ARTV 1351-Digital Video
Robert Flowers, Instructor

Digital Video


ARTV 1351-8021: Digital Video 624096


3 credit hours; Summer 2010, section: 8021, Tues & Thurs, RM 248 1:00 – 4:50pm


Robert Flowers or
Richland phone: 972-238-6140 (Adjunct Faculty Office) – leave message

Office Number: A110 – ACCESS Office
Office Hours: (if any)
Mail Box Location: A110 – ACCESS Office



Course Description:

Producing and editing video and sound for multimedia or web productions. Emphasizes
capture, editing, and outputting of video using a desktop digital video workstation.



Although software is VERY integral, other components of digital video are also important, such as: cameras, storyboarding, shot composition, formats, etc. Learn “real world” techniques, using off the shelf components such as a DV camcorder, personal computer and photo practical lamps. The emphasis will be on personal video making. I will help you explore your own ideas (narrative, documentary or experimental) to create a realistic achievable goal.

I have just four elements that may not be included in your video pieces:

1. No drugs

2. No guns

3. No waking up from a dream

4. No Music videos*

End-of-Course Outcomes:

After successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

    After successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

    Use digital video capture and output methods; apply appropriate compression schemes for various output; integrate still graphics and animation into a production; apply principles of video production; and identify the components of a digital video system.

SCANS Skills:

The Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) was appointed by the Secretary of Labor to determine the skills people need to succeed in the world of work. Richland College is determined to prepare you with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in today’s dynamic work environment. Towards this goal, these workplace competencies and foundation skills have been designed into the curriculum for this course:

  • Writing – communicates thoughts, ideas, information, and messages in writing; and creates documents such as letters, directions, manuals, reports, graphs, and flow charts
  • Listening – receive, attend to, interpret, and respond to verbal messages
    and other cues
  • Responsibility – exert a high level of effort and persevere toward goal attainment
  • Material and Facilities – Acquire, store, allocate, and use materials or space efficiently
  • Participates as Member of a Team – contributes to group effort
  • Exercise Leadership – communicate ideas to justify position, persuade and
    convince others, responsibly challenge existing procedures and policies
  • Negotiate – work toward agreements involving exchange of resources, resolve
    divergent interests
  • Works with Diversity – work well with men and women from diverse backgrounds

Required Lab:

Reqd: 1 additional weekly lab hour.

Lab Hours:

The Multimedia Learning Center (972-238-6001) is located in Thunderduck Hall, T246.

Hours for the Summer semester are:

    * Monday – Thursday: 9:00 am to 9:45 pm
    * Friday: 9:00 am to 4:45 pm
    * Saturday/Sunday: closed

All Multimedia (credit and continuing education) students must show a Student ID Card to use the lab and check out any equipment. IDs are available at the Student ID Office, T141.

Textbooks and Supplies:

Required book:

-The Digital Filmmaking Handbook 3rd Edition by Ben Long Sonja Schenk ISBN: 1584504382

Recommended Readings:

-Premiere Pro 4 or 5 Visual Quickstart Guide

-Grammar of the Edit. 2nd Ed. Roy Thompson & Christopher J. Bowen

-Grammar of the Shot. 2nd Ed. Roy Thompson & Christopher J. Bowen

-Digital Cinema. Brian McKernan-

-Digital Babylon: Hollywood, Indiewood, & Dogme 95. Shari Roman-

-The Filmmakers Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age. Steven Ascher and Edward Pincus

It is extremely recommended that Video students purchase or have access to a firewire external hard drive or vary large jump drive. Blank DVD +/- media, CD-R, video tape, sharpies etc. will be needed.

Course Outline:

Module 01-

Overview of class, student goals, and my credentials. Discuss projects,

Lecture-Video Basics. Instructor will show his personal work, and student work. Discuss all projects.

Module 02 –

Camera basics such as shutter, zoom, focus, depth of field etc. Go over story boarding Discussion and planning of Project 01: In-camera editing. Discussion of camera angles, composing scene and shot list, camera basics such as focus, depth of field etc. I will show example footage.

Module 03 –

Begin shooting video during class around campus. You will be using the Richland campus as your location Capture video to hard drive through introduction of Adobe Premiere. Begin discussing requirements for personal portrait assignment. WORK ON PROJECT IN CLASS

Module 04 -

Project 01 Due: In Camera. Critique in-camera assignment during class. Discuss MPEG-2 compression (multiplexed and for DVD) for student output. Keying, color correction, effects in Premiere. Discuss Project 02: Personal Portrait. View example Films/Videos. How to back-up work. Review video capture.WORK ON PROJECT IN CLASS

Module 05 –

TEST- Video Basics (tentative)

Discuss Lighting, How to build your own lights, with the help of your local hardware store. Discuss Imaginary Line in shooting. How to import still images.

