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The Avid Handbook, 5th Edition

Book Description

Brimming with workflow efficiencies for the experienced editor, The Avid Handbook teaches you the hows and whys of operating the system in order to reach streamlined, creative end solutions. The book emphasizes time-saving techniques, shortcuts, and workflow procedures- the true keys to getting a job done.

The book has also been updated to include new information on HD formats and workflows, color-correction and grading capability enhancements, MXF media standardization, and much more.

Also new to this edition are an 8 page 4-color insert, adding depth to the color-correction lessons, as well as running sidebars throughout the book, calling out time-saving tips and techniques.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Preface
  6. 1. Assembling the Timeline
    1. Building the Story Framework
    2. Source-to-Record Editing
    3. Editing from the Bin
    4. Cutting Down Your Sequence
    5. Navigating the Timeline
  7. 2. Zen and the Art of Trim
    1. Thinking Nonlinearly
    2. Trimming Fundamentals
    3. Methods of Trimming
    4. Types of Trim
    5. Trimming in Filler
    6. Trimming Outside of Trim
    7. Conclusion
  8. 3. Intermediate Techniques
    1. Multiple Methods to Solve One Problem
    2. Using the Keyboard
    3. Navigating Nonlinearly
    4. Audio Monitoring
    5. Organizing Your Material
    6. Customizing Your Interface Environment
    7. Backing Up
    8. Nontimecoded Material
    9. Conclusion
  9. 4. Avid Administration
    1. Room Design
    2. Electrical Power
    3. Ergonomics
    4. Media Storage and Management
    5. The Importance of Empty Space
    6. Consolidate
    7. Using the Operating System for Copying
    8. Deciding What to Delete
    9. Using Creation Date
    10. Using Custom Columns
    11. Basic Media Deletion Using Media Relatives
    12. Lock Items in Bin
    13. Changing the Media’s Project Association
    14. Relinking
    15. Backing Up and Archiving
    16. Use Common Sense
  10. 5. Standard-Definition Video Fundamentals
    1. Signal Fundamentals
    2. Composite Video
    3. Component Video
    4. Video Frame Structure
    5. Introduction to Digital Video
    6. Digital Component Video
  11. 6. The Wild World of High Definition
    1. A Brief History of High Definition
    2. 1080-Line High Definition
    3. 720-Line High Definition
    4. Working with High Definition in Avid
  12. 7. Importing and Exporting
    1. Import and Export Basics
    2. Fields and Still Graphics
    3. Configuring the Import Setting
    4. Exporting
    5. Importing and Exporting Motion Video
    6. Using OMFI for ProTools
    7. Adobe After Effects
    8. Conclusion
  13. 8. Introduction to Effects
    1. ACPL-Based Effects
    2. Types of Effects
    3. Effect Design
    4. Rendering
    5. Keyframes
    6. Advanced Keyframe Model
    7. Timewarps
    8. Timewarp Freeze Frames
    9. Saving Effect Templates
    10. Add Edits
    11. Nesting
    12. Chroma Keying
    13. 3D Effects
    14. Paint and AniMatte®
    15. AVX
    16. Titles
    17. Conclusion
  14. 9. Conforming and Finishing
    1. Choosing the Finishing Resolution: Standard Definition
    2. Choosing the Finishing Resolution: High Definition
    3. Delivery Requirements to Online
    4. The Online Project
    5. Necessary Equipment for Online Suites
    6. Onlining and Offlining on the Same Machine
    7. Preparing to Recapture
    8. Batch Capturing
    9. Integrating the Audio Mix
    10. Linking to Other Sequences
    11. Conforming to High Definition
    12. Conforming Mixed-Format Sequences
  15. 10. Color Correction
    1. Before You Correct
    2. The Color-Correction Interface
    3. Color-Correction Workflow
    4. Color Correcting with Curves
    5. Playing within Color Correction
    6. Color Correcting with Avid Symphony
    7. Conclusion
  16. 11. Troubleshooting
    1. Basic Troubleshooting Philosophy
    2. RTFM
    3. Techniques for Isolating Hardware from Software
    4. Software Problems
    5. Audio Problems
    6. The Importance of Connections
    7. Standard Computer Woes
    8. Media Management
    9. Version Numbers
    10. Electrostatic Discharge
    11. Calling Avid Customer Support
  17. 12. Nonlinear Video Assistants
    1. Capturing
    2. Drives
    3. Media Management
    4. Basic Maintenance
    5. Backing Up
    6. Output
    7. Recapturing
    8. Blacking Tape
  18. Appendix: Preparing For Linear Online
    1. Preparing Sound
    2. Using the Offline Cut in Online
    3. Dubbing with Timecode
    4. Tape Names in EDLs
    5. EDL Manager
    6. Getting Ready
    7. Formatting Floppies and RT-11
    8. Be Prepared
    9. EDL Templates
    10. What Is an EDL?
    11. Translating Effects
    12. Multiple Layers of Graphics and Video
    13. Simplify the EDL
    14. Sound Levels
    15. Settings
    16. Conclusion
  19. Index
  20. Color Plates