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Digital Video Editing Class

learn digital video editing online

Digital Video Editing I Editing film and video is about choreography, movement, the play of light, light, color, and graphics. In this 6-lesson class, you’ll learn about video editing from two award-winning filmmakers. The class explores the many techniques that can be applied in non-linear editing programs, such as Avid, Premiere, and Final Cut. But the main focus is not just on developing software skills—it's on tapping into the magic behind video editing and building a portfolio of editing work. Class projects include editing a commercial, an interview, a narrative scene, a music video, a video diary, and a text title sequence.

Class Projects and Objectives:

This online class is packed with projects and tips. Students can expect to: 

  • Get an introduction to non-linear editing programs.
  • Explore the main areas in your digital video editor interface: Project Window, Source Monitor, Timeline, and Record Monitor.
  • Learn some fundamental concepts for digital video editing.
  • Learn concepts for understanding a digital editor's workflow.
  • Learn about two general styles of editing film or video.
  • Create a story by compiling clips into a complete sequence.
  • Use three point editing to arrange video clips in a logical sequence.
  • Tighten up a given video sequence, editing out 60 seconds of footage.
  • Demonstrate a basic ability to create logical or compelling story sequences.
  • Learn about the different kinds of framing used by directors.
  • Learn about the impact of camera angle and height on a shot.
  • Learn the terminology for types of shots at different camera distances.
  • Explore through a case study the impact of framing and shooting techniques on the perception of a sequence.
  • Shoot interview footage, acting as both the subject and the interviewer.
  • In shooting your video, experiment with camera angles, making sure you observe the 180 degree rule.
  • Set up your hardware and properly manage your video files.
  • Capture your source material and organize your subclips.
  • Edit your project into a finished sequence with relatively smooth editing and pacing.
  • Learn about the main principles of continuity editing.
  • Learn about experimental techniques that break the rules of continuity editing.
  • Learn about techniques for connecting shots: through graphic matching, rhythm, movement, and spatial relation.
  • Explore different editing techniques for compressing time.
  • Learn about four classic techniques for matching shots.
  • Edit a short video, working with supplied images or adding your own footage to continue the story of the video.
  • Choose and utilize at least three techniques discussed in the lesson in your edit.
  • Shoot and edit a short narrative piece based on a storyboard.
  • Apply new editing techniques to this piece.
  • Comment on the techniques you used and the extent to which you used a seamless approach.
  • Explore how editors manipulate time to alter viewer perception.
  • Learn how to change frame rate through interpolation.
  • Explore when and how to speed up or slow motion.
  • Learn about visual effects that can be applied in your software or in additional applications.
  • Create a short video set to a musical track.
  • Demonstrate the ability to cut and compress scenes to manipulate the perception of time.
  • Speed up and slow down the frame rate in time with the music.
  • Incorporate visual effects to give the overall piece some rhythm and structure.
  • Learn the four defining components of film sound: voice, ambient sound, effects, and music.
  • Learn the properties of sound and how they affect the perception of a video.
  • Learn the importance of sound overlaps in the perception of a track.
  • Learn a working process for visually editing sound in your software.
  • Shoot a video diary of a day in your life and edit it down to five minutes.
  • Record a voice sound track and ambient noises.
  • Edit the video and add a soundtrack appropriately to the imagery.
  • In your soundtrack, incorporate the human voice, ambient noise, sound effects, and some music.
  • Demonstrate a basic ability to overlap sound segments.
  • Learn the purpose of title sequences and how to add different kinds of titles to your videos.
  • Learn how to check your audio for proper output.
  • Learn how to include color bars and tone in your videos for reference.
  • Learn how to output your videos to various formats.
  • Create an animated text sequence using the title tool in your video editing program.
  • Manipulate the color and transparency of text.
  • Apply such animation techniques as scale, position, crop, and acceleration.

Class Instructor Bio:

Caspar Stracke / Gabriela Monroy are award-winning video artists, editors, and graphic designers. Caspar and Gabriela work as a collaborative team under the name mostra. Caspar and Gabriela have taught video and graphic arts at Chicago Art Institute, Media Art Academy Cologne, City College NY , and Transart Institute, Linz . Their single channel and installation work has been exhibited worldwide, and is distributed by video data bank, Chicago , and Light Cone in Paris . Caspar and Gabriela regularly shoot and edit for educational institutions and Europe-based TvV channels such as ZDF, Pro 7, and ORF.

LEFT: Video from Digital Video Editing I
with Caspar Stracke / Gabriela Monroy.
  • Non-linear editing program (Avid Free DV is recommended) and Access to a digital video camera, preferably a MiniDV with a FireWire I/O connection.
    Important: Students with other non-linear editors (Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Premiere, et al) are invited to join the class but will need to adjust for minor differences in interface and features.

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