Helping Final Cut Pro 7 users migrate to Media Composer 5

Published by | Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Migrating from Final Cut Pro 7 to Media Composer 5.5 is the second Final Cut Pro course that we’ve released this week. The course is a deep comparison of the interfaces, concepts, tools, and workflow behind each of these two programs. Author Steve Holyhead covers the key differences Final Cut editors need to know to master Media Composer.

Avid’s Media Composer is used heavily in many areas of production, particularly in high-end television and feature films. Originally, this course was designed for people who learned video editing on Final Cut Pro and wanted to broaden their professional skills so they could work in more types of production environments.

With the release of Final Cut Pro X, this course suddenly has a second purpose. While the controversy has settled down a bit, some Final Cut Pro users are indicating that they may want to switch platforms. This course can be used not only to facilitate that switch, but also can be used as a comparison between the two platforms for those who are simply considering the possibilities.

This course covers the basics of editing in Media Composer, including sequence creation, project organization and navigation, importing and linking media, timeline editing techniques, and how to work with audio and add transitions and effects. This should be everything Final Cut users need to know in order to understand Media Composer. We also have Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training for those who want dive even deeper.

Of course, we have more Final Cut Pro X titles in the works, so stay tuned.

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3 Responses to “Helping Final Cut Pro 7 users migrate to Media Composer 5”

  1. Chip Dizard says:

    I teach editing and video production at the High School level and I was looking forward to Final Cut Pro X. Once I downloaded it and read multiple blogs and reviews, I felt that they were right–it’s a better version of iMovie.

    I was going to use Adobe Premiere but I threw caution to the wind and I am learning Avid. By the end of July and I should be fully comfortable with it.

  2. Matt S. says:

    995 for Avid Media Composer? That’s just the program price? Or is that for a full package similar to CS5? There are a ton of FCP7 editors who don’t want to go with FCPX, but also can’t afford Avid Media Composer at that price. It feels like society is going back to the 80s when companies made it harder for people to edit on good tools without having to pay a but load for programs.

  3. People might mock FCPX as “iMovie Pro,” although with all the latest updates, it is actually very powerful.

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