launch of Avid NEXIS, the worlds first and only software defined storage platform, winning the prestigious NewBay Best of Show Award from TV Technology. Avid NEXIS is the next generation in intelligent storage for real-time media production, enabling true storage virtualization for any media application.

To support the Avid NEXIS launch Avid Education has released a range of 5 new training courses and 2 certifications available to book NOW;

 ‘Introduction to Avid NEXIS System Administration’, a new 2 hour self-paced eLearning course comprised of a series of instructional videos and interactive activities, covering a range of administration topics will be packaged with each NEXIS engine, providing a starting learning solution straight ‘out of the box’ for users to begin the development of their knowledge.

‘Avid NEXIS System Administration’, a new course available either in a blended learning format (NX216EL)using a combination of eLearning and a web based Live Virtual Class to ask questions of an Instructor,  enabling a fully remote learning experience without the time or travel costs, or a ‘hands-on’ in-classroom 1 day course (NX216)Both options provide an in-depth understanding of how to administer and maintain an Avid NEXIS System.

The NX216 will be offered as a public course, combined with the WG213 to create the 4 day NEXIS/Interplay System Administration (WG357) course.  The NX216 will also be available as a 1 day onsite course.

These courses lay the foundation for candidates for an associated certification, the Avid Certified System Administrator for Avid NEXIS, ensuring we continue to offer training and certification for the variety of roles our customers and partners require to maximize their investment in Avid solutions.

‘ACSR Avid NEXIS System Support’ and associated certification, ‘ACSR for Avid NEXIS’, addresses the needs for those responsible for the installation, configuration and troubleshooting of an Avid NEXIS system. This course will be a blend of 7 hours online eLearning prior to attending the classroom to reduce the in-class time, as well as allow the focus in the classroom to be for hands on learning. The classroom component comes in either a 2 day course duration (NX420) for active ISIS ACSR’s or a 3 day course (NX423) for those new to Avid storage systems.

Media Composer Curriculum Update

New Design–New Course Lengths-New Footage-New Names-New Pricing!

Avid Education is pleased to announce that the next release of our Media Composer curriculum for v8.6, due out in August, will have an entirely new design and structure. The primary goal of the redesign is to present a more integrated, progressive learning path at both the 100 and 200 levels. For example the 101 is now designed to be a true introductory course, spanning both editing and effects. The new 110 is a step up, offering deeper training for a more serious, now more experienced student who will be pursuing certification and, presumably, a career in post-production / editing.

The Media Composer 200-level classes are designed to teach advanced operational skills and editorial techniques to prepare students for work in the professional environment. The redesign of these courses also removes the artificial separation of editing vs effects, and replaces them with integrated courses that build on one another, teaching increasingly complex workflows and increasingly specialized tools and techniques.

Information about the instructor recertification will be forthcoming in the next newsletter.

* All prices quoted below include relevant exam(s)

** Prices quoted in $US – Check with regional teams for local currency price

 

MC101 Media Composer Fundamentals I
16 hours
Printed Book: $35 – ISBN 978-1-943446-22-3
Ebook: $30 – ISBN 978-1-943446-23-0

MC101 Table of Contents

 

MC110 Media Composer Fundamentals II
24 hours
Printed Book: $75 –  ISBN 978-1-943446-24-7
Ebook: $60 – ISBN 978-1-943446-25-4

MC110 Table of Contents (Draft)

 

MC201 Media Composer Professional Editing I
16 hours
Printed Book: $110 – ISBN 978-1-943446-26-1

Ebook: $90 – ISBN 978-1-943446-27-8

MC201 Table of Contents (Draft)

 

MC210 Media Composer Professional Editing II (formerly 205)
24 hours
Printed Book: $125 – ISBN 978-1-943446-28-5
Ebook: $100 – ISBN 978-1-943446-29-2

MC210 Table of Contents (Draft)

Media Composer MC101 & MC110 Now Available in Spanish

Es con mucho gusto que Avid Educacion anuncia la publicacion de los libros Media Composer 101 y Media Composer 110 en Español. (Se debe notar que son version 8 con anexos de version 8.4)

Avid Education is excited to announce that the MC101 and 110 books are now available in Spanish! (Please note that these are version 8 with the 8.4 addendum’s)

MC101 Media Composer Fundamentos de la edición

Printed Book – $35
ISBN 978-1-943446-20-9
PN 9320-65313-13

Ebook – $30
ISBN 978-1-943446-21-6
PN 9511-65613-03

 

MC110 Media Composer Efectos Esenciales

Printed Book – $75
ISBN 978-1-943446-18-6
PN: 9320-65314-13

Ebook – $60
ISBN 978-1-943446-19-3
PN 9511-65673-03

AMER Announcements

Join us at an Avid Education Summit!  July 2016

Avid Education is hosting two ALP / ACI Summits in July — Manchester (UK) and Los Angeles.  Each one-day Summit is packed with valuable information on ALP program updates, curriculum training and recertification, 3rd-party workshops. Numerous ACI certification classes are offered before and after each event make it easy to leverage the training opportunity to attend the event.

