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  • Thu, May 14 2020 3:27 PM

    Is it worth becoming AVID certified?

    Hi all,

     

    In about a year I'll be going to university, and they offer avid media composer certification tests. I'd like to ask the community for some suggestions. Would it be worth to get certified in avid, should I do it? or would it be better to focus my time and money elsewhere - for example, the art of cutting and where to cut? I've currently done some online tests, i'm able to get around 70% right at the moment (which im quite happy with atm) Do people care if you're avid certified or?

     

    Philip 

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  • Thu, May 14 2020 3:44 PM In reply to

    Re: Is it worth becoming AVID certified?

    If you're trying to get an entry-level job in post production, Avid certification would be helpful, as it would show a familiarity with the software. It would also show initiative and an understanding of the industry.

    If you're trying to get a job as an editor, nobody cares if you're Avid certified. They only care what you've worked on before.

    That's my 2 cents. I'm sure other people will chime in with advice.

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  • Thu, May 14 2020 4:01 PM In reply to

    Re: Is it worth becoming AVID certified?

    Thanks a lot Smile

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  • Thu, May 14 2020 7:11 PM In reply to

    Re: Is it worth becoming AVID certified?

    Getting certified means you need to know how to use Avid as an edit tool. The better you know how to use the tool the easier editing will be. 

    So don't aim for 85% or whatever it is aim for 100% and you'll find using Avid even easier. And yes for entry positions its a great help. Knowing some Resolve and Premiere is good as well. At least getting content in and out.

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  • Tue, Aug 18 2020 9:13 PM In reply to

    Re: Is it worth becoming AVID certified?

    As you're in London Philip, spend your time on Avid but also don't neglect basics like how to properly copy and transfer files (rushes), learn about software that helps you get from set to post and what workflows post houses use to acheive this. A lot of the initial jobs you'll be going for at London post houses will be, first, runners jobs, so make sure you can make a decent brew! but then in the data department (copying rushes from set to the facility's nearline, ingesting in to Avid etc). 

    The route you'll take will most likely be through the machine room so get a few of the bread and butter assistants tasks under your belt and that will stand you in good stead to get your foot in the door over the other runners when a job comes up.  If I were hiring and a runner had the certification, I'd look favourably on that, and I'd be even more impressed if they told me they understood the difference between nearline and online storage, how to ingest in to Avid, the importance of metadata and knew a bunch about codecs, storage interfaces, frame rates, raster sizes etc.

    My other advice, and take this how you will, is to not bother going to film school and just get a job as a runner straight away, save yourself thousands and get 3 years on your peers whilst earning some money (a pittance) at the same time.  There's various pros and cons to this. Uni is a great laugh and a good experience for building social skills that you will need as an editor.  But it's also totally unnecessary in order to become an editor in my opinion.  It depends on how badly you want to start working. 3 years smoking weed and waking up at 3pm may be just what you're looking for after finishing school and I certainly wouldn't blame you.

    Good luck mate!

     

     

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  • Tue, Aug 18 2020 9:35 PM In reply to

    Re: Is it worth becoming AVID certified?

    Hi,

    Thanks for taking the time to write up such a long response.

    So, I've managed to learn the software, I'm cutting all my client's work on it and I really like it - all going well so far. Last year I did an internship as a video editor at a post house in London (my first ever presence in a professional workspace). There I was editing wedding videos and assisting other editors, this year I'm getting my college (high school in America) to organize me some work experience hopefully as an assistant somewhere. It won't be paid, but better than being a runner! So far i haven't had to make tea for anyone or feel like a footrest. 

    It's invaluable for me to know what you'd look favourably on, Without sounding like a smartass I have actually explored all of those terms and do understand - and would be able to answer those questions in an interview. 

    Interesting you'd say that about a film school. Everyone's been telling me quite the opposite. I wouldn't really say I'd be going to film school to learn an awful lot (as I can do that at home with an internet connection) but really I'd be going for the experience and the qualification - to prove in paper that I know what i'm doing. 

     

    Philip

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