Learn video editing techniques for drama.

This course is designed to show non-linear editing techniques from a dramatic scene.
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  • Lectures 58
  • Length 5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 12/2014 English

Course Description

This course is designed for those students who are interested in learning how to use a non-linear editing (NLE) system who are keen to learn how to edit drama. Techniques used are similar to those used by professional television editors, based on my own experiences of working on a range of projects over the past 30 years.

The editing technique is demonstrated using Adobe Premiere Pro, but if you are familiar with other NLE systems you should be able to transpose the actions across to your own editing platform.

Course Structure:

  • Course introduction
  • Theory of editing & NLE interfaces
  • Video clips used in the demonstrations
  • Locating, copying and importing clips
  • Synchronising audio and video clips
  • Viewing merged clips and marking up script
  • How to do the first assembly edit through to final cut?
  • How to edit sound once picture lock has been reached?
  • Creating graphics, exporting scene and uploading to YouTube.
  • Course Conclusion

Currently, the course contains nearly 7 hours of tutorials (including 20 minutes of video and 22 minutes of audio that you can download to edit following the demonstrations).

What are the requirements?

  • Student need to have access to a non-linear editing system such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro or something similar. The demonstrations are in Premiere Pro. You will also need Audacity.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • understand concepts of editing drama.
  • organise audio and video clips on the hard drive.
  • do an assemble edit through to final cut.
  • tracklay audio in a non-linear editing system.
  • add titles and end graphics to a scene.
  • upload vide to YouTube.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is designed to help students with limited understanding of editing to learn how to edit a drama scene the way a professional does. Each stage the student is guided through the process and provided with audio and video clips so you can join in. You are also encouraged to try out different approaches based on your own ideas, once you have mastered the techniques suggested.
  • Though in the course Adobe Premiere is used for editing, you should be able to follow the demonstrations and edit the clips in the editing software you are familiar with.

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: Course introduction
Section 2: Theory of editing & NLE interfaces
Section 2 Introduction
Basic Non-linear Editing Software Design
iMovie Interface
FCPX Interface
Lightworks Interface
Adobe Premiere Pro Interface
Section 2 Conclusions
Section 3: Video Clips used in the demonstrations
Section 3 Introduction

In lectures 12 to 15 I am providing video and audio clips from a feature film I produced called 'Monty's Quest' (working title). To allow you to use the clips I am doing so under a Creative Commons License. This video explains how this license works and what restrictions are in place under this license.

Understanding how this license and copyright issues is important even with you own work so understanding such issues will help protect yourself and allow greater flexibility when you produce videos for YouTube and other distribution platforms.


Though the above video was originally designed to show how to separate each of the audio and video clips provided in Lectures 12 to 15, I have now added a series of zip files as downloadable resources which contain the separate clips of video (MOV files) and audio (WAV files), which will save you time and allow you to go follow the instructions in Section 4.

Section 3 Conclusion
Section 4: Locating, copying and importing clips
Section 4 Introduction
Locating & Copying Files
Opening Premiere and importing media files
Section 4 Conclusion
Section 5: Synchronising Audio and Video Clips
Section 5 Introduction
Synchronising Audio & Video (Part 1)
Synchronising Audio & Video (Part 2)
Synchronising Audio & Video (Part 3)
Section 5 Conclusion
Section 6: Viewing merged clips and marking up script
Section 6 Introduction
Viewing Clips and Marking up Script (pt1)
Viewing Clips and Marking up Script (pt2)
Viewing Clips and Marking up Script (pt3)
Viewing Clips and Marking up Script (pt4)
Viewing Clips and Marking up Script (pt5) + LKJ keys
Section 6 Conclusion
Section 7: How to do the first assembly edit through to final cut
Section 7 Introduction
First cut or Assembly Edit (part 1)
First cut or Assembly Edit (part 2)
First cut or Assembly Edit (part 3)
Second Rough Edit (part 1)
Second Rough Edit (part 2)
Second Rough Edit (part 3)
Fine editing
Final Picture Edit
Section 7 Conclusion
Section 8: How to edit sound once picture lock has been reached?
Section 8 Introduction
Sourcing music from YouTube
Using Auditions to export AIF file
Using Audacity to export AIFF file
Exporting Audio from Premiere
Warning about the importance of backing up files
Tracklaying in Auditions (part 1)
Tracklaying in Auditions (part 2)
Tracklaying in Auditions (part 3)
Tracklaying in Auditions (part 4)
Audio Adjustments in Premiere
Tracklaying in Premiere (part 1)
Tracklaying in Premiere (part 2)
Section 8 Conclusion
Section 9: Creating graphics, exporting scene and uploading to YouTube.
Section 9 Introduction
Creating Titles and End Credits
Exporting Scene
Upload video to YouTube
Section 9 Conclusion
Section 10: Course Conclusion
Course conclusion

