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Digital Video: An Introduction
Taught by: Michael Rubin

Description
E-Seminar Description
Developed by Columbia University and the American Film Institute, Digital Video: An Introduction features filmmaker, author, and lecturer Michael Rubin. This e-seminar is designed to help students complete a personal video project. Beginning with Michael Rubin's philosophy of "holistic video" (in which one person performs all the production tasks), the e-seminar offers how-to guidance in using digital video cameras and equipment, organizing material, and adding professional touches like music and titles. It also covers the principles of shooting and editing, including getting coverage, orchestrating different types of shots, and creating structure.

Because each section contains exercises, it is recommended that users have access to a digital video camera, some type of editing software, and a firewire cable that connects the camera to the computer.

E-Seminar Length:3-5 hours
Start Date:Anytime
Credits:Not-for-Credit
Prerequisites:None
Moderator:None
Columbia Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni:FREE

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E-Seminar Objectives | Outline | Instructor's Background | Recommended Reading | Technical Requirements

E-Seminar Objectives
•    Become comfortable using a digital video camera.

•    Learn processes to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your projects.

•    Understand basic terminology, borrowed from filmmaking, used to describe shots, edits, and techniques.

•    Shoot twenty minutes of personal video and edit the material into a finished "sketch" lasting a few minutes.


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Outline
1. DV Philosophy
2. Getting Started
3. Principles of Shooting
4. Getting Organized
5. Principles of Editing
6. Sight & Sound
7. The End: Finishing

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Instructor's Background
Instructor's Background
Michael Rubin began his career at Lucasfilm, where he was instrumental in the development of training for the EditDroid and in introducing the Hollywood market to nonlinear editing for film. He assisted Academy Award-winning editor Gabriella Cristiani in her nonlinear post-production of Bernardo Bertolucci's The Sheltering Sky (1990) and was a principal nonlinear editor on the Paul McCartney concert film Get Back (1991). In 1991, he was also editor of one of the first television programs to be edited on the Avid Media Composer. His pioneering book for professionals, Nonlinear: A Field Guide to Digital Video and Film Editing is now in its fourth edition and is widely used in film schools; he has just released his first book for consumers, The Little Digital Video Book (2002). Rubin has been a teacher to hundreds of professional film editors. He has lectured internationally on nonlinear film editing and continues to teach, write, and consult.

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Recommended Reading
Rubin, Michael. The Little Digital Video Book. Berkeley: Peachpit Press, 2001. Learn how to shoot, organize, and edit your video. The ideal book for new camcorder owners.

———. Nonlinear 4: A Field Guide to Digital Video and Film Editing. Gainsville, Florida: Triad Publishing Company, 2000. The acclaimed book on DV production issues.

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Technical Requirements
You will need to use a computer with Internet access to complete this course. We recommend the following minimum configurations:

IBM-COMPATIBLE PC
Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, or NT
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 4 or above (Internet Explorer 5 strongly recommended) or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

MACINTOSH
MAC OS 8.6 or higher
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 5 or above or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

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