SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2W222968
Module Leader Stephen Anderson
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Applied Computer Games
  • B (January start)
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

This module introduces students to the concepts and practice of digital manipulation for time based media (video). Students will be introduced to preproduction, editing and post production techniques for digital video and audio using appropriate software.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: Introduction to relevant terminology. Digital production process Pre-production: Conceptualisation, Storyboarding, Basic principles of lighting, sound and image, , Production: Capture, Editing techniques, Synchronisation, post production: titles, special effects, Foley, soundtrack, basic audio principles, export considerations. Appropriate software/hardware, Digital media capture devices, Editing techniques: Non linear editing: Single and Multi-track editing, Audio/Video and Image editing and control, transitions. Current digital media technology technical Issues for editing and delivery.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of digital video capture devices and ancillary equipment.2. Demonstrate an understanding of digital production / creative processes for time based media sequences.3. Construct a time based media sequence using appropriate software tools.4. Understand technical issues relating to media publishing and electronic delivery / broadcasting.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Module will be delivered using lectures, practical exercises with VLE (GCULearn) support. Lectures require A/V projection equipment for PC, DVD, video display and internet access Supervised practical exercises in computer lab environment and studio facilities, to include group interaction and individual practice in digital media creation and manipulation. Computers require a range of appropriate digital media software. Access to digital cameras (still and video), digital audio, lighting and digital scanners are required. Assessment will consist of 2 courseworks: Video production artefact 40% (group) Digital media video composition sequence 60% (individual)

Indicative Reading

Recommended Final Cut Pro X (2011) Jordan Larry, ISBN 9780321811264, Pearson Education. DSLR Cinema, (2010) Lancaster , Kurt, ISBN 0240815513, Taylor and Francis. From Still to Motion (2011) Harringtom, Richard, ISBN13: 9780321811257, Pearson Education, Digital multimedia (2009) - Chapman, Nigel P ISBN: 978047012166 Digital Video and DVD Authoring (All in one) - Jeff Sengstack ISBN 0 672 32689 2 Tech TV Guide to Creating Digital Video (Like a Pro) - Deras Flynn, ISBN 0 7897 2656 4 The little digital video book -Rubin, Michael, ISBN 0201758482 An introduction to digital audio (2002) - Watkinson, John. ISBN: 0240516435 Premiere for Macintosh and Windows (Current Version) Bolante, Antony ISBN 0201722070 Background: "Multimedia Technology" Bohdan O Suprowicz 2nd edition, Computer Technology. The Greenscreen Handbook, (2010) Foster, J, Whiley Publishing , ISBN 978-0-470-52107-6. Basics of Video Lighting, (2007), Lyver, D, Focal press, ISBN 0-240- 51559-5. Grammar of the Edit, Thomson, R, (2006), ISBN 0-240-51340-1, Focal Press. Lighting for Video, (2006), Millerson, G, ISBN 0-240-51303-7, Focal Press. Research Corp Charleston SC USA "Video Compression for Multimedia" Ozon Jaw, AP Professional, Boston (1995) Video content web link Smith. Scott, Firewire filmmaking", 2004. Peachpit Press, ISBN 0-201-74163-6 Lister. Martin, "New Media: A critical introduction", 2003, Routledge, ISBN 9-780415-223782 Alban. Dan, "Digital Cinematography and directing", 2003, New Riders ISBN 9-780735-712548 Katz. Syeven, "Film Directing shot by shot", 1991, Michael Wise productions, ISBN 9-780941-188104. Rose. Jay "Producing great sound for digital video", 2003, Focal Press, ISBN 1-57820-208-6 Amyes. Tim, "Audio Post production in Video and Film", 1998, Focal Press ISBN 0-240-51542-0 Roberts-Breslin, "Making Media", 2003, Focal Press ISBN 0-240-60502-X Yewdall. David, "The practical art of motion picture sound", 2003, Focal Press ISBN 0-240-805259 Holman. Tomlinson, "Sound for Film and Television", 2001, Focal press ISBN 0-240-80453

Transferrable Skills

C&IT skills, Analytical and evaluative skills, Ability to reflect, Media production, Commercial awareness, Group working and Communication, Presentation skills, Time management.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 122.00
Practicals (FT) 48.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 40.00 35% Group project Video artefact
Coursework 2 n/a 60.00 35% Individual composited sequence