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My Top 5 Avid Media 
Composer shortcuts

By Brady Betzel

During my four years as an assistant editor and my two as a full-time editor, almost all of my work has been on the Avid Media Composer or Symphony.

Over the years I have collected a few shortcuts that I love to use and wanted to share. I hope you find them helpful.

Replacing the default “A” + “S” Go to Next/Previous Edit with Fast Forward and Rewind
When you open the default keyboard settings in Avid Media Composer, “A” and “S” are used as Go to Next and Go to Previous edit. While this serves its purpose of going to the next edit in the timeline and going into Trim Mode, I prefer it to be used to just jump to the next edit (regardless of which track is selected) and not go into Trim Mode. To do this you need to go into the Command Palette (Tools > Command Palette or CTRL + 3 or CMND + 3). You should also have the keyboard layout open (under settings in the project window > Keyboard).

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LaCie’s speedy Rugged Thunderbolt external drive
By Brady Betzel

LaCie is a familiar name to anyone who works with external hard drives…. drives that look a bit different than most. The company hires top-shelf architects and designers, such as Philippe Starck, Porsche Design Group and Neil Poulton, to help their product stand out.

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Quick Chat: Butcher editor Jason Painter
By Randi Altman

Remember those “Terry Tate, Office Linebacker” spots for Reebok? One premiered during the 2003 Super Bowl and quickly become the talk of water coolers everywhere. Editor Jason Painter won a Cannes Lion, an AICE Award and a Clio for his work on that campaign. To borrow from another sport, some would call that a hat trick.

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