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Instructor Biography

George Kingsnorth, Filmmaker, 3D Artist, Writer & Educationalist.


I have been a Media lecturer for twelve years, initially at UCE Birmingham and more recently at the Southern Regional College, where I was the Course Coordinator on the HND in Interactive Media Production and the new HND in Creative Media Production for three academic years.

My academic work involves designing and implementing courses from BTEC First Diploma Level 2 through to HND Level 5 courses; internal verification; planning and grading assignments; reviewing equipment and software needs for both classroom and studio based work; and pastoral care for students. I have also had a key role in setting up the NI SkillSet Academy between 2006 and 2008.

I have over thirty years experience in digital video, film and television, primarily as an editor but over the past twenty years also in production. I have worked for the BBC NI, UTV, RTE and many independent production companies. I have written numerous short scripts, which have been put into production and screened either in film festivals or broadcast on UK television. I have developed one of my feature film screenplays called 'The Fall' into a published novel and set up the new publishing company, Gullion Media Limited in 2008. I have been working with new authors to publish their books. To date the company has published 4 books: 'The Fall'; 'Hidden' ( both authored by George J. Kingsnorth); 'GeoCache' by Errol Bader and 'Stripping it back' by Billy Dixon.

With Jeff Marshall, as co-producer, I have written and director an award winning low-budget digital feature film called 'Fiddler's Walk'. I am currently producing a feature film called 'Monty's Quest'. In addition, I am co-producer, co-director and editor of the feature length documentary 'Bleeding Pines of Turpentine' (BPOT) about the devastation and recuperation of the long-leaf pines in North Carolina and how this has affected the local community. BPOT was the opening film at the 2nd Newry Film Festival 2013 on 16th September 2013.

Work History:

Managing Director of Youtreetv Ltd, a new company set up to produce video tutorials for on-line courses November 2013 - present.

Managing Director of Gullion Media Limited, a new publishing company Sept 2007 – Current.

Lecturer in Media Production, Southern Regional College Sept 2004 – Feb 2014 (Currently on a career break).

Course Director/Senior Lecturer – Digital Television Technology & Production, TIC Dec 2002 – Sept 2004.

Freelance Editor/Director & Managing Director Blue Sphere Productions now Kingsnorth Films Ltd Aug 1997 – Current.

Avid Editor, Callister Communications Ltd, Lisburn May 1995 – Aug 1997.

Freelance Editor/Director, Belfast, June 1989 – May 1995.

Picture Editor, Anglia Television, Norwich – June 1988 – May 1989. Assistant Film Editor, BBC NI, Belfast, Dec 1984 – June 1988.

Inhouse Productions Ltd, Manchester, April 1984 – Dec 1984.

Education: Master of Education, 2013 University of Ulster.

Master of Arts Degree in Media Studies, 2005 University of Ulster.

Postgraduate Diploma in Further & Higher Education, 2008, University of Ulster.

Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Television Technology & Production, 2003 UCE.

Postgraduate Certificate in Popular Culture 2003 O.U.

BA in General Studies 1997, O.U.

H.N.D. Film & Television 1983 Bournemouth & Poole College of Art & Design.

Instructor Biography

Michael N. Kingsnorth, Open Source Architect And Developer

I have twenty years experience working in the IT industry working for a range of well known companies including broadcast. I have a wealth of knowledge working with Open Source technologies as a developer and systems administrator. In recent years I have made my living from writing bespoke solutions in Perl and PHP on LAMP platforms.

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