Media Design 2

Textbooks: The Video Collection – Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition and Encore CS6 ISBN: 9781133815006 Note: Be certain to buy/acquire/borrow the book’s 3 companion DVDs!
Course Length: 125 hours


Course Description

This course provides you with the opportunity to develop fundamental skills in non-linear editing of video and audio media. In this course, you will learn the most important topics of Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, and Encore CS6. In the first three chapters, you will first learn how to get started with Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Audition. You will first learn Premiere Pro and how to import assets to create a project and learn how to work with transitions, motion effects, and how to create titles. Then, working with After Effects, you will learn how to import assets to create a project, work with basic drawing tools and apply some basic animation techniques. With Audition, you will learn how to create multitrack sessions and restore audio files. In chapters 4 through 6 you will work with advanced techniques while integrating Premiere Pro, After Effects and Audition to create a documentary, PSAs, and commercials and finally how to enhance viral videos with special effects. The last section in this book will teach you how to create an electronic portfolio with Encore. Students will be able to create an electronic portfolio of the projects they created while working through this text.


Course Preparation

Student Data Files:

  1. In Textbook (Read): “Read This Before You Begin”
  2. Move/Copy The Video Collection CS6 Data Files from the book’s 3 companion DVDs onto your flash drive. These files are necessary for this course.
  3. Find & Download Video Collection CS6 Data Files necessary for this course. Note: Apparently some, but not all, of these Data Files can be found/downloaded from the publisher’s site!
    • Use the ISBN on the publisher’s site to locate Book Page, Study Tools, Free Materials, etc.
    • Account for all chapters of the book
  4. Move/Copy the downloaded Data Files onto your flash/removable drive; Many of these files are huge… you may have to allocate your drive space on a per-project, or per-chapter, basis!
  5. Delete all downloaded Data Files from the lab computer’s “Downloads”, “Documents” and/or “Desktop” folders.
  6. Only store/access/use the Data Files from/to your flash/removable drive (throughout this course)

All Students – Class Server/Lab Computer Usage:

  1. Data Files must NEVER be uploaded to the class server
  2. The ONLY files that will be uploaded are completed assignment files/folders (for grading)
  3. Server space is limited; the privilege of its use can be revoked
  4. Do not attempt to store ANY files on lab computers; they will be erased

Online Students will need to:

  • Purchase the Adobe CC* software, OR
  • Download 30-Day trial software (Master and/or Video Collection CC*). *Trial software may not be available for download.


Course Completion Requirements

Tasks & Projects

Complete ALL of the Tasks/Projects below. This course requires you to read and work through all of the step-by-step tutorials in each chapter of The Video Collection CS6 Revealed. If necessary, Review Program Overview/Expectations. Note: Many projects in this sequential course use “adaptive release” in Blackboard. This means that acquiring access to certain projects/tests is dependent on completion, and submission, of all previous projects/tests.

File Management & Submission Process

  1. Server Set-up: On the class server, create a subfolder (inside your businesswebsite folder) named “media-design-2” (all lowercase, no spaces). Set this folder up once; part of the submission process requires that you initially upload your completed Media Design 2 assignments there.
  2. Project Archives: Once a project is finished, always save, but do not submit, native Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition or Encore files. Keeping your native files intact however will permit future editing for later project/client revisions.
  3. Submission File Format(s)/Specs: In this course a variety of formats, sizes and resolutions may be specified by the textbook projects/assignments. However, for this course we’ll be using some smaller (more comprerssed) standard formats…
    Video

    • Video files are notoriously large; to conserve file space on the class server you’ll be using a smaller, web-ready size (640 x 480) .mp4 for final work submissions.
    • When projects call for larger video exports, you should do the steps (to learn the various formats/processes); however for your work submissions you’ll also export, and use, 640 x 480 file(s).
    • This means that the submission files you create for video will be .mp4′s (unless specified otherwise in class instructions below). Learn how to do it right, here: Premiere Pro Export To Media Encoder
    • Ensure that those 640 x 480 file(s) are the only submission file sizes being built into your site and uploaded.

