An interview with David Vazquez, a graduate from the AVID program at Video Symphony in Burbank, California.
Q: What program did you attend?
The AVID Program. AVID is editing software used in the professional media industry. You get a Diploma in 14 months.
Q: What is your current career?
I work as a Multi Camera Operator.
Q: How did your training help you get into this career?
In camera operation I assign and record anything I’m wishing to capture and make sure they’re there to capture it. The next day I upload and edit it.
Training was fantastic. Teachers are willing to go further in depth. They explain it very well like why it happens and why I have to do it one way over another.
Q: Were you happy with the training that you received?
Yeah. The school is going through an economic crisis, and had to let go of some techs but I’m not going to take points off for that. I understood, they were still very good. There was always someone there.
Q: What was your favorite classes and why were they your favorite?
There was a promo editing class. You would take a 15 minute video and make it into a 15 to 30 second commercial. It was so much fun.
Q: What did you take from the program that you use in your everyday job tasks?
The arrangements of bins, movie clips, and use of multi-camera mode. I use it almost everyday.
Q: What was the most important class/lesson from the program?
One really important lesson was of imputing footage to the right resolution. It’s really important. Graphic importing for me is really important. I did not know how to do it before. Importing it into AVID is so different.
Q: Have you found that learning AVID is really up to standards with what professionals use?
Yes. AVID is a miracle, editing program for multi-editors who work on the different projects at the same time.
Q: How much did it cost for you to complete the program?
Q: Did you receive any financial aid or scholarships? Which ones? Were these easy to obtain?
I have a Sally Mae Scholarship. It was pretty easy, I met with financial aid counselor, and two weeks later we were applying.
Q: Did you go to school on a full-time or part-time basis?
Full-time about 24-32 hours a week
Q: Were any of your classes online?
No, they don’t have any that I’ve heard of.
Q: Did you consider other programs? Why did you choose the one you did?
Yea I was going to try the LA film directing school, but number one, it was very expensive, and more importantly, I was more into editing. I just like taking the shots, I’m not so much into script writing and such, so I thought this was better.
Q: Would you recommend this school to someone else?
Yeah. They have people, as teachers, who work in the professional media. They can give you so many stories.
Q: What was the most difficult part of the program for you?
A couple of classes I wasn’t used to. My last class, 503, about getting jobs in the industry was difficult because it was really depressing, and long.
Q: About how many other students were in your classes?
Started with 12, ended with about 5 in my class.
Q: For your particular program, are there any special licenses or certifications that you need to receive before getting a job? If so, what are they and what do they entail?
No, but there’s a test for the applications so you can use the AVID logo on your cards and stuff. It’s called ACU. I suppose that would help you get a job easier.
Q: Does the school help you take it?
Yes. You have to talk to John and he sets it up for you.
Q: Any advice for someone looking to go to Video Symphony?
Be prepared to learn a whole new type of technology unlike any other editing program ever made. Take it one section at a time.
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