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  • Posted on: 29th November 2018
  • What: Learn to Shoot and Edit Video by Press Association
  • When: 8th April 2019
  • Where: The Press Association, 292 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V 1AE
  • Time: 9.30am
  • Cost: 834

Day one teaches the basics of planning a production and shooting material – ‘talking head’ interviews, news stories and promos. Delegates are taught video camera technology, framing shots, recording good sound and using basic lighting kit or available light, as necessary. Day two is focused on editing footage to create a news type ‘package’ with an introduction to video editing software to prepare your video for broadcast or publishing on the web.

Course Outline

Pre Production

  • Storyboarding and scripting your piece
  • Production schedule and doing a checklist
  • Research and doing a ‘recce’


  • Basic interviewing skills
  • Closed & open questions
  • Advice and best practice examples


  • Importance of technical quality
  • Using a tripod effectively
  • Framing shots and composition
  • Shooting illustrative material: general views and cutaways


  • How to use the manual focus, pull focus and depth of field
  • Controls: iris, shutter, gain and lens angle
  • Importance of white balances

Lighting and sound

  • Best practice for shooting indoors and out
  • The 3 point lighting set up
  • Why sound is vital, even in video
  • The choice of microphone


  • Editing, digitising and ingesting a 2 minute news package
  • The basics of the Premiere Pro interface
  • Organising and ordering clips

Rough Cuts

  • Creating and refining a ‘rough cut’
  • Editing to the timeline
  • Re-ordering sequences/creating breathing space

Audio, Video Transitions and Captions

  • Adding basic video & audio transitions
  • Adding basic video effects and colour correction
  • How to add titles and captions


Other video production and editing courses are available in:

  • Video Journalism – how to shoot and edit video for news;
  • Basics of Editing Video on Adobe Premiere;
  • Adobe After Effects basics, Learn to Edit Video in a Day