Video Production & Editing Albany


Television and Mutimedia Video Production - New School Center for Media Ever considered working in the fast-paced world of Broadcast or Network Television? How about creating dynamic video productions for the Web or for a prestigious advertising agency or production company; or covering major sporting events for CNN, ESPN and the like? This unique program offered by The New School Center for Media in New York trains students in all aspects of operating a Broadcast, Cable or Web Television Station. For careers in Video Production, Television Video Production and Multi-Media Video Production, this is the program! Find more information here,

600 HOURs

This program is based on the latest digital video production and editing technologies in the ADOBE Creative Cloud Suite and Apple iMovie and Final Cut Pro X. The program has been developed using the tutorial resources and documents made available by ADOBE and APPLE, the leading software companies in the video editing field.

The program prepares students to take the ADOBE Certification test for:

  • Premiere Pro
  • Final Cut Pro X


Adobe Photoshop 100 hours

SEGMENT 1 – Basic Photo Corrections with Selection Tools (30 Hours)

  • Lectures
  • Using the Tools
  • Sampling a Color
  • Working with tools and tool properties
  • Resolution and title size
  • Cropping, color, and tone
  • Spot Healing Brush, Content aware patch, Clone Stamp tool
  • Using various selection tools: Quick Selection, Magic Wand, lasso tools
  • Understanding copyright and royalty free images.
  • Exercises / Projects
  • Given a photo of a wagon, cleanly cut the wagon from the photo.
  • Given a photo of a car in a field, perform a background replacement.
  • With a photo taken from a cell phone, open the photo in photoshop and turn the whole picture black and white with the exception of one object. (Such as close up of a face where the eyes are the only thing in color)
  • With a specific color palette in mind, create a mood board with text.
  • Given a variety of photos, whiten teeth, fix blemishes, remove power lines.
  • The students will create a CD cover for a fake band in any genre using royalty free images from the web.

SEGMENT 2 – Layer Basics and Non-Destructive Editing (25 Hours)

  • Lectures
  • Using the Layer’s panel
  • Applying gradient and layer styles
  • Adding adjustment layers
  • Working with masks and channels
  • Additional photo fixes with Liquify, Puppet Warp, Blurs, Filter Galleries
  • Exercises / Projects
  • Given a set of 5 photos, students will (non-destructively) use levels, brightness & contrast, curves, and hue saturation tools to correct the coloring and lightness of a photo.
  • Create an artistic double exposure image.

SEGMENT 3 – Graphic Layout and Compositing (30 Hours)

  • Lectures
  • Typographic Design
  • Vector versus Bitmap
  • Using the pen tool
  • Working with defined custom shapes
  • Smart objects
  • Advanced Compositing
  • Painting with the mixer brush
  • Exercises / Projects
  • Work in a group and choose from a list of fake companies to rebrand taking while taking shape, fonts, and color into consideration.
  • With a pencil and paper first, sketch design concepts before furthering developing a completed personal logo design.
  • Re-create instructor’s TV guide cover using materials provided in instructor’s folder.
  • Recreate their favorite book or movie into a book cover.

SEGMENT 4 – Preparing images for web, print, and video (15 Hours)

  • Lectures
  • Working with raw camera files
  • Preparing files for print
    • Using layer groups to create button graphics
    • Automating tasks
    • Designing with artboards
  • Preparing files for print
  • Editing Video
    • Timeline panel, keyframes, transitions, audio
    • Exporting
  • Exercises / Projects
  • Given a set of 3 Raw files, use Photoshop to see how they differ from compressed jpegs.
  • Given a set of 50 photos, resize (crop) 8” x 1-” photos to 6” x 4” and save in a different format using a created action script.
  • Given a set of photos and list of directions, manipulate and export various for various forms of media (Animated Gifs, PNG with transparency, photo layers for After Effects and Premiere).
  • Create a news style lower third and animate it onto a given video in the timeline panel.