Don’t miss the event everyone will be talking about all year!

Avid Education Summit (AMER)

Conference: July 23

ACI Classes:  July 18-22, July 25-29

All course registrations are available here.

Welcome New Avid Learning Partners!

Avid Education would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest Avid Learning Partners!

  • Clark Magnet High School, California
  • Eastern Arizona College, Arizona
  • Northwest College, Wyoming
  • Northwestern Michigan College, Michigan
  • PVNet, California
  • Riverside USD / Poly High School, California
  • Washtenaw Community College, Michigan

We also want to recognize the ALPs who have expanded their partnerships this quarter.

  • Loyola Merimount University, (Added Pro Tools)
  • California State University, Chico, (Added Pro Tools)
  • New York Film Academy, Los Angeles, (Added 50 seats of Media Composer)

EMEA Announcements

Avid Learning Partner & Instructor Summits (EMEA), Save the Dates!

Pro Tools/ VENUE/ Sibelius Summit  – July 23, 2016 

Media Composer/ Newscutter Summit – July 24, 2016

 

Mark your calendars and save the date for this year’s Avid Learning Partner Summits in EMEA, July 23 and July 24, 2016, hosted by the University of Salford, MediaCityUK Campus.

Register here to attend the EMEA Summit:

Register here for ACI/ALP Pro Tools, VENUE & Sibelius Summit

Register here for ALP/ACI Media Composer and Newscutter Summit

ACI Certification Classes available:

 

Date

Course

Duration

Venue

Registration

18th July

PT130 Pro Tools for Game Audio

3 days

Futureworks

Register for 3 day PT 130 Course

18th July

PT310M Advanced Music Production Techniques

4 days

Futureworks

Register for PT310M Advanced Music Production Techniques

18th July

PT310S6 Advanced Pro Tools | S6 Mixing Workflows

4 days

SSR Manchester

Register for 310|S6 Advanced Mixing Workflows

20th July

VE400 ACSR VENUE | S6L System Support

2days

SSR Manchester

Register for VE 400 S6L System Support

25th July

Media Composer 100 level Train-the-Trainer

5 days

Futureworks

Register for MC 100 level T3

25th July

IN101 An Introduction to iNEWS

2 days

University of Salford

Register for IN101 Introduction to iNews

27th July

NC120 Media Composer | NewsCutter Option Fundamentals I & II

3 days

University of Sallford

Register for NC120 News Editing Fundamentals I & II

 

Contact ashleigh.davies@avid.com or tim.mynett@avid.com for more information.

Welcome New Avid Learning Partners

 

Avid Education would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest Avid Learning Partners in EMEA!

  • AAT College – India
  • Tecnocampus – Spain
  • Point Blank – UK
  • ITV – UK
  • Gullmarsgymnasiet – Sweden

We also want to recognize the ALPs who have expanded their partnerships with us.

  • Goldsmiths University – Began delivering Pro Tools
  • Apaxxdesigns – Began delivering 200 level Media Composer
  • Cape Audio College – Began delivering Pro Tools 200 level (Music)

APAC Announcements

Welcome to New Avid Learning Partners

Avid training is getting more active in the region all the time. A warm welcome to our newest Avid Learning Partners:

  • Creative Media Institute (Myanmar) – Pro Tools
  • Fayone (China) – Media Composer
  • Media Asylum (Singapore) – Media Composer
  • Shanghai Vancouver Film School (China) – Media Composer
  • SJT Audio (Australia) – Pro Tools
  • SungKyul University (Korea) – Pro Tools and Sibelius

ALP Showcase: Purple Media Academy

Purple Media Academy is a passionate Avid Learning Partner in South Korea Earlier this year, we cooperatively organized a series of training that included a week of PT310M and PT310P ACI training, followed by 3 days of PT400 ACSR training (this is technical training primarily geared towards resellers and IT staff). A long training engagement, but an unqualified success, as you can see! Many thanks to Sung Chol Lim and Purple media for his great idea, and for hosting this event!

