Sean Fitzroy: Digital Video
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The New England Institute of Art

MM240: Digital Video
Fall 2005
ffice Hours and Contact Info

Summer 2005 Class Sections and Meeting Times

Thursday 4:00pm - 6:50pm

Email (accessible at: )

All students are provided with an Art Institute email account. Students are expected to know how to use the email system and to check email regularly. Instructors use email as the primary method of communicating with students outside of class. Students who don’t wish to check the AiNE account on a regular basis should forward it to the email account they check most frequently, or risk missing important class instructions. Students are expected to use email responsibly and respectfully. Refer to Student Code of Conduct as well as “Policy on Computing Ethics” and “Acceptable Use Policy for Networks.”

Course Description

This course will focus on creating digital video projects for distribution in a variety of media formats (DV, DVD, VCD, Internet, etc). Students will use Final Cut Pro, Cleaner, and iDVD to capture, assemble, composite, and output projects for tape, disc, and Internet-based distribution. Consideration will be given to traditional planning and production techniques, as well the newer workflow methodologies made available as a result of digital non-linear technologies. Students will examine the democratizing effect of the desktop video revolution and how this phenomenon is changing the state of the industry.


MM110 Communicating with Multimedia
MM145 Image Design for Multimedia

To successfully complete this course you need to have a solid understanding of Mac OSX, including the Finder and associated file management systems. You should understand the information design principals used in visual communication. You should be proficient with Adobe Photoshop (RGB, raster images, layer-based compositing, masks, alpha channels) and Adobe Illustrator (Vector-based images).

Course Outcomes Assessment

This course covers a range of topics related to digital video. The class will cover the history of film and video-based motion pictures and how the recent introduction of low-cost, high-quality digital video equipment is reshaping the broadcasting and cinematic industries in ways never before possible.

Students will come away with a comprehensive understanding of the technical, aesthetic, and economic issues of digital video planning, production, and post-production. Additionally, the course will address the following competencies.

  • Digital video project planning
  • Output and deployment planning
  • Basic videography
  • Capturing digital media using FireWire
  • Use Apple Final Cut Pro editing software
  • Compress media for various distribution formats
  • Understand distribution output options: CD, DVD, Web-based media
  • Choosing appropriate formats codecs for capture, editing, and distribution

The class is extremely  equipment intensive and many assignments will need to be completed in the on-campus lab (239). Most projects require a Mac G4, a DV camcorder, Final Cut Pro, and a hard drive for media. Expect to work in the Lab an average of 6 hours per week in addition to class. If you cannot commit to being in the lab for the above projects, you should not take this class. Computer labs are open for student use 24 hours a day (including weekends) beginning the 3rd week of class (except during the times classes are being held). This course is comprised of hands-on lab activities, lecture, assigned reading, and interactive class discussion. Students are required to check the class web page frequently.  Students are responsible for all reading assignments and materials.

Required Books/Materials

  • Portable FireWire Hard Drive (formatted in HFS+)
  • Weynand; Final Cut Pro HD: Editing Professional Video; Peachpit Press, 2004
  • 8 Blank DVD-R Discs minimum (Apple brand recommended)  (not +R, not RW)
  • Storage: CD-R discs, portable hard drive, or USB flash memory drive
  • 5 Mini DV tapes
  • 1 Black Sharpie™ Marker (for labeling CDs and DVDs)

Grading Policy

A (93-100)
A- (90-92)

Excellent to Very Good; comprehensive knowledge and understanding of subject matter; marked perception and/or originality

B (83-86)
B- (80-82)

Good; moderately broad knowledge and understanding of subject matter; noticeable perception and/or originality

C+ (77-79)
C (73-76)
C- (70-72)

Satisfactory; reasonable knowledge and understanding of subject matter; some perception and/or originality

D (60-69)

Marginal; minimum of knowledge and understanding of subject matter; limited perception and/or originality

F (<60)

Failing; unacceptable low level of knowledge and understanding of subject matter; severely limited perception and/or originality; absences in excess of allowable limit

Assignment Values

See the Assignments Page

Late Assignments

All assignments are due at the beginning of class on the designated date, unless otherwise noted. Late assignments and make-up tests will be accepted up to 1 week after the due date for half credit. Late projects are strongly discouraged.

Assignments may not be submitted electronically, except by prior arrangement with the instructor. All writing assignments must be typed.

Academic Integrity

College guidelines for academic integrity are strictly enforced. Using the words, ideas, or audio/video/graphics files of others, without attributing proper credit to the author, constitutes plagiarism, which will result in failure of the project, and possible failure of the class and expulsion from the college. Students must document the original sources of all material that is not his/her own.
Refer to the Student Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook.


Course work at NEiA is very hands-on and students are expected to attend class on a regular basis. Poor attendance will affect a student’s final grade in a class as follows:

Our college-wide standard is, that a student with more than 3 absences (2 during Summer Semester) will have their earned academic grade lowered one letter grade (ex: B+ to C+). More than 4 absences (3 during Summer Semester) will lower their grade to D.

Students are responsible for making up assignments and communicating with their instructors regarding missing classes. All faculty members have school voice mail and email to help students contact them.

The college does not distinguish between excused or unexcused absences.

A student who misses all of his or her classes for two consecutive weeks will be withdrawn from the college.


If a student arrives late or leaves early from class, it is noted in the attendance roster.
4 late arrivals/early departures = 1 absence
Further, if a student misses more then 30 minutes of class, he/she will be marked with a one-half absence for that class.
2 half absences = 1 absence

Other Class Policies

Students must adhere to all lab rules during class. Food and beverages are not permitted in the computer labs.

Respect for self, instructor, and classmates is required at all times. Refer to Student Handbook for Student Code of Conduct.

Students must turn off cell phones, beepers, and portable audio devices during class. You may be asked to leave the class for any of the events listed below. If you are asked to leave, you will not be allowed to return for the duration of the class and you will be marked absent for the entire class. If the problem occurs again during the semester you will be removed from the course and your tuition will not be refunded.

You will be asked to leave the class if:
You place or answer a phone call during class
You use chat/IM or email software during a lecture or an in class assignment
You are listening to a personal audio device during class
You attempt to disconnect or circumvent the Links system (unplug monitors, etc)
You disrupt the lecture

Academic Support and Learning Disabilities

Students with known disabilities should contact their instructors as well as the Student Services Office (Jim Ryan extension 4467). All information regarding disabilities is kept strictly confidential.

Academic Support (tutoring) is provided to any student in need of tutoring, at no cost. Students who feel they are able to assist with tutoring this course should also contact Jennifer in the Academic Support Center (617-582-4403) for more information.

Semester Class Meeting Schedule

All course content information, including lecture topics, test dates, reading assignments, and resources can be found at