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Ashley Kennedy

Ashley Kennedy is an experienced video editor, college instructor, e-learning course designer, and textbook author.

Currently, she teaches courses in the advanced post-production curriculum at Columbia College Chicago and is also the Digital Media Instructor for Columbia College’s Center for Innovation in Teaching Excellence, where she designs technology-focused workshops and courses for campus-wide faculty. As former Principle Instructor and Certifications Program Manager at Avid Technology, Inc., she taught and developed the Avid Certified curriculum, and also managed the Avid Certified Instructor worldwide program.

She is also a author, and she recently wrote two textbooks: Editing with Avid Media Composer 5 and Avid Editing: A Guide for Beginning and Intermediate Users.

February 18, 2012 Author:

With today’s ACE awards ready to deliver honors on outstanding film editing work done in 2011, we should get a lead on who might be a favorite at the Oscar’s looming the following week. Since the SAG and Golden Globes do not recognize Editing as a category, the next two weeks are the pinnacle for recognizing the achievements and outstanding efforts from last year. Read More

Eddie Awards should provide hints for next week’s Oscars

  • December 18, 2011

    Convert FCP X projects to FCP 7 sequences with Xto7


    Xto7 for Final Cut Pro (by Assisted Editing) allows you to take your Final Cut Pro X timeline to Final Cut Pro 7. You can also go directly to other Final Cut Pro 7 XML workflow programs, as well as to Adobe Premiere Pro (and to After Effects via dynamic link). It’s available in the App Store for $49.99. Read More

  • December 16, 2011 announces new partnership with

    Author: has partnered with to pack a high quality one-two punch for stock music and Apple Motion templates. Check out this post, where I interview motionVFX founder, Szymon Masiak about his business and the new partnership. Read More

  • December 10, 2011

    Fun Facts and Dates in Digital Editing ‘Firsts’


    Believe it or not, nonlinear digital video editing is only 26 years old, and has been mainstream for just over 15 years. In this post, we’ll relive some interesting dates in recent history in this exciting industry! Read More