Introduction to Digital Video Production

Duration: 3 Days


Delegates will learn both the technical aspects of planning, filming and editing, as well as being creatively taught to achieve professional results on time and on budget. They will be taken through a practice project which they will direct, shoot, edit and add sound and be shown industry-standard techniques, to help them get the very best out of the equipment have available. The editing sections of the course are taught using either Premier Pro or Final Cut Pro.


An enthusiasm to learn and plenty of ideas for their intended production. Delegate are also invited to bring their own camera kit so the training can be most relevant to their set-up.

Course includes

Follow-up telephone support and, for training on Transmedia premises, lunch and refreshments.

Course outline

Planning a project

  • Assessing the brief
  • Brainstorming the best ways to tell your story
  • Making choices on length and final delivery

Location scouting

  • Finding main location
  • Discovering key details
  • Identifying 'quiet spots' for interviews
  • Assessing possible problems (busy traffic, restricted hours etc)
  • Photographing locations

Types of shot

  • Wide, close up, medium, POVs shots
  • Creative Framing
  • 180 degree rule
  • Camera motion
  • Storyboarding and shot lists

Preparing an interview

  • Planning open questions
  • Considering the eye line
  • Finding the most relevant background
  • Best natural lighting options

Recording Sound

  • Monitoring with headphones
  • Background noise reduction
  • Microphone position and direction
  • Recording atmos sound

Technical Set-up

  • Equipment check (camera, tripod, mic)
  • Camera settings; exposure, gain, speed, focus...
  • Recording settings (SD, 720P, HD, RAW)
  • Microphone checks
  • Tripod, fig rig, steady-cam.


  • Principle filming (interviews and main shots)
  • B-roll filming (cut-aways and extra shots)
  • Tips for filming motion
  • Recording additional sound

Footage Transferring

  • Backing up files
  • Optimising media for editing
  • Best work-flows for setting up projects

Editing Overview

  • Editing made simple
  • Viewing your footage
  • Importing clips
  • Creating In points and out points
  • Adding Markers and comments

Creating a rough cut

  • Creating a new sequence
  • Adding clips to a sequence
  • Moving and replacing clips
  • Real-time playback

Editing Tools

  • Cut and Trim
  • Ripple delete
  • Rolling edit
  • Inserting vs. overlaying
  • Manipulating clip speed
  • Freeze frame


  • Video Transitions; Selecting transitions
  • Effect controls for selecting transitions
  • Lengthening the transition
  • Audio transition: the cross fade
  • J & L-cuts


  • Normalising audio
  • Audio Effects and Audio transitions
  • Working with music
  • The audio mixer
  • Speech Analysis tool


  • Creating titles
  • Working with presets
  • Importing titles from other products


  • Overview of Effects
  • Effects and best uses
  • Colour correction
  • Stabilising shaky footage
  • Rolling shutter Repair
  • Creating stylized looks


  • Exporting full quality
  • Exporting for multiple mobile devises
  • Exporting to DVD
  • Exporting direct to YouTube & Vimeo

Project Management

  • Archiving reduced project

This course is available as a private or customised course. Contact us for further information and to customise this course to your exact requirements:

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