“Avid is the way to go if you want to work in broadcast.” That’s what I’ve been told by salespeople (obviously) and a few close friends who are actually walking the streets of Hollywood, finishing internships, and in the editing room cutting up the dailies. Final Cut Pro X definitely has a place and is used extensively, however Avid is apparently what many of the studios insist on.

So, I started learning Avid Media Composer at BRIC with their Basic Non-Linear Editing class. What better way to arrest the attention of hiring managers than to be familiar with, and well-versed in, one of the bread-and-butter tools of the industry? Nepotism is the obvious and open secret, nevertheless I am a complete neophyte in the field and haven’t networked or built a peer circle yet. I have to start on the ground floor and get my foot in the door.

I completed the basic class at BRIC with ease, so I’m a Certified Community Producer in basic non-linear editing now. Media Composer is very different from Final Cut: Media Composer is deliberate and structured, while Final Cut allows for fluidity and speed. Acclimating myself to Media Composer is possible, even in the short term, and I look forward to it.