NEED ADVICE: Need to learn AVID in Colorado Area!

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

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    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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    Mr. Tapeguy Guest


    While it's true that Avid has been the preeminent post platform in
    years past, you really need to consider Apple's new Final Cut Studio
    before you jump in. 5 years ago is an eternity in this industry and
    Avid is no longer the definitive product of choice, although still
    widely used.

    That being said, training materials are available either way. There is
    nothing like a class for a "forced" hands on but books and DVD's can
    help you make headway. If you'll shoot me an e-mail I will get you a
    list of products that will help you learn either Avid or Apple at your
    own pace, plus peripheral products such as Adobe. I will also see what
    I can dig up in Denver or perhaps we can come to you!

    You can send me your info at craig (dot) berlin (at) pro-tape (dot)

    Mr. Tapeguy, Apr 18, 2005
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    doc Guest

    look into Pinnacle's Liquid Edition 6.1 Pro. There are training videos for
    under $100 that will take you through most all of the "hard work" learning
    and the rest you'll pick up in a heart beat either here or at Liquids user
    Web Forum's. and, you'll save a bundle. sure there will be those few HOT
    DOG things that you might not be able to do, BUT will anyone notice? and in
    the meantime you can earn the "bread" to do one of those more expensive
    platforms, let alone buy the training too, and maybe even train in sunny
    flordia or california with some cool editing people AND take your wife along
    to release some of the stress. wha'da'ya'tink? that's what i'm going to

    doc, Oct 3, 2005
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    Jona Vark Guest

    Stay as far away form Pinnacle as possible and BUY Avid XpressDV. Or get the
    free version to start out. You can't learn AVID on a Pinnacle.. especially
    if it is crashing often.
    Jona Vark, Oct 4, 2005
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    Specs Guest

    LOL, so true.
    Specs, Oct 4, 2005
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    mmaker Guest

    A very good idea: if you download Free DV and play with it for a while
    you'll be able to learn at least the basics of Avid editing for

    Otherwise the only two editing programs I'd really consider if looking
    for an editing job are Avid and Final Cut... should be plenty of work
    available for both.

    mmaker, Oct 4, 2005
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    Jona Vark Guest

    We cut music vids, docs and TV on Premiere Pro with ZERO problems daily.
    Haven't turned our FCP system on in over a year.
    Jona Vark, Oct 4, 2005
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