Media Composer 101: Media Composer Fundamentals I


Get Up-and-Editing Quickly on Media Composer

Get started today using the world’s most powerful video editing system. Media Composer 101: Media Composer Fundamentals I is an introductory book designed to get new users up-and-running quickly on Media Composer. This book will teach you to edit a video project from start to finish using the same tools as Hollywood’s feature film editors. Learn to turn an interview into a compelling story, intercutting action footage with carefully selected sound bites. Use effects and sound editing to solve problems and give your video a professional polish. Plus, learn core technical skills such as how to input source video and audio files and export the finished sequence; identify Avid’s media storage locations and troubleshoot missing media.

Media Composer 101: Media Composer Fundamentals I is part of the Avid Learning Series and the official course book for MC101. When taken with the MC110 course, Media Composer Fundamentals II, this course is the first step to achieving the Avid Certified User designation.

Now also available in Spanish!


  • Lessons follow real-world editing workflow with supporting information and source files available for immediate download

  • Lessons build on one another for a fully rounded curriculum for teaching/learning Media Composer

  • Media and projects are included with the book, making it easy to step right into lessons and follow along--either self-paced, or at the instructor’s pace

  • Lessons include shortcuts and review questions at the end of each chapter that can be used in the classroom and to prepare for the certification exam

System Requirements

Avid eBooks can be read on any Android or iOS tablet or mobile device as well as on a computer. Please read these download instructions (Spanish here) prior to purchase for more information.


Table of Contents

Lesson 1: Introduction to Media Composer
Lesson 2: Getting Started
Lesson 3: Building Your Sequence
Lesson 4: Drag-and-Drop Editing in Segment Mode
Lesson 5: Refining the Sequence
Lesson 6: Introduction to Transition Effects
Lesson 7: Introduction to Segment Effects
Lesson 8: Combining Multiple Effects
Lesson 9: Freeze Frames and Motion Effects
Lesson 10: Creating Titles
Lesson 11: Exporting Your Video
Lesson 12: Technical Fundamentals

What’s in the Box?

ISBN 13: 978-1-943446-93-3
ISBN 13 (Spanish eBook) 978-1-943446-81-0
Pages: 334
Pages (Spanish eBook) 318
Media Composer version covered: 2021.12
Media Composer Spanish, version covered: 2019.6