chapter  1
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Getting Started

BySam Kauffmann

The editor remains the closest link to the audience; the story most often passes directly from the editor's computer to the audience's screen. Editing a project with lots of different elements requires a great deal of organization. This chapter provides ten steps comprising a general editing workflow, but keep in mind that some of these steps can happen organically at various points throughout this process. First, gather together all the picture and sound elements that form the source material for editors' project. When they launch Media Composer, they are asked which Avid project they want to open, or if they would like to create a new project. Making decisions about what part of a clip to use, and deciding which clips go in what order, is the essence of motion picture editing. Once they have edited their sequence, they can easily add titles and effects to it.