Introduction to Digital Video
Fall 2003

Location: BFL-205

Class Schedule: Lecture/Lab Thursdays  2 - 4:50 PM
Office Hours: 1 - 2 Thursdays, 5 - 7 pm Mondays by arrangement

Instructor:  John Sappington -


Course Syllabus

Online Syllabus:


This is an introductory course for students interested in digital video. Students will learn how to capture, edit, and create digital video for Tape, CDRom, DVD, interactive computer presentations and the Internet.
Students will learn video techniques using QuickTime movies, stills and sound files. Students will learn to record and edit video materials. Students will learn to use and apply transitions and special effects in their video projects. Students will have to critically analyze their movies for content, sequence of events, design and timing.

Recommended Technical TEXTS:

Adobe Premiere 6.5 Visual Quickstart Guide, Anthony Bolante

Purchase Direct from the publisher:,4096,0321130081,00.html



Students are required to obtain backup media to store class example files and work in progress. In addition class projects will require at minimum, 1/60 minute Digital Video Cassette (Premium).

Optional media types are:

- 250MB Zip disks

- CD ROM, Write-once or Re Writable: Approx. capacity 700+MB 

- DVD ROM, Write-once or Re Writable: Approx. capacity 2-4 GB.

Students are also required to have an e-mail account.  This can be accessed through the lab and may be a free account like those available from Hotmail, Yahoo, Freemail, Excite, etc.  The instructor will assist students in obtaining an e-mail account if necessary only on the first day of class.  Students will be expected to check this e-mail account at least once a week.  General class announcements will be reported via e-mail.


50% of student grades will be based on class participation.  Students must attend class in order to effectively participate.

40% of student grades will be based on the completion of assigned exercises.  These exercises will not be graded for skill or content, but will be checked only for completion.  Incomplete assignments will be considered undone. 

10% of student grades will be determined by averaging grades on three evaluative class assignments and one final project.


Students are expected to attend all of every class meeting unless they have received prior permission from the instructor. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class meeting. Anyone absent when attendance is taken will be assumed absent from the class.   If you are late to class it is your responsibility to make sure your attendance is acknowledged by talking to the instructor. 

If you are intending to drop the class, it is your responsibility to drop the class.  You should not assume that the instructor will automatically drop you because of absences.  If you stop attending classes and you do not drop the class, and the instructor has not dropped you from the class; the instructor may be required to give you a grade of F for the class.

MULTM- 149-4384
Introduction to Digital Video
(subject to change)



Internet Resources-Links

Adobe Digital Video Primer
Adobe - Digital Video Main
Adobe Premiere Expert Center

Week 1

Syllabus Overview - Expectations, Requirements, Objectives
Best Practices - File Backup and Use

Digital Video - Introduction
Analogue Video/ DV
Still Images
Digital Audio


Email account exchange - email my account ( with DVC-Digital Video in the subject line for the purposes of a class email list.

Review Internet Resources



Introduction, Chpt. 1 and 2. - Visual Quickstart Guide

Week 2

Introduction to Premiere
Settings, Workspace, Starting a Project


Setup your first project - settings, workspace mods, editing mode and import of video, audio, stills etc. from Materials Directory. Set a minimum of two in / out points.

Submit for following week.



MPEG and Adobe Premiere (6.x) -

Chpt. 3, Chpt. 8 pgs. 209-221 - - Visual Quickstart Guide

Week 3

Camera Operation
Timeline Window


Check out camera and begin test shooting.
Minimum 2 clips of your own footage into a test project.
Assignment spans 2 weeks.



Chapters 4 and beginning 5 - - Visual Quickstart Guide

Week 4

Capture continues...
Timeline Editing
Trim Mode: Ripple, Rolling, Slip and Slide
Preview Modes / A/B and Single Track


Check out camera and begin test shooting.
Minimum 2 clips of your own footage into a test project.
Assignment spans 2 weeks.


Chapters 6, 7, 8 - 16 (Capture, Device Settings

Week 5


Refine Footage, Plan Shots
Submit project / film proposal .


Chpts. 10, 11, 12

Thanksgiving Week Falls between 5th and 6th meetings. Nov. 27 - NO CLASS!
Week 6

Preparing for Final Capture and Edit
Audio Mixer
Output Settings and Exporting Final

Review/Edit Project outlines / proposals


Chpts. 15,16

Week 7

Guest Lecture and presentation by independent filmaker Marc Henrich

Submit/Critique Final Projects - 2-4pm