This is a question I am often asked by my students. I teach a variation of a digital photography projects class at each of the three schools. Each class is slightly different, and is customized for the hardware and software that school uses. Their titles also vary from school to school. The “projects” courses being taught this winter are:
South Bay Adult School – “Creating Multimedia Projects Using Vista” (Starts January 11th)
Torrance Adult School – “Projects in Digital Photography” (Starts January 6th)
PV NET – “Windows Movie Maker: Home Video Editing” (Starts January 28th)
Each one of the schools will be using a version of Windows Movie Maker to edit and make a multimedia production. The classes cover the complete process from uploading the media to the computer, importing it into Movie Maker and publishing the presentation in the appropriate format depending upon how it is to be shared.
Basic video editing techniques, including editing video clips, adding transitions, background music, audio narration, and titles will be included in each course. DVD Maker, which is included with Vista and Windows 7 will be used to burn a TV-viewable DVD at Torrance and the South Bay Adult
School. Since PV NET classroom is equipped with PCs using Windows XP, which does not include DVD burning software, we use a free DVD burning program called DVDFlick. Publishing the multimedia productions to online sites such as YouTube or Facebook is covered as well.
In addition to basic video editing, all of the classes cover how to rip/copy music from an audio CD for use as background music. Since there are quite a variety of video formats that are used by digital cameras, the classes cover how to convert from one format to another as needed. We will also make use of Photoshop Elements to help manage our media and to create special effects, such as the Ken Burn’s Effect.
Finally, what makes the class more relevant and fun is you are using your own photos, music, and video clips to produce your masterpiece. However, there are sample files available for your use if need be.
I hope one of these classes fits into your schedule and interest. And remember, almost every digital camera one buys today includes the capability to take high quality video; that includes many DSLR models.