 

One great strength of the Avid Learning Partner Program is the ability for Avid and ALPs to take advantage of each others’ resources – our partnership goes far beyond the basics of enabling our Partners to offer official courses. If you have any ideas of special cooperative events (seminars, professional training events, you name it), just contact andy.hagerman@avid.com and we’ll put your idea into action!

Upcoming Training Events in APAC

 

Date

Course

Venue

Registration

June 27th -July 4th

Pro Tools (100-level) ACI Training

CMI

(Myanmar)

Click to Learn More

June 29th -July 1st

MC400 Media Composer System Support

Atomise – New Zealand

Register for MC400

July 4th – 8th

UN422 ACSR Avid ISIS | 5000/7000 Series System Support

Atomise – New Zealand

Register for UN422

July 11th – 15th

MC101/110 Media Composer Editing & Effects Essentails

Atomise – New Zealand

Register for MC1xx

July 11th – 15th

WG433 ACSR Avid Interplay System Support

Atomise – New Zealand

Register for WG433

August 1st – 2nd

PT400 ACSR Pro Tools System Support

Avid Australia

Register for PT400

August 4th – 5th

PT400 ACSR Pro Tools System Support

Avid Australia

Register for PT400

August 17th – 19th

MC400 Media Composer System Support

Avid Singapore

Register for MC400

EDU Offers on MediaCentral | UX, iNEWS, S6, S3, and Pro Tools

Here are some EDU offers for MediaCentral | UX, iNEWS, S6, S3, and Pro Tools

 

Part Number

Product

EDU Offer

9925-65400-00

MediaCentral | UX Base Client Single License (EDU)

Limited Time Academic Offer: Receive 75% off MediaCentral | UX Base Client License for 10+ Seats

Offer Valid Through 9/30/2016

9925-65401-00

MediaCentral | UX Advance Single License (EDU)

Limited Time Academic Offer: Receive 75% off MediaCentral | UX Advance Client License for 10+ Seats

Offer Valid Through 9/30/2016

9925-65399-00

MediaCentral | UX iNEWS-Only Base License (EDU)

Limited Time Academic Offer: Receive 75% off MediaCentral | UX iNEWS-Only Base License for 10+ Seats

Offer Valid Through 9/30/2016

9920-65306-03

EXCHANGE D-CONTROL 16 TO S6 M40 16-5-D (EDU)

Limited Time Academic Exchange Offer – Valid through 9/30/2016

9920-65308-03

EXCHANGE D-CONTROL 32 TO S6 M40 32-5-D (EDU

Limited Time Academic Exchange Offer – Valid through 9/30/2016

9935-65308-02

Pro Tools| HD Native Thunderbolt + HD OMNI System, includes Annual Upgrade and Support Plan

Limited Time Academic Offer: Receive additional 10% off EDU SRP -Valid through 9/30/2016

9900-65399-14

Pro Tools| S3 Control Surface Studio

Limited Time Academic Offer: Receive additional 10% off EDU SRP -Valid through 9/30/2016

9925-65404-00

PROMO, PRO TOOLS EDU 20-PACK

Limited Time Academic Offer: Receive Special EDU pricing with purchase of PT 20 pack.

Valid through 9/30/2016

9925-65405-00

PROMO, PRO TOOLS EDU 50-PACK

Limited Time Academic Offer: Receive Special EDU pricing with purchase of PT 50 pack.

Valid through 9/30/2016

 

If you any questions please contact Andy Cook in Education Market Solutions for more information.

Thanks!

Thank you for taking the time to read the opening education of the Avid Learning Partner Newsletter. We hope you find the information helpful to you as one of our Learning Partners.

We welcome all comments and feedback on the newsletter, in particular what you would like to see included in future editions. You can leave feedback via the ‘Reply” link directly below.




Claremont High School Used Avid Media Composer to Emphasize Dangers of Drinking and Driving

We had less than a day to turn it around. But with an 18-student production team, Avid Media Composer and a whole lot of preparation, collaboration and heart, we pulled off an incredibly moving film documenting the consequences of drinking and driving as a part of Claremont High School’s “Every Fifteen Minutes Program.” It’s funded by the California Highway Patrol and the California Office of Traffic Safety, with additional support from the Claremont Police Department.

