Computer Tools for MD

Course CMD401 A. Abou El Kheir, H. Gabr, JTA N. Kamal

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, 08:30 am
First appointment: February 2013, MacLab C2 209

Group 2: Mondays, 02:15 pm
First appointment: February 2013, MacLab C2 209

Group 3: Wednesdays, 04:00 pm
First appointment: February 2013, MacLab C2 209

Group 4: Mondays, 08:30 am
First appointment: February 2013, MacLab C2 209


Week Description References Classwork Assignments
1 Introduction to After Effects - Object Transformation Operation (Translation and Rotation) -
2 Compositing - Importing from Illustrator to After Effects, Character Animation, Importing Music AE-Assignment01: Create a Character, animate it with music

Download Notes for AE-Assignment01

3 Using Effects in After Effects - Experimenting with Effects and Masking Making a story with Effects and Masking
4 Sound Syncing in After Effects - An example of the final, making something out of footage Final Assignment
5 Introduction to Final Cut - Interface, Editing, Cutting/Pasting, Sound, Crop/Scale/Keyframes -
6 Compression and Video Formats - Encoding, Export, Import, Color Correction/ Image Sequences / Speed & Reverse Color Correcting and Cropping a Video
7 Effects - Transitions, Effects, Text, Deinterlace Using Text & 6 Types of Transitions in One Film
8 Example of Editing in Combination between FC and AE - Cropping, Introducing Final Project Big Assignment: Combination between AE & FC, Bonus Assignment
9 Introduction to Garage Band - Interface, Tracks, Importing Music, Playing on the Keyboard, Shortening and Lengthening a Certain Track -
10 Complex Sound Design Pro - Keyframing, Importing tracks to Library, Voice Equalizer, Create and Design Contemporary Music Create a Track from the Set of Given Tracks
11 Introduction to DVD Studio Pro - Interface, Exporting a DVD Create a DVD for the Final
12 Final project - - Download Final Presentations Timings

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