What is the course about?
On this course you will learn how to shoot professional-quality HD video with your digital SLR camera, and edit a short video sequence in Final Cut Pro X. We'll show you how to set up your camera to the correct recording format, how to use the automatic settings, and introduce you to some manual settings to optimise your footage and accommodate different shooting conditions. We will also explore the use and of different lenses. After shooting your footage you will learn how to import your video files into Final Cut Pro X, edit a short video sequence and export your project as a playable QuickTime movie.
What previous students loved about the course: .
“Enjoyed every single minute!”
“The wealth of information available from the tutor. Although this was a beginner's course, I felt I was able to ask questions at any level on any aspect of filmmaking."
“The course content and the film, shoot and post-production process. I also found the tutor very supportive and able to troubleshoot my group’s problems.”
“Good teaching, good atmosphere, felt well informed and supported.”
“Excellent teaching method.”
What will we cover?
- Setting up your camera and inserting and formatting an SD card
- Using your camera in automatic mode
- Some manual settings to optimise your footage
- An overview of the use of different lenses
- Importing files into Final Cut Pro X
- Basic editing in Final Cut Pro X
- Exporting projects as QuickTime movies.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- set up your camera and insert and format an SD card
- use the automatic mode of your camera to record video
- understand how to use some of the manual settings to optimise your footage
- be aware of the use and application of different lenses
- import files into Final Cut Pro X
- perform a basic edit of your footage in Final Cut Pro X
- export your edited sequence as a playable QuickTime movie.
What previous students have achieved on the course: .
“I’ve learned a great deal about all aspects of shooting DSLR video and gained some experience in the processes involved in filmmaking. This has given me lots ore confidence in my own abilities to experiment with my own filming."
“I understand the concepts of ISO, frame rate and depth of field.”
“I have experienced using the camera and learnt how it works. I’ve had a go at shooting and editing a short film too – everything I wanted and more.”
“I have learned shot composition, lighting techniques, recording sound and about camera settings.”
“A better comprehension of DSLR video recording and use of Final Cut Pro.”
“Greater knowledge of the filming industry; great insider tips; greater confidence in using equipment; widening my knowledge of DSLR use; very hands on with equipment which has been ideal.”
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a beginners course open to anyone with a digital camera and an interest in video filming and editing.
You will need 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?
You will be taught using a range of techniques including workshops, short lectures, demonstrations, practical exercises, tutorials, group and individual assistance and hand-outs. Please note we will be working on Apple Mac computers.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need to bring your own digital SLR camera with you to the class if you have one. If you don’t, some cameras will be made available to the group for use in the class The latest professional equipment and software will be 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.
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
If you've enjoyed the basics of digital video-making, City Lit runs a huge range of digital photography and filmmaking courses for all levels and covering a vast range of skills and practical applications. Browse the website or prospectus Photography and Film sections to get inspired.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details