Compression techniques for filmmaking

Course Dates: 13/04/22
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Ever struggle to send your videos out to family and friends? This quick one-day course introduces the basics of video compression: using the software effectively and judging appropriate formats to use. An essential course to make sharing your films as painless as possible.
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Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00

Course Code: VG364

Wed, day, 13 Apr - 13 Apr '22

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

This course gives you a basic understanding of what compression is and how it works. It will help you to make informed choices about which compression type best meets your needs. You will be introduced to various compression formats, and the media compression and encoding application Compressor. You will gain an essential understanding of how to compress your work differently for different needs including the internet, mobile devices and DVD.

What will we cover?

- How to use Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X to output your footage as a good quality movie file
- How to use third-party compression software to handle footage
- How to import footage into a compressor
- How to select an appropriate codec for your destination
- How to output footage to the web and DVD.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- choose a setting in Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro X to output your footage as a master movie file
- import footage into a compressor
- select an appropriate codec for your destination
- customise a codec setting for your own needs
- output footage to the web and DVD.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

You do not need to have any experience of using the Compressor application, but you need some basic knowledge of Final Cut or Premiere Pro software, and some previous experience of importing footage into your computer.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and be prepared to take part in group discussion. You should be happy using numbers and able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Teaching is through demonstrations followed by hands-on exercises, allowing for some individual tutorial support. There maybe some forum sessions and there will be group discussions. Handbooks, manuals and worksheets are available. Please note we will be working on Apple Mac computers.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Our high definition cameras and the latest professional equipment and software are available for your use throughout the course. It would be useful to bring a memory stick (or portable hard drive – please note PC-formatted hard drives can be read by Apple Mac computers, but not written to).

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You can develop your skills further in Adobe After Effects for beginners: for video and animation

City Lit offer a range of courses in video and DSLR film making, editing, sound, animated SFX with After Effects, digital and stop motion 2D and 3D Animation and an array of other visual arts courses to enhance your film making practice.

Lily Markiewicz Tutor Website

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.