You should be familiar with information presented
the Film School in a Box clips,
the Video Production Tips PowerPoint,
the Movie Maker Tutorial Exercises,
class lectures, and,
our primary text on Reserve, Digital Video for Dummies.
I have done my best to ensure that the majority of
the test information is included in the Terms page on this
web. Obviously, it's not practical to include information such as
"how do you do this or that" in the terms.
Not all, but most questions will be
short-answer, so you will need to be able to provide the
information, not just recognize it.
Be able to articulate the advantages of nonlinear
Be familiar with various camera moves, including
advantages/disadvantages as applicable, regarding shots where the
camera moves and ones where it does not change locations. For
example, zoom in/out v. dolly in/out, or, pan L/R v. truck L/R, etc.
Be familiar with the various camera shots (WS, MS,
CU, etc.) and the purpose of each.
Be familiar with three-point lighting.
Know the photographic procedure re shutter speed for
taking a still photo of a TV screen.
Be familiar with the three broadcast formats (NTSC,
PAL, SECAM), including areas of the world where they are used, and
the number of frames per second of each, and the number of screen
lines used by each. (This will be a matching question.
Know the trick for preventing a digital video tape,
or even a standard audio cassette, from being
Know the implications and techniques for the three
camera Points of View (POV). (matching)
Be able to describe the use of camera angles (high,
straight-on, low) and their implications.
Be familiar with depth of field.
Be able to describe possible continuity problems
that could result in terms of screen direction, action, subject,
Know some ways of improving recorded audio if
shooting outdoors on a windy day.
Know why one should set the white balance
before beginning a shoot.
Be able to describe the procedure for setting manual
focus on a camcorder.
Know what the normal shutter speed is on a
Be able to briefly describe the difference between
analog and digital video.
Know what defragmenting is, and why one should do it
before beginning a video project.
Know what device would be used to import analog
video into a computer.
Be familiar with standard and widescreen TV aspect
Know which camcorder formats are digital and which
are analog. A number of types will be listed. You will
have to indicate the format of each: (D) or (A).
Know some of the tricks of the trade, such as, what
might you use as a light reflector if shooting outdoors on a sunny
Be familiar with CD-quality sound sampling and bit
Be able to describe some of the common tasks in
Movie Maker, such as adding a transition or special effect, adding a
title page, splitting a clip into two shorter clips, adding an audio
file, inserting a still photo, extracting a still photo, etc.
Be able to briefly describe the process for adding a
J-cut or an L-cut into a video.
Understand what codec does for you.
Be familiar with the following terms:
firewire or IEEE-1394
rule of thirds