Training

Training

Let us help you to become film makers. Allow us to show you the “How to” methods in video production. Using your equipment, we train at your premises in order to show you how to get the best out of your equipment and facilities. Our background is in BBC TV and we know how to do things properly. Each course is designed to meet a particular application ranging from the simple to the more complex. We can also be on hand during your projects to help guide you further.

Is this situation familiar?  You have just bought a high spec camera or have a smart phone and have a basic editing tool on your laptop and you want to be able to make simple films yourselves.  But when you try you are challenged technically on how to operate the equipment but perhaps more importantly on content, where you just capture the wrong things leaving your video lacking in impact.

Perhaps you just need to be able to capture some content with very little warning and have to jump in quickly.  But without the right skills your content is weak and lacking that professional polish that is expected.

This is where we can really help.  We recognize the improvements in modern camera (and phone) technology and the desire for people to create more with less, so have designed technical skills courses to help guide you through the production process.

Our skills go back a long way in the television industry.  We know all the tricks of the trade that you should know.  Our day long courses will show what to think about in advance, how to set up a location, how to position the camera, what to record, we will tell you what you need to consider when filming.  Then in the post production world, we will show you how to setup an edit project, what the basic edit tools do, how to lay out sequences, how to build a project, how to add captions and how to export.

These are skills based courses that can be applied to any camera or editing package.  Our aim is that after each day you will be able to master more complicated projects than you did before.

Courses include:

  • Filming and Basic Editing
  • Editing Techniques

We work with the equipment you own to allow you to get the best out of any situation.  We can advise on equipment purchases and enhancements to your current set up to allow you to work more professionally and more quickly than before.

Filming and Basic Editing

Using your equipment we will show you the steps of how to set up film and edit a simple talking head interview using iPhone or similar.

Assumed knowledge – none

Equipment needed – your camera

Editing software – recommend download of Adobe Creative Cloud

Learning Objectives:

  • To be aware of camera angles and shot sizes
  • Perspective, 2D vision of a camera
  • To be aware of an eyeline, how to recognise it and the importance of them
  • Headroom, rule of thirds
  • Typical microphones and how to position them – omnidirectional vs cardioid
  • Understand the topic and design wide range of questions, think more about the answers and what the questions will drive at
  • Be aware of the impact and difference in looking to the side of the camera and to interviewee
  • Have an awareness of shooting environment, source best locations
  • To see the differences in how lighting can improve the most basic of set ups
  • To understand how to behave on set, asking the right questions and how to remain silent
  • To be able to relay to interviewees the importance of short answers
  • See and read a transcription example
  • To be able to mark up a transcript and how to strike though to create paper edit
  • Awareness of file structure on computer, assets, media, etc.
  • Understand the importance of clear project management
  • See how to ingest different assets
  • Basic timeline assembly, laying out of master sequence and how to pick best bits – use of video tracks for each asset line
  • How to layout edit master version 1 and then subsequent versions
  • Awareness of title tool and how it works
  • What is a PNG file vs JPEG
  • Understanding of importance of using the correct music
  • To see how simple effects tools can improve shot sizing
  • Awareness of export options and where to use

Editing Techniques

We will demonstrate the basic steps in how to set up and use an editing system to allow you to understand what is involved to create simple videos.

Assumed knowledge – None

Equipment needed – Your laptop

Software – we recommend you download Adobe Creative Cloud which is free for 30 days.  This is the system we use and recommend.

Learning Objectives

  • Awareness of file structure on computer, assets, media, etc
  • Understand the importance of clear project management
  • See how to ingest different assets
  • Basic timeline assembly, laying out of master sequence and how to pick best bits – use of video tracks for each asset line
  • How to layout edit master version 1 and then subsequent versions
  • Awareness of title tool and how it works
  • What is a PNG file vs JPEG
  • Understanding of importance of using the correct music
  • To see how simple effects tools can improve shot sizing
  • Assemble short video

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