Digital Video Studio
Course Code: CPD166
Duration: 90 hours hours, 6 months
Digital video editing and production has become an in-demand skill for digital designers. In this program, you'll learn how to produce and edit videos for continuity and storytelling. Starting with the basics, you will learn non-linear video modification, film direction, digital sound editing and move to more advanced topics of pre-productions, motion paths and interpolation, and layering video and audio for an optimal finished product. A module on Adobe After Effects explores how to create title sequences and motion graphics effects for your movies.
Upon completion of this intensive, comprehensive program, you will be able to produce a high quality video with the application of various techniques, tools, and styles.
Upon successful completion of the Digital Video Studio program, you’ll know how to:
- Apply foundation concepts in non-linear video modification, film direction, and digital sound editing.
- Shoot, capture, edit, and output short video projects, organizing footage and modifying it into a coherent sequence.
- Set up short video projects and shoot them using a variety of appropriate camera angles, shots, and framing.
- Apply techniques for establishing or breaking continuity in a video sequence.
- Edit a video sequence to synchronize it to a musical soundtrack or dialog.
- Apply a variety of techniques for expanding or compressing the perception of time in a video sequence.
- Add title sequences to a digital video and animate the sequences using keyframes.
- Perform basic production checks and output video in common formats including DVD and the Web.
- Apply basic techniques for mixing a soundtrack incorporating the human voice, ambient noise, sound effects, and music.
- Develop an understanding of the digital video production process: pre-production, shooting, editing, and post-production.
- Manipulate white balance, aperture, shutter speed, and focus in a video camera to optimize the picture quality in video images.
- Utilize different shot types including the wide shot, establishing shot, long shot, medium shot, close up, point-of-view, and over-the-shoulder.
- Utilize different camera movement techniques including static, hand-held, tracking, dolly, pan, tilt, and zoom shots.
- Carry out basic pre-production tasks, including location planning and scouting, props, wardrobe, and sets, working with talent, and basic lighting setups.
- Explore various concept and direction styles ranging from scripted narrative and live documentary movie-making traditions.
- Script and storyboard a short narrative sequence.
- Record different types of synchronous and non-synchronous sound for video, including dialog, sound effects, natural sounds, music, and voiceover.
- Utilize basic editing techniques for video post-production and prepared movies for distribution via disk or the Web.
- Create an After Effects composition on a timeline utilizing keyframes and anchor points.
- Apply transform properties: Anchor Point, Position, Scale, Rotation, and Opacity, and work with multiple layers of content.
- Utilize three kinds of interpolation: linear, Bezier, and hold to define the relationships between keyframes.
- Create and import masks, layer masks, and backgrounds from Photoshop and combine video and still images with Photoshop artwork.
- Use blending modes to correct color, lighting, and sharpness in video footage and still images.
- Implement the basics of rotoscoping to composite a video and slow down and speed up movie clips through time remapping.
- Utilize painting and erasing tools to add or remove elements from a movie.
- Gain techniques for introducing audio into After Effects projects.
- Digital Video Editing I
- Understanding the Basics
- Shooting and Editing Video
- Editing Techniques
- Rhythm, Motion, and Effects
- Titles and Output
- Editing Sound
- Digital Video Production
- Using Your Video Camera
- Shooting Techniques
- Modes of Storytelling
- Recording Sound
- The Big Picture
- After Effects I
- Intro to After Effects
- Motion Paths and Interpolation
- Text and Effects
- Masks and Effects
- Blending Modes, Time Manipulation, and Painting
- Video, Audio, and Layers
The program is delivered entirely online. Students have 24/7 access to the school learning environment. No textbooks are required for the program. The program is built around award-winning online curriculum developed by Sessions College for Professional Design faculty.
All coursework and materials required to complete each course are provided in an online learning environment, including orientation materials, lectures, exercises, critique and discussion forums, videos, multimedia tools, and an online library.
This program can be taken on PC or Mac. A high-speed Internet connection is recommended. Students will need a basic familiarity with computers and must be comfortable navigating the internet. Here is a summary of requirements:
- Computer with Internet connection (broadband recommended).
- Non-linear editing program. Full directions for Premiere Pro with additional notes for Final Cut Express users are provided. Students with other non-linear editors (Avid, Final Cut Pro, Premiere Elements, iMovie, and so on) are invited to join the class but will need to adjust for differences in interface and features.
- Adobe After Effects CS6 or CC.
- Adobe Photoshop and experience in Photoshop.
- Access to a digital video camera and ability to connect it to a computer to capture footage.
*SOFTWARE IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST OF THIS PROGRAM.*