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The Avid Handbook, 5th Edition by Steve Bayes, Greg Staten

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INTERMEDIATE TECHNIQUES3

“‘Tisskill, not strength, that governs a ship.”

—Thomas Fuller

It may come as a surprise that most beginners of the Avid editing system make the same basic mistakes. I don’t mean mistakes caused by the software being too difficult, but mistakes from working hard to grasp some fundamental ideas. They are sometimes crucial mistakes, like not knowing exactly what to back up and then trying to restore a project with no bins. Sometimes it is a subtler mistake, like not using the power of a new tool because “That’s not the way I work.” You may be missing a huge opportunity to improve your speed and understanding.

I have heard people say that Avid is difficult to learn and that the interface has a steep learning curve. This ...

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