Video Editing and Adobe Premiere Pro - Intermediate

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Video Editing and Adobe Premiere Pro - Intermediate

Students will build on the fundamentals of video editing taught in the introductory course. Learners will develop more practice and thorough knowledge in the field.  Through this knowledge students can develop a better appreciation of the field and make more conscious decisions in their edit. Students will be once again using Adobe Premiere Pro, which is the key Adobe software used for video editing. This time however we will be seeing how other applications like Photoshop, After Effects and Encore can improve the editing experience. 

Lessons are held as indicated on the prospectus and website.

Learning Outcome 1: Discuss the various historical influences on editing and style.

Unit Content

  • Soviet Montage (Kuleshov Effect, Soviet montage theory, influence on directors like A. hitchcock and A. Tarkovski)
  • Early documentarians Pre WW2 (Leni Riefenstahl, Dziga Vertov, Humphrey Jennings, Robert Flaherty)
  • The influence of the emergence of sound (Diegetic, non-diegetic sound, sound effects, foley, Creative sound use and soundscaping for film)
  • French New Wave (non-continuity editing, Cinema Verite)
  • New Hollywood and Post MTV (Montage sequences, Music videos, Stanley Kubrick, the digital age, non linear editing systems and storytelling, fast editing)
  • The influence of the internet

Learning Outcome 2: Use effectively Premiere and supporting software when working on an editing task. 

Unit Content

  • Premiere Pro – Blending modes, multi cam editing, time manipulation, three way colour correction, sound editing, compression
  • Photoshop integration – Alpha Backgrounds, Formats (PNG, TIFF), text
  • Encore integration – Creating menus and buttons in Photoshop, DVD authoring
  • After effects integration – Keylight for green screen, colour correction, tracking, stabilization, interpolated fields slow motion

Learning Outcome 3: Create a 3 minute editing project showing an elementary use of colour correction, composition and sound

Unit Content

  • Final Music video production using existing footage your own
  • Short feature of 3 minutes in length.
  • Either project must utilize different techniques taught in class, using the different above mentioned supporting programs.

The following are the suggested pre-requisites and/or entry requirements needed:           


  • A Digital Domestic Camera (DSLR preferred) with the ability to shoot video in full HD. Although this is not an entry requirement students who do not have access to a digital camera will not be able to participate effectively in the practical sessions.


  • A certificate of attendance in the MCAST course Video Editing and Adobe Premiere Pro - Introduction


  • A good introductory working knowledge of Video Editing and Adobe Premiere Pro, whether through personal / work experience

Entry Requirements:

To follow this course learners must have:

  • A computer (PC or MAC) with the minimum specifications to edit HD video to use at home.
  • Acess to use Adobe Premiere Pro software (or any equivalent professional software such as AVID, Final Cut Pro or EDIUS) from home
  • Learners must also have very good everyday computer skills, since these are obligatory. (ECDL is preferred but not required).

Course participants may be awarded either an MCAST Certificate of Attendance or an MCAST Certificate of Achievement.

MCAST Certificate of Attendance

  • An MCAST Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to those candidates who attend at least 80% of the lessons.

MCAST Certificate of Achievement

  • An MCAST Certificate of Achievement will be awarded to those candidates who satisfy the 80% attendance criteria and also choose to sit and pass the course assessment/s.

  • Students who opt not to sit for the assessment or fail (the assessment/s) will however be awarded the MCAST Certificate of Attendance provided that they fulfill the minimum attendance criteria as stated above.

If the student intends to obtain a Certificate of Achievement, she/he is required to sit for an assessment/s.  Assessment/s may take various forms such as a home assignment, class assignment, practical test and time constrained test.  However, the assessment/s is not compulsory and an applicant may choose not to sit for it.

Learners must have home access to Adobe Premiere Pro software (or any equivalent professional software such as AVID, Final Cut Pro or EDIUS) 

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