Video, Graphics & Music Course Descriptions

Instructional Courses

Intro to Video Production

Two days $499.00

Prerequisite: No prior experience with digital video required. Basic computer skills a plus.

This course offers an overview of the video production process, focusing on instructional videos, interviews, public service announcements and other studio work. (The additional challenges of exterior production, where we have control over much less of the shooting environment, will also be discussed.) The course also gives students hands-on experience in each of the major steps of that process. Topics covered include scripting and rehearsal, framing and blocking, staging and set dressing, lighting, camera options and operation, audio engineering, scenes and takes, video capture, basic editing, titling and simple text animation, simple compositing and rendering and much more.

The class will participate in a hands-on project on the second day of the course. As much as possible, each student will have an opportunity to experience each job in the production process.

Featured products: Canon GL-1 video camera, various lighting and sound equipment, Macintosh G4 computer, Final Cut Pro video editing software, other software related to the audio and video editing process.

Target audience: Anyone with an interest in digital video production.

Basic Computer Graphics

One day $299.00

Prerequisite: No prior experience with computer graphics required. Basic computer skills a plus.

This course introduces many concepts and techniques in 2D computer graphics, both pixel- and vector-based (both of which will be defined and explained in the course). Topics covered include paint programs, photo editing programs, vector or object-based programs and the various tools they contain. Also covered will be many extra “plug-ins” available for these programs and what they are used for.

Featured products: Macintosh G4 computer, products from Adobe (Photoshop, Illustrator), Corel (Painter, CorelDraw), Macromedia (Freehand), Studio Artist, Alien Skin (Xenofex, Eye Candy 4000) and other 2D graphics programs.

Target audience: Anyone with an interest in learning more about computer graphics. Especially useful for current and prospective Macintosh owners, but most software presented is also available on Windows.

Basic 3D Graphics

One day $299.00

Prerequisite: Familiarity with computer graphics programs a plus.

This course introduces many concepts and techniques in static CGI (Computer Generated Imagery). Topics covered include modeling, surface properties, textures, scene creation, virtual lighting, virtual camera placement and options, facet-based models, patch-based models, 3D text, particle and volumetric effects (smoke, fire, clouds, fog, etc.) and rendering.

Featured products: Macintosh G4 computer, Carrara Studio 2, LightWave 7.0, Bryce 5, Poser 4, Animation Master 2002.

Target audience: Anyone with an interest in learning more about computer graphics. Especially useful for current and prospective Macintosh owners, but most software presented is also available on Windows.

Organizing and Creating DVDs

One day $299.00

Prerequisite: Basic computer familiarity

This course deals with the organization of multimedia content for the production of DVDs and basic DVD authoring. Topics covered include options offered by the DVD standard, how DVDs are organized, basic menu design, converting video content to MPEG-2 format, converting audio to surround-sound and other formats, alternate audio and vide tracks, subtitling, basic interactivity and preparation for mass production.

Featured products: Macintosh G4 computer, iDVD, DVD Studio Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft PowerPoint, Peak DV, A.Pack, Cleaner 5, QuickTime.

Target audience: Anyone with an interest in creating interactive DVDs. This includes the use of DVDs for business promotion, education, archiving or entertainment, etc.

Creating DVDs as Fund-Raising Projects

One day $199.00

Prerequisite: None

This course introduces the idea of creating DVDs for sale as fund-raisers. The four basic steps in the DVD production cycle (content gathering, media editing, DVD layout and mastering and mass production) will be detailed. This is an introductory presentation and is not highly technical, so it should not be intimidating for non-computer users. Group discounts are available. A briefer version of this presentation for school and community organizations is also available for a small honorarium.

Featured products: Macintosh G4 computer, iDVD, DVD Studio Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft PowerPoint, Peak DV, A.Pack, Cleaner 5, QuickTime.

Target audience: Schools, community organizations and businesses who have ideas for creating multimedia content that might be of interest to a paying audience.

Basic Animation

One day $299.00

Prerequisite: Basic 3D Graphics or equivalent experience

This course demonstrates the basic concepts of computer animation. The term "animation" is not limited to cartoon-like figures, but to any computer-generated image that moves from frame to frame in a video. So moving titles, animated logos, moving diagrams and charts and many other types of content are discussed as well as animated 2D and 3D figures and scenes. Topics covered include keyframes, tweening, character or object motion, camera motion, animating effects, object interactions, kinematics, particle and volumetric effects, rendering and many more.

Featured products: Macintosh G4 computer, Carrara Studio 2, LightWave 7.0, Toon Boom Studio 2, Flash, Director, Bryce 5, Poser 4, Animation Master 2002.

