Get Started Fast with Avid for Final Cut Pro Editors—Episode 1

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In the first of our Get Started Fast with Avid for Final Cut Pro tutorials, I’ll take you through the basics of moving your project from FCP to Avid Media Composer with a focus on AMA. Avid Media Access (AMA) is a revolutionary plug-in architecture that lets you connect a supported card, disc, or device and begin viewing and cutting footage right away—no need to transcode media or use other software to view the clips. I will show you where to download the AMA plug-ins for Sony XDCAM, AVCHD, Canon, RED and more. You’ll learn AMA settings and how to link to a volume. New in Media Composer are the FrameFlex tools. I demonstrate how to start working in HD directly from high-res sources with FrameFlex and maintain full creative control of reframing. I wrap up by showing how to easily move your sequence to Media Composer using the free utility, Automatic Duck Pro Export for FCP. This first lesson is a must see for editors to get up and running with FCP projects and footage in MC—fast.

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I am an Avid Media Composer editor for over 17 years, the lead trainer for Media Composer at and one of the Senior Editors at Extreme Reach in Toronto, Canada, who's current clients include Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, 20th Century Fox and E1 Entertainment to name a few. I can also be found helping out in the Avid Community Get Started Fast customer forum.