In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe demonstrates basic editing technique in Avid Media Composer. He reveals how to perform a music mix fast, and how to trim footage in your timeline like a pro.

Kevin completes this lesson by showing how easy it is to create eye-catching titles. This lesson gives you the foundation to start working on any project that comes your way—fast. For more information about all of Avid’s products, visit Avid.

NLE (Non-linear editing) is video or audio editing software system that performs non-destructive editing on source material. The name is in contrast to 20th century methods of linear video editing and film editing. Non-destructive editing is a form of audio, video or image editing where the original content is not modified in the course of editing – instead the edits themselves are specified and modified by specialized software. A pointer-based playlist – effectively an edit decision list (EDL) – for video or a directed acyclic graph for still images is used to keep track of edits. Each time the edited audio, video, or image is rendered, played back, or accessed, it is reconstructed from the original source and the specified editing steps.

Although this process is more computationally intensive than directly modifying the original content, changing the edits themselves can be almost instantaneous, and it prevents further generation loss as the audio, video, or image is edited. Read more about non-destructive editing on Wikipedia.

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