video & audio editing

editing on iPad check out this video from Jonathan Morrison.

I especially like how he shows:

  • to start by editing main camera material
  • add in secondary footage
  • use camera movement to smooth transitions

Of course the video is about how a tablet doesn't replace a computer for video editing, but it a alternative method.

Jonathan uses LumaFusion for editing.

a short 4:19:05 video tutorial from Taran at Linus Tech Tips

or check out 5 Tips to Edit Faster. Thanks Karima

sound seminar

Felix from Ubisoft seminar notes

download Reaper digital audio workstation software used during demos

recording tips

  • clap for sync
  • record silence 10-20s
  • get mics as close as possible for voice
  • "slate" tracks by saying something like: recording interview with phone, take 2

processing tips

  • fade everything in and out
  • convert to mono for voice
  • use eq to remove unwanted frequencies (especially lows & highs)
    boost and sweep to identify problem areas
  • use compression to set consistent volumes
Felix from Ubisoft

Fort9 a Canadian YouTube channel

Check out this video with some helpful advice, presented in an entertaining fashion.

And another video touring Montreal.

But this may be my personal favourite

interview / scene plan ex5.1

outline your interview / scene with the following details:

  • interviewee or scene characters
  • questions or script?!?
  • setting
  • articles, fetishes, objects
  • lighting setup / goals
  • equipment needed
    • cameras / phones
    • microphones / boom / lapel
    • lighting / lights
    • tripod
  • other stuff you need to make it good!!

if working in a group, consider doing this in the cloud where all can contribute

due: November 9 / 12 (but you can continue to add details)

project 5: interview or semi-scripted scene

Produce, write, film & edit an interview or scene

Evaluation will be on using the techniques we have learned to create effective videos.

In particular we will focus on:

  • content
  • film & audio techniques
  • technical mastery
  • emotion
    • theme / character
    • layering sound
    • music / soundtrack
    • J & L cuts
  • story
  • rhythm

As always, your work must contain titles & credits. Be sure to add credit to all music or other intellectual property.

due: November 30 (presentations Dec. 3rd)

Shepard Scale sound illusion

check it out. Maybe try it yourself.

editing for emotion

Please ask yourself if your stop-motion video has one or more of Paul Ekman’s Six Universal Emotions:

  • Anger
  • Fear
  • Disgust
  • Surprise
  • Happiness
  • Sadness

if you have not yet read / watched the Pond5 article, please do so before next class. 5 techniques to create emotional impact

In particular note the 2nd, 3rd & 5th techniques on layering sound design, music and J / L cuts

Milan Kundera's Immortality: Chapter 1. In particular watch the Westworld piece, just for fun.

And here's the article about layering our visual composition

BONUS: Check out this example on layering sound. Thanks Ariana

walkabout photos

Flickr album

Drone Videos

And then take a look at these 5 tips from Fstoppers

Rule of Six, from editor Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now, Ghost, Godfather)

And then check this out: 5 techniques to create emotional impact from our friends at Pond5

warp stabilization

Check out this video on stabilizing shaky video with Premiere.

video projects

create a seperate page for each project adding the following:

  • title tag
  • project title
  • byline or credits
  • project description (with an assumed audience of a potential employer or academic admissions evaluator)
    • a brief description of the content & your goal
    • state the context (class project, personal project, professional contract)
    • define your role, if you worked in a group
    • share your process, cinematographic style or philosophy
    • note any significant technical aspects
    • comment on your personal growth, experience, development
  • links to other projects, your website, your portfolio, Vimeo or YouTube channel, as appropriate
    • avoid linking to non-professional stuff (I don't even want to know)


a literary & film trope that creates a relationship between 2 elements without directly comparing them

a quick example

event details exercise 3.2

post some planning details on your video/ website including:

  • event name / title
  • date
  • any preplanning, location scouting, permission getting, equipment requisitioning you have done

due: October 12/15

stop motion plan exercise 4.1

describe the story you are planning to tell

you may want to include a script or storyboard

due: October 19/22



Oren Lavie

stop motion in the office

against the grain music video

Project 2: Collage Film Fest

Let's share what we've got!

and here's the evaluation rubric

try this: time remapping

I've been shooting longer videos then remapping the time for sunrise, sunset and moon rise.

