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Unformatted text preview: spring 2011 - video editing - a. kraus - comm 360 “Film editing is now something almost everyone can do at a simple level...but to take it to a higher
level requires the same dedication and persistence that any art form does.” - Walter Murch
This is a three-credit class designed to teach both theory and technical expertise in the discipline of
video editing. The course will cover both aesthetics and technical skills used by professional video
editors today. This course will utilize Apple computers and Final Cut Pro Studio 2.
Please note this is primarily a hands-on course. However, a variety of teaching methods will be
used: technical lecture, class discussion, and open counseling.
To understand basic editing techniques.
To understand how to use Final Cut Pro Studio 2.
To introduce the student to basic story-telling techniques.
To provide students with knowledge to complete their own Film/TV projects.
To provide students with knowledge to obtain an editing job in the Film/TV industry.
To develop conﬁdence in the students ability to edit.
To understand the importance of proper setup and organization of editing ﬁles.
To understand the role of a professional video editor.
If you are not in attendance it will be impossible to participate. Therefore, your level of attendance
will have a signiﬁcant eﬀect on your class participation grade. You are expected to contribute to
class discussions, take part in class demonstrations, and oﬀer constructive criticism during playback
of class assignments.
In addition to being in class, you are required to take notes. Prior to each class you must go to
Blackboard and print the corresponding class outline. These outlines will provide you with a “blue
print” of what we are doing in class and contain assignment information for the following weeks.
Periodically through out the semester, I will ask to see these outlines with your notes added to
Each student will be given assignments outside of class. These assignments are due when they are
due. No late work. These assignments are an essential part of the your success and development
in this course. video editing -comm 360 - a. kraus - spring 2011 syllabus 1 spring 2011 - video editing - a. kraus - comm 360 Course Expectations - Continued
Each student is expected to be present for both the midterm and ﬁnal. Only under special
circumstances will other arrangements be made.
Required Texts/Suggested Reading/Course Materials
In lieu of a required text you will need to purchase an external ﬁrewire hard drive. The hard drive
can either be bought in the GMU computer store located in the JC or from a vendor online. If you
choose to purchase them online, please visit Blackboard for hard drive speciﬁcations and/or links to
The primary text for this class will be the Final Cut Pro (FCP) User’s Manual. The FCP Manual is also
In addition to the FCP Manual, reading assignments may also come in the form of articles from
well-known post magazines to viewing/listening to post production podcast. All material will be on
Blackboard and assigned on a weekly basis.
I also encourage you to utilize the “Film 411” section in Blackboard, which I have created for you.
The information is yours for the taking. Expendables
My oﬃce is located in Innovation Hall, Room # 441. I have oﬃce hours on Monday from 9 AM till
noon and am also available via appointment throughout the week.
My contact info is as follows:
e-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
e-mail - email@example.com
I also can be reached via phone at 703-993-4592.
If it is an urgent matter or a “tech support” question you are welcome to try me on my cell at
video editing -comm 360 - a. kraus - spring 2011 syllabus 2 spring 2011 - video editing - a. kraus - comm 360 Topical Outline Of Course Content
Week Date Subject 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 1/24/11 1/31/11 2/07/11 2/14/11 2/21/11 2/28/11 3/07/11 3/14/11 3/21/11 3/28/11 4/04/11 4/11/11 4/18/11 5/02/11 5/09/11 5/16/11 Introduction to Video Editing/Proper Setup/General Layout
Importing Media/Logging/Capturing Footage/Basic Cutting
Basic Cutting Methods Continued (Audio/Split/Multicam)
Editing Aesthetics & Editing Techniques Editing Aesthetics Part 2 – Midterm Review
Spring Break – No Class
Soundtrack Pro (Bring Headphones)
Rough Cut Project 1 Due/Class Review
Project 1 Due
Motion Part 2
Working Lab – Optional
Final Projects Due Grading
Again, students are responsible for all lectures, reading materials, projects and instructions given.
All assignments must be completed on time. No late work.
Breakdown of Grading
Class Participation/Assignments = 25%
Midterm = 25%
Project 1 = 25%
Final = 25%
A+ = 97-100 A = 93-96 A- = 90-92 B+ = 87-89 B = 83-86
B- = 80-82 C+ C D F = = = = 77-79 70-76
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All students are responsible for signing up for STAR/Student Video Center lab time. It is a good idea
to sign up in advance for an editing station. It is important to note that STAR/Student Video Center
edit stations ﬁll quickly, especially at the end of the semester.
The GMU Honor Code applies to all students. The entire text of the code is available in the
University Catalog and/or online at the GMU website.
Syllabus/Topical Outline Changes
Any and all changes will be announced in class and reﬂected in the weekly course outlines on
STAR - Student Technology Assistance and Resource Center
Hours = Monday – Thursday 10 to 10/Friday 10 to 6/Sunday 12 to 7
Edit stations are available for sign-up by students on a ﬁrst come ﬁrst serve basis.
SVC - Student Video Center is located in the bottom ﬂoor of King Hall. Reservations for edit
time can only be made in person. You may e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for lab hours and
information. Special Note
If you have special needs for this class because of a disability, please inform me of those needs
within the ﬁrst session of class, or within two weeks of diagnosis. You may also contact GMU’s
Disability Resource Center for further needs. video editing -comm 360 - a. kraus - spring 2011 syllabus 4 ...
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This note was uploaded on 01/27/2011 for the course COMM 360 taught by Professor Kraus during the Spring '10 term at George Mason.
- Spring '10