Basic Video Production for the Max Planck Society

Duration: 2 Days


Aimed at anyone with a requirement to shoot and edit professional quality video content, this two day course starts by looking at the basic video camera technology and how to capture general footage and record interviews. On Day 2, we stay in the studio, editing footage using a professional editing software, adding sound, titles and voiceovers, and finally learning how to deliver the result in the required format, whether for web or broadcast delivery. Adobe Premiere Pro will be used as the editing software.


No previous knowledge of video production or camera skills is required.

Course includes

A comprehensive set of reference notes covering course topics, follow-up telephone support and, for training on Transmedia premises, lunch and refreshments.

Course outline

Day 1: Video Pre-Production and Production

The Thinking Process

  • Audience, purpose, content style
  • Pre-Production
  • Pre-production thinking & the paperwork produced
  • Idea, outline, treatment
  • Shooting script
  • Camera & lighting plan
  • Production schedule
  • Production checklist


  • Research
  • Recce


  • Importance of technical quality
  • Good sound
  • Good lighting
  • White balance
  • Using a tripod

Good shots

  • Well framed
  • Balanced composition relevant/neutral background
  • Shoot optimum amount storyboard
  • Logging shots

Appropriate Illustrative Material

  • B Roll, GVs/Cut-aways
  • Establishing shot
  • Get as many cut-aways as possible
  • Relevant cut-aways
  • Noddies
  • Think in sequences of shots
  • Close Ups
  • Continuity
  • Camera Shots: Long, Wide, Mid, Medium Close Up, Extreme Blose Up
  • Camera Moves
  • Pans, Tilts, Zooms, Tracking Shot, Dolly Shot, Sweep

Framing Shots

  • The Rule of Thirds & Balanced Composition

Crossing the Line

  • Focus
  • Soft, Sharp, Depth of Field, Pull
  • How to Use the Manual Focus
  • Adjust focus ring
  • Camera Controls
  • Iris, Shutter, Gain
  • , Lens angle (zoom), Camera filter
  • Backlight


  • Handheld mic, Omnidirectional, Bidirectional, Unidirectional
  • Boom Mic
  • Radio Clip Mic
  • Built in camera mic
  • Traps to avoid
  • Production
  • Skill of the Interviewer
  • Closed & Open questions
  • Making the interviewee feel at easy
  • Repeating questions
  • Logging the shot

Day 2: Editing / Post Production

  • Ingest Footage & Edit 3 min news type package
  • Learn basics of Premiere Pro interface & Editing Process
  • Digitising / ingesting Footage
  • Organising Media / file management
  • Overview of Premiere Pro Interface
  • Organising Clips in Project Window
  • Skimming & Playing Clips
  • Marking Clips in the Source Monitor
  • Basic keyboard short cuts
  • Creating a rough Cut
  • Editing to the Timeline
  • Insert & Overwrite Edits
  • Playing and Viewing a sequence: The Programme monitor
  • Viewing audio wave form
  • Refining a rough Cut
  • Replacing Clips
  • Reordering a sequence
  • Duplicating a sequence

Trimming clips using The Ripple Tool

  • The razor Blade Tool / splicing clips
  • Creating breathing Space
  • Normalising audio levels for Dialogue
  • Adding Additional Audio & Mixing/ adjusting audio levels
  • Adding Cut away Shots
  • Trimming Cut Away Shots
  • Refining a Sequence
  • Creating Split Edits
  • Fading Audio
  • Fading Video
  • Adding basic video & audio transitions
  • Adding basic video effects
  • Adding captions & Titles
  • Rendering a sequence
  • Exporting a movie

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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