    Audio
    Audio files will usually be submitted as .mp3′s

  4. Update Your Local Website:
    • Copy the finished project/assignment file into your “media-design-2” subfolder AND…
    • Adjust all html/code (where necessary) in your “businesswebsite” to link that project file to your “assignments” page AND…
  5. Update Your Remote/Live Website:
    • Upload the finished project/assignment file into your “media-design-2” subfolder (using FileZilla/FTP) AND…
    • Update all html/code/pages (where necessary) in your “businesswebsite” to ensure that all new/modified links function AND…
  6. Submit a (tested/functional) link to your updated (remote/live) “businesswebsite” home page in Blackboard. The instructor should be able to easily find the linked project/assignment file in your organized, updated businesswebsite.

Post-Grading Removal Process!

IMPORTANT: Given the very limited resources (space restrictions) of the class server, the file submissions for this course are meant to be temporary only. You will submit the necessary assignment/project file, receive your final grade and then immediately return to the server (via FTP) to remove that same assignment/project file.

In other words…

  1. Once a file has been completely graded, the student then removes it ASAP from the server.
  2. At that point, instead of a live link in your website, you will put (in its place) a logical text marker to indicate completion such as: SR-Completed-Graded, PB1-Completed-Graded, PP-Completed-Graded, etc.
  3. Note: Save your final video / audio projects for later personal, portfolio use in your own, self-hosted, post-graduation website(s).


Coursework 1: Media Design 2 (Video Collection)

Days: 5 | PCP 43


Testing: Take the Video-Collection-PreTest in Blackboard (before reading any chapters)


VC-CH01: Creating a Video Montage in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6

  1. Tutorials: Complete the step-by-step tutorials for this chapter.
  2. Projects: Complete the following for this chapter:
    • Skills Review (submit in Blackboard; using steps outlined above)
    • Project Builder 1: Once completed, export 640 x 480 file (submit in Blackboard; using steps outlined above)
    • Project Builder 2 (submit in Blackboard; using steps outlined above)
    • Portfolio Project (submit in Blackboard; using steps outlined above)
  3. Testing: Take the CH01 Test in Blackboard


VC-CH02: Working in Adobe After Effects CS6

  1. Tutorials: Complete the step-by-step tutorials for this chapter.
  2. Projects: Complete the following for this chapter:
    • Skills Review:
      • Part01 (2-60 through 2-61) Digital-Graphic-Final
      • Part02 (2-62 through 2-64) Nighttime-Final

      submit in Blackboard; using steps outlined above

    • Project Builder 1 (submit in Blackboard; using steps outlined above)
    • Project Builder 2 (submit in Blackboard; using steps outlined above)
    • Portfolio Project (submit in Blackboard; using steps outlined above)
  3. Testing: Take the CH02 Test in Blackboard


Coursework 2: Media Design 2 (Video Collection)

Days: 5 | PCP 44


VC-CH03: Creating a Soundtrack in Adobe Audition CS6

  1. Tutorials: Complete the step-by-step tutorials for this chapter.
  2. Projects: Complete the following for this chapter:
    • Skills Review:
      • Part01 (3-36 through 3-37) Felix-Soundtrack (submit this audio file as MP3)
      • Part02 (3-38) Over-Restored (submit this audio file as MP3)
    • Project Builder 1 (submit as .mp3)
    • Project Builder 2 (submit as .mp3). Note: Also submit a URL (as an absolute link) that links directly to the specific (Public Domain) music source file chosen from (and located on) www.pdmusic.org
    • Portfolio Project: IMPORTANT: Consider the web compatibility and web usage (everyone’s UX) when it comes to file sizes. Therefore, when you search for your public domain video (reference silent film), look for shorter length clips. If you cannot find any videos between :20 to :30 SECONDS in length, then plan on trimming the final project down to no longer than :30 seconds. You can use a fade out effect on the audio to make it not sound too abrupt. Only the audio (the short soundtrack you create) gets uploaded on the class server. (submit as .mp3) Also in your website, as part of grade, provide URLs (next to the project link) that link directly to the original, specific (Public Domain) resource files (video and audio) chosen from (and located on) www.archive.org
  3. Testing: Take the CH03 Test in Blackboard


