The CDA offers introductory workshops on video and sound software. Throughout the workshops specific software is demonstrated but the accent is always on principles that can be applied to similar software. Each session includes detailed information on the relevant resources that are available in the Faculty. This includes facilities, software and equipment.
These workshops are available free to all students who have paid their CDA membership fees (there is no extra fee).
Workshops will be held in EV 5.718 (next to the CDA Open Access Lab) on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2 PM to 5 PM.
Workshops are limited to 12 people per session.
Workshops are not consecutive, they are repeated sessions. Each workshop lasts only three hours.
Dates and descriptions may be subject to change. Please keep checking this page.
Please contact Phil Hawes (EV 5.429, ext: 4912) if you have any questions.
To register for a workshop click on the link at the very bottom of this page. When you log in you will see a calendar with the workshop dates. Navigate to the appropriate date. Fall semester workshops are available for registration starting August 28th. Register for Winter semester workshops starting December 3rd.
Wednesday Oct.10- Video Editing with Premiere CC 2018
Thursday Oct.25 - Video Editing with Premiere CC 2018
Wednesday Nov.7 - Video Color Correction (Premiere and Resolve)
Thursday Nov.22- Video Color Correction (Premiere and Resolve)
Wednesday Jan.23 - Adobe Audtion CC 2018: Sound Editing and Mixing
Thursday Feb. 14 - Adobe Audtion CC 2018: Sound Editing and Mixing
Wednesday Feb. 20 - Adobe After Effects CC 2018
Thursday March 7 - Adobe After Effects CC 2018
No prior experience is necessary. The most serious problems occur when setting up a video project and this subject is covered in detail with some background theory on video formats and a quick overview of the video camera options in the Faculty. Then, you will work with a demonstration Premiere project to learn the controls as you complete a edit. A final few words on exporting will cover the main options for delivery. Much detailed knowledge from this workshop can be applied to other video editing software.
Includes: recommended external hard drives, organizing your media, basic video terminology, importing media through the media browser, project and sequence settings, basic editing operations, trim editing, preview files, text, transitions, applying effects, importing image sequences, exporting at full quality and compressed settings.
After Effects is Adobe's video compositing software that is designed to work with layers of video and other graphical elements. Like Photoshop, After Effects is very rich in features but following this brief workshop you should be comfortable enough to open the application and start exploring certain essential tools for video effects: working with layers, keyframing, mattes, chroma keying, speed adjustments, animated text, 3D layers, animation tools. This is a hands-on workshop with a demonstration project to work on.
Includes: dynamic link, composition settings, workspace bit depth, workspace configurations, keyframing, speed changes, working with layers, parenting, expressions, multi-point mattes, tracking objects, keylight, text tools, 3D layers, render queue.
Video scopes and a calibrated monitor are essential for accurate color video work and almost any video image will require some contrast and color adjustment. This workshop is the first step in learning color correction. Learn how to adjust video color with reference to video scopes common to any video software. “Normalization” of RAW and high dynamic range video will also be shown in detail. This is a hands-on workshop with a demonstration projects to work on. There will be a brief tour of the EV 5 and EV 10 color correction rooms.
Includes: additive color theory, zones of luminance, video scopes, calibration, contrast, eliminating color casts, primary and secondary color correction, RAW and HDR video normalization, Log vs Linear, importing and creating LUTs.
The next step in learning image color and contrast adjustment is learning DaVinci Resolve, an application dedicated to color grading but that is also a capable video editor. The great advantage of Resolve is that the "lite" version (that allows you to work with images up to UHD 4K resolution) is free. The CDA has both Lite and Full versions of Resolve.
Participants will be expected to have a prior knowledge of color correction (in Adobe Premiere for example). This is a hands-on workshop with a demonstration project to work on.
Includes: conforming editing sequences for Resolve from Adobe Premiere, creating a Resolve database and user, project settings, settings for RAW video input, organizing a project, importing XML files, importing a reference movie, saving and recalling stills, basic editing, basic primary and secondary controls for Log and Linear correction, applying custom LUTS, render settings, copying grades, nodes, masks, keyframing, the deliver page.
There will be a short demonstration of the proper monitoring procedure from the full version of Resolve to the FSI color correction monitor in cda edit room zero.
Audition is a multi-track audio editing, mixing and recording software included in the Adobe CC Suite. If you have previously worked with simple but limited software like Audacity, you will appreciate the capabilities of a multi-track audio environment. Audition also works well in conjunction with Premiere, allowing you to easily transfer a Premiere sequence to a multi-track project for sound mixing. Prior knowledge of audio concepts will help with this workshop but are not necessarily required. There will be a demonstration podcast project to work with, in addition to an example of short stereo mix. There will be a tour of EV 5 and EV 10 audio facilities: the mixing and sound recording rooms and a discussion of other audio software available.
Includes: the interface and basic tools: the multi-track viewer and the waveform editor; understanding signal paths: the mix window with inserts and buses; some common effects: EQ, Reverb and Noise Reduction; mastering: understanding and adjusting loudness levels, stereo and surround, other audio software
This workshop will be offered periodically, not at any fixed time.
Digital Cinema Cameras are video cameras capable of shooting with a higher dynamic range, simultaneously preserving detail in highlights and shadows to create a more naturalistic image.
The most common format for high dynamic range video is RAW (always written in CAPS for some reason). Each camera manufacturer has its own RAW video format but it is also possible to shoot with a higher dynamic range using compressed video codecs. In this workshop we will look in detail at shooting in ‘Log” encoding mode using Sony’s SLog on the FS5 camera. High Dynamic Range Video requires adjustment in post-production to “normalize” it, to make it look correct on a computer monitor. We will look at the tools in Premiere and DaVinci Resolve for accomplishing this task.
Sony FS5 - menu settings and controls, SLog picture profiles, Auto exposure compensation and judging exposure manually, Adobe Premiere - Lumetri Color Tool, importing and using LUTS,
DaVinci Resolve - normalizing settings, creating LUTS, batch exporting