Ryan Bush filming Davion Smith

This is my second year as the video production teacher at CHS, and I was asked to oversee the making of the EFM video. It was described to me as something of a myth or legend. To begin with, the project was completely top secret. We were not able to find out what students are involved in the staged car accident until the day of. Claremont PD closed down Indian Hill Blvd., flipped two cars and staged a mock accident to which local authorities responded in front of the entire junior and senior class while my video production students filmmed everything. Then they worked though the night editing, and as the morning sun rose, they emerged from the depths of the editing bay (or, in my case, Room 103), chests high, eyes bloodshot and coffee in hand, with a completed film to be screened at an assembly with their peers.

Isabella Cisneros and Eileen McNair editing

All I heard was, “Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!” Or, more appropriately: police cars, fire trucks, a helicopter, multiple cameras (GoPros, Canon DSLRs, Sony PXW-X70s), multiple frame rates (60fps, 30fps, 24fps), Avid Media Composer, varying ages of iMacs and teenagers, less than 24 hours, oh my! Are you completely insane? Well, maybe just a little.

Mahmoud Maarouf Editing_Cory Smith and Andrew Brands on Screen

Now, I’ll admit I was a bit nervous for such a large undertaking, but I was not afraid because of the wonderful team assembled. First, we had the complete support of students, staff and local authorities. Second, we had an amazing student director, Ira Clark, who shepherded the vision alongside some very talented and dedicated student filmmakers. Last, but certainly not least, we had Varun Viswanath (whom I still owe dinner), my phone-an-editor. He helped me problem solve and advised how to set up the projects in Avid Media Composer as well as transcode and export in a lab setting that is not exactly ideal—but what one is? We eventually consolidated to one iMac and had a hard drive attached to every port. It’s a wonder the computer didn’t explode.

CHS Advanced Video Production Class

What I loved most about this project was the complete collaboration using the tools of the industry and the real-world experience the students gained. We hammered out the story as a class prior to EFM so that everybody was on the same page and understood his or her part in the process. We created production teams for the day of so there was no confusion. I told them that when they held the camera in their hands, well, they had superpowers. Then each team went out and filmed their part and edited together their sequence. There were healthy creative conversations taking place absent of ego. They were so much in sync that they would take turns editing. I even remember Ira taking a nap around 3 a.m., and when he woke up, Johnny, Christian and Hunter had come up with the opening sequence, to which he responded, “Cool.”  Cool indeed to see these kids put their hearts into something.

The reward was screening the film only a few hours after completion with more than 1200 students, staff, parents, and community members. I used to think the prize was experiencing the audience’s reaction to something I had created, but I’ve learned that feeling doesn’t even compare to experiencing something that your students have created. The Wolfpack ROCKS!

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The Story of Nicola Matiwone—From Student to Award-Winning Editor

Graduation day was a very exciting and special day for me. After a year of long days and nights spent in the edit suit, to finally graduate with a distinction on my MA in Post Production Editing was the most rewarding thing I’ve done in my whole academic life. To top it off, getting the Avid Award in addition was just the additional icing on the cake.

When considering to sign up for the course I was very sceptical on whether I really needed to learn anything on editing, I mean how hard could it be? So I thought. But I am grateful to have made the choice to take on the course because one of the main things that I’ve come to learn is an in depth understanding of what editing really is, and the various approaches to the craft. During my year at university I had hands on experience on the various editing approaches and I became aware of its 3 main attributes, which are the collaborative, narrative and technical nature of the craft.

Significantly the way the course was structured did address these 3 areas, we had a theory-based module where we learnt narrative constructions.   We also had another module that concentrated on technical skills, as well as weekly lessons on Media Composer. Finally, we edited films collaboratively with directors and producers.

One might argue that the software you use is not that significant to editing, however, I’ve come to realize that the more you learn your chosen software, the more efficient you become when editing, saving yourself and your director valuable time during those precious moments you are working together in the edit suite.

Nevertheless, knowing the software inside out is not enough to produce a good edit. Without a clear narrative suitable to form, it is like knowing how to drive a car but without a destination. A good plan is essential, preferably on paper to give you a sense of how your narrative will shape up before you’ve began editing. Below is an example of a scene breakdown I used for my master’s project (“Becoming Us”) before I began editing. I was able to visually see what would happen to the mood, tone and emotion of a scene if I removed certain dialogue or what would happen to the overall dynamics of the film if I moved certain scenes around.

