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Digital Video Editor

Competency-Based Apprenticeship
Sponsoring Company:
The Alliance for Media Arts + Culture, Inc.
O*Net Code
Rapids Code
Req. Hours
Jul 16, 2021
Jul 16, 2021

Competency-Based Skills

5 skill sets | 28 total skills
General Practices
Demonstrate a working understanding of the organization’s structure, personnel rules, policies, responsibilities and general understanding of work ethics, interpersonal communications and related policies.
Understand and practices safety procedures and rules.
Demonstrate a working understanding of goals, mission and vision of the organization/company.
Demonstrate a working understanding of organization’s administrative, production and postproduction communications and workflow.
Demonstrate a working understanding of organization’s best practices for client interactions and social media.
Demonstrate working knowledge of required hardware. Set-up computer editing system, electronic titling system, video switching equipment, and digital video effects units
Demonstrate working knowledge of required software (e.g. - creating models and prototypes in Adobe Creative Suite).
Demonstrate understanding of production planning (e.g. - read production log and call sheets for current project. Assist Producer with edit scheduling and staffing, map out story arcs, special effects, plans for archival footage and workflow).
Demonstrate ability to develop character-driven story arcs from scripts, montage sequences and a variety of scene rhythms and styles.
Demonstrate ability to interact effectively with director, talent and crew.
Demonstrate knowledge of video industry standard formats, and media and asset management practices on Mac/Windows platforms and networked environments.
Demonstrate fluency with analog edit process.
Demonstrate fluency with audio edit workflow.
Demonstrate ability to create seamless and effective audio sequences.
Demonstrate ability to create video sequences in diverse styles and genres.
Demonstrate basic fluency with animation production process and video graphics.
Demonstrate ability to coordinate post-production process.
Demonstrate ability to download and log footage from multiple camera sources.
Demonstrate ability to create selects, sequences, rough assemblies.
Demonstrate ability to combine the most effective shots of each scene to build powerful, creative story.
Demonstrate ability to finish and output content in multiple formats.
Demonstrate ability to collaborate with editorial and technical staff to create and package final program to spec.
Demonstrate ability to version and deliver final client side content on multiple platforms.
Creative Project Development & Leadership
Demonstrate ability to ideate and create rich media content for specific issues and campaigns.
Demonstrate ability to design multiple strategic content streams for independent projects.
Demonstrate ability to design edit toolkits for training and professional development.
Demonstrate ability to supervise youth editors.
Demonstrate intermediate knowledge of industry standard technologies, as needed, including but not limited to Adobe Premiere, After Effects, VFX and Resolve.

