DSLR for video: shoot and edit

Course Dates: 09/08/23 - 11/08/23
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Kean Street Photography Studio
Think quality video production needs a whole film crew? Think again! Discover how you can easily shoot and edit professional-level video on your own digital SLR camera; get expert guidance on the whole process and find out why DSLRs have become the camera of choice for many broadcast professionals.
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Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £97.00

Course Code: VG471

Wed-Fri, day, 09 Aug - 11 Aug '23

Duration: 3 sessions

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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 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 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.


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

You can develop your film making practice further in courses in Narrative, Experimental and Documentary film making or through a range of editing courses in Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X and Da Vinci Resolve.

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.

David Kline

David Kline is an award winning filmmaker with experience as a scriptwriter, producer, director and editor. He started in film work assisting US actor, writer, director and producer Laurence Fishburne with a screen adaptation of Paulo Coelho's 'The Alchemist' for Warner Brothers which was optioned. David has worked as a script reader for several UK film agencies including Scottish Screen and Northern Ireland Screen. He co-wrote the feature film screenplay, 'Housejackers,' with journalist Brian McGleenon, which was green lit by Northern Ireland Screen for production in early 2022. David has written numerous short film scripts and produced several, including, 'Game Over,' a co-write with Director Adam Jenkins. The film won the Film and Media Insurance short film competition 2019 and won the horror / suspense category at the Ealing Film Festival 2020. It received official selections for the LA Shorts International Film Festival 2018 and London Short Film Festival 2019. David also wrote, produced and directed, 'On the edge,' which won Best Drama (Diamond award) at the European Independent Film Awards summer 2018.

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