Editor Fast Track | BAVC

Editor Fast Track

64 hours total
$2,270.00
TechSF Eligible 

If you really want to know what folks mean when they say "fix it post" enroll in the Editor Fast Track. You'll learn Adobe Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve, audio postproduction, aesthetics of editing and color correction. Includes a BAVC membership for one year.  

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Aesthetics of Editing

"We'll fix it in post." You've heard that phrase to justify less-than-desirable production results but the old chestnut can also refer to moving the story along. The decisions you make while editing brings the power to a film or video. It helps viewers make connections, be in on the secret, or turn what they're watching into an artform. As Ralph Rosenblum says in his industry-reknown classic, When The Shooting Stops, The Cutting Begins, the footage "must now be selected, tightened, paced, embellished, arranged, and in some scenes, given artificial respiration."

In this San Francisco film editing class, we will leave software and hardware behind and focus on the art and craft of cutting. You'll explore well known concepts used by Hollywood movie makers, independent film and videomakers and even by comics artists. Examples will be drawn from narrative and documentary films as well as from music videos, commercials and experimental films. You'll walk away from this San Francisco class with a solid understanding of:

  • juxtaposition
  • reaction shots
  • cutaways
  • action edits
  • B-roll
  • pacing
  • screen position
  • montage
  • continuity
  • sound
DaVinci Resolve: Color Correction

Note: This class uses PC computers This two-day class introduces students to the powerful color correction tools in Davinci Resolve Lite. The class focuses on color correction and color correction workflows for finishing films.

Topics covered:

Part 1 - Color Correcting a DaVinci Resolve Timeline

Balancing Footage

  • Opening a Resolve archive
  • Setting up project backups
  • Maximizing the Dynamic Range
  • Understanding the grading worksflow
  • Setting tonal range and contrast
  • Balancing colors
  • Understanding Log controls and Primary Wheels
  • Exploring a color managed Workflow

Creating Color Continuity

  • Building a shot-matching strategy
  • Organizing shots using flags and filters
  • Applying shot match
  • Matching shots using stills
  • Comparing and matching shots manually

Correcting and Enhancing Isolated Areas

  • Controlling the viewer’s eye
  • Sharpening key elements
  • Tracking obscured objects
  • Fixing overcast skies

Part 2 - Managing Nodes and Grades

Conforming from an XML Timeline

  • Importing an XML timeline
  • Syncing an offline reference
  • Conforming a timeline
  • Associating HQ footage with a timeline for online workflows

Mastering the Node Pipeline

  • Understanding node-based compositing
  • Understanding the importance of node order
  • Creating separate processing pipelines with a Parallel Mixer node

Managing Grades Across Clips and Timelines

  • Working with local versions
  • Appending grades and nodes
  • Using shared nodes across multiple clips
  • Saving grades for other projects
  • Copying timeline grades using ColorTrace
  • Copying grades using the Timelines album

Part 3 - Optimizing the Grading Workflow

Adjusting Image Properties

  • Preparing media using scene cut detection
  • Understanding timeline resolutions and sizing palette modes
  • Using keyframing
  • Applying noise reduction
  • Optimizing performance with render cache

Using Groups in the Grading Workflow

  • Creating a group
  • Applying base grades at pre-clip group level
  • Making clip-specific adjustments at the clip group level
  • Creating a unifying look using the Post-Clip Group Level
  • Applying timeline level grades

Setting up RAW Projects

  • Adjusting RAW settings at the project level
  • Adjusting RAW settings at the clip level
  • Color correcting with RAW through Resolve color management
  • Setting up a render cache for RAW media projects

Delivering Projects

  • Using Lightbox to check timeline prior to delivery
  • Understanding the render workflow and presets
  • Creating custom renders and saving presets
  • Configuring a timeline for digital cinema
  • Rendering a DCP using commercial workflow to export versions
  • Exploring advanced render settings

Interface Review

  • Color page layout
  • Primaries wheels
  • Viewer Paletter panel
Premiere Pro: Introduction

Learn high-end editing with Adobe Premiere Pro CC‎. With its new revolutionary features, Premiere is better than ever. Come see what the buzz is about! This San Francisco two-day class covers:

  • Overview of the Premiere Interface
  • Inputting and outputting video to and from a variety of formats
  • Editing techniques and tools
  • Workflow with other Adobe software such as Photoshop and After Effects
  • Comprehensive overview of practical features, such as FCP project import, tapeless format input, metadata and searchable speech

Premiere Pro: Introductory Class in San Francisco

BAVC offers Premiere Pro: Introductory classes in San Francisco. Many students therefore come to us with an interest in taking San Francisco courses on film and video editing. This class on some of the Adobe software products will draw students from San Francisco and all over the Bay Area. Students even attend from Oakland or Marin County.

Audio Post Production: Introduction

This one-day course covers basic work-flow techniques of audio post-production for film and commercial productions. Learn the art of audio clean-up and restoration using tools within Adobe Premiere CC and Adobe Audition CC. This course is designed to build skill-sets for increasing the quality of audio in your own projects. Learn how to apply equalization filters to voice-over and dialogue content and compression/limiting techniques to balance audio levels.

Topics include:

  • noise reduction techniques for dialogue
  • equalization and dynamic compression for different contexts
  • working with dialogue
  • music underscoring
  • scene transitions

Audio Post Production Training in San Francisco

BAVC offers Audio Post Production classes in San Francisco; and many students come to us with an interest in taking a San Francisco Audio Post Production, as a critical element of film and videography training. Whether you are interested scene transition, music underscoring and production training, this class will draw students from San Francisco and all over the Bay Area. Students even attend from Oakland or Marin County.

DaVinci Resolve: Introduction

BlackMagicDesign is on a bold mission to deliver the industry color correction darling, DaVinci, to serious editors. They've bundled the DaVinci tools with what eerily seems similar to Apple's now defunct Final Cut 7 platform and packaged it at a super affordable price. Enter DaVinci Resolve: Introduction at BAVC. Resolve plays nice with Adobe After Effects, in fact, with the whole Adobe Creative Cloud. In this two-day class you'll be given a tour of the interface and see how Resolve works from beginning to end. Topics include:

Media and database management
Editing essentials
Roundtrip workflow with Adobe Premiere Pro
Archiving and restoring projects
Batch syncing audio recorded on separate devices
Basic color correction
Primaries and secondaries
Using a LUT (Look Up Table)