As someone coming from a Film Editorial background, I’m often asked by people starting out what they should learn, and how.
Most folks tend to expect an answer regarding Avid or Final Cut Pro for the first half of the question, but I don’t think that’s the important part. It really doesn’t matter what non-linear system you learn on … Both Avid and FCP (and Smoke and Lightworks) have their pluses and minuses, and if you can drive one you can pretty much drive them all, with a bit of practice. What you really need to learn if you want to be a professional editor, is editorial standards and practices.
The best place for that, of course, is by working with an established professional assistant editor to learn “the system” as well as the craft. Outside of that, and studying at USC or AFI, one of the best resources around is Norman Hollyn’s book, The Film Editing Room Handbook, Third Edition: How to Manage the Near Chaos of the Cutting Room
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