Programs in television production and broadcasting provide coursework in TV and video editing. Some colleges offer video editing coursework within information technology programs. When enrolling in a whole program, students gain hands-on practice in non-linear editing, media production, camera operation and scriptwriting. Associate's and bachelor's degree programs prepare graduates for entry-level positions as assistant TV editors, production assistants or Internet-based editors.
Here is an outline of common concepts explored in TV editing courses:
- The process of creating a television program
- Editing techniques and strategies
- Audio mixing
- Basic camera operations
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List of Common Courses
Introduction to TV Production Course
This broad-based course introduces students interested in TV editing to the basic elements of film and television, both pre- and post-production. Students learn to use audio equipment, cameras and microphones. They're introduced to the basics of animation and non-linear editing systems. Script writing, production design, directing and storyboarding may also be discussed.
Basic Video Editing Course
Students are introduced to basic sound and picture editing for TV and film, using one or more software packages. They edit video to understand the operation and techniques of audio and video equipment used for shooting. The focus is on technical principles, basic editing techniques and aesthetics. Students work on their own or in groups.
Video Editing with Final Cut Pro Course
After learning basic editing, students often take a course focusing on Final Cut Pro, the industry standard for non-linear video editing used in film and television. This course functions as a method of learning the software, and aesthetic editing skills are addressed. Students use the program to edit a series of assignments. Lectures on film-to-video techniques and other areas, along with in-class instructor assistance allow participants to become familiar with the software's many capabilities.
Audio for TV and Film Course
Focusing on the audio portion of editing for film and TV, this course addresses audio theory, techniques and aesthetics. Students work individually or in groups. They shoot footage in the field or studio to take back to the editing room for audio editing and mixing. Multi-track mixing, audio performance techniques and television studio terminology are addressed. Students also learn about microphone selection and placement and digital recording applications.
Advanced Final Cut Pro Course
This class is intended for students who already have a good understanding of how to use the Final Cut Pro editing suite. Students learn advanced techniques like layering, key framing, color correction and using filters. Audio work is also included in the instruction.