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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2010 - 2011

Module Title Multimedia Digital Video Production
Module Code CM558
School School of Communications

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorMr William TukeOffice NumberC127
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The aim of the module is to introduce the students to the necessary technical and creative skills required to produce original video material for multimedia use.

Learning Outcomes

1. Working in a small team be able to originate and prepare a digital documentary or multimedia related video proposal.
2. Organise, develop and produce a short five to seven minute video project on an agreed topic.
3. Compile the project into a logically edited sequence of events.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture11Lecture-supervised learning period over one semester
Laboratory22Project exercises, project development, 'brain-storming' sessions, discussion over one semester.
Independent Study85Research, development of production skills, editing exercises and software self-taught tutorials.
Assignment Completion132Group-based digital video project on an agreed topic.
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Introduction to documentary production
Documentary production; developing your project. Students will be shown previous course work for evaluation and critical analysis.

Planning your project, research, brainstorming, developing a proposal, technical requirements and crew selection.

The Non-Linear Editing (NLE) Software environment
About digital video editing. Introduction to the Final Cut Pro software system.

Introduction to High Definition (HD) Camerawork.
The Sony XDCAM HD (High-Definition) camcorder. Technical operations; handling; focusing; audio adjustments; handheld vs. tripod use; monitoring audio levels; adjusting white balance. Digitisation of footage/data to Final Cut Pro.

The small team environment - multi-skilling, roles and responsibilities.
Students will self-select their production groups and be required to originate and develop a number of project proposals, which they will research and evaluate.

Project proposal
Teams will have selected a sub-group of topics for discussion and consultation with their supervisor. Following this session, students will select their final project for development.

Project development
Carrying out a `recce.' - technical considerations, meeting people, organizing permissions; planning a shot list; scheduling the project.

Project management, audio, lighting and camera considerations. Teams now start the production process and keep a log of their progress for later inclusion in their reports.

Students involve themselves in the post-production process, creating a logical flow to their sequences of recorded material. Digitization, logging, editing considerations, adding narration, music, graphics and/or motion graphics, exporting and output for DVD and the web.

Assignment 1
Project proposal (formative evaluation)

Assignment 2
DV documentary or other agreed video project (summative evaluation)

Assessment Type
Group Project (only).

General Note.
As per 'Full-time Workload' description, students will be expected to continue their laboratory work with their own research and self-taught tutorial materials in order to increase their understanding and competencies within the various software and hardware environments.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • N/A: 0, Barnow, Eric (1983), Documentary: A History of NonFiction Film Boyd, Andrew (1994), Broadcast Journalism Brenneis, Lisa (2003), Visual Quickpro Guide: Final Cut Pro 3 Chater, Kathy (1992), The Televison Researcher Guide Fraser, Cathie (1990), The Producti,
Other Resources

632, Website, William Tuke, 2010, Student Movies, DCU, School of Communications, William Tuke, http://www.studentmovies.dcu.ie, 633, Website, William Tuke, 2010, Digital Video Resources, DCU, School of Communications, William Tuke, http://www.dvresources.dcu.ie, 634, Website, William Tuke, 2008, Digital Video Production, DCU, School of Communications, William Tuke, http://www.dcu.ie/~tukew/thinkdigitalvideo_site/pages/index.html,
Programme or List of Programmes
MMMMSc Multimedia