Department of Business Administration
IT 655 - Video Design and Production
Dr. Anthony Betrus
Summer 2015
Course Syllabus

Credit: Three semester hours

Time: 11:30 - 2:45  Monday through Friday
Week 1: July 23, 24
Week 2: July 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
Week 3: Aug 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Location: Dunn 210

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


1) Videographing: The Pictorial Sequence, Mendel Sherman. AECT (pdf)
2) i-Movie HD Tutorial (pdf)
3) Final Cut Pro Tutorials from
4) Final Cut Pro Tutorial
5) iMovie 09  Tutorial (YouTube)
6) WIndows Live Movie Maker Tutorial (YouTube)
7) How to Edit Video in YouTube (Video) (pdf)
8) How to Upload Videos to YouTube (Video) (pdf)


In this class we will use HD digital video cameras. In order to complete this class you must have access to (via a previous purchase or new purchase) your own HD digital video camera. You will need a camera with a microophone jack and the ability to record in HD. Along with the camera, you will need both a minijack microphone and a tripod (full-sized). Some cameras, microphones, and tripods are avaialble for signout from the OLT program inventory in Dunn 395 (limited supply). It is always preferable for you to use your own your own equipment, as this will help to ensure knowledge transfer in the future. For editing, we will be using Final Cut Pro on the iMacs in Dunn 210. You may choose to edit on any number of alterantive systems, including, but not limiited to: iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, Lightworks, Adobe Premiere, or Kdenlive. You are similarly encouraged to edit on your own systems, although if you use a laptop the use of a second monitor is encouraged.


Instructional Video Project - 50% of the overall grade.

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 16 GB or larger usb external drive, along with appropriate cloud storage..

Course Schedule: (subject to change as needed)
Date Topic
Thursday, July 23 - No Live Class Read and take notes: Videographing: The Pictorial Sequence, Mendel Sherman. AECT (pdf) Watch and take notes: previous SUNY Potsdam Student Videos on YouTube
Friday, July 24 - No Live ClassShoot and edit a 2 minute video with any equipment. The video should have limited to no planning, any topic at all, ungraded, don't overthink it.  Edit the video any way you can, and then upload to YouTube (You can do basic edits in YouTube (Video) (pdf)). You may need to create a YouTube account if you do not already have one. Once video is completed and uploaded, send a lnik to the video to The video should be available to those with the link to it, not open to the general public. The point of this exercise is to work thorugh the full pre-production, production, post-production, publication process quickly, and to overcome technical obstacles, not to produce high art. Please send the video link by 8:00 p.m. on Friday, July 24.

Monday, July 27 Review of Videographing text. Review and critique of student video. Introduction to Storyboarding. Remainder of class time used for developing storyboards.
Tuesday, July 28 Storyboard of Instructional Video project due today. Storyboards approved during class. Use of remainder of class time for capturing video.
Wednesday, July 29 Continued Video Capture.
Thursday, July 30 Instructional Video Project editing. Re-shooting and additional shooting as necessary.
Friday, July 31Continued Instructional Video Project editing.

Monday, Aug 3 Instructional Video Projects due today. Preparation of project output (YouTube, DVD, digital files). Click here for a YouTube explanation of various output formats. Class presentation of videos.
Tuesday, Aug 4 Storyboards of Variable Topic Video Project due today. Storyboards approved during class. Use of remainder of class time for capturing video.
Wednesday, Aug 5 Variable Video Project editing. Re-shotting and additional shooting as necessary.
Thursday, Aug 6 Continued Variable Topic Video Project editing.
Friday, Aug 7Variable Video Project and Report due. Preparation of project output (YouTube, DVD, digital files). Class presentation of videos.

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

AECT Multimedia Production Divsion Immersive Learning Award Submission Information

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