MM366 - Video Post Production
Covers the editing of video using digital video editing and special effects tools. Students will continue the series of MM 362 and 364 with the goal of making a 12 minute digital video. Prerequisite: MM 364.
At the end of this course students should be able to:
- work with advanced editing techniques in Final Cut Pro to streamline workflow
- assess and implement color correction workflows using Apple Color.
- composite multiple plates together to create a seamless image.
- gain proficiency with re-recording dialogue for a sequence.
- apply various recipes for compression using Compressor
- demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the workflow in non-linear editing.
In this course students will work on portions of the capstone projects that were started in MM364. Through working on several of the sequences students will develop their technical expertise with Final Cut Pro, Soundtrack, and Color. In addition students will explore a theoretical and conceptual discussion on post production techniques and their relationship to storytelling and various genres of film. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the editor in the post production process and students will explore the process of color correction, compositing, ADR, and mixing diegetic and non-diegetic audio into picture. A general overview of compressing raw digital video using a variety of CODECS.
There will be four assignments, each focusing on the various components of the post production process.
Periodic screenings will take place to demonstrate certain post production techniques and methods.
Text or Suggested Materials
- Wohl, Michael. Editing Techniques with Final Cut Pro, 2nd Edition.
- Wohl, Michael. Advanced Editing Techniques in Final Cut Pro 5.
- Murch, Walter. In the Blink of an Eye, 2nd Edition.
- REQUIRED: Firewire hard drive for the storage of your footage and assignments.
Means of Assessment
Four assessments will be given throughout the term each worth 25% of your final grade. Refer to the rubriks to get a sense of what will be assessed.
"Excellent" work will demonstrate expertise in, mastery of, and attention to the following areas:
- technical ability with the software applications
- rhythm and pacing of final sequences
- seamless invisible editing
- seamless invisible composites
- thoughtful and refined color correction
- precise ADR
Brief Outline of Course
- Week 1 - Overview of Final Cut Pro. Setting up your project. Editing Dialogue and finding and rhythm and pace of a sequence. First assignment presented.
- Reading: Chapter One, Chapter Two, Chapter Ten
- Project One - Editing Dialogue
- Week 2 - Screening: The Cutting Edge, The Magic of Movie Editing
- Week 3 - It's a rough cut. Revision. Hide the edits to involve the audience. Moving towards locking picture.
- Reading - The Basics of ADR by Jeremy Hanke
- Week 4 - Great movie trailers.
- Week 5 - First project due. Critique.
- Week 6 - Cutting action. Cutting dialogue.
- Week 7 - Studio
- Week 8 - Color correction workflows.
- Week 9 - Studio
- Week 10 - Critique
- Week 11 - Final