Material in this course will be available online in HTML
format with tutorial movies in standards based-Quicktime (.mov/H.264) video
files. No matter what computer and browser you are using, a Quicktime
plug-in will be necessary. It is available at http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/mac.html or
for Windows at http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/win.html.
Using a standards-based internet browser like FireFox or Safari is
also recommended although not absolutely necessary. Try what you
are familar with first.
Studio DM (see next page) is equipped with dual Quad-Core processor,
industry-standard Macintosh computers capable of doing professional
level video editing, motion graphics, animation, and web, graphic,
and sound design. This class is an introductory to basic
film/video pre and post production, so we will use the iLife '09 Software Suite of tools (iMovie,
iPhoto, iTunes, iWeb, and iDVD) that make
it extremely easy to produce a complete fairly-professional looking
movie to share via a DVD, Blue Ray disc. YouTube, or iPod/iPhone. In a recently published
article in The San Jose Mercury, the author gave the iLife suite a rave review and said that there is nothing
approaching it on a Windows platform. Nonetheless, there is software
published by Sonic Solutions, Sony, Adobe Systems, and Pinnacle
that can be used for this course if you so desire. Since it is
impossible for us to keep up to date with all the different software
on the market, you are somewhat on your own. Using Studio
DM equipment while learning the techniques of digital
film/video production will help you no matter what software you decide to
use at a later date.
Required: Books and study videos are available in Studio DM (Li 128).
Highly recommended for a more complete and intensive
study of basic film making: Sherri Sheriden, Developing
Short Digital Films, Pearson Education, published 2004,
from the Gavilan
College Bookstore or see instructor.