Technical Instruction

Introduction to Visual Storytelling - 14 req. hrs
What are the components of visual storytelling? Learn to wield the power of sound and color in this introductory course. In this course you will craft engaging stories through basic cinematography, lighting, editing and sound while gaining a conceptual understanding of how these pieces come together to form the rich medium of visual storytelling.
Digital Video Production Basics - 24 req. hrs
The digital technology of today making shooting video accessible to filmmakers of all levels. This intensive, hands-on video workshop is designed for the beginning videomaker and is an ideal introduction to all phases of production. You will learn the basics of industry-standard video technology and get familiar with the skills you need to make sleek, professional videos.
Introduction to Digital Cinematography - 16 req. hrs
For the first time in history, filmmakers at all skill levels can take advantage of the portability, affordability and cinematic quality provided by today’s high-definition capable DSLR cameras. This course will help you increase your knowledge of production workflows, while increasing your film’s value and professional aesthetic. Gain hands-on training with DSLR cameras and learn how to capture high definition images under the guidance of expert cinematographer instructors.
Video Post-Production Workflow - 8 req. hrs
Have you ever worked tirelessly to shoot hours of great footage, only to find yourself unsure of how to put it all together? Get your projects to completion with this Video Post-Production Workflow course, which walks you through each individual phase of organizing, editing and completing your film from start to finish. Get the files onto your computer, name them properly so that you don’t lose them, troubleshoot technical issues along the way and maximize your existing non-linear editing skills.
Digital Editing Basics with Adobe Premiere - 24 req. hrs
The industry-standard software for non-linear editing in Adobe Premiere. Learn to wield its power and produce high-end editing in this technical course, which will provide you a comprehensive overview of the Premiere Interface and its practical features.
Audio Production - 32 req. hrs
The importance of sound quality in visual media cannot be understated. Increase your project’s production value by learning the ropes of audio production. This course provides hands-on training in the basic techniques of recording sound for the camera. Review basic sound theory, practical tips, squashing noise, and troubleshooting. Students will set up interviews and use the most commonly used professional sound equipment in different environments.
Audio Post-Production for Video Editors - 32 req. hrs
For smaller video projects, video editors are often expected to be capable in audio post-production. This course covers workflow techniques of audio post-production for film and commercial productions that will increase any video editor’s marketability. Learn about advanced techniques of audio clean-up and restoration using tools within Adobe Audition CC. Learn how to apply complex equalization filters to voice-over and dialogue content and advanced compression / limiting techniques to balance audio levels, and integrate sound design into your projects.
Digital Project Management for Video Editors - 15 req. hrs
Learn the professional post-production secrets that will keep you on track, manage your clients, save you time and bring your work to the next level. You'll have the skills to from raw footage to a high quality rendered product. Get the files onto your computer, name them properly so that you don’t lose them, troubleshoot technical issues along the way and maximize your existing Adobe Premiere skills.
Advanced Digital Video Production - 32 req. hrs
Today’s high-definition DSLR cameras afford creative producers at all levels the ability to learn to shoot video in an easy, flexible, professional way. This course helps students learn industry-standard video technology. The course (4-day Bootcamp or 8 half days) condenses a semester’s worth of camera-handling knowledge into an intense 32-hour training course.
Projects In Digital Video Production - 15 req. hrs
Students will gain hands-on experience in all aspects of Short Video Production, including Production Planning, Shooting and Post-Production. This intensive, hands-on video workshop is designed for the beginning videomaker and is an ideal introduction to all phases of production. You will learn the basics of industry-standard video technology and get familiar with the skills you need to make sleek, professional videos under the supervision of master videographers and production managers!
Advanced Digital Cinematography for Video Editors - 15 req. hrs
The careful choices a cinematographer makes with respect to composition, color, light and texture affect the overall look and mood of visual media. Students explore the impact of the visual language and related topics such as design principles and forces of visual organization. The effects of scene direction and lines of action on the editing process are explored. Students learn cinematic composition, the rule of thirds, spatial relationships and proper framing.
Advanced Digital Editing - 15 req. hrs
Editing requires a keen understanding of the storytelling process. Study the art of when, where and why we make an edit. This course will explain how to better immerse our viewers into our story, fix problems incurred during production and give our productions a fresh edge. Students learn advanced technical skills from edit styles to the rule of sixes to draw the audience in.
Projects in Digital Editing - 15 req. hrs
Edit your own short-form project under the supervision of a master editor. Learn through doing about how and why the editor is a technical person as much as they are a collaborative storyteller. In this course you will work with the elements of media to craft a cohesive and engaging project. Learn why cuts work, the rule of six, and when to stop cutting with industry-standard software.
Advanced Audio Projects for Video Editors - 15 req. hrs
To edit high quality videos, you need to edit high quality sound. In this projects course designed for video editors, you will have the chance to construct your own creative soundtracks and soundscapes under the supervision of a master sound designer. You will practice recording your own sounds, using post production filters, syncing your audio to video and producing a great sound mix. These essential tools will enhance the audio in your project to achieve a more professional result.
