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6th Edition

Avid Editing
A Guide for Beginning and Intermediate Users

ISBN 9781138930537
Published April 18, 2017 by Routledge
496 Pages 719 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Completely updated for current HD, UHD, 2K, and 4K workflows, Avid Editing blends the art and aesthetics of motion picture editing with technical, hands-on instruction. Appropriate for beginners and intermediate users who need to refresh their knowledge of essential post-production techniques, this fully revamped and full-color sixth edition is also an excellent tool for editors coming to Avid from other non-linear editing platforms. Topics covered include trimming, audio, effects, titles, color correction, customization, inputting, and outputting. A robust accompanying online eResource features professionally shot footage and Avid project files, allowing readers to work alongside the lessons taught in the book.

The new edition covers:

  • Avid Media Composer licensing choices
  • Changes to the Avid user interface
  • Basic and advanced visual effects
  • Mastering Avid’s audio tools
  • Exploring Avid’s Title Tool and NewBlue Titler Pro
  • Understanding double-system sound techniques
  • Syncing picture and sound files
  • Understanding and applying LUTs
  • The latest HD, UHD, 2K, and 4K Workflows

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started, Chapter 2: Basic Editing, Chapter 3: Trimming, Chapter 4: Using the Smart Tool, Chapter 5: A Few Editing Tips, Chapter 6: Customization and Organization, Chapter 7: Sound, Chapter 8: Effects, Chapter 9: Titles, Chapter 10: Keeping in Sync, Chapter 11: Power User Tips: Editing and Effects, Chapter 12: The Double System Sound Workflow, Chapter 13: Color Correction, Chapter 14: Inputting Media, Chapter 15: Working in HD, 2K and 4K, Chapter 16: Outputting Your Sequence, Chapter 17: Managing Media and Project Data, Chapter 18: Today’s Editing Landscape, Chapter 19: Present and Future

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Sam Kauffmann was named a Guggenheim Fellow in Creative Arts – Film in 2009. He teaches film production and motion picture editing at Boston University. He recently completed a film that exposes the many biases inherent in the SAT and ACT tests, called Act Out Against SAT, and his film Kids Living with Slim (2010), about African children who are HIV positive, won a CINE Golden Eagle Award. His previous film, Massacre at Murambi (2007), was aired on the PBS series POV. It won top prizes and was screened at festivals all over the world. In 2004, he was a Fulbright Scholar, teaching production at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. In 2006, he was a Fulbright Senior Specialist teaching at the National University of Rwanda.


"I recommend this book to everyone who wants to learn Avid. Sam Kauffmann breaks down the entire process – from ingesting media and making your first cuts to color correction and delivery. It’s an excellent resource to help editors new to Avid get up to speed quickly."

—Sofi Marshall, Editor, 6 Years (2015), Wild Canaries (2014), A Teacher (2013)

"Each page is liberally illustrated with colour screen grabs (...) to help you follow along, step-by-step with the specific instructions. This is why it’s an ideal book for anyone learning the software for the first time as you can learn how to import, organise, edit and polish your first project in a few chapters worth of reading. Avid Editing (6th Ed.) is probably the most up to date book on editing in Avid you can buy today."

- Jonny Elwyn

Support Material


  • eResource

    Download Avid Editing-Media and Projects (3.10 GB)

    1). You’ve reached this book’s dedicated eResources page.  This is where you can find everything you need to load this book’s exercise materials to follow along with the book.

    2). Click on the link called “Avid Editing-Media and Projects” to download it onto your system.  This file is nearly 3.5 GB, so it may take some time to download.

    3.) The downloaded file is a zipped file.  Unzip the file.  Inside will be three folders: Avid MediaFiles, Avid Projects and Files to Import.


    Caption: There are three folders contained within the main Avid Editing folder: Avid MediaFiles, Avid Projects, and Files to Import.

    4.) This is the most important part: in order for the software to be able to see the media, you need to place the Avid MediaFiles folder at the root level of a drive connected to your system.  (The root level just means that it needs to be at the top-most level of the drive—not inside any other folders.)  

    So to make this more straightforward, I’d recommend you climb inside the main folder you downloaded and just drag all three folders to the root directory of your drive.  


    Caption: Move the three folders provided to the root level of the drive (so that they are at the top-most level, not inside any other folders).

    Once you’ve done that, the three folders (Avid MediaFiles, Avid Projects and Files to Import) will be located at the root directory—at the top level, along with any other existing folders or files you have on the drive.   Note: while using an external drive is highly recommended, you can also technically place it at the root level of your computer’s hard drive as long as your system permissions allow you to do so.  


    Caption: Placing the Avid MediaFiles folder at the root level is absolutely essential to making sure all media is online.  

    5.) Now that you’ve placed the Avid MediaFiles folder in the correct location, you’re all set to begin editing.  We’ll explain the steps of launching the software in just a moment, but I just wanted to point out that within the “Avid Projects folder are two projects: Documentary Practice and Where’s the Bloody Money.  So when you launch the software and navigate to the Where’s the Bloody Money project, you will search for it inside of the Avid Projects folder.  Later in the course, you will access the Documentary Practice project.


    Caption: There are two projects you will use in this book: Documentary Practice and Where’s the Bloody Money.  

    6.) Launch Avid Media Composer. When the software finishes initializing, you will see the Select Project Window.

    7.) Select the “External” button, and then click on the folder icon to navigate to your project on your external drive.


    8.) Navigate to the Where’s the Bloody Money project, which is located within the Avid Projects folder that you just downloaded (as shown in Figure 1.12)


    9.) Click Open.

    10.) Media Composer opens the Where’s the Bloody Money project.