This course encompasses using computer hardware and software to edit
digital video material. This course focuses on the advanced aspects of post-production using Final Cut Pro Studio as the primary application. Through required reading assignments, discussions, screenings and hands-on training students will explore the practices and aesthetics of digital cinematography and computer-based editing. Aspects of editing such as masking, filtering, blue/green screening, composition, sound design and color correction will be examined. Using these skills the student will produce finished digital films and DVDs.

Prerequisite(s):The student needs to have successfully completed MGD-164 Digital Editing I or demonstrate to the instructor basic proficiency in digital editing using Final Cut Pro.

Class Location: B0907 Multimedia Graphics Lab
Front Range Community College: Westminster Campus

Class Meets: Thursdays 1:00 pm - 4:40 pm

Instructor: Jay Shaffer • • 303 875-3958

Office Hours: Fri 12:00pm-1:00pm B0907

Class Website:

Required Text:
None. Downloadable material and handouts will be provided

Recommended Text:
Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro 7 Advanced Editing
By Michael Wohl
ISBN-10: 0-321-63679-1

Required Materials:  You will need a set of headphones and an at least 4GB Flash Drive for saving and transporting files. It is strongly recommended
that you own an external hard drive. The MGD department has cameras
that can be checked out. Please go to the media center inside the library to do this. You will need to purchase your own mini DV tapes and DVDs for taping and turning in your projects. You will also be expected to have note-taking materials and to take notes.

Important Dates: The final day you can drop this class with a refund is Feb 3, 2010 and the final day you can drop this class without a grade penalty is Apr. 19, 2010 (no refund).

Spring Break

Mar 22 - 28

Student Video Expo

May 10

Class Objective: The aim of this class is to have you understand the principles
of video editing and motion graphics as it relates to media production. At the conclusion of the class the student should be able to use Final Cut Pro Studio as a tool to edit digital video as well have an understanding of the visual language of editing motion pictures.

Everyone brings a different background and experience to the class and you are expected to help each other by sharing your knowledge with others. The material covered in this class might vary somewhat from the following schedule. It will be adjusted at times depending on conditions and where we are as a group in our collective experience.

Course requirements: Grading Rubric:

Class lab exercises will be graded on tool techniques.
Projects: You are required to present two projects.
            1. A commercial or instructional video project
Due at the beginning of Session #7  March 3
            2. A creative short digital film
Due at the beginning of Session #14 April 28

Class time will be divided into approximately 1/3 lecture, 1/3 exercises and 1/3 lab time.
Your grade will be based on these projects and your class participation in a variety of lab exercises in each session.

Project deadlines are absolute! Projects will not be accepted after the due date except in extremely extraordinary circumstances (Hospitalization, death in the family, eminent destruction of the planet... you get the idea.)
Special Exception for H1N1 Flu
Do not come to class if you are sick. Try to keep–up with the lessons in the book and turn-in late work at the first opportunity.

Group critiques are meant to be learning experiences for all students. Students must be willing to accept criticism as part of the creative process. It is
equally important to be able to give criticism in a positive and helpful manner. If there are special circumstances that need to be taken into consideration, please discuss that with me in private prior to any critique.

Semester Grade Rubric:
Class Attendance: 30%
General class participation and completion of class lab exercises: 20%
Assignment 1: 25%
Assignment 2: 25%

Grading Scale A=90-100   B= 80-89   C= 70-79    D= 60-69    F=under 60

Session 1


Syllabus and Announcements • FCP Review • Computer Editing Hardware • Media Center and Studio Tour