Introduction to Web Video - 15 req. hrs
The digital age, the smartphone revolution, and the explosion of technology resulted in entirely new realms of visual storytelling and media consumption. So how do you create online video content that captures the viewer’s attention in a meaningful way and can be leveraged to raise awareness or build a brand? In this introductory course, you will get a comprehensive overview of the digital video landscape, from social media video content ala AJ+, Buzzfeed, Now This, and Vice to short-form and episodic fiction and nonfiction filmmaking for platforms such as YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo.
Projects in Web Video - 15 req. hrs
How do you create online video content that captures the viewer’s attention in a meaningful way and can be leveraged to raise awareness or build a brand? Students will use Adobe Premiere and Adobe Premiere Clip to shoot and edit two short videos for the web, using their phones. One social media video will be in the style of online content creators like AJ+, Buzzfeed, Now This, and Vice. The second social media video will focus on platforms designed to raise funds, like Indiegogo and Kickstarter. Participants will edit pre-existing footage in the lab and their own footage in their phones.
Introduction to Editing Emerging Media: AR/VR/3D/AI - 15 req. hrs
Virtual Reality film offers full immersion into another world and unparalleled connection with characters. This class is your hands-on crash course to editing in VR. If you are a filmmaker looking to expand to immersive storytelling, a freelance editor looking to add new skills to your repertoire, an art student looking for a mind bending new medium, a real estate agent, a start-upper or an event producer looking for a compelling way to showcase your work, this class will get you started!
Projects in Editing Emerging Media - 15 req. hrs
In this projects-based class, you will practice editing short form pieces in VR, AR, 3D or AI. Best editing practices will be shared so you can learn how to tell captivating stories in these evolving mediums. This workshop is your hands-on crash course to technologies in immersive storytelling and taught under the supervision of a VR filmmaker.
Documentary Fieldwork for Editors - 15 req. hrs
Do you cut out the part where the subject starts crying, or do you leave it in for dramatic effect? These are the sticky questions documentary film editors may confront as they stitch a documentary narrative together. In this course, delve into how occurrences in the documentary fieldwork affect the edit and develop your own methodology around documentary ethics that will inform your non-fiction editing practices.
Art of the Interview - 15 req. hrs
Conducting an interview effectively results in powerful and effective material that can make or break your project. Walk through the various steps for preparing an engaging camera interview from research, pre-production, production to post production. Interview samples will be screened and analyzed to highlight different approaches and dos and don'ts. Practice interviews will be set up so students have a chance to interview each other and/or be interviewed. Learn best workflow practices, prepare to ask the tough questions, and get your interviewees to share their deepest thoughts and feelings on camera.
Film, Media and Popular Culture - 15 req. hrs
Today's entertainment industry presents a rich world of opportunities, but also a new set of challenges. Whether you are a writer, producer, marketer or executive, it is now equally as important to understand content creation techniques, production technologies and distribution platforms as it is to understand how to weave a compelling narrative. This course will provide a broad overview of the current entertainment landscape and where it's headed, as well as an in-depth look at the specific tools, companies and technologies shaping today's great content.
Media Production in the Age of Data - What Editors Need To Know - 15 req. hrs
Distributors are increasingly using quantitative data to develop best practices of audience engagement. In the age of digital distribution, various aspects of audience behavior are being recorded and analyzed. How are editors asked to adapt their editing techniques in response to the short attention span of today’s viewers? By looking specifically at data, you will learn to best practices to avoid audience drop off and explore the relevance of audience engagement data to the editing process.
Graphic Design + Animation for Video Post - 15 req. hrs
Learn to design well-constructed graphics that communicate effectively and master basic concepts of graphic design and animation for video post. Learn to apply the motion graphics skills of today's leading animators and visual effects creators to media and web projects. This course will provide an introduction Adobe After Effects software.
Creativity in Crisis: Editing Disaster Stories - 15 req. hrs
What challenges and opportunities face the editor when crafting stories of crisis, upheaval and disaster? Journalist and investigative reporter Amy Goodman once said, “The role of independent media is to go to where the silence is” and filmmakers and increasingly rising to the challenge of filling gaps in mainstream media. Learn best practices for building tension when working with observational documentary footage and how to navigate politically charged topics in your creative crafting of documentary narratives.
Coding for Creatives - 15 req. hrs
Learning to program is no longer just for computer specialists and software developers. Creative coding is a growing field that uses computer software as a medium to develop original creative expression. In this course, you will learn programming through authoring your own creative program and develop practical programming skills by exploring creative ideas and challenges.
Collaboration and Co-Creation Lab: Working with Clients and Communities - 15 req. hrs
Co-creation is defined as the deep, active and equal collaboration between clients, consumers, agencies and experts to solve a problem or need. The marketing world understands the importance of customer feedback and uses methods of co-creation in order to source it. Documentary filmmaker and media creators can benefits from these practices to deepen their creative work with clients and communities. In this course, you will learn how to facilitate mixed teams of clients, agencies and consumers through a range of exercises, from insight generation to idea generation to development, group refinement and prioritization.

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