NEED ADVICE: Need to learn AVID in Colorado Area

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Progrocktv, Apr 18, 2005.

  1. Progrocktv

    Progrocktv Guest

    I need some DESPERATE help. I've been in the Television field for 10
    years. It's been my life long dream to become a professional editor,
    but it seems I haven't been able to get my foot in the door. So I
    purchased some equipment running Adobe Premiere and opened my own
    part-time post production company. In the past 5 years I've been
    primarily producing and editing DVD documentaries and concerts for
    various bands which are being sold through the major record chains,
    here's one of them I did for the group Spock's Beard
    After it's release I thought this might be a good foot in the door,
    which unfortunately is not the case. I work for a major cable movie
    network here in Colorado with hopes of getting my foot in the door,
    only to find my foot getting "kicked out" by unsupportive bosses,
    politics and back stabbing. After seeking advise throughout the years
    almost everyone has told me "I need to learn Avid", fair enough. About
    5 years ago they taught Avid classes at a place called the "Heat
    Center" which I tried to enroll in, Unfortunately the classes were
    filled up and was told to sign up in the next session, which never was
    because the Heat Center closed right after the session I was locked out
    of was complete. (the kicker was one mf my co-workers was the last
    person admitted, who went on to beat me out of an Assistant Editor
    position with my company and is now a full time editor. (Yea, I know
    this is a pretty sob story:) Recently the Community College of Aurora
    started Avid editing classes, which I thought was a blessing.
    Unfortunately the classes are only during the day and with a supervisor
    unwilling to compromise my work shift to allow me to take the classes
    and the College's refusal to hold night classes (even after I was able
    to gather 20 people willing to take the class and an even a person
    willing to teach it) I'm stuck! I've looked into traveling to one of
    the out of state Avid centers, but just can't afford it. Needless to
    say the stress has been KILLING me, my wife is at her wit's end (I've
    been pulling 82 hour weeks between work and my business) and all I want
    to do is become an editor. Does anyone have any good advice or know any
    places here in Colorado where I could learn Avid? My Ideal situation
    would be to get as much training as I can and take the Avid
    certification exam (work is sending my to California for 3 days this
    summer, so I wanted to stay an extra day or two on my dime to take the
    exam there seeing there's nowhere in Colorado where they offer it)
    Again, I know this is a sob story, but I've run out of options!

    Progrocktv, Apr 18, 2005
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  2. Teach yourself.
    The Avid Forums are very responsive to beginners' requests for information.
    This is what I did.
    Your best teacher will be purchase of a copy of Avid Express Pro HD, which
    actually doesn't require the latest hardware to run in standard definition

    Avid is a huge, messy system, and you will find that the typical short
    course doesn't cover all the bases, and doesn't give you enough practice to
    let it sink in. Get it in your home, and work on it slowly.
    Robert Morein, Apr 18, 2005
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  3. Progrocktv

    The DV Show Guest

    Your best teacher will be purchase of a copy of Avid Express Pro HD, which
    actually doesn't require the latest hardware to run in standard definition
    or even try Avid Free DV:

    Brian Alves

    Listen to the new podcast
    for DV creators- The DV Show!
    The DV Show, Apr 18, 2005
  4. I was kind of in the same boat as you - wanted to change jobs, no one to
    learn from, etc.

    I vote with the other guys - get a copy of AVID and start doing some
    projects in it. It really is something you have to use and abuse in order
    to get anything out of it.

    Tom P.
    P.S. It's a better system than me. I had to give in and go to premiere.
    But I'm not looking to get a job in TV... yet.
    Henry Padilla, Apr 18, 2005
  5. Progrocktv

    nap Guest

    The problem with AVID is the interface is clumsy . That's what happens when
    you have such a large user base. Many of whom are simply button pushers. You
    can't change the interface or the GUI without losing users. Premiere kicks
    ass anyway and with Premiere / Combustion 4 / 3DSMax there is nothing I
    can not do.
    nap, Apr 18, 2005
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