The Best Training on Lynda.com for Film Editors
Lynda.com is a hugely valuable resource for digital creatives the world over who want to pick up new skills, learn new software packages or hone their craft. I’ve used Lynda.com in the past (Larry Jordan’s training on Soundtrack Pro was especially helpful back in the day) and thoroughly enjoyed having instant access to so much quality training with over 2200 courses and counting.
One of the main benefits of Lynda.com is that you can simply pay for a month at a time and cancel whenever you’re not using it. The best way to get a real feel for what’s available is get a week’s free trial with complete access to the whole site to give it a test drive for yourself. Personally I find it easier to learn whilst following along, so if you do sign up, I’d recommend getting a subscription with a exercise files included.
All that said, I thought it would be useful to round up some of the best training for film editors that’s available on Lynda.com, which will help you get to grips with the skills, software and knowledge you need to flourish in the business.
NOTE: On some browsers all of the freebie tasters embedded in this post seem to show up as black boxes, but if you click play you’ll get a free lesson from each course.
Learning Editing Craft on Lynda.com
In this series from editor Ashley Kennedy has put together a two hour series of tutorials on Narrative Scene editing inside of Avid Media Composer. Although many of the techniques Ashley demonstrates are unique to Media Composer such as Avid’s ScriptSync but most of the editing knowledge is applicable in any NLE.
Trainer Christine Steele takes the same content as the course above but puts it to work with Narrative Scene Editing Inside Premiere Pro. If you’re new to Premiere Pro CC this is an excellent course for mastering all the fundamentals, as well as honing your editing craft.
Another great series to check out is Norman Hollyn’s Foundations for Video Editing. Norman is a Professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts (and he also wrote the very handy Film Editing Room Handbook) and in this 4 hour NLE agnostic series, he teaches you the essential principles of the craft of film editing from script analysis to recutting your work.