Avid Assistant - Foundation course

Get the core skills you need as an Avid Assistant starting out.

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Breaking into professional video editing is hard. There is NO easy way to do it. To get there requires dedication and the will to succeed and to learn.

If you are starting out on your professional editing career you need to be willing to look for ANY opportunity to work. If you have little to zero experience you'll be starting at the bottom, more than likely working for free on smaller productions who have limited budgets and equipment.

Even on these initial unpaid jobs, it's important that you strive to deliver a professional service that will get you noticed by editors and productions and lead to more work.

The Cousre

Fast track your career,

Get the right skills now.

Whether you have just left film school or have no experience at all there are some key skills that you need. This course will ensure you have a grounding in:

  • Technical - from the camera to the drives you edit with, you need to know what is important.
  • Workflow - Know the workflows that are effective for the project type.
  • Organisation - Organise and track content from the shoot, through the Avid and on to the finished product.
  • Media Composer - Understand the interface and key functions needed on a day to day basis.
  • Personal skills - not taught at most film schools, but with the right life skills you will stand out from the crowd.

"A bad Assistant can cost you a fortune and leave you a time-bomb!"

- Nameless Editor

What you will Learn:

Camera types

Gain a good understanding of how modern digital cameras work, how they effect your job and how to handle various formats from creation to delivery.

Data Management

Keep track of your projects media by designing efficient backup workflows and effective working practices.

Managing Edit Workstations

Establish effective working practices for working with stand alone workstations and organising a Media Composer Project.

Assistant Avid Skills

Master the core skills needed to work as an effective Avid Assistant.


Understand workflows for smaller productions and use them effectively.

Personal Skills

Working as an Assistant is as much about you and your approach to people as it is about your technical ability. Start out on the right foot.

Junior? Apprentice? Assistant? Assistant Editor? Where to start?

There is no set path to becoming an Editor.
With an ever-evolving industry, the names and terminology used for positions in the editing room also change. Starting roles can be advertised as Ingest Operator, Assistant or Junior, and the ever-popular Runner. The Assistant Editor role also alludes to something that is more film and drama specific. We think the term Avid Assistant is more appropriate for what we are teaching here and while we do not look specifically at the Film Assistant Editor, the skill set we teach is easily transferable into this field but will need more detailed information that is specific to the film industry workflows.

What do I need?

You will need access to an Avid Media Composer system, as this will give you the ability to fine tune your skills and as we know, practise makes perfect.

You don't have to go and purchase Media Composer to master it. Download a copy of Avid Media Composer | First which is free! While it has certain limitations it does have the same interface as the professional Media Composer as well as most of its functionality!

The course has been written around Avid Media Composer v 8.x but the practices here can be applied to earlier Media Composer systems 7.x and even 6.x

Your Instructor

Andrew Wild
Andrew Wild

Andrew has worked with Post Production and Broadcasters for the last 25 years working for the likes of the BBC and ITV as well as working for Avid Technology as a Media Composer product specialist.

Andrew has trained Editors all around the world in effective use of Media Composer as well as Avid's shared storage solutions such as Avid | ISIS and Avid | NEXIS.

His workflow designs have been used from the smallest low budget Indy productions to some of the largest Newsroom workflows around the world.

The course

The course is currently text based review questions at the end of each section.

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Section Video Summaries

Section Exercises

Downloadable example content

Accessing the course

1. Outright purchase - one off payment

Simply pay the one off fee and you are all set to get

life time access to the course content.

2. Instalments - 3 monthly payments

If you can't make the one off payment then spread it over 3 Months

and still get life time access to the course content

Course Curriculum

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  Module 1: The Role of an Avid Assistant
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  Module 9: Backing Up the Project
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  Module 12: Assistants Essential Kit
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

We will adding more and more content over the coming months and as more content becomes availabel you gain access to this content AT NO EXTRA COST!