Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Produce visual footage using a variety of video shooting and lighting techniques.
2. Capture video to disk using automated and manual techniques.
3. Edit videos using transitions, video effects, titles, and compositing.
4. Write, narrate, and edit a video using TV (television) news-style techniques.
5. Mix and repair audio, apply special effects, and create a musical bed using audio software.
6. Animate text and create high-level motion graphics using visual effects and 3D software.
7. Create a DVD with multiple menus and special features using DVD authoring software.
8. Create customized motion DVD menus using Photoshop and visual effects software.
9. Repeating students will be expected to use increasingly more challenging program features and experience features available in new software versions.
1. Storytelling with video
a. Shooting techniques with storytelling in mind
b. Establishing and closing shots
c. Variety of shots
1) Matched action
3) Wide and tight
5) Unusual angles
d. Sound bites
e. Natural sound
2. Video capture with Premiere Pro
a. Critique raw video
b. Logging clips, noting good shots and sound
3. Basic cuts-only editing techniques
a. Creating a rough cut
1) Using Source Monitor editing tools
2) Using drag-and-drop editing
b. Adding transitions
c. Adding location and interview sound bite titles
4. Using Premiere Pro audio mixer to record a narration
a. Creating a cuts-only, news-style story
b. Split audio/visual edits ("J&L" cuts)
c. Using CTRL and ALT keys for overlay and insert edits
d. Working with multiple audio tracks
5. Compositing techniques overview
b. Chroma, color, and luminance keying effects
c. Alpha channel transparencies
d. Matte keys
6. Using motion with compositing
a. Creating PiPs [picture-in-picture] with motion effects
b. Using track mattes to follow action
c. Animating Photoshop graphic layers
7. Premier Pro
a. Using audio effects
b. Working with the audio mixer
a. Creating music beds using Soundbooth
b. Audio editing with Soundbooth
9. Overview of After Effects interface and basic workflow
a. Using After Effects text tools to create and format text
b. Animating text using After Effects
1) Using text animation pre-sets
2) Animating opacity, using 3D, and adding motion blur
3) Animating Photoshop text
4) Animating text on a path
10. Animating layers in After Effects
a. Simulating changing lighting
b. Animating scenery, shadows, and lens flare
c. Creating a track matte
11. Building and animating 3D objects and using 3D effects in After Effects
a. Creating a cube and animating in 3D space
b. Using 3D lighting
c. Adding shadows
12. Overview of DVD authoring using Encore
a. Examining Encore interface and workflow
b. Importing assets and creating DVD elements
c. Building and editing menus
13. Advanced DVD menu editing techniques
a. Animating menus and buttons
b. Button animation timing
c. Working with sub-picture highlights
d. Specifying menu navigation
1) Linking buttons to assets and other menus
2) Setting end actions and overrides
3) Using the Encore flowchart
4) Button routing
e. Editing Encore DVD menus in Photoshop
f. Creating DVD menu buttons in Photoshop
g. Creating animated backgrounds in After Effects
h. Animating menu elements in After Effects
14. New features available with new software versions
1. Shooting video footage using multiple techniques
2. Develop structure and outline, storyboard for news-style interview
3. Create a rough cut edit of the story from video footage and storyboard
4. Record narration, edit video using TV news techniques, and export finished work to a video file
5. Shoot video clips to use for several compositing techniques.
6. Create a video that uses all the compositing techniques in class.
7. Create an audio project that uses an audio mixer and audio effects.
8. Create a music bed using audio software that will be 3 to 5 minutes in length.
9. Use visual effects and 3D software to create high-level motion graphics.
10. Use visual effects and 3D software to create and animate text.
11. Use library assets from DVD authoring software to create a main menu and a submenu.
12. Use Photoshop to change the background, buttons, and text characteristics of a DVD.
13. Use visual effects and a 3D animation software to add an animated background and motion menu elements to a DVD menu.
14. Create a DVD main menu and submenu.
15. Final project: Create a DVD with at least two custom menus, a 3 to 5 minute mini-documentary video, production still images, and interviews.
16. Read 30-50 pages per week.
17. 2-3 objective exams.
18. Repeating students will show evidence of using new features or increasingly difficult software features.