Video Foundations Course
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Video Foundations Course

Learn the key fundamentals of shooting great videos.
4.8 (86 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
6,046 students enrolled
Created by Kaj Kjellesvig
Published 8/2012
English
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Price: Free
Includes:
  • 43 mins on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • At the end of this course you should have ample knowledge to utilize key video making principles and how to break the rules correctly when need be.
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Requirements
  • Basic tech skills (you should be able to know how to navigate a computer comfortably.)
Description

The Video Foundations Course is a no-nonsense approach to making a Video.

All lessons have been written, rewritten and edited with care. Instead of listening to a two-hour course where I say, "Uhhhh," "Um," and "Well" a lot, this course on How to Make a Video is packed into 40 minutes of straight-to-the-point instruction.

The Video Foundations Course includes the key principles of video making. This isn't a course about what camcorder to buy or what editing software to get- there is plenty of content with that angle on the web already. Instead, the course focuses on fundamentals, rules and how to break them for making a Video.

Here is the list of topics covered in this course:
Aperture
Depth of Field
F-Stop
3-Point Lighting
Lighting Safety
The 180 Degree Rule (and how to break it)
Frame Rates
Color Correction
Good Sound
Editing
Shot Composition
Shutter Speed
The Rule of Thirds
Aspect Ratio
Vectorscopes, Histograms and Waveform Monitors
Shooting Basics
Progressive and Interlaced Scan

The appeal to knowing this information is to feel empowered by knowing what you can and can't get away with. I remember when I first started shooting videos, I would often look at my own footage and say, "Why does that look wrong?" It's taken me many years, but I feel comfortable now because I know these essential concepts. 

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Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to pursue video making as a hobby or even professionally.
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Curriculum For This Course
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Introduction to Video Foundations
2 Lectures 04:14

The Video Foundations Course was designed by Cold War Era scientists who wanted a way for the citizens of the future to record videos of cats and upload it to the internet for countless millions.

Just kidding. That is only half true. The Video Foundations Course is a series of instructional videos designed to give anyone a crash course in video making in under 40 minutes. It's straight to the point so you can get to watching your episodes of Jersey Shore. 

Video Foundations: The Key Ingredients to Making Great Video on Vimeo
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The Video Foundations Course was designed by Cold War Era scientists who wanted a way for the citizens of the future to record videos of cats and upload it to the internet for countless millions.

Just kidding. That is only half true. The Video Foundations Course is a series of instructional videos designed to give anyone a crash course in video making in under 40 minutes. It's straight to the point so you can get to watching your episodes of Jersey Shore. 

Video Foundations: The Key Ingredients to Making Great Video on Vimeo
04:14
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The Video Foundations Course
18 Lectures 38:32

This video shows the basics to writing a good Audio/Video script.

Intro to Script Writing
05:10

IMPORTANT NOTE: Instead of Optical Zoom, it should be Digital Zoom. I am aware of this mistake and am currently re-editing the video to fix it.

Shooting Basics
03:24

This video covers lighting safety, color temperature, run-and-gun lighting and the three point lighting setup.

Lighting Basics
04:36

Shot Composition
01:47

This lesson covers the essentials of making your video sound as good as ever.

Good Sound
02:36

Editing
04:55

This lesson covers the basics of getting a proper exposure for your image.

How to Read a Histogram
01:38

Shutter Speed
01:41

This lesson covers frame rates and what makes them.

Frames Per Second
00:39

24 Frames Per Second
00:28

30 Frames Per Second
00:24

This lesson covers the basics of screen proportion.

Aspect Ratio
00:50

Aperture
01:44

The Rule of Thirds
01:08

The F-Stop
02:12

Progressive vs. Interlaced
01:15

The 180 Degree Rule
01:13

This lesson covers the vectorscope, waveform monitor and how to remove an inaccurate color cast.

Introduction to Color Correction
02:52
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Additional Resources
2 Lectures 02:50
Online Free Video Content
00:09

Shooting Checklist
02:41
About the Instructor
Kaj Kjellesvig
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Creative Director at EideCom

Kaj works for EideCom Creative Agency as their Creative Director.