Module 06 –

Mon. and Wed, Sound and microphones. Film/Video Crew positionsWORK ON PROJECT IN CLASS

Module 07 –

Output for web and Flash. Discuss compression., basic effects, ect. WORK ON PROJECT IN CLASS

Module 08 -

Project 02 Due: Personal Portrait. Critique in-camera assignment during class. Go over titles created in Photoshop & Illustrator for use in Premiere. Discuss Project 3: Students choice/City Symphony Video WORK ON PROJECT IN CLASS

Module 09 –

Watch: Man with a Movie Camera, (1929) Directed by Dziga Vertov. Watch previous student projects WORK ON PROJECT IN CLASS

Module 10 -


Module 11 –

How to build a Digital Video Editing Workstation WORK ON PROJECT IN CLASS

Module 12 –


Module 13 –

Work in class—

Exam Week

FINAL PROJECT, Project 3: Students choice/City Symphony Video

Grading Procedure:

Assignments Description


Project 01 IN CAMERA (Group)






In Class In Class Assignments






PLEASE NOTE! Grade reports are no longer mailed. Convenient access is available online or by telephone. Use your student identification number when you log in to eConnect or call Touch Tone Services.
Web Site address: Telephone number: 972-613-1818.

Academic Calendar:

Calendar for Summer I 2010 classes (including online)
Calendar for Summer II 2010 classes (including online)
Calendar for Summer Flex Term 2010 Monday/Wednesday classes
Calendar for Summer Flex Term 2010 Tuesday/Thursday classes
Calendar for Summer Flex Term 2010 Online classes

Drop Date:

June 15, 2010 (T) is the last day to drop from this course without receiving an automatic “W” and without the course reflecting on your transcript.

Withdrawal Date:

July 27 (T), 2010 is the last day to withdraw from this course with an automatic “W”.

Institutional Policies:

Institutional Policies including Stop Before You Drop/6Drop, Withdrawals, Repeating a Course, Financial Aid, Academic Honesty, ADA, Religious Holidays and the Campus Emergency Operation Plan & Continingency Plan are available at:

Classroom Policies:

Please read the following classroom policies listed below.

Do not surf the internet, or play games on the computer during class!




After eating, wash your hands before using the computer!

Turn off your computer and monitor before leaving class!

Attendance Policy:

My Absentee Policy

You can easily fail this course by not attending.

I will excuse 2 absences,

The third and each subsequent absence will reduce your grade by 151 points.

The absences can be made up by take home tests, extra projects etc. at the instructors discretion. The student is responsible for keeping track of absences and requesting make-up assignments

While Richland College does not have a formal attendance policy, students are expected to attend class regularly. If you know you will be missing class(es) this semester, please speak to your instructor about day(s) you will be missing so you can receive information on the lesson(s) and assignment(s) you will miss.

If you are unable to attend class, please email the instructor or leave a message for the instructor at the Adjunct Faculty Office at (972) 238-6140 BEFORE THE CLASS BEGINS.

It is imperative students arrive to class on time and remain in class the entire session each week.

Food and Drink Policy:

No eating or drinking is allowed in the classroom.

Web Server Posting Policy:

The Richland Student Web Server is open to all users of the World Wide Web. Any information students or instructors place in their files is readable by any user of the World Wide Web.

Computer/Internet Use Policy:

Currently enrolled Richland College students have access to the Multimedia Lab and classroom computers for Multimedia educational and instructional purposes only.Please use the Del Rio Computer Lab (D229) for other school-related assignments and non-Multimedia activities.

Students using their own laptops must use the wireless connection in the Thunderduck Hall building and cannot use the Multimedia lab and classroom computer data lines to access the Internet.

You are required to show your Richland Student ID when requested by lab personnel. You are expected to follow lab policies as well as the Student Code of Conduct specified in the catalog.

Safety Policy:

Students should participate in this class in a safe, appropriate manner. We occasionally have to step over cords for the multimedia cart and/or computer equipment. We also need to watch out for boxes and paper, students’ backpacks, etc. Students should begin to build good computing habits, designed to prevent eyestrain, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc.

Handheld Devices Policy:

Please turn OFF all electronic devices during class.

Participation Policy:

Course participation is required. Ask questions and be involved with the lesson.

Students should not surf the Net, play games, send emails or work on unrelated homework/projects during class. Students should not disturb your neighbors during lectures and demos.

End of Each Class Policy (for face-to-face classes):

When you leave class for the day, please…

  1. Delete all your files from your workstation and empty the trash.
  2. Shut down your computer using Windows Shut Down.
  3. Turn off your monitor after computer has COMPLETELY shut down.
  4. Pick up and throw away any trash around your seat.

Attention Continuing Education Students:

To receive a certificate for this course, you must make a grade of “C” or higher as a final grade. A grade average of 69% or lower is failing.

Continuing Education will not mail your certificate to you. If you do not receive your certificate the last day of class you will have to pick up your certificate at the Continuing Education Front Desk, T160.

Multimedia Web Site:

The Multimedia Learning Center is part of the Richland College School of Engineering, Business and Technology. Office: Bonham 101 • Phone: 972.238.6210.

Disclaimer reserving right to change syllabus:

The instructor reserves the right to amend this syllabus as necessary.

Student Acknowledgement:

Please download, read and sign this Student Acknowledgement and turn it in to your instructor.