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Desktop Images Offers Avid Editing Essentials Training DVD

Comprehensive four-part series taught by accomplished Avid specialist (November 04, 2004)

Desktop Images, a leading provider of training DVDs for the digital content creation market, today announced the availability of Avid Editing Essentials, a step-by-step instructional DVD for mastering the essential skills of working with Avid's Xpress Pro and Xpress DV editing systems.

Taught by Steve Bayes, a highly accomplished and former product designer for Avid Technology, this fast and easy four-part DVD training series is designed to cut months off of the Avid learning curve by providing the ultimate visual learning resource and reference guide for Avid Xpress Pro and Xpress DV as well as Avid Xpress, Media Composer, Media Adrenaline and Symphony.

"The skills I developed by watching Desktop Images' Avid Editing Essentials DVD Series enabled me to land an editor position on "Bands Reunited" for VH1 and currently "The REAL Gilligan's Island" for TBS," says Paul Peltekian, editor. "The Avid Editing Essentials DVD series is not just for Xpress DV and Xpress Pro users. I was able to take my knowledge and apply it to Media Composer, Media Composer, Adrenaline and Symphony."

The four-part DVD Avid Editing Essential series offers over seven hours of in-depth training that leads participants from the basic concepts of Avid Xpress Pro and Xpress DV editing systems, through mastering Avid's sophisticated toolset.

"Desktop Images' Avid Editing Essentials series is great for Avid video editors at any level," says Rex Olson, president and co-founder of Desktop Images. "Steve Bayes provides expert instruction, allowing Avid user to learn how to maximize their productivity and efficiency in every aspect of the editing process."

The Avid Editing Essentials series with Xpress Pro & Xpress DV include the following:

Avid Editing Essentials - Explains system setup and hardware connection, user and project setup procedures, and interface navigation and modes. This DVD also explains Avid Editing's basic features such as: project application with shot logging, batch capturing, timeline editing, cut editing, using the trim window, inserting transitions, importing music and output to tape.

Avid Workflow & Media Management - Describes ways to increase speed and efficiency by mastering Avid's powerful project & media organization and workflow tools. Users will learn how to customize the interface and timeline for specific tasks; link timeline styles to modes; explore bin and file management techniques; and locate clips and sequences quickly.

Advanced Editing Techniques - Walks users through Avid's sophisticated toolset to streamline the production process and add diversity to editorial options. Users learn how to customize source machine settings, logging while capturing, DV frame offset, audio delay and Meta data. Users will learn how to apply editing procedures for dialogue cutting, and using locators to quickly access scenes. It also provides instruction on how to add a voice over, audio effects, digital audio effects and more.

Special Effects & Color Correction - Highlights Avid's powerful image processing capabilities by exploring color correction concepts, procedures and monitor calibration, 2D digital video effects transitions and segment effects. Users learn how to apply advanced effects, keyframe and trimming techniques. This DVD also shows users how to promote 2D effects to 3D, and apply the expert render mode plus techniques for BorisFX and Automatic DUCK.

Desktop Images professionally produces each training series utilizing "Virtual Set Technology," which presents the instructor in a virtual 3D environment. By providing a full screen view of the computer's interface, which is inter-cut with close-up views of the screen and keyboard, the user's learning experience is maximized while reducing viewer fatigue. To help reduce the learning curve, each DVD includes a time indexed reference card to easily locate subject matter for quick review.

About Steve Bayes
Before joining Media 100 as a director of product marketing, Steve Bayes was a writer and instructor specializing in Avid products for video, film and HD. He also spent two years as senior instructor for Avid Educational Services. For eight years, Steve was the principle product designer for Media Composer, Symphony and DS Nitris at Avid Technology. He has specified the design of Avid products based on his years of editing, instructing and interviewing Avid users. He is the author of "The Avid Handbook: Basic and Intermediate Techniques for the Media Composer," and is currently certified by Avid as an Avid Certified Instructor (ACI), Avid Certified Support Representative (ACSR) and Unity Media Network.

Pricing and Availability
The four-part Avid Editing Essentials training series is available now for USD $249.95 either through the company's Web site, or one of its designated resellers. Each DVD is also available separately for USD $69.95.

The Avid Editing Essentials series is offered for all Avid users including Xpress Pro & Xpress DV as well as Avid Xpress, Media Composer, Media Composer Adrenaline and Symphony. The DVDs also includes an English subtitle track for the Hearing Impaired, along with a subtitle track devoted to relevant keyboard shortcuts. Desktop Images' DVDs can be viewed on computer or set-top player. Viewers with DVD-ROM equipped computers can access project files and source footage along with each lesson.

For more information on Avid Editing Essentials and other Desktop Images series, visit

About Desktop Images
Founded in 1992, Desktop Images has become a leading producer and distributor of training DVDs for digital content creation software and hardware products. Based in Burbank, Calif., Desktop Images currently features training for NewTek's LightWave 3D, Aura, the Video Toaster, and Video Toaster Flyer, Boris FX and Boris Red, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects. The company's products are distributed through both direct and reseller-based sales efforts.

For more information on Desktop Images or its products, visit


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