My Course is Live!


Hey guys! First off, I know I’m late on this week’s post. My bad…it’s been a hectic week. Long story short I had to make an unexpected mad dash to New York City on Monday and got there just in time for a shoot. Then I got to make a fool out of myself on national TV.

Me at the Yankees game on Monday giving a heart symbol to my wife watching from Virginia.
Me at the Yankees game on Monday giving a heart symbol to my wife watching from Virginia.

On the train ride back on Tuesday I was going in a complete different direction with this week’s post. I simply ran out of minutes Tuesday and Wednesday to finish it but it worked out in the end. I found out this morning that my Tuts+ course Introduction to Video Editing in Avid Media Composer went live!

In this post I’ll tell you about my course and how to watch it (and hundreds of other courses) for free.

Back in March I announced I was coming out with this course for Tuts+. Well the day is here. I finally finished it, went through rounds of QC and it’s up on the site right now. This is so exciting!

About the Course

This course is designed for newer Media Composer editors. I still think there are nuggets of information for veteran editors too but if you are new to Media Composer (under two years experience in my opinion) then you should definitely check out this course. I use footage from The Cosmonaut to teach you all the basics of Media Composer. I dive into so much in this course. Here’s how it’s broken down:

  • Chapter 1 – Introduction
    • Lesson 1 – Introduction
    • Lesson 2 – Tools, Resources and Requirements
  • Chapter 2 – The Media Composer Environment
    • Lesson 1 – Terminology
    • Lesson 2 – Interface Tour: Layout, Keys, Menus and Tools
    • Lesson 3 – How Media Composer Handles Files
  • Chapter 3 – Project Setup and Preparation
    • Lesson 1 – Projects, the Project Window and User Profiles
    • Lesson 2 – Working with Bins
    • Lesson 3 – Importing Footage and AMA
  • Chapter 4 – Getting Started With Sequences
    • Lesson 1 – Organizing Footage and Planning
    • Lesson 2 – Working With Sequences
    • Lesson 3 – The Timeline
    • Lesson 4 – Keyboard
  • Chapter 5 – Starting the Edit
    • Lesson 1 – Adding Shots to the Sequence
    • Lesson 2 – Organizing Shots
    • Lesson 3 – Trimming
    • Lesson 4 – Editing Theory
    • Lesson 5 – Exporting
  • Chapter 6 – Conclusion
    • Lesson 1 – Conclusion

As you can see we don’t really get into “editing” until Chapter 5. There is soooo much that goes into understanding Media Composer and getting organized. I really took my time so you can get comfortable with Media Composer and when the time is right focus purely on the edit.

Watch it for Free

Here’s the deal: Tuts+ is a subscription service. That means you have to pay for my course – either $15 straight up for the course or by means of a subscription for all courses ($15/month or $180/year – both good deals IMO). However I can get you a completely free month. In that free month you can watch my course and any other course on Tuts+. So if you also want to improve your Photoshop chops or After Effects abilities or learn calligraphy or something, you can do it. Here’s how:

  1. Go to Tuts+ or straight to my course.
  2. Sign up for an account from any page.
  3. Under your account go to Subscription.
  4. Choose the Monthly plan and click Subscribe.
  5. Enter in your name and credit card (you can unsubscribe from the plan before the 30 days and not be charged).
  6. Click “Have a coupon code?”
  7. Enter freemonthjosh and click Apply.
  8. If you scroll back up to the top the price dropped to $0.
  9. Click Subscribe Now and you’re good to go!

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**If you already have a paid account on Tuts+, let me know and I can have them manually give you a free month. Leave a comment below or send me a private message here.

This coupon code will expire on May 30th so get on it! You have until then to sign up to get your free month.

Please note that you have 30 days free then you’ll be charged $15 for the next month. You can cancel anytime so if you just want to try out Tuts+ and not continue after 30 days simply unsubscribe before the 30-day mark and you’ll be good.

Like I’ve said before, I will always be up front with you with everything. As far as I know I do not receive any compensation for you using this code. It is simply for you to get a free month and for Tuts+ to track where people are coming from.

This project has been a heck of a journey up to this point. But now that it has launched the real work begins – getting you to watch it and helping you edit video better and faster. If you have any questions from this course (or anything else), I’m here for you. And if you need extra, in-depth help I’m here for you too.

I would love for you to watch my course and give me feedback. I have more courses (!!!!!) with Tuts+ in the works so any feedback on what you want to learn or how I could present it better is greatly appreciated. Remember to use the code freemonthjosh to get a free month of Tuts+!

Click here to go to my course!

Cheers and I’ll see you in a couple days with a new tutorial!

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