Session 2


Advanced Editing Tools • Replace Edits• Match Framing • Assign Midterm

Session 3


Trimming Tools Split edits • Slip and Slide • Paper Edits

Session 4


Multi-camera Editing

Session 5


Sound Editing • Dialog, SFX, Music, and VO

Session 6


Sound Mixing • Round Tripping to STP • Mixing in STP • Surround Sound

Session 7


Project 1 Due • Screening and Critique • Assign Final Project

Session 8


Filters and Compositing • Keying and Matting  • Round Tripping to Motion

Session 9


Motion Effects • Animating Effects

Spring Break



Session 10


Nesting Sequences • Over the Shoulder Video

Session 11


Variable Speed • Slo-Mo • Ramping

Session 12


Correcting Color • Three-Way Color Corrector • Round-Tripping to Color

Session 13


Finishing and Distribution • Web Compression • Compressor • DVD • Blu-Ray

Session 14


Project 2 Due • Screening and Critique

Session 15


DVD Portfolio production • Copyrights • Careers •Contracts

S. V. E.


Student Video Expo

Class Policies:
Important concepts will be presented in each class to help you understand this complex subject. If for some reason you need to miss a class, it is important that you “catch-up” on your own. I suggest you team up with a couple of class members who will help you if you need to miss a class.

You are expected only to use video assets deemed by the instructor as not being a copyright infraction.
No food or drink is allowed near the computers. There will be at least a ten minute break per hour of class.
Cell phones must be silenced! Texting during lecture time is discourteous to the class and the instructor. If I think you are texting, it will hurt the  class participation portion of your grade and I may ask you to leave the classroom for the remainder of the session.

Plagiarism: Although in this class, the use of other’s material is allowed and expected from time to time (royalty-free licensed  video, music and sound effects), there should be no plagiarism when producing final work or presenting one’s own ideas.  If you have a question, talk to me for clarification as to what is allowed for educational use in a Multimedia classroom or refer to the Front Range catalog where it states:

The Humanities Department strives for academic excellence and encourages all students to achieve their best. Moreover, the department promotes academic honesty and does not tolerate cheating or plagiarism. Cheating is defined as the practice of fraud or trickery, to violate rules dishonestly and to act deceivingly. Plagiarism is defined as presenting ideas or words of another as one’s own. As a college student it is your responsibility to fully understand the concepts of cheating and plagiarism. Instructors are always available to clarify for students the exact definition of cheating and plagiarism. Failure to understand these concepts does not excuse you from potential reprimand. According to Front Range Community College policy, consequences of cheating or plagiarism can result in an F on the assignment or exam, an F in the course, and/or dismissal from Front Range Community College.

In this class it means dismissal from the class and an automatic F.

Students with Special Needs:
Any student who requires accommodations because of a physical, learning, psychiatric, vision or hearing disability must contact the instructor and the Special Services office (303-404-5302) at the beginning of the semester. After the student has documented their disability with Special Services, please make an appointment with the instructor to discuss the accommodations.

NOTE: A list of private (those that are not free) tutors will gladly be provided to those who do not qualify for free tutoring services, or who wish to hire their own tutor.
How do I Qualify for Free Tutoring?
  1. Meet the prerequisites for the course for which you are requesting assistance or have assessment scores indicating you should be in that class.
   2. Be attending class regularly, including logging on, participating, and submitting assignments for online courses.
   3. Be getting a C or below in the class for which you are requesting assistance.
   4. Have attempted other resources for help, i.e. Learning Development Center, Math Lab.
How do I Request a Tutor?
  1. Download, complete and sign the Referral for Tutoring form.
   2.  Ask your instructor to sign this form. A tutor cannot be assigned without the instructor's signature.
   3. Those on the Westminster Campus may leave these forms in the red folder outside room B1208. Students at other campuses may arrange, at the front desk, to have them faxed or sent via intercampus mail to Special Services .
   4. You will be contacted by phone with several tutors' names and telephone numbers. If a message cannot be relayed via phone, then it is the student's responsibility to make other arrangements to get the information. For students at Boulder County campuses and the Brighton Center, the instructor will be contacted and given tutor names and phone numbers. Those students may then obtain the tutor list from their instructors. Call the numbers you have been given and discuss scheduling tutoring times. If times can't be worked out, call the Tutoring Office.


This syllabus is subject to changes as the semester goes along.