DSLR for video: shoot and edit
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VG611
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Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
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 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 in the class 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?
City Lit offer a range of courses in video and DSLR film making, editing, lighting, 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.
Lyndon began his film career working as a runner on several short films and features whilst writing for his own films. Following this, he wrote, produced and directed three successful short films in quick succession between 2003 and 2006. Since then Lyndon has been developing a number of feature films for his production company while working as a filmmaker, with his most recent short film The Verity featuring in a number of international film festivals. For over eighteen years Lyndon has been running a wide range of practical film courses aimed at beginners and professionals alike. His teaching style is very practical, “I try to make them as enjoyable as possible and hopefully the first thing the students would want to do after the course is make another film…”
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.