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Sam Kauffmann
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4 Oct 2006
Avid Editing is a comprehensive guide covering Avid Xpress Pro, XPress Pro HD, and Xpress DV. Due to the similarity of Avid's interface across product lines, it is also relevant for Media Composer and other systems. Suitable for beginning editors or experienced editors new to the Avid, the book provides step-by-step instructions for hundreds of editing tasks in jargon-free terms. The chapters guide you through an editing project, while the accompanying DVD provides narrative footage to download for immediate, hands-on practice. The book can be read and studied at home, or while sitting in front of an Avid, following the book's step-by-step instructions.

More than a software manual, this book delves into general editing techniques, principles, and pitfalls. The author is an experienced teacher who will help you master the Avid as well as improve your overall editing skills.

This edition covers working with HD, the 16:9 widescreen, and the powerful Script Integration tool. In addition, there's new coverage of the issues facing indie filmmaker who is trying to decide how to go from the DV stage (shooting on mini-DV or DVCAM formats) to theatrical distribution. As well, there is new material on using Avid in PAL regions.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 3 edition (4 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240808169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240808161
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 17.8 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 993,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The guide is for beginner and intermediate users who wish to learn to use Avid's editing systems. The book is a textbook, workbook, and user manual rolled into one...The book is aimed at teaching the user so he can begin editing as quickly as possible...This clearly written book provides effective exercises throughout to help users learn the basics of Avid editing and can also be helpful to those who are intermediate users." - HiTech Review, July/Aug. 2006

"Avid Editing is a most comprehensive Avid guide, covering the second act of the digital revolution: the HD, HDV and 24P workflow. An important tool for the new and old generation of Avid editors." Film Ireland July/Aug. 2006

About the Author

Sam Kauffmann is a professor at Boston University's College of Communication, where he teaches digital editing and film production. He is an award-winning video and filmmaker with numerous credits as a cinematographer and editor. His work has aired on network and local television stations throughout America. Included among his credits are Show Your Love, Fire: Countdown to Disaster, Killing Time, Surviving the Family, and South Africa: Building Democracy, about six South Africans who are helping to build a new nation from the rubble of apartheid.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than previous editions 18 April 2008
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I read the first copy of this book when it was in it's first edition. The gap between Media Composer and Avid Xpress has narrowed since then and the present (third) edition is much more accurate if you're an Xpress user.

The level at which this book is pitched is from introductory to intermediate and the author does an excellent job of finding the right balance. An advanced user will be using both experience and Avid's own documentation to reach those dizzying heights. But this book does an excellent job of teaching you everything you need to know from scratch.

Particularly noteworthy are the chapters on Finishing (chapter 18), Finishing on Film (chapter 19), HD and HDV (chapter 16) and using the Script Integration tool (chapter 17). Chapter 16 really helps to clear up the mess of information that abounds about HD and HDV.

At all times, the author is both frank (no shortage of opinions in this edition), informative and well-balanced in his remarks, giving a realistic picture of the job to hand. He's both independent and yet obviously biased towards the Avid software (as opposed to Final Cut Pro) - but he explains his reasons why and they seem good to me.

For PAL countries, the book occasionally slips up and fails to inform the user of the correct options or choices - lazily assuming NTSC. This means that PAL users need to work a bit harder researching the correct settings (e.g. page 325 mentions 29.97 frames per second but not 25 fps; page 273 only discusses NTSC television and not PAL).

The menu options sometimes differ from what the book says - but searching the menus does help (e.g on page 358, the Decompose tool in found in the Bin menu on Avid Xpress Pro HD and not in the Clip menu).
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2.0 out of 5 stars Intermediate? Perhaps not... 17 Feb 2008
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As an expereinced video editor (from the days of the CMX3600 to Premiere Pro) I bought this to get a handle on Avid. While the basics are spelled out in detail, and Mr. Kauffman goes into editing theory, this book is not that much help with working out the quirkier aspects of Avid. As it moves into discussion on the more advanced aspects of editing it assumes that we have perfect recall of previous chapters, and leaves out full descriptions or information on what keys activate what comands. Subsequently using the book as a learning tool means much fliping back and forth, and a reliance on a none-too-full index. All in all, fine for the beginner, but once you have finished your first project you'll be looking around for a further, more detailed learning guide.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing - A must buy 17 May 2006
By kstcyr
Format:Paperback
I came across this book when I looked up Avid and bought it immediately. I had read all of the previous edition reviews before I purchased this book and bought it without reservation.I really felt like I grasped the concepts for each chapter before moving on. Mr. Kauffmann not only shows you the tools in the AVID system, but with every tool gives you the reason and purpose behind it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the book you need. 10 Dec 2008
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After being fairly familiar with Final Cut Pro, I bought this book to help me get over the sheer alien-ness of Avid - and this book really did the job.