Target audience: Anyone with an interest in computer animation.

Computer Music Generation

One day $299.00

Prerequisite: A good grasp of music principles and basic computer experience

This course demonstrates the basic concepts of music capture, scoring and output using computers. Topics covered include: digital music, digital sound, MIDI, scoring software, voices or tracks, loops, music synthesizers, sampling, input options, output options and setting up a digital music studio.

Featured products: Macintosh G4 computer, Digital Performer, Unity DS-1, Retro AS-1, Phrazer, Voodoo, Osmosis, Peak DV, SmartScore and Soundmaker.

Target audience: Anyone with an interest in creating digital music.

Technique Workshops

Location Shoot Workshop

One day $99.00 (includes lunch)

Prerequisite: Intro to Video Production or equivalent

This workshop is intended to give the student additional hands-on experience in the production process. Students are given the opportunity to work as crew members on various independent production projects. Some basic training is included on location for those arriving early enough. Job assignments will depend on individual experience. Shoots may only be scheduled a few days ahead of time since weather, permits and other factors must be taken into account.

Target audience: Video students who want to gain experience working on live shoots.

Basic Video Editing Workshop

One day $299.00

Prerequisite: Intro to Video Production or equivalent

This workshop covers the use of various video editing software packages in greater depth than the introductory video production course. It also serves as a general overview to the video editing process and a prerequisite to other more focussed workshops on specific techniques.

Featured products: Macintosh G4 computer, Final Cut Pro, Boris Red, Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects, QuickTime, Peak DV and Sonic Fire Pro.

Target audience: Anyone who would like to learn better techniques for editing digital video.

Video Compositing Workshop

One day $299.00

Prerequisite: Basic Video Editing Workshop or equivalent

This workshop focuses on the process of combining video clips into a final composite clip. Many effects are created with compositing such as adding titles and graphics, inlaying one or more additional clips or animations into a scene, merging multiple clips into a single clip using transparency or chroma keying, etc. This course demonstrates how easy it is to create professional looking output with todays consumer video software.

Featured products: Macintosh G4 computer, Final Cut Pro, Boris Red, Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, QuickTime, Peak DV.

Target audience: Video students who want to take their productions to the next level.

Video Transitions Workshop

One day $299.00

Prerequisite: Basic Video Editing Workshop or equivalent

This workshop focuses on techniques for transitioning from one video clip to another. Topics covered include cuts, wipes, fades, page turns, three-point edits and combining complex effects with transitions.

Featured products: Macintosh G4 computer, Final Cut Pro, Boris Red, Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, QuickTime, Peak DV.

Target audience: Video students who want to improve their skills in this area.

Scoring Videos

One day $299.00

Prerequisite: Basic Video Editing Workshop or equivalent

This workshop focuses on techniques for adding music and sound effects to video clips. We will explore various tools for creating and editing music using computer software and hardware and applying that music as tracks for a video project.

Featured products: Macintosh G4 computer, Final Cut Pro, Sonic Fire Pro, Digital Performer, SmartScore.

Target audience: Video students who want to improve their skills in this area.

Product Focus Workshops

Basic Flash

One day $299.00

Prerequisite: Basic computer graphics experience (Basic Animation is highly recommended)

This workshop covers the basics of using Macromedia’s Flash for creating simple 2D animations and interactive multimedia content.

Featured products: Macintosh G4 computer, Macromedia Flash.

Target audience: Owners or prospective owners of Flash who want to jump-start their effective use of this product.

Advanced Flash

One day $299.00

Prerequisite: Basic Flash or equivalent experience

This workshop offers advanced techniques in using Macromedia's Flash for more complex 2D animations and interactive content.

Featured products: Macintosh G4 computer, Macromedia Flash.

Target audience: Owners of Flash who want to take their use of this product to the next level.

Toon Boom Studio

One day $299.00

Prerequisite: Basic vector graphics (such as Adobe Illustrator) experience (Basic Animation is highly recommended)

This workshop is an introductory training course in the use of Toon Boom Studio, a software package for creating cartoon-like 2D animations in a 3D space.

Featured products: Macintosh G4 computer, Toon Boom Studio, QuickTime.

Target audience: Owners or prospective owners of Toon Boom Studio who want to jump-start their effective use of this product.

Final Cut Pro

Two days $499.00

Prerequisite: Basic computer knowledge and experience (Intro to Video Production is highly recommended)

This workshop is an in-depth training course in the use of Apple's Final Cut Pro. It also includes some discussion of the various plug-ins and auxiliary software packages available that can be used along with Final Cut Pro.

