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Video and Sound Courses

Video Compositing with Adobe After Effects CC

16 May 2017 - 20 June 2017
18 HOURS
TUESDAY
18.00 - 21.00
Tutor: 
Andrew Mckelvey

Adobe After Effects CC is the industry leader in video compositing software, offering an exciting and versatile array of applications for the creation of professional moving image work. On this course you will learn a range of visual effects and animation techniques, working between Photoshop and After Effects to create videos which explore text based motion graphics, character animation, green-screen compositing, 3D landscapes, motion tracking and lots more in-between. Alongside technical exercises the tutor will screen and discuss relevant artists, designers and filmmakers, providing both the technical skills and inspiration to create your own professional motion graphics work, filmic special effects or experimental artists video. Computer experience is required.  

Course Outline

Week 1

This week we will create a short video that combines text, still image and video layers. Through this exercise you will learn how to:

  • Navigate the workspace on After Effects
  • Set up a project and select a video format
  • Introduce video to the timeline and split layers
  • Change the position and scale of layers
  • Introduce basic text
  • Use selections in Photoshop to create a still image composition 
  • Import this composition into After Effects to create a composite video   

Week 2:

This week we will look at basic animation techniques. Through a series of exercises, you will learn how to:  

  • Use Photoshop to great multi-layered elements for animation
  • Import these Photoshop elements into After Effects 
  • Work with key-frames and interpolation
  • Add motion blur
  • Duplicate and pre-compose animated elements
  • Create a parallax effect to give the illusion of depth 
  • Apply blending modes 
  • Work with the puppet tool to create moving joints for an animated character

Week 3:

This week we will look at converting 2D photographs into a 3D virtual space to provide depth and movement. Through a series of exercises, you will learn how to: 

  • Convert a 2D image into a 3D space.
  • Set up a multi-layered diorama in Photoshop 
  • Import this into After Effects and position the layers within 3D space 
  • Create an animated camera move through 3D space 
  • Apply depth of field 

Week 4:

This week we will look at working with green-screen compositing to place a live action figure within an animated backdrop. Through a series of exercises, you will learn how to: 

  • Work with the Keylight filter 
  • Adjust colour balance and tone 
  • Composite the figure against an animated background 
  • Introduce shadows and highlights 
  • Use the green-screen figure to create a silhouette 

Week 5:

This week we will look at applying masks to footage to create cutouts, as well as exploring different applications for effects. Through a series of exercises, you will learn how to:

  • Work with masks 
  • Use the Roto-mask tool 
  • Apply time re-mapping 
  • Work with ‘Particle Playground’ and similar effects

Week 6: 

This week we will look at working with the paint panel to create animated drawings, as well as using motion tracking to attach a text element to a moving point within a video clip. Finally, we will cover how to output your final project, adding sound effects and applying a basic edit. Through a series of exercises, you will learn how to:

  • Create text based motion graphics (kinetic typography)
  • Apply motion tracking to live action footage
  • Render your project 
  • Add sound to your video

Courses are open to all individuals aged 16 and over. We cannot accept bookings for participants under this age.

Book Now  or call us on 0131 622 6200.

Please read our cancellation policy before booking

 

Waged: 
£199.00
concession: 
£179.00

Video Editing with Premiere Pro CC

22 May 2017 - 26 June 2017
18 HOURS
MONDAY
18.00 - 21.00
Tutor: 
Andrew Mckelvey

Edit your own short film using Adobe editing software Premiere Pro CC. The course will cover the practical techniques and expand upon the creative possibilities offered by Premiere Pro. You will learn how to edit your video and sound and apply simple titles and effects alongside digital file management for a smooth and easy editing process.

The course will highlight the range of applications Premiere Pro offers in the production of professional and experimental video. Computer experience is required. 

