Computer Tools for MD

Course CMD401 M. Diab, A. Abou El Kheir

Computers are incredibly fast, accurate, and stupid: humans are incredibly slow, inaccurate and brilliant; together they are powerful beyond imagination. Albert Einstein

This course will provide you with the basic tools you need to realize your ideas. In this course you will learn about how to technically execute your concepts, and manipulate them to meet your expectations. You will be able to have a basic idea of different softwares in order to accomplish your project from A to Z.

4 programs will be introduced throughout the semester: After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Garage Band and DVD studio Pro. You will learn the basics of each program as well as some tricks and tips of how master each of these programs. Personal effort and motivation are all what you need in order to progress and become proficient in any of those software.

Keywords: After Effects, Final Cut, Garage Band, DVD Studio Pro

Course weights: 50% Assignments + Class work, 50% Final Project

Group 1: Tuesdays, 04:00 pm
First appointment: February 21st, 2012, MacLab C2 209

Group 2: Wednesdays, 02:15 pm
First appointment: February 22nd, 2012, MacLab C2 209

Group 3: Thursdays, 12:30 pm
First appointment: February 23rd, 2012, MacLab C2 209


Week Description References Classwork Assignments
1 introduction to after effects
2 importing layers and animating them in after effects
3 using effects in after effects
4 sound syncing in after effects
5 introduction to final cut
6 compression and video formats
7 color correction in final cut
8 image sequences in final cut
9 introduction to garage band
10 compositing in garage band
11 introduction to dvd studio pro
12 final project

Final Presentation
Please check this PDF file to know your presentation time and regulations \\ CMD Final Presentation