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  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Delmar Cengage Learning; Pap/Dvdr edition (27 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1133590462
  • ISBN-13: 978-1133590460
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 3.3 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 806,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lesson 1: Effect Design and Techniques. Lesson 2: Keyframes. Lesson 3: Using the 3D Warp Effect. Lesson 4: Importing Graphics and Mattes. Lesson 5: Keying Graphics. Lesson 6: Intraframe (Paint) Effects. Lesson 7: Tracking and Stabilizing. Lesson 8: Refining the Composite. Lesson 9: Avid FX--The Basics. Lesson 10: Avid FX--Applying Filters. Lesson 11: Avid FX--Compositing. Lesson 12: Avid FX--Title Tool. Lesson 13: Avid FX--Working in 3D. Appendix.

About the Author

David East has spent twelve years with Avid Technology as an application specialist and trainer working throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Currently based in Singapore, he teaches editing to all levels on Avid Media Composer. Prior to joining Avid, he spent nine years at the BBC in London, where he pioneered the broadcaster's transition from tape to digital non-linear editing. As a Documentary and News Editor, he was the first person at the BBC to edit a television program on the Avid Media Composer, in 1991.

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The publishers are obviously very lazy. The author should get in touch and suggest that they open their eyes and release a kindle version.
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HASH(0x9adf59cc) out of 5 stars A book with a mission! 8 May 2012
By Richard Staats - Published on Amazon.com
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The purpose of "Media Composer 6: Professional Effects" is to aid someone in being professionally certified for Avid Media Composer.

The book is about perfect for that task.

It includes step by step instructions on how the effects work. The book comes with a DVD of real media materials and shows how to edit and add effects to produce professional products.

Each chapter ends with a sample quiz from the certification exam.

The book hits both the academic and hands-on aspects of learning.


The book might also be of interest to the casual Avid Media Composer user or the individual generally interested in software editing techniques and packages.

The author, David East, has a very nice writing style that is engaging and conversational in tone. He liberally uses humor to make his points.

All in all, it is an excellent product, and it is a must buy if you are studying for the professional certification.

I highly recommend this book.

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HASH(0x9da89600) out of 5 stars Necessary and direct 16 Aug. 2012
By Christina Paul - Published on Amazon.com
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Avid Media Composer, like most non linear editing programs is a rather complex, and deciedly expensive piece of software. This book along with Part 1 and the other books in the Avid Learning Series are necessary in order to be certified. There are plenty of tips and tricks, the technical walk throughs are thorough and deetailed in order to give users a sense of proficiency in the program itself. There are some discrepencies between what is written throughough the book on some things. There are typographical and techhnical errors such as how resolutions are typed out.

The book is like any other manual in that it tends to be very dull reading, however, it does give users a place to start.
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HASH(0x9da897f8) out of 5 stars Packed With Vital Tips! 11 Jun. 2012
By Trottin'-Butterz - Published on Amazon.com
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This part of the series was an interesting read!

Well-written, rarely boring (great for a textbook!) It's a page-turner because once you're done going over one aspect of the effects & composting, you really want to dive into the next portion once you get a sense of how each part fits together.

Would've been quite the task trying to find all this stuff online or (gasp) attempting to wing-it and teach myself! Lots of time & frustration saved thanks to this book and the whole series, actually!
HASH(0x9da89714) out of 5 stars Expert, Wide-Ranging, But Rather Dry 23 May 2012
By Theseus - Published on Amazon.com
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MC is a serious piece of software, designed for and used by professionals. By the time I finish writing this review, the turf will probably have changed, but as of now (mid 2012) it is one of the few programs that can be considered one of the industry standards.

The editors and authors of this book have decided to divide their book on MC 6 into several separate books which was probably a wise decision -- doesn't feel like a publisher's decision to squeeze more money out of a release. Several books on a program this large is more practical. Easier on the hands.

What we have here is an expert, nicely-sequenced, and clear walk-through of basic to intermediate functions for MC 6 relating to picture and sound editing. It is all about real-world applications, using some fun examples in the process. I found the section on multilayered video compositing really helpful.

This is not the most scintillating prose you will ever encounter, but the author tries for a friendly and accessible tone -- for this he gets some props. If you are looking for something that is part reference and part "learn-to" you should probably pick this one up.
HASH(0x9da89804) out of 5 stars good basics for those starting out 27 Sept. 2012
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With the multitudes of materials, books, magazines out now, you always need to come back to something basic,and this is it!
You will not regret buying this. It covers basic technology to those who are not tech-bound workers.
It is fully illustrated; with many times step-by step procedures on how to create music for film in real time, and pre-recorded.
I liked the many perspectives the book gives on how "effects" are created. That is what the media basically is today; a series of "effects" for visual and sound combined. This is still a wide-open culture and we have not seen all there is in this genre.I wish I had more time to work in this area. I'm fairly happy being able to simply write music for different genres and venues.
This is more than a" how-to" book, but gives good overviews with some detail.
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