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MAT-120 Schedule (FALL)

Chronological Timeline

Jump a to class session to see what we are doing:

8/21 … 8/28 … 9/4 9/11  … 9/18 9/25 … 10/2
Future weeks will be progressively released.


WEEK 01 -(8/21)

IN-CLASS

  • Day 1
  • Roster (15 min)
  • Syllabus (30 min)
  • Introductions (60 min)
  • –BREAK (15)–
  • Assignment Introduction
  • Write Stream of Consciousness prose (15)

ONLINE HOUR

  • Read the Project-1 outline thoroughly.
  • You can start thinking about how you might want to make a second version of your free-association writing for more focus or coherence.

HOMEWORK

  1. Get Multimedia: Making It Work textbook (optional, recommended only). NOTE: Any reading assignments on this schedule are optional and from this book!
  2. Read pp.19-56 (Text)
  3. Read pp.71-99 (Images)

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WEEK 02 -(8/28)

IN-CLASS

Lecture:

  1. Swap your writing sample with someone to share, and discuss with your partner ways you could envision his or her writing in a video clip.
  2. Raster Images (23MB):
    • bit depth,
    • channels (0-255) and relationship to bit depth,
    • aliasing,
    • compression,
    • artifacts,
    • screen image formats vs. print and where they overlap
    • additive v. subtractive color (screen v. print)
  3. Vector Images:
    • Brief discussion on how they differ

BREAK 

  1. Demo 1:
    • Ways of grabbing images, understanding their resolutions, and how they display on the screen
    • Open images in Photoshop to explain resolution, histogram, levels, color and contrast correction tools, sharpening filters, and other important basics. You can use this file to play around.
    • Creative Commons and copyright discussion.

ONLINE HOUR


HOMEWORK

  • Upload all of the images you collected to server before start of next class, along with a text file that lists all attributions (sources, credits) for the images.
  • Read Ch.4 of Multimedia: Making It Work (Audio)
  • Bring headphones to next class.

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WEEK 03 -(9/4)

IN-CLASS

  1. BRING HEADSET TO CLASS.
  2. Audio lecture and audacity demo.
  3. Explain how to transfer recordings from Apple devices using AirDrop. (PDF demo: iPhone Voice Memo and Air Drop)
  4. Explain Android voice recording tool and sharing options (PDF Demo: Android Voice Recordings and Sharing)
  5. Practice recording into Audacity and editing test files.
  6. Show students how to record on their iPhones, share, and edit in Audacity.
  7. Discuss LAME and ffmpeg encoder plugins
  8. Show students links for Public Domain and Creative Commonsresources. The following are terrific sites for collecting copyright free, creative commons, or public domain audio resources:

ONLINE HOUR

  • Find audio files (minimum 9  additional) that you think could work well in your piece. Remember the you can layer and overlap sound. You don’t have to know exactly how to use all of them right now, but think of them as materials that you might gather to make a painting. You’d want all of your paints there in case you needed as little bit of a specific color, even if it isn’t used much
  • Review and test different ways you can transfer/share files you capture on your phone to computers.

HOMEWORK

  1. Record/capture the reading of your prose piece into an audio file. Check the run time and figure out if you need to edit it down to meet the max time requirements of 120 seconds. Conversely, figure out if you need to gives dramatic pauses to stretch it to meet the minimum time (50 seconds). Even if you choose not to use this in your final piece, it is a required part of your collection materials.
  2. Upload all of these files to the server in your “project1/audio/” folder, along with the text files with attributions to all resources.
  3. Read Chapters 5 and 6 of Multimedia: Making It Work (Animation, Video)
  4. Bring Headphones to next class.

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WEEK 04 -(9/11)

IN-CLASS

  1. BRING HEADPHONES TO CLASS.
  2. Video lecture:
    • Persistence of Vision
    • Frame Rate
    • Cel Animation (persistent keyframes) v. Tweening (event change keyframes with in-between computational translation)
    • Analog (PAL, NTSC, VGA cables) v. Digital (HDTV, HDMI, DVI, Firewire)
    • Digital Video Containers (file formats) .ogg, .mov, .flv, .mp4, .wmv, .webm, .rm
    • Codecs (compression coders/decoders) H.264, QT, etc.
  3. Show students how to create Youtube account and upload videos from computer.
  4. Show students “We Transfer” app for sharing large videos.

ONLINE HOUR

  • Watch the tutorial that shows you how to get started with importing your video and audio files into Premier. Bring ALL resource files to next class on flash storage device for in-class work, along with headset.

HOMEWORK

  1. Find a minimum of five videos (or better yet: shoot them!) that you can use in your first project. Download them and create an attributions file. Upload those files to the server in your “project1/video/” folder before next class.
  2. Read Chapter 7 (Making Multimedia)

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WEEK 05 -(9/18)

IN-CLASS

  1. Demo using Premier basics:
    • Setting up folder structure correctly (IMPORTANT)
    • Importing media
    • dropping media instances into the timeline
    • navigating the timeline
    • show “Workspace” options and the layout of different windows
    • Show how to rename layers
    • Explain Keyframing
    • Show how to apply opacity changes and filter effects using keyframes
    • Show audio changes with keyframes
    • Show how to make titles and place text
  2. Storyboard in class. Work on compositing your files in Premier.

ONLINE HOUR

  • Review Demo using Premier basics tutorial.
    • Videos 1-4 cover editing demo project within Premiere Pro (much of this covered in class)
    • Video 5 covers add movie titles (credit roll, text, etc.)
    • Video 6 covers specifics about motion, scaling, and positioning.
  • Work on bringing your video assets into Premier an start compositing.

HOMEWORK

  • Continue working on compositing your files in Premier.
  • As you begin compositing, you might find that you need additional footage or audio. If you need additional assets, find them and/or capture them to bring into Premier.
  • Create a first draft of your work, RENDER IT AS .mp4, and bring to next class for an in-progress peer review/critique.

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WEEK 06 -(9/25)

IN-CLASS

  1. Demo on how to apply titles and credit rolls.
  2. In-progress peer review/critique break-out groups. (groups of 5 in the order of the words on the list)
  3. In-class work on your projects. These are due next class for a class critique! Attendance is mandatory next class even if you haven’t completed the project by then.

ONLINE HOUR

  • Review any online tutorials you’ve been assigned so far, as necessary .

HOMEWORK

  1. Complete your own clip based on feedback. Be sure to add attributions to the end of your clip in the form of a credit role/crawl/screen. RENDER IT as an mp4. Upload to server for backup. Bring work to next class on thumb drive.

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WEEK 07 -(10/2)

IN-CLASS

  1. DUE / CRITIQUE: At the start of class, we will have a critique of your individual final clips.
  2. Introduce next assignment if time.

ONLINE HOUR


HOMEWORK

  1. Did you fill out the survey???? If not, fill it out now.

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Future weeks will be progressively released. Please check back later in the semester.

Digital Art, Design, and Communication Education