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Adult Learning Courses in Video & Audio Production

Adult Learning Courses offered in the Hamilton Commons are geared toward adult learners with stories to tell. Classes cover such topics as camera usage, editing skills and documentary video production. Beginning and advanced classes — all taught using commonly available computer equipment and popular editing applications such as Final Cut Pro — are offered. WHYY’s instructors are well versed in working with students at different skill levels, combining discussions of the storytelling process with the necessary technical skills. Questions? Please contact Craig Santoro at 215-351-3318.

Programs & Courses

C101: Intro to Shooting Video

Interested in exploring digital video, but don’t know where to begin? This class introduces you to the basics of operating a video camera, simple lighting techniques, framing shots, and conducting interviews. You will have a hands-on opportunity to practice shooting and conducting interviews with your fellow participants.

“Intro to Shooting Video” is a great starting point for people who are thinking of purchasing a camera, looking to get the most out of a camera they already own, or are hoping to interview friends or family members to capture their stories.

C101D: Introduction to Shooting Video With DSLR

Do you have a DSLR camera to take beautiful photos, but want to learn how to shoot great video with it? This introductory course will teach the basic operation of shooting video, understanding manual settings (aperture, shutter speed, and ISO) and framing shots. During the course you will conduct video interviews with other participants, as well as learn about recording audio and differences in camera lenses.

C102: Intro to Editing

This class is designed as a starting point for people who are interested in exploring the world of editing video. In this two-hour overview of the editing process, you will be introduced to the basics of video editing: how video clips are cut and arranged using Final Cut Pro software. You will learn to arrange footage on a timeline, use multiple tracks of video and audio, and employ essential Final Cut tools to form a coherent story from stock footage.

C110: Video Excursion- Shooting in the Field

Working with a small production team of fellow students, you will spend the morning shooting video and interviewing subjects in the neighborhood around WHYY. You will return to WHYY for an afternoon of Final Cut Pro editing instruction, using the footage you shot earlier in the day.

No prior experience required. Students are encouraged to bring lunch.

C111: Photography Excursion – DSLR Basics

Do you enjoy taking photographs, but aren’t quite sure how to get the best image with your DSLR camera? In this introductory course, you will learn the basic principles of photography to help you have more control of your pictures. During the first half of the course, students will learn different ways to compose a photograph as well as how to set a DSLR’s aperture, shutter speed and ISO. For the second half of the course, students will be asked to capture their own images in the neighborhood around WHYY to share with the class.

C202: Beginning Documentary Production

Make your own 3-5 minute documentary in this exciting four-session course. Learn to plan, shoot, and edit on Final Cut Pro as you craft your own short video. During the first two weeks of the course, you will be able to borrow a WHYY camera and microphone to capture original footage on your own.

Note: You will be required to shoot footage outside of class time while taking this course, as you will be creating your own original piece. If you don't wish to create your own video and are only looking for editing skills, please consider taking "Editing on Final Cut Pro" instead.

Prerequisites: If you are totally new to video production, it is recommended that you take Intro to Shooting Video and Intro to Video Editing before taking this course.

C204: Editing with Final Cut Pro X

In this three-session course, you will learn the most crucial video editing skills in Final Cut Pro: basic editing, title creation, sound mastering, color correction, chroma keying (green screening), transitions and filters and techniques used in narrative and documentary film editing. Final Cut Pro is a program that works only on Mac OS.

C203: Audio Storytelling

Great audio storytelling is the hallmark of WHYY's radio service. In this four-session course, you will learn to tell stories with audio. Using narration, interviews and natural sound, you will craft a short audio piece on a topic of your choice.