Featured products: Macintosh G4 computer, Final Cut Pro, QuickTime, Peak DV, Photoshop.

Target audience: Owners or prospective owners of Final Cut Pro who want to jump-start their effective use of this product.

DVD Studio Pro

Two days $499.00

Prerequisite: Basic computer knowledge and experience (Intro to Video Production & Organizing & Creating DVDs are highly recommended)

This workshop is an in-depth training course in the use of Apple's DVD Studio Pro. It also includes some discussion of the various plug-ins and auxiliary software packages available that can be used along with DVD Studio Pro.

Featured products: Macintosh G4 computer, DVD Studio Pro, Photoshop, A.Pack.

Target audience: Owners or prospective owners of DVD Studio Pro who want to jump-start their effective use of this product.

Sonic Fire Pro

One day $299.00

Prerequisite: A basic understanding of music

 

This workshop is an in-depth training course on the use of Sonic Fire Pro. This product can be used for scoring videos or adding background music to audio presentations. The magic of Sonic Fire Pro is the many ways in which digital music clips can be split and combined into a finished piece of just the right length for a project.

Featured products: Macintosh G4 computer, Sonic Fire Pro.

Target audience: Owners or prospective owners of Sonic Fire Pro who want to jump-start their effective use of this product.

Peak DV

One day $299.00

Prerequisite: A basic understanding of sound recording

 

This workshop focuses on the use of Peak DV and related tools for editing audio content. This can be for audio-only projects or the audio part of a video project.

Featured products: Macintosh G4 computer, Peak DV.

Target audience: Owners or prospective owners of Peak DV who want to jump-start their effective use of this product.

Basic Photoshop

One day $299.00

Prerequisite: A basic understanding of computer graphics (Basic Computer Graphics is highly recommended)

This workshop introduces the use of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe ImageReadyfor editing digital photographic images and creating digital images for a variety of purposes, including web pages and DVD menus. Preparation of images for use in video or web design projects is our primary focus.

Featured products: Macintosh G4 computer, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe ImageReady.

Target audience: Owners or prospective owners of Adobe Photoshop who want to jump-start their effective use of this product.

Advanced Photoshop

One day $299.00

Prerequisite: Basic Photoshop or equivalent

This workshop continues from Basic Photoshop to cover more complex compositing techniques and the use of more advanced filters and effects plug-ins.

Featured products: Macintosh G4 computer, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe ImageReady.

Target audience: Owners or prospective owners of Adobe Photoshop who want to jump-start their effective use of this product.

Studio Artist

One day $299.00

Prerequisite: A basic understanding of computer graphics

This workshop introduces the use of Studio Artist, a sophisticated program for creating artistic “paintings” from still and video sources. (Yes, moving drawings like we see on many commercials, etc.)

Featured products: Macintosh G4 computer, Studio Artist, QuickTime.

Target audience: Owners or prospective owners of Studio Artist who want to jump-start their effective use of this product.

LiveMotion

One day $299.00

Prerequisite: Basic computer graphics experience (Basic Animation is highly recommended)

This workshop covers the basics of using Adobe’s LiveMotion for creating 2D animations and interactive multimedia content. Output from this program can be used for video and web design projects.

Featured products: Macintosh G4 computer, Adobe LiveMotion.

Target audience: Owners or prospective owners of Adobe LiveMotion who want to jump-start their effective use of this product.

Boris Red

Two days $499.00

Prerequisite: Basic computer knowledge and video editing experience (Intro to Video Production & Video Compositing Workshop are highly recommended)

This workshop introduces the use of a powerful suite of video effects plug-ins for Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, and other video editing programs known as Boris Red. The features of this product are too numerous to list here, but we will explore many of them in this course.

Featured products: Macintosh G4 computer, Boris Red, Final Cut Pro.

Target audience: Owners or prospective owners of Boris Red who want to jump-start their effective use of this product.

Basic LightWave

Two days $499.00

Prerequisite: 3D graphics experience (Basic 3D Graphics & Basic Animation are highly recommended)

This workshop introduces the use of LightWave for 3D modeling and animation. This powerful package is used in many movies and television shows and offers many advantages to the advanced 3D animator.

Featured products: Macintosh G4 computer, LightWave.

Target audience: Owners or prospective owners of LightWave who want to jump-start their effective use of this product.

Basic Illustrator

One day $299.00

Prerequisite: A basic understanding of computer graphics (Basic Computer Graphics is highly recommended)

This workshop introduces the use of the premiere vector graphics program, Adobe Illustrator.

Featured products: Macintosh G4 computer, Adobe Illustrator.

