NFTS Cymru Wales: Introduction to Editing On Avid Media Composer

Short course


*This course is now full but please submit an application if you'd like to be added to the waiting list*

This course will be delivered face to face. Friday 1st April to Sunday 3rd April.

This course is designed to provide you with a thorough, rapid and practical introduction to operational editing techniques using Avid Media Composer.

It will be delivered face to face by a highly experienced industry professional to a small group. Class time will be divided between short illustrated lectures, demonstrations and hands-on practice.

The course covers everything you need to know about Avid including:

  • Editing Workflow
  • Starting a Project

Media Management

  • Backing up Camera Cards
  • Inputting Media

Basic Editing

  • Overview of Editing screens and button functions
  • Starting to edit – insert or overwrite
  • Trimming sequences
  • Adding Audio from external sources plus EQ Tool and Audio Suite Plugins
  • Editing and trimming audio
  • Adding visual transition effects and motion effects

Basic Effects within Avid

  • Creating titles – with crawl and roll function and visual manipulation
  • Outputting viewing and delivery files
  • Backing up Projects
  • Overview of Multi Camera Editing

At the end of the three days you should feel comfortable creating a sequence from camera rushes, editing dialogue, adding cutaways, music and basic captions.

Experience with Avid systems is not necessary. A working background in editing, production or post-production is recommended but not essential, and participants are able to download Avid free of charge for a 30 day trial.


Tutor Paul Owen is an award-winning Cardiff-based editor with over 25 years’ experience. A co-founder of Gorilla Post Production, he was Operations Director until 2019 when he left to focus on his editing career.

Paul has edited a wide range of programmes for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and SKY and has also worked for clients such as Sony, Nike and Vans, delivering fast turn-around, high profile sports events from around the world.

He is passionate about sharing his knowledge and has been training editors for over 15 years.

NOTE: For this course you need to be computer competent.

One Workstation per person

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £500

Corporate Rate: £995

Bursaries, supported by the Welsh Government, are also available for those who are eligible.


A limited number of bursaries are available for all of our short courses. If you wish to apply for a bursary to contribute to the costs of your course, please read the bursary guidelines below carefully to confirm your eligibility. Please do not apply to a course unless you are sure you meet the bursary eligibility criteria, or if you are able to pay for the course by other means.

Please apply as far in advance of the course date as possible to give yourself the best chance of securing a supported place as we may not be able to accommodate all applications. We aim to advise successful applicants no later than 10 working days prior to the course start date.

Once you have submitted your course application, your bursary application, and supporting documents, should be submitted to

NFTS Cymru Wales Bursary Guidelines (pdf) | NFTS Cymru Wales Bursary Application Form (pdf)

I ddarllen y dogfenau yn Gymraeg:
NFTS Cymru Wales Canllawiau’r Bwrswriaeth (pdf) | NFTS Cymru Wales Ffurflen Gais Bwrswriaeth (pdf)

How to apply

Application deadline: Book Now

Please complete the application form to apply. You will be asked to upload your CV. 

Please also read the Terms and Conditions (pdf file) / Telerau ac Amodau (pdf file) of booking as payment of a successful application assumes acceptance of these.

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