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Online Video Production Course

Digital Video Production

Can you hear Sundance calling? In this online video production course, you'll learn the basics of planning and shooting videos. You'll learn how to control your video camera, execute different kinds of shots, and maintain continuity in your projects. Working with an expert instructor, you'll gain experience in shooting different kinds of videos, focusing on storytelling, production planning, and sound editing, with the ultimate goal of telling stories that move audiences. This course will empower you with the knowledge to tell compelling stories for news, corporate video, and social media.

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Creating an instructional video

Learn to produce, shoot, and edit digital video

Instructor-Led Course

Feedback from design professionals

Creative Projects

Stretch your skills, grow your portfolio

Learn at Your Own Pace

Self-paced and scheduled programs available

Course Outline

1 - Using Your Video Camera

What are all those buttons for? They're not just for decoration. Understanding how your video camera works can help you get better results from your digital video projects. In this first lesson, you'll learn how to adjust the white balance, aperture, shutter speed, and focus in your video camera in order to improve the quality of your digital images.

Project - Getting to know your camera

2 - Shooting Techniques

To help you develop confidence with your camera, you'll explore the important role of continuity in video storytelling and learn how common shot types are used in video production. With reference to cases studies you'll learn principles for maintaining continuity in video sequences and tips for framing shots.

Project - Shot types

3 - Pre-Production

Pre-production is an essential step in any small budget movie or documentary piece. In fact, the smaller the production, the more creative planning is required. Lesson Three guides you through some of the essentials for success on a shoestring: location planning and scouting, props, wardrobe, and sets, working with talent, and basic lighting setups. A case study based on an instructional music video explores every aspect of the planning process.

Project - Instructional video

4 - Modes of Storytelling

There are many different stories, and many ways of telling a story. Lesson Four explores some of the main styles and genres that influence film makers working in documentary and real life formats. To create live documentaries, you'll learn tips for setting up interviews and examine some important genres including cinema verite, nature/wildlife, hidden camera, video diaries, instructional videos, and music videos. You'll learn how to analyze the structure of a dramatic story and examine how to use visual communication and storyboarding in your projects.

Project - Making a short documentary

5 - Recording Sound

Since the days of the "talkies," recorded sound has been essential in movie making. And in fact, poor sound is one of the most obvious indicators of an amateur video. In Lesson Five, you'll explore the various kinds of sound you can use in your video projects. You'll learn the purpose of the elements in a soundtrack: natural sound, dialogue, voiceover, sound effects, ambient sound, and music and learn the basics of recording sound using commonly available mics.

Project - Sights and sounds movie

6 - The Big Picture

These days, you can shoot a video on your own. You can write it, shoot it, and star in it. And on a small budget production, you may find yourself doing a whole lot more. Lesson Six concludes the course with an exploration of some inspirational examples of video storytelling on budgets big and small.

Project - Make me feel something

Course Outcomes

Students in this course can expect to learn to:

  • Develop an understanding of the digital video production process: pre-production, shooting, editing, and post-production.
  • Manipulate white balance, aperture, shutter speed, and focus in a video camera to optimize the picture quality in video images.
  • Utilize different shot types including the wide shot, establishing shot, long shot, medium shot, close up, point-of-view, and over-the-shoulder.
  • Utilize different camera movement techniques including static, hand-held, tracking, dolly, pan, tilt, and zoom shots.
  • Carry out basic pre-production tasks, including location planning and scouting, props, wardrobe, and sets, working with talent, and basic lighting setups.
  • Explore various concept and direction styles ranging from scripted narrative and live documentary movie-making traditions.
  • Script and storyboard a short narrative sequence.
  • Record different types of synchronous and non-synchronous sound for video, including dialog, sound effects, natural sounds, music, and voiceover.
  • Utilize basic editing techniques for video post-production and prepared movies for distribution via disk or the Web.

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 FeeTuition
Degree course
3 credits, 15 weeks
Jan, Apr, Aug$200$510/credit
Vocational course
60 clock hours, 3 months access
Enroll today, start tomorrow$50$949
* Registration fees are nonrefundable after 5 days from enrollment. All tuition includes a digital materials fee for updates to course or program content.

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 Alyson Titkemeyer

Getting Started

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Chat with our knowledgeable admissions staff to select course and program options.

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