VC-CH04: Create a Documentary Using Premiere Pro and Audition CS6

  1. Tutorials: Complete the step-by-step tutorials for this chapter.
  2. Projects: Complete the following for this chapter:
    • Skills Review: (4-54 trough 4-58) Kennedy-Space-Documentary; Note: The size of this finished video is a server killer! Therefore, for this large project you will export/submit an even smaller web-friendly-sized video (640 x 360). Use these settings when exporting your work (from Premiere Pro to Media Encoder): Format: H.264, Preset: YouTube SD 360p Widescreen 29.97, Output Name: Per project/sequence to be encoded, Export Video: Checked, Export Audio: Checked; submit in Blackboard
    • Project Builder 1 (submit in Blackboard; using steps outlined above)
    • Project Builder 2 (submit in Blackboard; using steps outlined above)
    • Portfolio Project: Adjust Step 3 (Not 20 minutes long! 7-10 minutes in length will suffice); Note: For this large project you will export/submit an even smaller web-friendly-sized video (640 x 360). Use these settings when exporting your work (from Premiere Pro to Media Encoder): Format: H.264, Preset: YouTube SD 360p Widescreen 29.97, Output Name: Per project/sequence to be encoded, Export Video: Checked, Export Audio: Checked; submit in Blackboard
  3. Testing: Take the CH04 Test in Blackboard


Coursework 3: Media Design 2 (Video Collection)

Days: 5 | PCP 45


VC-CH05: Develop a PSA and Commercial Using Premiere Pro and After Effects CS6

  1. Tutorials: Complete the step-by-step tutorials for this chapter.
  2. Projects: Complete the following for this chapter:
    • Skills Review:
      • Part01 (5-60 through 5-62) Water-Pollution
      • Part02 (5-62 through 5-64) Luckenbach-Commercial
      • Part03 (5-64 through 5-66) World-Peace-Commercial

      submit in Blackboard; using steps outlined above

    • Project Builder 1 (submit in Blackboard; using steps outlined above)
    • Project Builder 2 (submit in Blackboard; using steps outlined above)
    • Portfolio Project (submit in Blackboard; using steps outlined above)
  3. Testing: Take the CH05 Test in Blackboard


Coursework 4: Media Design 2 (Video Collection)

Days: 5 | PCP 46


VC-CH06: Working with Special Effects to Enhance Viral Videos – Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects CS6

  1. Tutorials: Complete the step-by-step tutorials for this chapter.
  2. Projects: Complete the following for this chapter:
    • Skills Review:
      • Part01 (6-52) Bike-Tricks
      • Part02 (6-52) Skateboarding-Tricks
      • Part03 (6-52 through 6-53) Biking
      • Part04 (6-53 through 6-54) White-House-Rain
      • Part05 (6-54) Halloween
      • Part06 (6-54 through 6-56) Singing-Dog

      submit in Blackboard; using steps outlined above

    • Project Builder 1 (submit in Blackboard; using steps outlined above)
    • Project Builder 2 (submit in Blackboard; using steps outlined above)
    • Portfolio Project (submit in Blackboard; using steps outlined above)
  3. Testing: Take the CH06 Test in Blackboard


Coursework 5: Media Design 2 (Video Collection)

Days: 5 | PCP 47


VC-CH07: Creating an Electronic Portfolio Using Adobe Encore CS6

  1. Online Students: Install Missing Encore CS6 Data Files (only if missing)

    These files may, or may not, already be installed in your computer’s application (Encore > Library). Basically, the concept is that there are lots of template-like files for Encore that can be installed (in the application’s Library folder(s)) and used as jump-starts for projects. Great plan… except that there are 4 GB worth. Instead, as a fix: you will download/use/install only the 2 GB worth the hand-selected Encore files we’ve put on the class server (link). We tried to account for each set requested in Chapter 07. Note: Within Encore’s application (Library) folder you’ll need to either place the unzipped files into the correct preexisting/prenamed folders, or use the folders provided (as named). If these files are already present (in Encore > Library), do not install them.

  2. Tutorials: Complete the step-by-step tutorials for this chapter.
  3. Projects: Complete the following for this chapter:
    • Skills Review: Submit as FLV (per textbook), in Blackboard
    • Project Builder 1: Submit as FLV (per textbook), in Blackboard
    • Project Builder 2: Submit as FLV (per textbook), in Blackboard
    • Portfolio Project: Submit as FLV (per textbook), in Blackboard
  4. Testing: Take the CH07 Test in Blackboard

The next course in your curriculum will be Portfolio Final. If you do not already have access to the course files in Blackboard, ask your instructor.