Department of Information and Communication Technology
IT 655 - Video Design and Production
Dr. Anthony Betrus
Summer 2011
Course Syllabus

Credit: Three semester hours

Time: 12:00 - 3:30 Monday through Thursday
Week 1: July 25, 26, 27, 28
Week 2: Aug 1, 2, 3, 4
Week 3: Aug 8, 9

Location: Satterlee 300

Overview: This course provides students with an introduction to digitial video design and production techniques

Textbooks/References: (Available for free via SUNY Potsdam's books 24x7).

1) Sadun, Erica. Digital Video Essentials: Shoot, Transfer, Edit, Share. Sybex © 2003 (252 pages) ISBN:9780782141986 (Available for free via SUNY Potsdam's books 24x7).

2) The Focal Easy Guide to Final Cut Pro 5: For New Users and Professionalsby Rick Young Focal Press © 2006


1) In this class we will use digital video cameras. In order to complete this class you must have access to (via a previous purchase or new purchase) your own digital video camera. Unfortunately the majority of consumer camcorders are not intended for professional video production. Here are the that you will need in your camera. The price should be between $150 and $500 for a new camera.
- Microphone Jack
- Recording to memory stick is an option (SD, ProDuo, etc...)
- IEEE 1394 (also referred to as 'firwire') output
- HD Recording (optional)

2) Along with the Camera, you will need both a Microphone (Mini-jack to match the Camera), and a Tripod (full sized).


Instructional Video Project - 50% of the overall Grade (DICT#3)

Variable Topic Project - 50% of the overall Grade

Attendance: Daily attendance is required of all students

Digital Storage: Each students is required to have a 4GB or larger pendrive (also called a ramdrive)

Course Schedule: (subject to change as needed)
Date Topic
July 25 Introduction to Digital Video Editing: Quicktime & I-Movie. First Mini-Project (not graded).
July 26 Videographing & Storyboarding. Remainder of class time used for developing storyboards.
July 27 Storyboard of Instructional Video project due today. Storyboards approved during class. Use of remainder of class time for capturing video. (DICT#4)
July 28 Editing of projects.

Aug 1 Instructional Video Projects due today. DVD preparation and burning.
Aug 2 Storyboards of Variable Topic Video Project due today. Storyboards approved during class.
Aug 3 Class time used for capturing video.
Aug 4 Continued use of class time for capturing video. Begin Editing Project.

Aug 8 Editing of Project
Aug 9 Final Video Project and Report due. Burning DVDs.

Plagiarism: This course adheres to the College's policy on academic honesty as stated in the Graduate Catalog. Plagiarism may lead to grade reduction, course failure, or expulsion from school.

Students with Disabilities
Any student with a disability needing academic adjustments or accommodations should speak with the professor as early as possible. Students with disabilities should also contact: Sharon House, Coordinator of Accommodative Services at 267-3267, Sisson 112, or e-mail her at for further assistance. All disclosures will remain confidential.

Office Information:
Office: Dunn 393
Phone: (315) 323-4456

This page created 7/25/11 by Anthony Betrus. Last updated 7/25/11