Communication and Media Studies 347

COMS 347: Video Editing and Effects

Prerequisites: COMS 130, COMS 246 and COMS 247.

Corequisites: COMS 346 or permission of instructor

Credit Hours: (3)

Instruction to analog and digital editing theories and video effects theories and techniques. Training in the use of analog and computerized video editing systems and digital video effects programs. Exploration of hardware and software issues relating to 3-dimensional graphics manipulation, video compression, and recording. Students must enroll in COMS 346 and COMS 347 concurrently.

Formerly COMS 447: Students cannot receive credit for both COMS 347 and COMS 447.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

Students in this course are introduced to the concepts of analog and digital video image manipulation and are provided with a first look at non-linear video editing. They also will learn how to perform basic video editing tasks on a linear editing system. In addition, they will also learn to use a digital video effects (DVE) system, using the Pinnacle StudioPak and 3-D Paint software. Multichannel audio and video mixes as applied to basic news and dramatic programming are discussed in detail.

Laboratory projects are designed to directly supplement the theoretical classroom discussions and to acquaint students with the various functions of non-linear video recording and image manipulation systems. Upon completion of these projects, students will have created an "audition tape" for their production portfolio.

Students will apply the theories and techniques discussed in class by editing public service announcements and advertisements, interviews, and short news and information programs, which they will record in the corequiste COMS 346:

Electronic Field Production course. The program material will be developed by students in the Beginning Reporting course. To this end, students will work on developing their problem solving skills, which play an integral role not only in defining and unifying the concepts and practices encountered in this course, but in the workplace as well.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

This course will be taught using a lecture/discussion/laboratory format. Students study written materials covering course topics, view related videotapes, and discuss them in class. They apply this theoretical knowledge to specific computer laboratory and TV studio exercises, which illustrate the course concepts and processes. Students are not merely tested on the course content, but are experientially involved. A contract grading system for projects is employed. This method of evaluation emulates "real world" production situations by holding students' projects to specific requirements, which must be met before the instructor grants approval. Project grades are based upon the number of projects completed and approved during the term.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Students completing this course should be able to:

  • Understand the basic concepts associated with linear and non-linear video editing and effects creation: Types of digital video formats, High-Definition Television and compressed video, sampling rates, files, quality, digital paint effects, and three-dimensional image manipulation.
  • Understand how to operate a digital video effects system (DVE) in conjunction with a TV production switcher.
  • Understand how to record, analyze, edit, enhance, play, mix and store analog and digital audio and video editing equipment and digital video effects programs.
  • Apply advanced audio and video production theories and problem solving strategies in laboratory and industry contexts.
  • Become more proficient in using communication skills and strategies along with the appropriate technologies in the creation of original programming for broadcasting, multimedia, cable, film, and related industries.


Assessment Measures

1. Tests covering course content (readings, videos, lectures, etc.).
2. Laboratory exercises in which students demonstrate a working knowledge of concepts and processes.
3. Class participation, which demonstrates the acquisition of concepts and processes of digital audio terminology and techniques.


Other Course Information



Approval and Subsequent Reviews

Date Action Reviewed by
September 2003 Prereq. Added Joe Flickinger, Chair

May, 2011