Another thing that I learnt about the narrative is that it needs to have a clear structure, a beginning, middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order. The very first drama I edited on this course had a problematic plot. When the film got to the editing stage we realized that the edit according to the script just wasn’t working. However, after going back to the drawing board and shuffling some scenes around, in the end the solution was to get rid of the original beginning and start the film with the ending instead. I discussed this idea with the director who gave me the go ahead to give it a shot and it worked.

This film’s success was as a result of good collaboration. It’s very important that whilst you are driving the narrative forward that it fits in with the director’s vision. No matter how great your idea is, it’s always best to discuss it with your director. Likewise, a good director listens. In this example, the final film may not have been what the director originally intended, however we worked together to make the film as best as it could be.

Timeline of 'Becoming Us'

Upon reflection, my year at university was field with various activities that all contributed to my learning. For me learning was not just done in the university, but also equally as important, other events outside of the university. For example, I attended a Craft in Spotlight: Editing workshop at BAFTA, the day before the BAFTAs, which was an insightful workshop paneled by BAFTA editing nominees including the winner, Tom Cross. I found everything that was said by the panel very useful and even went on to quote some of it in my essays.

Furthermore, from this event I had the opportunity to network with other industry professionals. Networking is regarded as highly important in the film industry, and at this event I happened to spark a conversation with a gentle man who ended up being director Michael Davies; winner of a BAFTA himself and director of a popular children’s series Tracy Beaker returns. This was a great opportunity as I was able to interview him later as part of my research for my studies.

Mick Audsley and Nicola Matiwone

In the same year I also won the Avid Internship prize. The criteria for winning this were based on my editing portfolio, grades and a 100-word pitch that I had to give. The Internship was jam packed with workshops; one in particular was with an Oscar winning editor Mick Audsley, and other various industry professionals. Included in the internship were tours around major post production houses in London to get an insight of how post production houses operate.

I’ve also been to the Sheffield Doc/Fest as a delegate guest; a festival that is all about documentaries. Finally, I attended BVE expo in London Excel where again there were speeches and master classes from industry professionals.

Timeline of 'Let's Run'

Finally, I had the opportunity to apply everything that I had learnt over the year on my final master’s project. This was the most challenging project I worked on during this course for a number of reasons; the dialogue and the acting weren’t very good, (also to the director’s admittance). I was working on a 22 page script which roughly equates to 22 minutes screen time, however by the time I made the final cut, the film was about 13 minutes long due to having cut out a lot of bad moments, whilst preserving the original idea intended by the director. Because the film was shot with single camera setups, it made editing a lot more difficult as I had to avoid jump cuts without the availability of multiple angles to work with on most takes.

To then go on and win the Avid Award was phenomenal; I was ecstatic. This award was given on the basis of having the “best editing on a Masters project”. The hard work had paid off. I do hope that this is the beginning of many more awards to come and my dream is to go on and win other awards such as the BAFTAs and OSCARs. I have since gone on to win the ‘Be Inspired’ student short film competition with a different film, and I am due to start editing a documentary about education in Comoros in the spring.

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Avid Proudly Supports the Next Generation of Creative Talent at the NFTS 2016 Graduation Show

The UK’s prestigious National Film and Television School (NFTS) attracts the best students, tutors and filmmakers from across the globe. Its graduates have won, and been nominated for, a vast number of Oscars®, BAFTAs® and Emmys®.

For the second consecutive year, Avid is proud to have been part of their Graduate Show, where students are awarded industry prizes for their outstanding work.

Ben Nemes, pro audio sales manager for EMEA North at Avid with Thomas Jenkins, winner of the Award for Excellence in Sound Design.

Presented by Ben Nemes, pro audio sales manager for EMEA North at Avid, the Award for Excellence in Sound Design, sponsored by Avid, went to Thomas Jenkins for his graduation fiction, ‘Those Who Are Lost’.

Chris Pow, acting head of sound design at NFTS, said of Thomas’ work: “Thomas has consistently proved himself an imaginative and skilled sound designer. He produced a really strong piece of sound design for his Grad fiction film ‘Those Who Are Lost’. The film has a bold and complex narrative, and required a soundtrack that was confident in its tone and precise in its storytelling.”

He continued: “Thomas has developed his skills over the entire period of the two year MA. He followed his own creative instincts and is starting to develop his own distinctive voice.”

Thomas said of his achievement: “The beauty of working on film is the creative reward of collaboration. The team behind ‘Those Who Are Lost’ worked tirelessly day and night and we’re delighted to win this award.”