I was lucky enough to be working on Avid Media Composer, and I suppose a slight criticism against this book could be that it focuses too much on the Xpress DV/Pro user, which is more than understandable. It also doesn't deal with Avid's Marquee title tool, but hey.

All in all though, a really great author to guide you through the basics and up to an intermediate level. Simple, well structured, and worth the price.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing - A must buy 17 May 2006
By kstycr - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I came across this book when I looked up Avid and bought it immediately. I had read all of the previous edition reviews before I purchased this book and bought it without reservation.I really felt like I grasped the concepts for each chapter before moving on. Mr. Kauffmann not only shows you the tools in the AVID system, but with every tool gives you the reason and purpose behind it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kauffmann combines straightforward style and cutting edge technology 31 May 2006
By Ashley Kennedy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Sam Kauffmann's third edition of his Avid Editing textbook is the culmination of his usual down-to-earth writing style and the most up-to-date Avid technology.

As the capabilities of digital editing continue to grow, Kauffmann accommodates these changes by incorporating some often-difficult concepts with very straightforward explanations and examples. In the past year, I have worked with both 24p and HD (720p), but sometimes I didn't fully comprehend Avid's role in dealing with each of these formats. Kauffmann has added several chapters to address issues like these--always with comprehensive clarity and unambiguous language (something that other software guides often lack). He also makes helpful revisions within pre-existing chapters to encompass changing software and hardware topics.

Kauffmann's up-to-date books have proven to be a great source of support and education for me for many years. Additionally, for the past year, I have had the chance to take Kauffmann's advanced digital editing course, as well as teach under him in several filmmaking and editing courses. I can therefore vouch that his innate ability to explain difficult concepts originates straight from the source; that is, reading his book is as close to being in the classroom with him as humanly possible.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Avid Editing a wonderful and necessary tool 14 Sep 2006
By J. A. Grove - Published on Amazon.com
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Avid Editing has been a useful tool for me both as a student and as a professional. As a film student, I first picked up Sam Kauffmann's second edition in a production class. Most of us had never touched an Avid before, and yet by the end of the semester, using Kauffmann's text as a go-to guide, my classmates and I were producing dynamic and adeptly edited pieces. Not only does the book provide simple exercises for the reader to try, it also includes a DVD with actual footage to work with. Avid Editing is carefully organized for the beginning editor, but I also use it as a reference now that I am out of college, working as an assistant editor. This new third edition not only expounds upon all the steps, shortcuts and settings covered in the previous editions, but also dedicates entire chapters to editing with 24p and HD footage, making this book invaluable to editors entering the professional world. I strongly recommend this guide for anyone who seeks to teach, learn, or refresh his or her memory.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Way to Get Started in Avid 28 July 2007
By H.M.M. - Published on Amazon.com
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When I purchased my Avid Express DV software I had zero video editing experience. I knew the software was fairly complex, had a lot of capabilities, and the learning curve would be steep, so I also purchased the Avid turorial DVDs. However, with no editing background, after viewing these DVDs I just wasn't "getting it."

Kauffmann's book was perfect for me. It starts with the fundamentals (video formats, hooking up the hardware and turning the system on, etc.) and goes on from there to cover everything though fine tuning audio and doing color correction.

By reading the book (mostly) though once then using it as a "cookbook" while editing, in just a few days I was up and running and capturing, editing, and fine tuning my videos. Admittedly, Kauffmann does not go into great depth in some areas (which he acknowledges) but for someone who's just getting started this is an excellent book and will get you well on the road. I would highly recommend it to anyone just getting started and trying to learn Avid.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 12 Aug 2006
By gridman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a great book. I am doing an educational video and had never used the Avid system before. I have Avid Xpress Studio HD and this book taught me everything I needed to know to get the job done.

Highly recommended.
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