Foundation in Video and Audio Production

Communication 1000

Course Description

This introductory, hands-on course is designed for students who have little or no experience in video/sound production. They learn the basics of image and sound creation necessary for subsequent courses. Topics include camera and microphone operation, video and audio capture, camera supports, editing, adding foley and sound tracks, titling, effects and color correction. Students also learn how to compress and encode video so that it is optimized for current platforms. Lecture: 4 hours


Editing with Making Media: Foundations of Sound and Image Production by Jan Roberts-Breslin, Focal Press, 2008
Editing with Media Composer 5, Avid Technology, 2010
Video Production: Disciplines and Techniques by Gross and Foust, Holcomb Hathaway, 2008


Syllabus - RTF document

Student Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Plan a production from start to finish
  2. Set up and operate a camcorder, both hand-held and on a tripod
  3. Set up and safely use lighting equipment in different configurations
  4. Set up and operate shotgun and lavaliere microphones
  5. Edit video and sound using software
  6. Add titles and effects to video production
  7. Edit and level sound, add score
  8. Adjust and perform color correction on footage
  9. Compress, optimize, and output video

Course Measurements:

  1. Attendance
  2. Class participation
  3. Chapter tests
  4. Written production plan
  5. Edited videos that adhere to a given purpose and time frame

Content Outline:

  1. Content and pre-production (frame, depth, movement)
  2. Camera operation and set-up
  3. Lighting
  4. Audio: Importance of sound and introduction to microphones
  5. Editing (sound and image)
  6. Structure (linear and nonlinear)
  7. Titling (creating and editing)
  8. Music library and moving backgrounds
  9. Adding sound elements to enhance story
  10. Color correction (enhance and improve color balance)
  11. After effects (key frame animation)

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