Avid Assistant - FREE Foundation Course

Learn the essentials for starting out as an Avid Assistant

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Breaking into professional video editing is hard. There is NO easy way to do it. To succeed you'll need dedication and the will to learn and smile under pressure.

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 in turn lead to more work.

To help you on your way this free course will help address some of the key skills you'll need to become noticed.

Avid Assistant or Assistant Editor?

With an ever-evolving industry, the names and terminology used for starting positions in the editing room has change. Starting roles can be advertised as Ingest Operator, Assistant or Junior, and the ever-popular Runner. We've named the course Avid Assistant because the Assistant Editor role alludes to something that is more film and drama specific that requires a slightly more specific skill set. We feel the term Avid Assistant is more appropriate for what we are teaching here and while we do not look specifically at the Film Assistant Editors specialist skill set, the foundation ethics we set are easily transferable into this field but will need more detailed information that is specific to the film industry workflows.

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.
  • Organization - Organize 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:

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 by being aware of what will be expected of you in your day to day roles.

Camera types

Understand of how modern digital cameras create content, how they can effect your projects workflow and how to handle various formats from creation to delivery.

Data Management

Keep track of your projects media by designing efficient backup strategies and easy to follow working practices.

Managing Edit Workstations

Understand working practices when working with stand alone workstations and organizing an Avid Media Composers 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.

What do I need?

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

You don't have to go and purchase Media Composer to master it though. 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 and 2018.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 content is a mixture of text and summary video's.

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Content is reviewed and updated on a regular basis

Course Curriculum

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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?
The good news is this course is completely free, however we would like to find out why you didn't like the course so we can correct it and enhance the experience for everyone in the future!

We look forward to seeing you in the course