Digital Video Editing

4 Day Workshop Itinerary

(primarily because Monday was a holiday)

some retrospective comments regarding
providing a digital video editing workshop

Tuesday •Intro
•Planning the Project (storyboarding)

•Video Techniques
•Project Development


•iMovie Interface
• Enhance iMovie with extra plugins
•Project Development

•Adding Still Images
•Project Development
•Converting Analog Video Sources

Thursday •iMovie audio- Extract, Edit, & Add Audio
•Project Development

•Going Further with Final Cut Pro
•Exporting Your Final Product
•Project Development

Friday •Final Project Development
•Creating DVD's Using Apple's SuperDrive

Workshop Requirements:

  1. Attend all workshop sessions.
  2. Develop and present a three to five minute educational or school public relations video using iMovie.
    Minimum requirements:
  3. Opening titles, 3 scenes, 3 transitions, extracted audio, added audio tract and credits.
  4. Final project presentation.

Retrospective Ideas/Comments About Providing Digital Video Editing Training


Video Cameras

  • unless your intent is to train the participants how to import/convert analog to digital, try to have at least one Firewire Digital Video Camera available for every four workshop participants. Firewire makes this process SOOOooo much easier!
  • encourage participants to bring their own cameras with the above stipulations.
  • provide at least one tripod for every two cameras (encourage their use)
  • have participants return video cameras to a common resource table with a power strip to charge them between uses.
  • if possible, set up loaner kits with charger, camera, microphone in a camera bag for participants to take off site overnight.


  • we definitely should have been prepared to provide wireless mikes (lavelier or lapel type) and wired mikes for our workshop... next time we will!


  • one iMac DV with a at least 128 MB of RAM for each student (64 MB will work for a small film with very few transitions, sound files etc, 128 provides a much better computing experience).
  • provide or suggest participants bring their own headphones to help them focus on their product as the edit the movie.

Resource Book

get ahold of the David Pogue's awesome book:

iMovie 2: The Missing Manual
O'Reilly & Associates; ISBN: 0596001045

  • reserve a room with sufficient power circuits to support your hardware (at one point I went to heat some coffee in the microwave and threw the breaker of half the computers in the room!)
  • reserve several quiet rooms that can be used as filming rooms.
  • be prepared to move computers into these rooms to "voice" the video narrations, if the narration is being dubbed in after the filming.


  • iMovie is cool, but iMovie 2 is what you really need to have real control over your sound tracks.
  • make sure all computers are updated to the latest version of iMovie 2 (2.0.3 at the time of this workshop 6/2001)
  • check the iMovie website for free plugins, music loops, and tips)
  • consider purchasing some extra music loops or get a sound loop generator such as Sonic Desktop's SmartSound as a part of a new computer purchase in Apple's Learning Series K-6 or secondary Multimedia bundles. (GREAT value!)
  • consider purchasing extra transitions from

Participant Product

  • the product for the purposes of this weeklong workshop should be more strictly limited to a three to five minute video.
  • anything longer gets to be too much for participants to completely edit in this time frame. It also becomes more time consumming to export and difficult to store, present and move around.
  • participants will probably benefit more from focusing a simple message and learning the skills associated with video editing if the project is kept shorter.



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