A short introduction to free editing software
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
This course is FREE if a) you are on a Low Wage or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VG144
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
This is an introduction to the professional editing programme DaVinci Resolve and the basic principles of editing moving image footage. We'll guide you through the essential tools and how to work with professionally shot material to cut your own movie. We will cover various aspects of editing, both the technical and the more conceptual - including inserts and overlays, A/B rolls and narrative sequencing concepts, sound management and output.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- An overview of the Da Vinci Resolve interface
- Understanding the basics of the editing process
- Importing footage (with audio)
- Performing some basic edits , like insert and overlay
- Manipulating sound up and down
- Exporting your project in an appropriate format.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- identify different windows and their roles in Da Vinci Resolve
- import footage with audio
- perform an insert and overlay edit
- use key frames to manipulate the sound
- export the project (make a movie) in an appropriate format.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is designed for complete beginners, though experience with other editing software will be an advantage. You are expected to have a basic computer literacy including opening applications, navigating, opening and saving files. Experience using zoom will be an advantage but is not necessary.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Learners will be expected to join and participate in activities during the class on Zoom, using the software on their own computers. Hand-outs and other material will be made available to you through the shared Google Classroom. Full details of this will be provided on enrolment and a reminder email sent out three days before the course starts. The more time you can spend practicing editing outside of the session the more you will benefit from what is taught in class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
• You will be taught using Zoom for the live sessions with your tutor. You will receive an email 2.5hrs before your session starts with details of the live session link. Please be aware you will need to check your email address associated with your account within this window.
• We use Google Classroom E-learning platform which will store all tasks/notes/resources/ demo videos You will need to login into our Google classroom before each session starts.
• You will need a computer or laptop. Ideally with a fully updated google Chrome browser.
• Using headphones with microphones will block out all room noise in sessions.
• You will require a good broadband connection as mobile data 3G/4G or a mobile dongle will not provide sufficient Bandwidth for live sessions.
• You will need access to the latest version of DVR (please test before class!).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City lit offers a range of specialist editing and post-production courses using Da Vinci, Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro or cross platform editing courses that are compatible with this software.
Enter video editing in the City Lit website search box to see a list of the editing courses on offer or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a phone meeting to discuss options with our friendly subject specialists.
Lily is a freelance film editor and consultant. Her main work over the past 10 years has been in helping people turn their dreams and visions into interesting films and successful artworks. She specialises in film editing, but also consults on all other aspects of film making and fine art. “To me, helping people find the stories the really want to tell and turn them into enjoyable and interesting films is uniquely rewarding and deeply fulfilling. I am particularly interested in enabling people’s own capacity, teaching them both practical skills (e.g. use of software and technical aspects of filmmaking) alongside conceptual underpinnings and critical engagement (version of visual literacy).” She has been teaching film and video related subjects ever since her own postgraduate student days. She is also an award-winning and internationally exhibited/collected artist.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.