Lab Hours, Redos

As a reminder …

  • Wednesday-Friday, 9-5
  • Monday-Tuesday, 9-5

What do you need to turn in? Well … you don’t need to turn in anything, there is no final portfolio. Your workshop projects, photo columns and videos are eligible for redos if you so choose.

Those finishing up, you must return your camera gear by 5 on Tuesday.

As a heads up, Monday is deadline day for the intro students – recommend staying far, far away. You remember what that day was like …



Well, it’s been a quiet week in Grady College … which is not at all what I had hoped for.

I am trying to figure out how to get everything in that we need, haven’t solved all of the issues just yet. Working on that today, along with rebuilding the intro class … which may be in somewhat less of a mess.

Let’s start with VizCamps … on Tuesday, Feb. 18, we will catch up on the ones we missed. Ms. Maldonado, Ms. Thompson and Ms. Powers will be up at the start of class. Thursday, Feb. 20, has Ms. Kazmierczak and Ms. Wilder up.

After Tuesday’s trio, we will be talking about shooting video. I have pasted a series of video links below you need to watch between then and now. Fire up your popcorn popper and curl up with your laptop. Please make sure you have a clear SD card with you – we’ll be handing out some small video cameras and you’ll need to format the card.

After Thursday’s duo, it’s time to talk Weekend Workshop stories. You’ll break into small groups to talk through your story ideas. If you haven’t been up to White County yet, you must go before Thursday. It is not a wired county – you need to drive the back roads, shake some hands, in order to find you way around and find story ideas.

Now, on to the entertainment …

Shooting Video

Video Editing: Building Your Timeline

Video Editing: Adding B-Roll

Video Editing: Basic Audio

Video Editing: Adding Graphics and Titles

Video Editing: Adding Transitions and Exporting

Syllabus, Reading, Etc.

I can’t believe we’re starting again … didn’t we just wrap up?

Regardless … here’s your syllabus. Please make sure you click through to the course policies – you’re expected to know those.

Questions? Send them along …

Exit Interviews

Everyone is getting their first choice …

Monday, May 6

9:30 – Heather
9:50 – Patty
10:10 – Katie
10:50 – Lexi
11:10 – Jessica
11:30 – Shanda
1:00 – Hilary
1:20 – Erin
1:50 – David
2:10 – Damien

Tuesday, May 7

10:10 – Kavi
11:10 – Brittany
11:30 – Kendall
1:00 – Lyric
1:20 – Evan

All meetings will be in my office.

DigLit: Adobe Premiere

As requested, I’ve built a series of five videos to help you through video editing.

Up first, how to start building your timeline:

Next, we take a look at how to add b-roll and cover shots:

Once you’re through those, start working on editing your audio:

Add graphics and titles:

Lastly, work on your transitions and then export it:

If you want to see these a little bigger, you can click on the YouTube logo in the lower right hand corner when they start playing, which will take you to the YouTube page and then you can run them full screen.

Now you have something to do on Saturday night.

The Sequence

As you’re starting to shoot your video projects, take a look at this piece by Poynter’s Casey Frechette on shooting video sequences. It’s a lot like the long-medium-closeup mantra we’ve talked about, but put much more eloquently.

We have a few things left to talk about with video, namely how to do J and L cuts (where you use the audio from one clip with the video from another) and hot to put graphics into your pieces. And, by graphics, in the video world those are titles and credits.

InDesign Storyboarding Template

You can download the InDesign template, or pull it from your email.

Lab will be open from 10-2, we will start class at 2:30 on Thursday – that’s your deadline on this.

We’ll open with each of you walking us through your story, so keep that in mind.

The handout on how to make this work is linked over there to the right, in case you’ve misplaced your printed copy.