Course Outline

Week 1: In the beginning... Introduction to Editing and Premiere Pro

  • A short history of editing – analogue to digital
  • Getting to know the layout of the program
  • Working with clip bins and creating sequences
  • Making selects from the rushes and sound files by creating in and out points
  • Introducing the clips to the Timeline and making a simple edit with music
  • Understanding rendering for smooth full quality playback

Week Two: Making Editing Easy - Offline Editing – Organisation of project and breaking down footage

  • Transcoding - converting the footage into an editable file and understanding codecs and meta data
  • Understanding the importance of scratch disks
  • Video ingest – importing and organizing clips
  • Organising and breaking down rushes using annotated markers and sub-clips
  • Introducing audio and music to the timeline, cutting and leveling
  • Re-linking lost footage
  • Basics of the effects and motion settings

Week Three: Story Telling – Building narrative and understanding the power of editing in film and documentary

  • Learn different editing techniques to build a comprehensive narrative
  • Sync video and sound by timecode and clapper board
  • Work with footage with sync-sound shot for the medium of film and documentary to create a flowing piece of dialogue
  • Using cut-aways and non-sync footage to build narrative and experimenting with subverting the conventions of these formats

Week Four: Sound and Soundtrack - Understanding the importance of sound design and music for narrative and atmosphere in film and experimental video

  • Learn how to enhance your film with sound and music
  • Laying down music and cutting the footage to fit
  • Building sound design around an existing edit with sync-sound and SFX.
  • Learn how sound can change the mood of a piece by creating a comedy and drama version of the same edit.
  • Building sound and video together to create an experimental piece
  • Mastering the audio and making sure that it is all leveled
Week Five: Art Attack! Online Editing - Applying simple effects, titles and compositing basics
  • Adjusting scale and positioning and using motion keyframes to create movement over time
  • Adding titles and animating them
  • Applying transitions and various stock video effects
  • Layering tracks and using opacity and different layer blending effects
  • Creating masks and using motion tracking
  • Working with green-screen footage, creating mattes, mask filters and working with multiple layers

Week Six: Delivery - Colour correcting, mastering video and sound, exporting project and uploading online
Learn what is required before ‘delivering’ or exporting your final film

  • Using Lumetri Colour Effects, the colour correcting function within Premiere Pro CC
  • Working with tracked masks to isolate certain areas within your image to colour correct
  • The best ways of exporting your film for online
  • Conforming your project if working with offline proxies
  • Compressing video and uploading online

 

Courses are open to all individuals aged 16 and over. We cannot accept bookings for participants under this age.

Book Now  or call us on 0131 622 6200.

Please read our cancellation policy before booking

 

Waged: 
£199.00
concession: 
£179.00

Sound Recording and Editing for Artists & Filmmakers

17 June 2017 - 18 June 2017
10 HOURS
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
11:00 - 17:00
Tutor: 
Gavin Fort

Employing a mix of practical exercises and critical reflection, this introductory weekend course provides an overview of fundamental techniques for recording and editing voice, location and foley sounds for film and art installations using industry standard software and popular, high quality microphones and portable recording devices including recording direct to camera.

Topics include properties of sound, microphone selection and placement, gain structure,  effective planning, boom operation, noise limiting and reduction, sound editing, sound dynamics, sound processing and spatial effects, editing sound to picture. Computer experience is required.

Course Outline

Microphone Selection - Why and when to use.
Applications, characteristics, limitations
Mic type - Dynamic, Condenser, Lavalier, Shotgun, Boundary, Stereo, Binaural
Polar Patterns -Omni, Cardoid, Attenuated, Others

Practical Microphone Placement and Technique
Critical distance, Proximity effect, Shielding, simple acoustic treatments, filtering
Lavalier Mic - Positioning, preventing distortion & rustles
Booming - Positioning, preventing mic bumps
Stereo Mics - Phase issues

Editing Techniques (fades, looping)
Building a mix
Basic sound processing, noise reduction and dynamics (channel strips, EQ and compression)
Insert effects (modulation, filtering, distortion!!!!)
Send effects (delay, reverb)
Automation (of volume, panning etc)
Bussing (sending signals to multiple fx)
Mastering effects (limiting)
Exporting and file types

Courses are open to all individuals aged 16 and over. We cannot accept bookings for participants under this age.

Book Now  or call us on 0131 622 6200.

Please read our cancellation policy before booking

 

Waged: 
£145.00
concession: 
£125.00
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