Target audience: Owners or prospective owners of Adobe Illustrator who want to jump-start their effective use of this product.

Basic Carrara Studio

Two days $499.00

Prerequisite: 3D graphics experience (Basic 3D Graphics & Basic Animation are highly recommended)

This workshop introduces the use of Carrara Studio for 3D modeling and animation. We spend the first day exploring 3D modeling techniques and the second animating our models and scenes.

Featured products: Macintosh G4 computer, Carrara Studio.

Target audience: Owners or prospective owners of Carrara who want to jump-start their effective use of this product.

Basic AxelEdge

Two days $499.00

Prerequisite: 3D graphics experience (Basic 3D Graphics & Basic Animation are highly recommended)

This workshop introduces the use of AxelEdge for 3D modeling and animation and interactivity.

Featured products: Macintosh G4 computer, AxelEdge.

Target audience: Owners or prospective owners of AxelEdge who want to jump-start their effective use of this product.

Basic Director

One day $299.00

Prerequisite: Basic computer graphics experience (Basic Animation is highly recommended)

This workshop covers the basics of using Macromedia’s Director for creating simple 2D animations and interactive multimedia content.

Featured products: Macintosh G4 computer, Macromedia Director.

Target audience: Owners or prospective owners of Macromedia Director who want to jump-start their effective use of this product.

Basic Bryce

Two days $499.00

Prerequisite: 3D graphics experience (Basic 3D Graphics & Basic Animation are highly recommended)

This workshop introduces the use of Bryce for 3D modeling and animation of landscapes and architecture. This powerful package is used in many movies and television shows and offers many advantages to the advanced 3D artist. We spend the first day exploring 3D modeling techniques and the second animating our models and scenes.

Featured products: Macintosh G4 computer, Corel Bryce.

Target audience: Owners or prospective owners of Corel Bryce who want to jump-start their effective use of this product.

Basic Animation Master

Two days $499.00

Prerequisite: 3D graphics experience (Basic 3D Graphics & Basic Animation are highly recommended)

This workshop introduces the use of Animation Master for 3D modeling and animation of landscapes and architecture. Animation Master is a "patch-based" modeling program rather than "vertex-based", which offers some advantages to the advanced animator. We spend the first day exploring 3D modeling techniques and the second animating our models and scenes.

Featured products: Macintosh G4 computer, Animation Master.

Target audience: Owners or prospective owners of Animation Master who want to jump-start their effective use of this product.

Graphics Utilities

One day $299.00

Prerequisite: A basic understanding of computer graphics (Basic Computer Graphics is highly recommended)

This workshop introduces a number of utility programs used to convert digital content from one format to another or to perform cleanup operations on a graphic image.

Featured products: Macintosh G4 computer, Streamline, Debabelizer, Graphic Converter, Adobe Photoshop, QuickTime, Photo Soap, iPhoto.

Target audience: Owners or prospective owners of Animation Master who want to jump-start their effective use of this product.

Basic Digital Performer

One day $299.00

Prerequisite: A basic understanding of music theory and computer music generation (Computer Music Generation is highly recommended)

This workshop introduces the use of Digital Performer for creating, composing and orchestrating music.

Featured products: Macintosh G4 computer, Digital Performer, Casio synthesizer.

Target audience: Owners or prospective owners of Digital Performer who want to jump-start their effective use of this product.

Basic SmartScore

One day $299.00

Prerequisite: A basic understanding of music theory and computer music generation (Computer Music Generation is highly recommended)

This workshop introduces the use of SmartScore for scanning, transposing and orchestrating music.

Featured products: Macintosh G4 computer, SmartScore, scanner, Casio synthesizer.

Target audience: Owners or prospective owners of SmartScore who want to jump-start their effective use of this product.

Basic SoundMaker

One day $299.00

Prerequisite: A basic understanding of sound recording

This workshop introduces the use of SoundMaker for creating and modifying audio content for sound effects and other purposes.

Featured products: Macintosh G4 computer, SoundMaker.

Target audience: Owners or prospective owners of SoundMaker who want to jump-start their effective use of this product.

Public Service (Free) Seminars
(sponsored by Apple Computer, Inc.)

DVD Authoring Simplified

Demonstrates the use of DVD Studio Pro for authoring DVDs.

Spark Business Growth

Demonstrates how DVDs can be used to more effectively promote businesses using the free software provided with Mac OSX on machines that include the SuperDrive.

Video’s Third Revolution

Demonstrates the advanced features of Final Cut Pro version 3.

Showcase Your Creativity on DVD

Introduces the concept of a video portfolio on DVD and demonstrates how to create one.