Course Content and Outcome Guide for MM 238

Course Number:
MM 238
Course Title:
Creating ProfessionalDVD-Video
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Course Description

Introduces creation of custom DVD-Video using professional level authoring software. Integrates video with audio, graphics, and other assets. Develops custom navigation, menus, chapters, and interactivity. Encodes uncompressed audio into highly compressed Dolby digital AC-3 streams, and incorporates it into the DVD authoring software. Prerequisite: MM 140 and MM 235, or instructor permission. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students will be able to:

Manage DVDVideo production and workstation to include workflow, scheduling, and budgeting and installation, operation, and maintenance of a DVDVideo authoring workstation.
Design, specify, storyboard and bid on the completion of an interactive DVDVideo title.
Create, prepare, and encode video, audio, and graphic content as DVDVideo assets.
Author DVDVideo projects incorporating title, still & motion menus, multiple tracks, chapters, stories, alternate audio streams, subtitles, slideshows, and web links.
Test, debug, and evaluate a DVDVideo project identifying items for improvement and implement changes.
Archive production assets and project files.

Course Activities and Design

This course will be presented with varied forms of lecture, demonstration, practical exercise and review, in order to provide the information necessary for you to complete a final project. Each class will begin with a lecture covering specific concepts, ideas, and methods to illustrate daily learning objectives. After each lecture the class will follow along with practical exercises that help demonstrate the concepts, ideas, and methods presented.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

The completion of a final project will determine the majority of the grade. However, a combination of attendance, in-class participation, and weekly assignment completion will be factored into the final grade. Students will also be required to complete €œtime sheets€ documenting out-of-class and lab hours spent on final projects.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

DVD physical formats
DVD logical formats
DVD-Video Workflow
Planning, storyboarding, and scheduling
Preparing graphics with Photoshop
Still €œLayered€ menu
Slideshow images
Motion €œOverlay€ menu
MPEG structure
MPEG encoding/compression
QuickTime/Final Cut Pro/Compressor
Audio formats, bit depth, sample rate
Audio sample rate conversion
Dolby Digital (AC-3) encoding using A.Pack
5.1 surround recording, mixing, mastering and encoding
Bit Budgeting
Importing assets
Using Tracks
The Menu Editor
Markers, Chapters, Stories
Multiple Angles, Multiple Audio Streams
Web links
Wide screen
Building & formatting
Previewing & testing with DVD Player
Test, debug and repair
Final output to disc
Project archival