When an AVID Makes You Rabid: Restructuring Media Production Curricula in Response to the Nature of Nonlinear Video Editing
Association for Media and Technology in Education Annual Meeting,
For a new course in media editing at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, a nonlinear, affordable AVID Media Suite Pro system was selected for the student video laboratory, a textbook was chosen, and an instructor was trained. However, there were difficulties concerning the acquisition, delivery, setup, and debugging of the editing hardware/software. Nonlinear editing compels a different way of preparing for the edit session and of working through distinct and dissimilar stages of editing. Illustrating these new methods and concepts within the course was done using the usual mix of lecture, text study, demonstration, and student productions. But unexpected changes had to be made to accommodate physical peculiarities inherent in this new type of media editing technology. Of particular concern were computer-related characteristics that proved to be more difficult to accommodate in an instructional rather than a commercial media environment. In all nonlinear situations, video and audio material must first be transferred onto computer disk drives before editing, and this takes place in real time--there is no quick on/off of video and audio materials or the editors using them, and keeping every student's media files always loaded quickly "eats up" available disk storage space. Short courses limited to eight students with content limited to nonlinear editing are now being tried. Once the technology and price solutions get to the point where nonlinear stations are as easy as tape stations, there can be a return to the holistic learning experiences that work well for students. (NKA)
Gutenko, G. (1997). When an AVID Makes You Rabid: Restructuring Media Production Curricula in Response to the Nature of Nonlinear Video Editing. Presented at Association for Media and Technology in Education Annual Meeting 1997.