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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 lynda.com author, and she recently wrote two textbooks: Editing with Avid Media Composer 5 and Avid Editing: A Guide for Beginning and Intermediate Users.

October 22, 2011 Author:

Setting yourself up for multi-camera editing in Avid Media Composer is a breeze. Check out this tutorial to find out how! (This is Part 1 of a 2-part tutorial series on multi-camera editing.) Read More

Setting up for Multi-camera Editing in Avid Media Composer: Part 1 of 2

  • October 18, 2011

    Managing Transition Behavior in Final Cut Pro X

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    When you add transitions in Final Cut Pro X, the default behavior is to use material already edited in the Timeline, rather than to use material from your shots’ handles. This makes the duration of your A-side and B-side shots—as well as the entire sequence—shorter with each transition you apply. Check out this tutorial to discover why this probably isn’t the best workflow, as well as how to switch this behavior back to traditional methods. Read More

  • October 13, 2011

    When and where to make the cut: inspired by Walter Murch’s In the Blink of an Eye

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    Editing is a lovely balance of technical expertise, artistic license, and pure instinct. In this post, we’re going to take a temporary step back from this blog’s usual emphasis on the technical aspects of editing in favor of a discussion about art and instinct, as inspired by Walter Murch’s text, In the Blink of an Eye. Read More

  • October 11, 2011

    Working with Markers in Final Cut Pro X

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    Adding markers is a great way to share information about your sequence with others, or to remind yourself of things you need to do. In Final Cut Pro X, there are quite a few marker-related shortcuts that will serve you well. Read More

  • September 19, 2011

    Video Tutorial: How to Apply and Keyframe Shape Masks in Final Cut Pro X

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    In Final Cut Pro X, you can use shape masks to define specific areas to apply color corrections. Not only that, but you can animate your masks over time, as well as combine them with other color correction effects, like color masks. Watch this video tutorial to find out how! Read More

  • September 16, 2011

    Part 2: Editing Using ScriptSync in Avid Media Composer

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    Avid Media Composer’s ScriptSync (by Nexidia) is one of the most talked about features of any editing software—it has totally revolutionized script-based editing. This tutorial is the second part in a two-part series to explain how to use this incredible tool! Read More

  • September 16, 2011

    Part 1: Setting up your Script for ScriptSync in Avid Media Composer

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    Avid Media Composer’s ScriptSync (by Nexidia) is one of the most talked about features of any editing software—it has totally revolutionized script-based editing. This tutorial is the first part in a two-part series to explain how to set up your script in preparation for editing with ScriptSync! Read More