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MediaComposerIn an earlier post regarding editing resources, I discussed a variety of editing programs used by a wide variety of professionals and educators, and here is an update for filmmakers interested in Media Composer by Avid.  Cengage Learning offers a number of titles designed to teach use of Avid Media Composer and its editing, effects, and sound programs.  These include: Media Composer 6: Professional Picture and Sound Editing by Woody Lidstone, Media Composer 6: Professional Effects and Compositing by David East, Media Composer 6: Part 1 – Editing Essentials by Mary PlummerMedia Composer 6: Part 2 Effects Essentials and Color Grading with Media Composer and Symphony 6.  

Another update since that previous post about editing, in which Oscar award-winning editors Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall are discussed, is that the most recent Academy Award winners for editing are Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger, who used Avid Media Composer to edit the film Gravity.  Here are two excellent interviews with Mark Sanger concerning his work on Gravity: one from Pro Video Coalition in which he specifically discusses working with Media Composer and an interview with Moviescope where he talks about the development of his career and his work with Cuarón.

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Baxter WallIn the photo at left are Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall (who is also a title designer), who won the last TWO Oscars for Editing for David Fincher’s The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  

Here is a very brief review of digital tools for media educators, notably those who are novices with editing and moviemaking in general.  In particular, those who might be asking “where do I start?”

Adobe Premiere Elements (now at 12 in 2014) is the most widely used digital editing software available and is a more accessible consumer version of Adobe Premiere Pro.  There are references available for Adobe Creative Suite 6 and through a new edition of Debbie Keller‘s textbook for digital moviemaking programs: Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, and Encore.

Final Cut Pro is one of the most popular programs for educators across the country, although after some early progress with professional uses about a decade ago, they have dropped significantly from the professional world (thanks to the release of FCP X), although they are still trying.   For starters with Macs, most folks are familiar with the basic Apple program, iMovie, which has developed significantly over the years.  Oh, by the way, Baxter and Wall edited their Academy Award-winning movies with FCP7.

Avid Technology  is highly used by professionals today and is a solid bet for educators (it is the platform of choice at many universities).  Among their products, Media Composer is the basic editing program and it is important to note that Pinnacle is a division of Avid.

Sony Vegas remains quite popular with students, although I have found it is less used by educators — is it the name?

For an overall look at the landscape, here is wiki page for video editing software that provides a table-based overview.

For some classroom ideas, of course there are the interactive exercises and projects with my Moving Images textbook.   Here’s another: you can find editing resources on the Thinking Film site.

william goldenberg oscar argo zero dark thirtyAnd what’s in store at this year’s Oscars in the editing department?  There are some interesting stories: William Goldenberg has two nominations — for Argo and Zero Dark Thirty — so he is competing partly against himself, which hasn’t happened since Walter Murch in 1990 (for The Godfather, Part III and Ghost).  And he is competing against his mentor, Michael Kahn, who is nominated for Lincoln.  Here is a very thoughtful, interesting interview with Goldenberg by the site production Apprentice.

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