Adobe Premiere 100 hours

SEGMENT 1 – Getting Started (10 Hours)

  • Lectures
  • Nonlinear editing, expanding the workflow, touring the workspace
  • Setting up a project, scratch discs, libraries
  • Understanding tracks and how they work.
  • Importing media, using Adobe stock
  • Recording a voice over
  • Organizing media
  • Explain where to get royalty free videos and images on places like
  • Exercises / Project
  • Create a short montage video sequence using still images based on a single color intensity. Try and make the exported video 15 seconds exactly. Export your video as an MP4.

SEGMENT 2 -Video Editing Essentials

  • Lectures (25 Hours)
  • Using the Source Monitor
  • Navigating the Timeline
    • Understanding tracks
    • Using In and Out marks
  • Using essential editing commands
    • Overwrite edit
    • Insert edit
    • Three-point editing
  • Working with clips and markers
    • Moving, dragging, nudging clips
    • Extract edit
    • Ripple delete edit
  • Adding audio and video transitions
  • Sequencing shots
  • Exercises / Project
  • Create video montage sequence based on found video content that follows a theme of your choice. This project should show an escalation of intensity. This escalation can be through shot type, shot length, subject matter, movement, sound or some combination of these elements. 20 seconds exactly. MP4 only.
  • Create a video sequence utilizing the shot reverse shot technique (and obeying the 180 degree line rule) to present a knock knock joke. Use the video content provided. Alternatively, create an interview. 30 seconds maximum.
  • With a video camera, cellphone or GoPro, use the “sequencing shots” lecture to create a “how to” instruction on a favorite topic.

SEGMENT 3 -Advanced Techniques (30 Hours)

  • Lectures (25 Hours)
  • Performing four-point editing
  • Nesting sequences
  • Advanced trimming: Ripple, Rolling, Sliding, Slip Edits
  • Trimming in the Program Monitor, Dynamic trimming, Keyboard trimming
  • Putting clips in motion
    • Understanding Motion settings
    • Adjusting position, size, rotation
    • Understanding Keyframes
    • Using other motion-related effects
  • Multicamera Editing
  • Editing and Mixing audio
  • Using Photoshop files with Premiere
  • Exercises / Project
  • Create a short video sequence that utilizes cutting on action to establish pacing and fluid movement in a scene. Use the files provided. 20 seconds maximum.
  • Using either provided or new footage, edit a multi-camera interview.

SEGMENT 4 – Video Effects and Color Grading (35 Hours)

  • Lectures
  • Masking and tracking visual effects
  • Frequently used effects
  • Following a color-oriented workflow
  • Lumetri Scopes essentials
  • Color correction versus grading
  • Exploring composition techniques
  • Creating titles
  • Managing your projects
  • Other exporting techniques
  • Exercises / Project
  • Create a video sequence that can be used in a learning situation to teach a skill, an idea or a concept.
  • With a video camera, cellphone or GoPro, use everything taught in this unit to create a fun short story. Don’t forget to color grade.
  • Use past exports to create an Instagram 5:4 ratio video. Add animation in your title.


Adobe Premiere Advanced 100 hours

SEGMENT 1 – Video production (40 Hours)

  • Lectures
  • Introduction to studio and control room
  • Flow of audio and video in the studio environment
  • Green screen & virtual sets
  • Exercises / Project
  • Setting up a studio environment
  • Optimizing the workspace in both Premiere Pro and a studio setup
  • Shooting exercises with green screen

SEGMENT 2 – Advanced post-production digital editing (60 Hours)

  • Lectures
  • Principles for creating a video story according to the client’s request
  • Syncing audio with video when recorded separately
  • Cutting to the beat & feeling the flow
  • Finding the correct length for your story for maximum effectiveness
  • Incorporating items from other applications (Photoshop, After Effects)
  • Exercises / Project
  • Create a video based on a storyline
  • Incorporate elements from other applications (Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects)
  • Practice editing with Razor Tool
  • Choose when to use Rendering


Adobe After Effects 100 hours

SEGMENT 1 – Creating a Basic Animation Using Effects and Presets (40 Hours)