Ben Nemes, pro audio sales manager for EMEA North at Avid, with Meredith Mantik, winner of the Award for Excellence in Editing.

The Award for Excellence in Editing sponsored by Avid was awarded to Meredith Mantik for her work on her graduation film, ‘Sweet Maddie Stone’.

Robin Sales, acting Head of Editing at NFTS, said: “Meredith has proved herself to be an accomplished editor during her time at the NFTS. She brings a sensitivity and creative flair to her projects. Her intelligence, hard work and imagination shows in the excellent work she has produced this year.”

Meredith said of her achievement: “Thank you so much for you honouring me with this award. It was so profoundly moving to receive it, especially after nearly of year of sitting in dark rooms trying to figure out how to make ‘Sweet Maddie Stone’ work. I can’t tell you what a pleasure it is to know that all of the hard work in our little Maddie vacuum was worth it. This award makes me feel even prouder of our little film, but also proud of myself. I came to the NFTS a shy little wannabe editor, and now, graduating with this award, I feel confident that NFTS has given me everything I need to transition into the industry.”

As part of its ongoing commitment to nurturing the next generation of creative talent, Avid has also provided both graduating classes of the ‘Sound Design for Film & TV’ and ‘Editing’ MA courses copies of Pro Tools and Media Composer, respectively, with one-year support.

For more information on how to get started with music creation and sound design, download a free copy of Pro Tools | First.

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Get ACSR Certified with our Pro Tools Course or VENUE | S6L System Support Class

PT400 ACSR Pro Tools Systems

Avid Education is pleased to announce a special offering of our Pro Tools Avid Certified Support Representative (ACSR) offering, the PT400 ACSR Pro Tools Systems class.  This course is a blend of online course material and a practical classroom/workshop environment that provides hands-on training in all aspects of installing, configuring, maintaining, troubleshooting and supporting Pro Tools client systems.

For the convenience of those attending the 2016 NAMM Show, we are offering a special instance of this course at the nearby Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, part of Chapman University.

 

WHAT 

Pro Tools PT400 ACSR Course

WHEN

January 19-20, 2016

WHERE

One University Drive in Orange, CA

REGISTRATION

Online Registration Center

 

You will need to set aside at least 2 days to complete the online course material ahead of the classroom portion to be held at Chapman University.  Class times are 9 AM to 5 PM daily.

VE400 ACSR VENUE | S6L System Support class

If you are a VENUE | S6L user, you might be interested in joining our upcoming VE400 ACSR VENUE | S6L System Support class in Ontario, Canada, or at our Avid Burbank Office in California.

WHAT

VE400 ACSR VENUE | S6L System Support class

WHEN

February 2-3, 2016

WHERE

Markham Theatre for Performing Arts,
171 Town Centre Boulevard, Markham,
Ontario, Canada L3R 8G5

REGISTRATION

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WHAT

VE400 ACSR VENUE | S6L System Support class

WHERE

Avid Office
101 South First Street, Suite 200,
Burbank, CA 91502

WHEN

January 26-27, 2016

REGISTRATION

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WHEN

January 28-29, 2016

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If you have any questions about these Avid Education courses or the Avid Learning Partner Program, please contact training@avid.com or come and visit me at the 2016 NAMM Show. I will be at the Avid booth and available to meet our high school, college, or university customers.

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Avid Announces Winner of ‘Be Inspired’ Student Short Film Competition

Avid is pleased to announce the winner of its student short film competition, ‘Be Inspired’. Nicola Matiwone from Bournemouth University in UK won with her film Rita: My Inspiration.

In line with its on-going commitment to media education for young filmmakers, Avid launched the student competition earlier this year, encouraging young people throughout EMEA to produce a two minute short film using Avid Media Composer. The theme encouraged the entrants to tell the story of what truly inspires them.

1. Rita: My Inspiration, Nicola Matiwone (UK)

Nicola’s winning film follows an elderly lady named Rita, who is the film-maker’s friend and a lover of Mozart. Despite Rita’s poor short-term memory and chronic pain, Nicola notes how Rita is always smiling, upbeat and positive and thus acts creatively as Nicola’s motivation through her own search for inspiration. The judges remarked that Rita had a good documentary style with an interesting topic, and the result was a very moving story.

2. A Burning Passion, Kathrin Unger (Germany)

In second place with A Burning Passion, Kathrin Unger from Germany, studying at the European Film College in Denmark, based her film inspiration on the physical heat of passion by reconstructing and recounting events of a pyromaniac. The judges noted that the film had a good concept and an interesting style.

