Participants will learn how to create HD videos and work through the fundamentals of camera work and shooting. We will explore lighting techniques and explore audio on and off camera to really help your production shine.

Levels: Essentials Intermediate Advanced

Course Outline

Introduction to Video 

  • An overview of videography 
  • The types of video cameras 
  • What to look for in a camera 

Video Camera Essentials 

  • Anatomy of a camera 
  • Important camera settings 
  • Understanding focus 
  • Tips on achieving better focus 
  • When to use autofocus 
  • Shooting with shallow depth of field 
  • Working with exposure 
  • Using neutral density filters 
  • Working with zebra stripes 
  • Using gain to correct an underexposed shot 
  • Choosing shutter speed 
  • Color temperature 
  • White balance 

Camera Moves 

  • Your tripod choice 
  • Different camera modes 
  • Hand-held vs tripod shots 

Working with Audio 

  • Sound rules 
  • The types of microphones for DV 
  • Setting up microphones for a video 
  • Using a boom mic 
  • Setting proper audio levels 

Lighting Essentials 

Working with lights 

  • Fundamental lighting concepts 
  • Setting up a four-point lighting rig 
  • Use of corrective gels 

Preparing for editing 

  • Data transfer 
  • Format considerations 
  • Backups of data 
  • Rough cuts 
  • RAW vs codecs 
  • Talking heads: Interviews 
  • Action and moving shots 
  • How much footage is enough footage 

Touring Adobe Premiere Pro 

  • Touring the Premiere Pro interface 
  • Hands-on: Edit your first video 
  • Performing nonlinear editing in Premiere Pro 
  • Expanding the workflow 
  • Using and setting keyboard shortcuts 

Setting up a Project 

  • Creating a project 
  • Setting up a sequence 
  • Explore the Project Settings 

Organizing Media 

  • Using the Project panel 
  • Working with bins 
  • Reviewing footage 
  • Freeform view 
  • Modifying clips 

Mastering the Essentials of Video Editing 

  • Navigating the Timeline panel 
  • Using essential editing commands 
  • Using the Source Monitor 
  • Performing storyboard-style editing 

Working with Clips and Markers 

  • Finding gaps in the sequence 
  • Selecting and moving clips 
  • Using the Program Monitor controls 
  • Using markers 
  • Using Sync Lock and Track Lock 
  • Extracting and deleting segments 
  • Setting the playback resolution

Adding Transitions 

  • What are transitions? 
  • Using handles 
  • Adding video transitions 
  • Adding audio transitions 
  • Using A/B mode to fine-tune a transition 

Mastering Advanced Editing Techniques 

  • Trimming in the Program Monitor 
  • Changing clip playback speed 
  • Performing a four-point edit 
  • Replacing clips and media 
  • Nesting sequences 
  • Performing regular and advanced trimming 

Putting Clips in Motion 

  • Changing clip position, size, and rotation 
  • Adjusting the Motion effect 
  • Working with keyframe interpolation 

Applying Colour Correction and Grading 

  • Understanding display color management 
  • Exploring the color-adjustment effects 
  • Using special color effects 
  • Creating a distinctive look 
  • Following the color adjustment workflow 
  • Using Comparison view 
  • Matching colors 
  • Fixing exposure problems 
  • Correcting color offset 

Importing Media

  • Importing media files
  • Importing still image files
  • Using Adobe Stock
  • Working with ingest options and proxy media
  • Working with the Media Browser panel
  • Customizing the media cache
  • Recording a voice-over

Getting to Know the Workflow 

  • Creating a project and importing footage 
  • Creating a composition and arranging layers 
  • Adding Effects and modifying layer properties 
  • Animating the composition 
  • Previewing your work 

Creating a Basic Animation Using Effects and Presets 

  • Importing footage using Adobe Bridge 
  • Creating a new composition 
  • Working with imported Illustrator layers 

Animating Text 

  • About text layers 
  • Installing a font using Adobe Fonts 
  • Creating and formatting point text 
  • Animating with scale keyframes 
  • Using a text animation preset 

Working with Shape Layers 

  • Creating the composition 
  • Adding a shape layer 
  • Animating a shape 

Animating a Multimedia Presentation 

  • Applying an effect 
  • Animating the background 
  • Adding an audio track 

Animating Layers 

  • Simulating lighting changes 
  • Duplicating an animation using the pick whip 
  • Simulating a darkening sky 

Working with Masks 

  • About masks 
  • Creating a mask with the Pen tool 
  • Editing a mask 
  • Feathering the edges of a mask 

Performing Colour Correction 

  • Replacing the background 
  • Colour-correcting using Auto Levels 
  • Replacing the sky in the second clip 

Creating Motion Graphics Templates 

  • Adding properties to the Essential Graphics panel 
  • Providing image options

Audio Interfacing 

  • Audio interface basics 
  • Mac OS X audio setup 

Audio Restoration 

  • Reducing hiss and crackles 
  • Reducing crackles 
  • Reducing pops and clicks 

Multitrack Editor Orientation 

  • About multitrack production 
  • Changing track colors 
  • Track controls 

Editing Clips 

  • Mixing or exporting a collection of clips as a single file 

Creating Music with Sound Libraries 

  • About sound libraries 
  • Getting started 

Audio Mixing 

  • About mixing 
  • Testing your acoustics 
  • The mixing process 

Audio/Video Applications 

  • Importing a video 
  • Audition integration with Adobe Premiere Pro

Exploring Compositing Techniques

  • Working with the Opacity effect
  • What is an alpha channel?
  • Making compositing part of your project
  • Adjusting alpha channel transparencies
  • Colour keying a greenscreen shot.
  • Partially masking clips

Creating New Graphics

  • Exploring the Essential Graphics panel
  • Working with shapes and logos
  • Creating new titles
  • Text styles
  • Making a title roll
  • Working with motion graphics templates
  • Adding captions

Signal Processing

  • Effects basics
  • Using the Effects Rack
  • Using the Effects menu

The Audition Environment

  • The Audition Workspace

Basic Editing

  • Opening a file for editing
  • Selecting a region for editing and changing its level
  • Cutting, deleting, and pasting audio regions

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