NFTS Scotland: Introduction to Editing with Avid Media Composer

Short course


Designed to provide you with a thorough, rapid and practical introduction to operational editing techniques using AVID.  Class time is divided between short illustrated lectures, demonstrations and (lots of) hands-on practice.

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

System Overview
Editing Workflow
Starting a Project

Creating a new project in the correct format

Opening/closing and saving projects
Preparing to edit
Inputting source material

Import file based material
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

Timewarp and conventional motion effect
Creating titles – with crawl and roll function and visual manipulation
Outputting programmes 
Backing up
Overview of more complex ‘nesting’ visual transition and segment effects
Overview of Multi Camera Editing
Overview of 3D and Surround Sound facilities

One Person Per System

Experience with Avid systems is not necessary. A working background in editing, production or post-production is recommended but not essential

For this course you need to be computer competent.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £495
Corporate Rate: £950


The NFTS Scotland bursary fund is currently closed for this course and we encourage you to seek alternative avenues of funding to support the cost of this course if required. 

Please read our Alternative Funding Avenues document which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help. Please allow yourself enough time to secure funding when considering your application.

How to apply

Application deadline: Register your interest

This course is not currently open for applications.  Please register your interest to be advised of future dates as they become available.