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Avid Xpress Pro and DV On the Spot: Time Saving Tips & Shortcuts from the Pros based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This is not a book for beginners to use for the purpose of learning Avid, and it's not meant to be. Instead, it's a compilation of short, helpful tips, tricks, and shortcuts for using the program effectively. There are some excellent tips for beginners, but this type of format does not allow enough space for descriptions or background to walk an inexperienced user through the steps necessary to understand some of the more complex tips. At first, the book will no doubt provide the most benefit to readers who have some knowledge of how Avid Express Pro works. However, inexperienced users can start off using the book for the more basic tips and keep it around for the more advanced tips as the reader's knowledge of Avid increases. The authors clearly know their stuff. The book, though, faces one almost fatal drawback - it has no index! Fourteen chapters cover broad categories and the tips are placed in random order within those chapters. The trouble is, without an index, it's hard to know what the chapter title refers to or what the tip actually accomplishes without reading the tip itself. For example, one chapter is titled 'On the Spot,' and one tip in that chapter is called 'Stack 'Em Up.' Doesn't tell you very much, does it? The publishers should either clearly title each tip to tell what it does, or, better yet, put an index in the book. As it is, when you find a tip you like (and you will find many), how do you get back to it later? My book is full of yellow stickies, but an index would be so much handier. I hope an index shows up in future editions. It would raise the rating from three stars to five.