Avid Editing & Certification Course

Avid Media Composer Editing & Certification Course

Register here for winter

Winter 2019
  • Semester Dates: Monday – Friday,  January 7-11, 2019
  • Class schedule: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Ages: High School through adult
  • Location: Sharon A. Fordham Media Library located in the Mabel Smith Douglass Library.  Click here for directions.

Register here for summer

Summer 2019

  • Dates: June 24-28, 2019
  • Class schedule: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Ages: High school through adult
  • Location:   Sharon A. Fordham Media Library located in the Mabel Smith Douglass Library.  Click here for directions.
  • General Student Rate: $1,595
  • Internal Student Rate: $1,395 (Internal students include RU Alumni, current RU faculty, staff, and students; and high school digital media instructors.)
  • Courseware: $130 Includes two books, project and media Files
  • Registration Fee: $25 (fee is included in tuition)

Expand your creative editing opportunities with training on Avid’s Media Composer.This official Media Composer training course opens the door to unmatched creative and career opportunities. Back up your training investment with industry-recognized Media Composer certification. By becoming certified, you’ll be joining a community of editors just like you, where you’ll get advice, hear about real-world projects, and expand your personal and professional network.

Avid certification provides several tangible benefits to both certified individuals and the organizations they work for, either now or in the future.

For individuals, Avid certification provides:

  • Industry recognition of proven expertise in a given Avid product or role
  • The ability to advance your career with measurable value to employers
  • Entry in Avid’s Certification Registry accessible via the Find a Certified Professional online listing, as well as a Certificate of Achievement
  • A certification logo to add to marketing materials, websites, business cards to differentiate yourself and your organization

For employers, Avid certification provides:

  • Ability to find the right person for the job, quickly assessing candidate skill level
  • Confidence in your team’s abilities and skills with Avid solutions
  • Capability to invest in and promote your most promising employees
  • Greater system performance, with little to no downtime


Media Composer Fundamentals I is the first step in achieving confidence, creativity, and efficiency with Avid Media Composer, the non-linear film/video editing application used in most movie and television productions. Together with the second course in the series, Media Composer Fundamentals II, this course provides the foundational training required to achieve the credential of Avid Certified User: Avid Media Composer

Media Composer Fundamentals I is an introductory course designed to get a new user up-and-running on the software.  In this course, students develop an understanding of the video editing process and the basic skills to edit a video project from start to finish. This includes understanding the relationship between media and project files, media storage location, the abilities to create the project file; bring in the source video and audio files; edit the sequenceadd titles, music, and basic effects, and then export the finished sequence.

Media Composer Fundamentals II is for video editors who understand the basics of the editing tools in Media Composer and are ready to move ahead and learn the fundamentals of creating effects within Avid Media Composer, the non-linear film/video editing application used in most movie and television productions.

This course is designed to teach students the technical and organizational skills of an assistant editor, and develop their editorial skills with the tools and techniques required to produce a well-edited video. From using dynamic trim techniques to shape the actor’s performances in a dramatic scene, to quickly assembling a news package to meet deadline, this course empowers novice users to take their Media Composer skills to the next level. Class projects and exercises are hands-on, giving students the opportunity to work on an unscripted documentary project, as well as a scripted comedy scene.

This course provides a solid foundation in Media Composer video effects capabilities and in conjunction with the Media Composer Fundamentals I course, will prepare you to earn the credential of Avid Certified User: Media Composer.



This course is designed for:

  • Producers
  • Editors
  • Assistant editors
  • Multimedia producers



  • No experience with Avid Media Composer is necessary
  • A working knowledge of Windows or Macintosh or operating systems
  • A background or experience in editing, production, or post-production is recommended
  • Completion of Media Composer Fundamentals I is required before moving on to Media Composer Fundamentals II


Lesson Objectives

  • Launch Media Composer
  • Identify and understand the function of the primary Media Composer tools and windows
  • Create/open a project using standard SD and HD formats
  • Import / Link to media
  • Create project bins, as needed
  • Organize clips by moving them from one bin to another
  • Create a sequence, and add or remove tracks as needed
  • Add clips to the sequence using Splice and Overwrite, or equivalent SmartTool functions
  • Remove sequence material using Lift and Extract, or equivalent SmartTool functions
  • Use Trim mode and SmartTool trim tools to change the length of sequence clips
  • Adjust the audio level (clip gain) of clips in the sequence
  • Add basic effects to sequence clips
  • Add transition effects to the sequence
  • Create and add static titles
  • Use automatic color correction to improve the appearance of video clips
  • Export the finished sequence as a high-quality video file, or for uploading to the web
  • Adjust basic settings relating the media creation and user preferences
  • Locate Media Composer project and media files
  • Delete unwanted media files, and all media at the completion of the edit process
  • Create custom project sizes, including larger than HD (2K, 4K, etc)
  • Understand the operational implications of working in larger-than-HD projects
  • Link to media files and copy, consolidate or transcode the media, as needed
  • Synchronize video and audio from separate sources
  • Organize project bins using common industry conventions
  • Quickly assemble a scene using storyboard editing, plus Top, Tail and Extend
  • Use various search tools to locate the desired clip
  • Create multiple versions of a sequence to track the creative process
  • Utilize Media Composer’s best-in-class trim tools to dynamically adjust the pacing of a scene
  • Adjust Clip Gain, and utilize Pan and Volume automation to create and integrate audio mix
  • Create pan-and-zoom style “camera” moves over still images or video
  • Solve common image problems with effects to stabilize the image, blur faces and logos, and erase unwanted jump cuts
  • Create freeze-frames, slow-motion and TimeWarp effects
  • Use multilayer effects to create split-screens, superimposed images, and more
  • Composite video elements using the SpectraMatte effect to create a chroma-key
  • Intelligently render effects sequences to improve playback performance
  • Create animated titles using NewBlue Titler Pro
  • Selectively delete unwanted render files to keep the media drives clutter-free
  • Understand how to correctly backup project files and associated media files
  • Restore lost work using Avid’s autosave feature
  • Relink media files
  • Resolve common technical issues, including “Media Offline”
  • Identify and adjust common Settings to increase efficiency and avoid complications
  • Output the finished program according to common broadcast delivery standards
  • Be ready to sit for the Media Composer certification exam

Projects Edited with Avid Media Composer:
Stranger Things was the undeniable breakout TV hit of the summer, and its unique blend of 80’s nostalgia and modern production techniques captivated audiences worldwide. Watch the post-production team discuss their creative process on the series—and explain why Avid solutions are essential to their production workflow.
  • Get first-hand insight into their editing workflows on the show
  • Learn how collaboration fueled their creative process
  • See how they delivered the right look, feel, and vibe for the show
Get an in-depth look at one the most popular shows of the year—watch the on-demand webinar today. Click Here to watch the Webinar and Q&A

Avid Media Composer Interface with Source Settings window open

Payment Plans available, for more information contact:
Dana Wilson, Registrar
Phone: 848-932-1866
Email: dw538@mgsa.rutgers.edu

The Rutgers Federal Credit Union has financing options available for continuing education and summer programs! If financing or cost is an issue, we urge you to fill out the Rutgers Federal Credit Union Continuing Education Loan application. Click on the logo below to go to the Rutgers Federal Credit Union website for more information!