Pond 5 has a cool tutorial you can try

project 3: event and project 4: stop motion

due: October 22 / 19 and November 5 / 2

Depending on the date of your event, you decide which one you want to do for which date.

composition exercise 3.1

shoot 3 subject from 3 different points of view, angles, wide / medium / close, camera movement

pay close attention to colour, light, shape

put together a demo reel with titles or captions that explain the shots

due: October 2nd / 5th

stop motion resources

Nikon's top tips
Instead of a trigger, you can use your 2s timer function to reduce movement on shutter release.


StikBot site with links to the app.

Anima Shooter for Windows 10 (21-day trial with no restrictions). Or get the junior version that is free.

Stop Motion Studio for Mac, not free, but only $10.

shooting events

needs a little more planning. Here are some of my top tips:

  • shoot signage, program, tickets (great for titles)
  • get establishing shots (usually wide shots to give context, setting)
  • for our purpose, you don't need to shoot the whole event, we're just trying to
    • describe the event
    • give a taste of the main action or essence
    • add some reactions?
  • get a variety of shots (don't get stuck in one place, one POV)
  • film the action, but also other viewers, participants i.e. shoot the wedding party from behind the couple getting married, audience from onstage
  • ask people for their reactions or thoughts during or after (or even before)


Shot Compostion

Much of video shot composition comes from photography, including concepts such as:

  • rule of thirds
  • cropping
  • headroom

read this article from Nikon

and check out these 10 types of shots from Vimeo

  • wide shots
  • medium shots
  • close ups
  • 2-shots (no, not of whiskey)
  • over-the-shoulder (soap opera shot)
  • point of view

or this one on composition

But unlike photography, we can use camera movement to enhance a shot, create a mood, evoke an image and aid our storytelling.

Check out this article and this list of 9 camera moves from VideoMaker

Project 2: Collage

Create a video collage that sets a mood, portrays an image or tells a story.

approx length: 30 seconds - 3 minutes

With only a rough idea of what you would like to produce, gather a variety of video clips.

Using some of the editing techniques learned in class, edit and publish your video.

Your video should include:

  • a title
  • credits including your name
  • thanks or names of others who helped you

due: Sept. 24/28


  • content: effectiveness of the story to
    • set a mood
    • communicate an image / brand
    • tell a story
  • editing: use of appropriate techniques to make your video flow including Pond 5's techniques
  • composition: quality of footage, composition?
  • technical: video resolution, clean edits, clear audio, proper format & encoding for the web.

Try some of these techniques to help your video flow, support your message, tell a story:

Check out this video from Pond 5

And try some of these editing techniques in your project:

  • standard cut
  • fade in/fade out
  • jump cut
  • montage
  • cross dissolve
  • wipe
  • J/L cuts
  • cutting on action
  • cutaways
  • cross cut parallel editing
  • match cut
  • smash cut
  • invisible cut

exercise 2.1 collage demo

Create a short, multi-clip video collage demo

Post it, or link it to your /video homepage.

due: Sept. 10/14

Check out the "Learn" tab in Premiere.

Or watch and complete these video tutorials from Adobe

    Skills & techniques to learn:
  • project set up
  • import media
  • edit clip in & out point
  • add clips to timeline
  • edit clips on timeline
  • add transitions
  • add video effects
  • add keyframes & tweening
  • add a still frame (export & re-import)
  • add a title
  • add a soundtrack
  • add audio effects

audio for Valeria

Exercise 1: background loop

Create a looping video for a web page background.

Add it to your /video homepage or link to another page.

due: August 29/30

video projects

  • Video Loops
  • Video Collage
  • Video events, happenings or situations.
  • Video Interviews
  • Stop Action Motion
  • Scripted Videos
  • Produce videos that tell stories or promote events.

links & resources

coffee loop demo

Check out Clement's looping background video (click on my portfolio)

In Adobe Media Encoder:

  • drag & drop your video to the Queue area
  • click on "preset" link to edit in & out points
  • turn off export audio
  • set video to bitrate setting to VBR, 2 pass
  • set in & out points on video to create a smooth loop
  • click ok then the green arrow to start the render

upload the video then add the following HTML

  <video  autoplay loop muted playsinline>
    <source src="vdos/coffee_pour_slo-mo.mp4" type="video/mp4">
    Your browser does not support HTML5 video.

autoplay: starts the video on load

loop: loops video back to beginning

muted: mutes any audio track (if present), needed to autoplay on Webkit & mobile.

Add the following CSS to create a responsive video.

header video{ 
  width: 100%; 
  max-width: 100vw; 
  max-height: 100vh; 

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