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MC 110: Effects Essentials in Avid Media Composer 7, Part 2

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Course Overview

This two-day, hands-on course follows the our MC 101 training and is designed for video editors who understand the basics looking to learn the fundamentals of creating effects in Media Composer 7. This course handles the basics of the effects building interface and takes the user through specific processes that are crucial to mastering the program.

You'll learn fundamental multilayered video compositing, tracking, stabilization, various retiming methods, audio adjustments and effects, and basic color grading techniques. All lessons are taught using hands-on, real-world techniques that are essential to work in the professional film and television industry.

Who Should Attend

This class is designed for anyone looking to edit professional-quality video with Avid Media Composer and who prefers hands-on and interactive instruction to best explore its functionality. This includes producers, editors, assistant editors, and multimedia producers.

What You Will Learn

  • Introduction to audio effects
  • Introduction to visual effects
  • Nesting multiple effects
  • Multilayer effects
  • Corrective effects
  • Retiming
  • Keying and mattes
  • 3D title animation with marquee
  • Performance and rendering
  • Using AVX third-party plug-ins
  • Color treating and correcting


  • Knowledge of basic computer navigation (Mac and/or PC)
  • Basic knowledge of editing terminology is highly recommended
  • Completion of the MC 101: Editing Essentials course is required.

Day 1

Introduction to Visual Effects

Modifying Transitions in the Timeline. Adding Quick Transitions, Accessing Effects from the Effect Palette, Adding Segment Effects, Modifying Effects in Effect Mode

Corrective Effects

Using Standard Keyframes, Resizing a Shot in the Effect Preview Monitor, Understanding Stabilization, Hiding Jump Cuts with Fluid Morph, Tracking and Blurring Unwanted Objects

High-Resolution Images

Setting Up Avid Pan & Zoom, Using Pan & Zoom on Photos, Animating the Effect, Rendering Avid Pan & Zoom, Exploring the Source Settings Dialog Box, Managing Color Spaces, Using FrameFlex on 2K+ Clips, Working with AMA Source Settings


Creating Freeze Frames, Types of Motion Effects, Creating Motion Effects, Motion Effects Segment Icons, Creating Motion Effects Using Fit to Fill, Timewarp Preset Effects, Timewarp Effects

Color Treating and Correcting

Creating Color Treatments, Modifying the Look of a Shot, Introduction to Color Correction, About Automatic Color Correction, Color Correction Mode

Day 2

Nesting Multiple Effects

Autonesting, Nesting Effects, Seeing Multiple Effects in the Effect Editor, Changing the Order of Nested Effects, Displaying a Nest in the Timeline

Multilayer Effects

Creating Multilayer Effects, Creating a Picture-in-Picture Effect, Keyframe Interpolation Options, Keyframing with Advanced Graphs, Understanding Layers and Nests, Nesting Effects Within Titles, Using the Safe Color Limiter, Applying Effects to Tracks, Using the Pan and Scan Effect

Performance and Rendering

Understanding Real-Time Effects Playback, Understanding Performance, Just Play Through It, Measuring Performance, Video Quality Menu, Rendering Effects, Rendering Multiple Effects, Rendering Individual Effects, Using ExpertRender, Controlling Render Speed and Quality

Keying and Mattes

Exploring the SpectraMatte, Different Keying Types, Understanding the SpectraGraph Screen, Dealing with Spill, Viewing the Matte Channel, Cropping Out Garbage, AMA Linking to Real-Time Moving Matte Keys, Configuring Settings for QuickTime with Alpha

3D Title Animation with Marquee

Formatting and Positioning Text, Beginning Titles in Marquee, Modifying Quick Title Properties, Aligning Objects Based on Guides and Grids, Using the Library, Saving Materials, Introduction to 3D Text, Animating Objects in a Scene, Animating with Property Curves, Generating AutoTitles, Saving Titles to a Bin

Avid Certified Instructor

Media Composer Certified User

The Media Composer Certified User exam is designed to assess a candidate's core skills for editing with Avid Media Composer, including the fundamental concepts and workflow of editing.

It is generally taken after the completion of both entry-level Certfied Avid Training courses. MC 101: Editing Essentials in Media Composer 7, Part 1, and MC 110: Effects Essentials in Media Composer 7, Part 2.

As a professional, an Avid Certified credential allows you to differentiate yourself from competitors, make your résumé stand out, attract and win new business, gain recognition from your employer and peers, and leverage the power of the Avid brand.

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