Online Video Editing Course

Digital Video Editing I

Editing video is about movement, choreography, lighting, color, and psychology. In this online video editing course, you'll learn the art and craft of editing videos using Adobe Premier or equivalent program. Working with a pro digital artist, you'll explore how to apply time-honored principles of film editing using today's digital technology. Challenging projects including editing a commercial, an interview, a narrative scene, a music video, a video diary, and a text title sequence.

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Learn the art of digital video editing

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Course Outline
Preview course topics and assignments.

1 - Understanding the Basics

Lecture One examines both the hows and the whys of digital video editing. You'll explore the main features in your NLE (non-linear editing) program and learn important foundation concepts every editor should know. The transition between analog and digital media is analyzed to give you a context for today's editing environment. Finally, you'll learn about the different stages in a digital editor's workflow.

Project - 30-second commercial

2 - Shooting and Editing Video

This lecture gives you a broader context for understanding how videos are produced (shot, captured, edited, and output). You'll learn the basics of how directors set up and frame shots, exploring the impact of framing and camera angle, height, and distance on the viewers' perception of the sequence. You'll learn key terms that video editors use as well as creative concepts for your projects.

Project - Video interview

3 - Editing Techniques

Lecture Three examines the finer points of video editing, exploring techniques that can make or break the continuity between one shot and the next. You'll explore classic techniques for connecting shots such as graphic match, rhythm, movement, and spatial relations. A secondary focus will be on different ways in which editors compress time. Finally, you'll examine experimental techniques that break the rules of continuity editing.

Project - Collaborative editing

4 - Rhythm, Motion, and Effects

Lecture Four focuses on different techniques for manipulating time through rhythm, motion, and effects. You'll explore how overrunning and underrunning time—slowing or speeding motion—can influence the viewers' perception of time. You'll learn how editing programs alter the frame rate through interpolation and how transition effects and other visual effects can be used to communicate the passage of time and other changes from shot to shot. In the exercise, you'll explore these concepts by editing a short music video, syncing visual images to a soundtrack of your choice.

5 - Titles and Output

Lecture Five provides pointers on polishing and publishing your work. You'll explore adding introductory titles and text graphics to your videos and animate them using keyframes. You'll also take a look at file compression and formats for output so you can start showing off your projects.

Project - Title sequence

6 - Editing Sound

This lecture discusses an all-important aspect of the moving image: the soundtrack that accompanies it. You'll explore the four elements that comprise any video soundtrack: the human voice, ambient sound, sound effects, and music, defining their impact on the viewer. The quantitative aspects of sound are discussed—volume, loudness, pitch, and timbre—and you'll examine how the syncing and fidelity of sound affects the viewing experience.

Project - Video diary

Course Objectives
Building skills? Here’s an overview of what you’ll learn in this course:
  • Apply foundation concepts in non-linear video modification, film direction, and digital sound editing.
  • Develop a basic proficiency with the tools and techniques available in standard digital video editing programs.
  • Shoot, capture, edit, and output short video projects, organizing footage and modifying it into a coherent sequence.
  • Set up short video projects and shoot them using a variety of appropriate camera angles, shots, and framing.
  • Apply techniques for establishing or breaking continuity in a video sequence.
  • Edit a video sequence to synchronize it to a musical soundtrack or dialog.
  • Apply a variety of techniques for expanding or compressing the perception of time in a video sequence.
  • Add title sequences to a digital video and animate the sequences using keyframes.
  • Perform basic production checks and output video in common formats including DVD and the Web.
  • Apply basic techniques for mixing a soundtrack incorporating the human voice, ambient noise, sound effects, and music.
Course Registration

Interested in this course? Scheduled and self-paced enrollment options are available. Ask Admissions about taking this course as part of a degree or certificate program.

Course LevelClasses startRegistration FeeTechnology FeeTuition
Degree course
3 credits, 15 weeks
Jan, May, Aug$200$50/semester$375/credit
Vocational course
60 clock hours, 3 months access
Enroll today, start tomorrow$50$25/course$524
* Registration fees are nonrefundable after 5 days from enrollment. All tuition includes a digital materials fee for updates to course or program content.
** Effective Sept 1st, 2016, all non-matriculated degree course students will be required to pay a $50/semester technology fee, and vocational course students will be required to pay a $25/course technology fee.

Software and Supplies

To take this course you'll need:

  • Computer with an Internet connection (broadband recommended).
  • Adobe Premier or equivalent program.
  • Access to a digital video camera and ability to connect it to a computer to capture footage.

Who’s Teaching

Course developed by Mostra

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The instructors have top credentials and experience and are always there to offer a new perspective, as well as valuable coaching and mentoring. - Myriam Keaton, Associate Degree in Graphic Design.

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