  • Lectures
  • Getting to know the workflow
  • Creating a new composition
  • Applying and controlling effects
  • Rendering and exporting
  • Animating Text
  • Timing layer animations
  • Keyframes, transform properties, parenting
  • Null object and the ‘shy guy’
  • Animating motion blur
  • Using text animator groups
  • Exercises / Project
  • Create a specific text animation to show comprehension in how text, color, composition and keyframes work.
  • Create a variety of animated backgrounds using effects on solid layers.
  • Create a textured text

SEGMENT 2 – Shape Layers and Masks (40 Hours)

  • Lectures
  • Adding, creating and duplicating shapes
  • Using the pen tool
  • Adding compositions to a 3D project
  • Parenting Layers
  • Preparing layered Photoshop Files and integrating them into After Effects
  • Simulating lighting changes
  • Working with masks (tips on creating, editing, Bezier masks, feathering, timing)
  • Exercises / Project
  • Create a 30 second trailer per project handout.
  • Create a logo with shapes in After Effects to animate
  • Either create a new logo in Photoshop or a logo from UNIT 1. Animate this logo inside of After Effects with a background that follows a similar color palette.
  • Trace cartoon using the pen tool. Parent the layers to create a simple moving animation.
  • Create a character out of shapes and animate them per project handout.
  • Using provided videos from pexels, create animated masks on texts to interact with the original footage.

SEGMENT 3 – Using 3D features and advanced animation techniques (30 Hours)

  • Lectures
  • Using 3D Features, Creating 3D Text, Using 3D views
  • Using 3D Lights
  • Adding a camera
  • Extruding text in After Effects
  • Working in Cinema 4D light
  • Working with the 3D camera tracker
  • Using the Roto Brush Tool
  • Performing color correction
  • Advanced Editing Techniques
  • Working with Mattes
  • Adding it all together to create Visual Effects
  • Exercises / Project
  • Create a 3D title intro inside of After Effects for a fake new movie, book, or tv show. Utilize appropriate lights and shadow.
  • With a cell phone or with a provided video from, track the camera to create a virtual camera inside of After Effects. Add 3D text with lights and shadows so that the text appears to be in the actual scene.
  • With a cell phone or with a provided video from, perform basic primary and more advanced secondary color correcting.
  • Create a series of hallways and at least one room in 3D space. Animate the camera traveling through the hallway and into a room.
  • Perform a sky replacement with a Matte.
  • With the provided clip from, camera track the driving car scene to make a UFO appear in the video.


Apple Final Cut Pro X 100 hours

SEGMENT 1 – Introduction to Final Cut Pro X (40 Hours)

  • Lectures
  • The rise of the instant smartphone video
  • Seamless video editing from iPhone to Mac
  • How to import and edit immersive 360-degree video
  • How to organize workflow with massive collection of instant shoots and sort out audio parts
  • Exercises / Project
  • Practice assembling clips with Magnetic Timeline
  • Practice trimming tools and
  • Practice precision editor
  • Practice multicam and use angle editor to move, synchronize, trim, color grade or add effects

SEGMENT 1 – Editing with special effects (60 Hours)

  • Lectures
  • How to add built-in special effects to video
  • How to change speed for cinematic motion, fast, slow or variable
  • Create 2D and 3D titles and captions in Final Cut Pro X
  • Introduction to Motion to create special effects
  • How to use libraries to add special effects to videos
  • Exercises / Project
  • Import video work into Final Cut Pro X
  • Create and edit several short videos and organize in timeline
  • Add special effects in Final Cut Pro X
  • Create a short movie by assembling several edited videos taped on mobile phone


Portfolio Creation and Job Interview 100 hours

SEGMENT 1 – Creating a Basic Animation Using Effects and Presets (40 Hours)

  • Lectures
  • How to create a resume & cover letter
  • How to prepare for a job interview
  • The importance of knowing the latest industry trends and the potential employer’s profile and requirements
  • Principles of a comprehensive portfolio
  • Exercises / Project
  • Create resumes & cover letters
  • Conduct mock interviews
  • Study jobs postings and select three that correspond to skills and career goals

SEGMENT 2 – Creating a Portfolio (60 Hours)

  • Select the two best video production or editing works
  • Select photos, original and retouched
  • Select video, original and edited
  • Select video production
  • Select animation work
  • Create a web and a mobile page to present the portfolio