3. Be Inspired, Ruben Fernandez Martinez (Spain)

In third place, Ruben Fernandez Martinez from Spain, enrolled at the CICE School in Madrid, produced a short film, highlighting the realms of inspiration following the perspective of a young boy’s imagination as he travels across the world in a cardboard spaceship. The judges said that the film had a good flow, and was a nice interpretation of the theme.

The entries were judged by some of Europe’s leading professional editors including Anne-Sophie Bion (The Artist and Micmacs), BAFTA-winning Mick Audsley (Everest, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin), Toni Froschhammer (Pina) and Paddy Bird (Home for the Holidays, The Secret Millionaire).

“It was a very hard job to judge these films, but we were pleased to see the imagination and technical abilities of the students shining through their work.”

—Anne-Sophie Bion

All three winning students will enjoy a range of prizes including a mentoring day with a well-known editor in London, a year-long subscription to Inside the Edit courses, and Media Composer and Pro Tools software.

“It was fascinating to see how all the students approached the topic in such different ways, and very encouraging to see the level of professionalism in many of the entries,” said Tom Cordiner, VP International Business at Avid. “We congratulate the three winners and look forward to following their careers as they further hone their skills in the post-production sector.”

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Beyond The Beatles: How Abbey Road Institute is Training Tomorrow’s Sound Engineers

The Abbey Road Institute is founded on the 80-year heritage of the London recording studio where The Beatles, among many others, made classic albums. The Institute began opening its colleges in September 2015, first in London, then Berlin, Frankfurt, Paris and Melbourne, with two more planned for early 2016 in Sydney and Munich. Each of the five current international locations, including Abbey Road Studios itself, has installed a Pro Tools | S6. We had a chat with Silvan Jongerius, chief technology officer at the Abbey Road Institute, to find out more about the Abbey Road Institute’s ethos of ‘hands-on’ training, and why the S6 is a key piece of equipment.

 

“We’ve been busy here in Berlin unpacking boxes and installing equipment in the city’s new Abbey Road Institute. It’s one of five Institutes that opened during September and October this year under the historic Abbey Road name. There are facilities in Paris, Frankfurt, Melbourne and London, with two more planned for Munich and Sydney early next year.

The UK Institute is based within the original recording studios on Abbey Road where some of the biggest names in music over the last 84 years have recorded, from Paul Robeson and Edward Elgar, through Cliff Richard and the Shadows and Elton John, to Blur and Florence and the Machine. Not forgetting The Beatles, of course. This long and illustrious musical history is closely tied to the high degree of technical innovation and excellence in sound engineering that the studios are renowned for. Early stereo recordings were made there while George Martin, Pink Floyd and Radiohead pushed the creative and technological boundaries of music recording.”

“Abbey Road has nurtured producers and engineers who went on to make some of the biggest selling and most critically acclaimed recordings of all time. The Institutes have been created to build on that heritage and offer what we see as a need for proper hands-on education in music production and audio engineering. Our focus is very much on the practical side rather than the academic. We want our students to have the best possible training by getting actual experience of recording and production, and this means providing them with the most widely used equipment. Avid Pro Tools is one of the main digital audio workstations that we use; we do offer other systems because it is a choice that is down to the creativity of the student, but Pro Tools is a key tool that students need to know to succeed in the music production business. It is well established in music production and Avid is continually adding new functionality.

This makes for fuller digital workflows, which can now be based on the Pro Tools | S6 console. Although it is quite new it does reflect the practices and systems being used in the industry today. The ICON D-Command and D-Control are still used widely and having Avid controllers is important for our students, but we wouldn’t invest in anything old right now.”

“We’re using the experience from Abbey Road Studios to offer the best possible training—to do that we’re offering the most widely used equipment.”

—Silvan Jongerius, Chief Technology Officer at the Abbey Road Institute

“What the S6 offers is both creative and technical. It adds control of software and accessibility to many features, and the ease of use allows it to work with Pro Tools and similar processes. This helps create different workflows that the students may work with in the future. In the classrooms they have their own computers based on 27” iMacs that can be connected to Pro Tools but are also interoperable with different workstations.

The students will also be going into the studio and working with the S6 for recording. Compatibility is a big thing, and in the back of our minds when we were designing the systems at our Institutes was the thought that the students would be using a variety of DAWs such as Logic, Live, as well as Pro Tools, to record and edit. Avid has opened up its systems and workflows and that enables our students to use high-end controllers like the S6 with workstations that have less processing power.”

