New DVD Training Series Cuts Months Off Avid Editing Learning Curve - Avid Industry Veteran Steve Bayes Quickly Replaces Mystery with Mastery

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Desktop Images, a leading provider of visual training programs for the worldwide creative community, today announced the release of The Avid Editing Essentials Series, an extensive 4-DVD training series for Avid Xpress Pro & Xpress DV featuring the expert instruction of Steve Bayes, former Principle Product Designer for Avid Technology and author of the Avid Handbook.

Desktop Images, a leading provider of visual training programs for the worldwide creative community, today announced the release of The Avid Editing Essentials Series, an extensive 4-DVD training series for Avid Xpress Pro & Xpress DV featuring the expert instruction of Steve Bayes, former Principle Product Designer for Avid Technology and author of the Avid Handbook. This new DVD series provides "Visual Training" specifically designed to cut months off of the Avid learning curve by providing the ultimate visual learning resource and reference guide for Avid Xpress Pro and Xpress DV as well as Avid Xpress, Media Composer, Media Composer Adrenaline, and Symphony.

"We are thrilled to provide both novice and professional Avid video editors with the expert instruction of Steve Bayes on the Avid Editing with Xpress Pro & Xpress DV series," said Rex Olson, president and co-founder of Desktop Images. "With 8 years as the Product Designer for Media Composer, Symphony and DS Nitris at Avid Technology, I can think of no one more qualified to teach Avid users how to maximize their productivity and efficiency in every aspect of the editing process."

"For such a powerful solution, Avid is actually quite simple to use," said Avid Editing with Xpress Pro & Xpress DV instructor Steve Bayes. "The challenge is to overcome the initial learning curve and discover the countless ways to save time and effort by efficiently operating all of the features."

The 4-DVD series accomplishes this by guiding viewers through the process with over 7 hours of in-depth training covering all aspects of both basic and advanced Avid editing. The self-paced course incorporates Desktop Images’ "Virtual Set Technology" which allows users to watch Steve Bayes "over the shoulder" and view live-action screen shots in real-time during his instruction.

The DVDs also include an English subtitle track for the Hearing Impaired, along with a subtitle track devoted to relevant keyboard shortcuts. Viewers with DVD-ROM equipped computers can access project files and source footage to follow along with each lesson.

The Avid® Editing Series with Xpress Pro & Xpress DV includes:

Level 1: Avid® Editing Essentials - Teaches the fundamental concepts of Avid editing, including system setup, video capturing, editing, trimming, transitions, audio, and output.

Level 2: Workflow and Media Management - Explains ways to increase speed and efficiency by mastering interface customization, timeline styles, project management, bins and superbins, media transfer, and file import and export.

Level 3: Advanced Editing Techniques - Streamlines the production process with time saving tips for capture options, advanced editing and trimming, audio recording and mixing, titling tools, multi-camera editing, and motion effects.

Level 4: Special Effects and Color Correction - Explores the image processing capabilities of the Avid system, including color correction, 2D effects, advanced keyframing, 3D DVE and Warp effects, realitime and rendering, and third party plugins.

Pricing and Availability

Avid® Editing with Xpress Pro & Xpress DV is available now through Desktop Images (http://www.desktopimages.com) or their worldwide authorized seller network. The complete set of four DVDs including Avid Editing Essentials, Workflow and Media Management, Advanced Editing Techniques, and Advanced Editing Techniques is available for a suggested retail price of $249.95. Individual DVDs are each available for a suggested retail price of $69.95 each. The series is region encoded 0, allowing playback in DVD players throughout the world.

About Steve Bayes

Steve Bayes is a consultant, writer and instructor specializing in Avid® products for video, film and HD. For 8 years he was the Product Designer for Media Composer, Symphony and DS Nitris at Avid® Technology. Steve has specified the design of Avidproducts based on his years of editing, instructing and interviewing Avid users. He is the author of the book "The Avid Handbook: Basic and Intermediate Techniques for the Media Composer". He is currently certified by Avid as an Avid Certified Instructor (ACI), AvidCertified Support Representative (ACSR) and Unity Media Network.

About Desktop Images

Desktop Images has been setting the standard for the production and distribution of training videos and DVDs for computer software and hardware products since 1992. Emulating individual one-on-one instruction, each self-paced program is professionally produced utilizing "Virtual Set Technology" that places the instructor in a virtual 3D environment as the program alternates between the instructor and a full-screen or close-up view of the computer interface. Each video also includes a time indexed reference card to easily locate subject matter for quick review, along with an English subtitle track for the Hearing Impaired and a subtitle track devoted to keyboard shortcuts. With step-by-step instruction from industry leading experts, the Desktop Images catalog includes training for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, NewTek LightWave 3D, Aura, Video Toaster, Boris FX and Boris Red with new products announced regularly. For more information on Desktop Images, visit http://www.desktopimages.com.

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