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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.

July 12, 2011 Author:

Avid Media Composer contains many complex manual color correction tools that require deep knowledge of various video scopes and proper color correction workflow. It also contains several useful automatic color correction tools that can help you arrive at correct luma and chroma levels. Check out this tutorial for tips on how to use these automatic color correction controls. Read More

Using the Automatic Color Correction Tools in Avid Media Composer

  • July 6, 2011

    Video Tutorial: Using Reformat Effects in Avid Media Composer

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    Working in today’s world of dozens of different video formats can often be a difficult business; you’re constantly having to negotiate different video sizes and aspect ratios when combining them in the same project. This video tutorial will discuss several of the various reformat effects—the 16:9 and 4:3 letterbox effects, as well as the Pan and Scan effect—which you can use to bring all the clips in your sequence to a single aspect ratio. Read More

  • July 2, 2011

    Avid, Adobe Cater to Disgruntled Final Cut Pro editors

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    With the recent backlash following the launch of FCP X, both Avid and Adobe are reaching out to FCP users, offering deals to entice them to try out the other options in professional editing. Read More

  • June 27, 2011

    Video Tutorial: A Discussion about Import Rules and Pixel Aspect Ratio in Avid Media Composer

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    If you’ve ever been left with an imported image that doesn’t look quite the way it did before you brought it into Avid Media Composer, you may be interested to learn more about specific Import Settings that help preserve the integrity of your image’s size and aspect ratio. Watch this video tutorial for a step-by-step glimpse at how image size and pixel aspect ratio play a part in successful imports. Read More

  • June 18, 2011

    Demystifying the Avid Import Settings Dialog Box: Part 1

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    Have you ever imported a graphic or movie file into Avid Media Composer, only to have it result in being stretched, squeezed, or the wrong opacity? Learn how to master the different settings within Avid’s Import dialog box, and prevent these types of issues from occurring again! (This is Part 1 of a two-part post.) Read More

  • June 14, 2011

    Video Tutorial: Altering, Saving and Applying Custom Transitions in Final Cut Pro

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    Need a basic transition template to start from, but want to edit it and save it for later? In this video tutorial, you’ll discover how to alter Final Cut Pro’s default transition effects and make them your own. Create “Favorite” transitions, and apply them to your sequence in bulk. Get creative, and save time! Read More

  • June 11, 2011

    Video Tutorial: Creating a Traveling Highlight “Ken Burns style” in Avid Media Composer

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    You’ve probably often seen the highlight-and-zoom effect in documentaries to emphasize a certain person or object, usually in a still photograph. This technique was popularized by documentarian Ken Burns, and you can replicate it by following the techniques outlined in this video tutorial. Read More