“The mixing desk is a major part of the recording studio and the whole music production process. It still has a role to play, particularly for recording situations and where a classical, analogue approach is required. As well as bringing in all the sources for the mix it provides control of DAWs like Pro Tools. Because of that, the S6—and the other desks we offer—will play a crucial part in training the music producers and sound engineers of the future.”

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New Online Course Teaches Avid’s New Shared Storage for Small Teams

As Avid Education prepares to launch a new online video-based training course, ISIS | 1000 System Administration, I sat down with instructor Curt Raymond for the inside scoop.

Curt is an instructor and curriculum developer in Avid Education, and manages the Avid Certified Support Representative (ACSR) program for the ISIS shared storage family of products.

 

BC:  Hi, Curt. We know you’re very busy these days, so thanks for taking the time to sit down with us.

CR:  Sure, happy to do it.

 

BC:  Let’s start with the product.  For those unfamiliar with ISIS | 1000, what’s so great about it?

CR:  For starters, ISIS | 1000 is designed for smaller facilities than we’ve covered before — small shops that are using local storage only.  ISIS | 1000 is much less expensive than the other ISIS systems.  We’re talking under $20K vs $50K+.  It gives them a chance to finally move off “sneaker nets” and onto network storage.

Technically speaking, we’ve done some neat things.  We’ve  boosted the speed of the system.  It has solid-state boot drives, so you lose the inherent risks in spinning disk drives. Plus, we are using a Linux server for the engine, the “brains” of the system, which all makes it a very fast, very reliable system.

ISIS | 1000 also has much-improved support for Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere.  We’ve worked directly and Apple and Adobe, so [these applications] actually work better on ISIS | 1000 than on any other shared storage out there.

 

BC: You’re also launching a new ISIS | 1000 System Administration course, right?

CR: That’s right.

BC: So, who should take this class?

CR: Unlike our larger systems, we don’t expect ISIS | 1000 customers to have a full time support staff.  The system itself is so inexpensive, it’s a stretch to think they’ll invest in our full-length (Avid Certified Support Representative) certification classes.

So, this class is essentially for the users themselves, and if they have a support staff, for them too. It’s super inclusive.

 

BC: What are they going to get out of it?  Basically, what’s in it for them?

CR: (laughs) That’s a great question!

There is already a QuickStart video on basic configuration, but we take subjects like configuration and management and go into much greater depth.

Our goal with the class is really to make customers successful with their ISIS | 1000.  To do that, we need to give them a deeper understanding of what they can do with it.

It’s a big leap to go from local storage to shared storage, and there’s so much more you can do with it.  So, we talk about strategies for deploying ISIS | 1000, and how it changes your workflow.  The WHY vs just how.

 

BC: I understand the course is mostly video.  Can you talk about that?

CR:  Sure. The class is divided over 12 videos, totaling about 2 hours, followed by a 1-hour live webinar.  It’s a lot of content.

We start with the basics:

  • How to get [the system] into a rack, then quickly move on to some of the more advanced setup topics, like IP addressing, how do you integrate it as a device on your network, assign an IP address, etc.

Next, we talk about the actual management of the device.  This includes things like:

  • Admin controls, where are they and what can you do with them
  • What are Workspaces and why you would create them
  • What are Users, how to create them and give them access to the right workspaces

Finally, it’s on to troubleshooting and how to deal with a hardware failure, perform regular maintenance, understanding common statuses, etc.

BC: That’s a lot of info. What’s left to cover in the webinar? 

CR:  We do a quick run-through of the highlights from the videos, hitting the real important points of commonly challenging topics.  There’s also a bit of “don’t panic”, trying to alleviate any fears customers have.

Then it’s on to Q&A to give customers a chance to ask questions directly about their own system.

The goal is really to make them successful, and make sure that when we’re finished, they are comfortable with the system and have the skills they need to use the system effectively.

 

BC: Is there a test?  

CR:  No, no test.  This isn’t a certification class.

We do offer quizzes at the end of each video, just so customers can check their understanding along the way.

 

BC: Well, thanks again for meeting with us. Any final thoughts?

CR: I really hope people will go through the class before they use their system for a lot of real work.  I’d hate to have people showing up and saying “If I’d only known then.”  Not that that’s not correctable, but it’s always better to do things right the first time.

Sound interesting?

Get more details from the course description. Ready to sign up? Check out the schedule of our upcoming classes.

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