Module Overview

Digital Video Techniques

This module aims to provide students with an in-depth understanding of practical digital video concepts and will introduce students to the non-linear digital video editing. Students will gain the skills required to explore concepts and express ideas through digital video and will develop a knowledge of the use of digital video within tools necessary for narration, audio, lighting and scene setup. The module will cover the basic principles behind digital video production as it applies to DSLR. Basic DSLR video capture concepts such as exposure (Aperture, Shutter, ISO), white balance, stabilization, and how each of these concepts should be taken into consideration depending on the subject matter and lighting conditions. Different video capture techniques such as shooting an interview/drama scene/ narrative/report/documentary cutaways. Students will also be introduced to the history and practical issues surrounding film/video capture and composition. Basic editing workflow, exporting the video into a logical sequence of events using the latest software. Work in a small team to original and prepare a report/drama scene/interview.

Module Code

DMED H2033

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Historical and Contemporary Context

Early filmmaking techniques. The development of filmmaking and its importance to society. Attend film screenings and galleries to enable students to situate their developing concepts.

Concept Development

Generate ideas suitable for video execution and delivery. Utilise personal archive material such as stills, moving images, objects and found sounds.

Digital Video Production Process

Explore the many roles in movie production

Shooting Techniques

Establishing shot, long shot, medium shot, close up, POV, OTS. Tracking, dolly, pan, title and zoom shots. Overview of camera main components and controls. Tracking, dolly, pan, title and zoom shots. Overview of camera main components and controls.

Fundamentals of Video Editing

Non-linear editing including inputting video clips, trimming. Marking, overwrite, drag-and-drop, sequencing clips, transitions. Creative possibilities of adding sound to a video project. Freeze Frames , Split Screens.

Media Management and Compression

Managing projects and media files. Compression overview, conversion. Printing to video, exporting Quicktime movies for web/DVD/other.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)100