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Video Postproduction Full Certificate

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Become a video editor

BAVC's Video Post Production Certificate is for people who understand storytelling basics and embrace new technologies. In this series of online classes taught by expert Bay Area instructors, you'll develop your aesthetic taste as well as your baseline practical knowledge to land a job as an Editor, Assistant Editor or Post Production Supervisor. Learn the ins and outs of Adobe Premiere as well as the basics of Audio Postproduction, Color Correction and After Effects. 

Recently laid off? Deductions from your past paychecks may cover cost training to help you pivot to a new career or level up your skills.

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Aesthetics of Editing

Learn about the art and language of film editing

"We'll fix it in post." You've heard that phrase to justify less-than-desirable production results but the old chestnut can also refer to moving the story along. The decisions you make while editing brings the power to a film or video. It helps viewers make connections, be in on the secret, or turn what they're watching into an art form. As Ralph Rosenblum says in his industry-renown classic, When The Shooting Stops, The Cutting Begins, the footage "must now be selected, tightened, paced, embellished, arranged, and in some scenes, given artificial respiration." BTW, Ralph Rosenblum edited Woody Allen's Annie Hall, and transformed a chaotic, meandering string of bits into an Oscar-winning film.

In this film editing class, we will leave software and hardware behind and focus on the art and craft of cutting. You'll explore well known concepts used by Hollywood movie makers, independent film and videomakers and storytellers world renown. Examples will be drawn from narrative and documentary films as well as from music videos, commercials and experimental films. You'll walk away from this online class with a solid understanding of:

  • juxtaposition
  • reaction shots
  • cutaways
  • action edits
  • B-roll
  • pacing
  • screen position
  • montage
  • continuity
  • sound

PLEASE NOTE: this popular film editing class is now taught ONLINE using zoom and accessible everywhere!

After Effects: Introduction

PLEASE NOTE: this Bay Area After Effects course is now taught ONLINE using zoom and accessible everywhere!

Create captivating visual effects for video, television, and the web. Learn Adobe After Effects from expert instructors at BAVC. Developed in the San Francisco Bay Area, BAVC's After Effects: Introduction is an online, immersive class for beginners. You'll learn to apply the motion graphics skills of today's leading animators and visual effects creators to your own media and web projects. 

By taking this Adobe After Effects basics training course at BAVC, you will learn to:

  • Arrange the workspace
  • Import Files
  • Set basic linear keyframes
  • Use other kinds of keyframes- i.e. autobezier, easy ease, hold
  • Navigate in the timeline
  • Edit layers from the timeline
  • Add effects
  • Use resets
  • Create masks
  • Render videos

Adobe After Effects Training – San Francisco & Online

BAVC offers introductory training on Adobe software, including After Effects, in San Francisco; and many students come to us with an interest in taking the full suite of Adobe software and Motion Graphics and Effects classes. This class will draw students from San Francisco and all over the Bay Area. Students even attend from Oakland or Marin County.

How can I get a Motion Graphics Certification? 

This Adobe After Effects Course is included in BAVC's Beginning Motion Graphics Certificate. Learn more about BAVC Certificates and enroll today! Recently laid off? Deductions from your past paychecks may cover the cost training to help you pivot to a new career or level up your skills – find out more

DaVinci Resolve: Color Correction


This online class introduces students to the powerful color correction tools in Davinci Resolve Lite. The class focuses on color correction and color correction workflows for finishing films. Topics covered:

Part 1 - Color Correcting a DaVinci Resolve Timeline

Balancing Footage

  • Opening a Resolve archive
  • Setting up project backups
  • Maximizing the Dynamic Range
  • Understanding the grading worksflow
  • Setting tonal range and contrast
  • Balancing colors
  • Understanding Log controls and Primary Wheels
  • Exploring a color managed Workflow

Creating Color Continuity

  • Building a shot-matching strategy
  • Organizing shots using flags and filters
  • Applying shot match
  • Matching shots using stills
  • Comparing and matching shots manually

Correcting and Enhancing Isolated Areas

  • Controlling the viewer’s eye
  • Sharpening key elements
  • Tracking obscured objects
  • Fixing overcast skies

Part 2 - Managing Nodes and Grades

Conforming from an XML Timeline

  • Importing an XML timeline
  • Syncing an offline reference
  • Conforming a timeline
  • Associating HQ footage with a timeline for online workflows

Mastering the Node Pipeline

  • Understanding node-based compositing
  • Understanding the importance of node order
  • Creating separate processing pipelines with a Parallel Mixer node

Managing Grades Across Clips and Timelines

  • Working with local versions
  • Appending grades and nodes
  • Using shared nodes across multiple clips
  • Saving grades for other projects
  • Copying timeline grades using ColorTrace
  • Copying grades using the Timelines album

Part 3 - Optimizing the Color Grading Workflow

Adjusting Image Properties

  • Preparing media using scene cut detection
  • Understanding timeline resolutions and sizing palette modes
  • Using keyframing
  • Applying noise reduction
  • Optimizing performance with render cache

Using Groups in the Grading Workflow

  • Creating a group
  • Applying base grades at pre-clip group level
  • Making clip-specific adjustments at the clip group level
  • Creating a unifying look using the Post-Clip Group Level
  • Applying timeline level grades

Setting up RAW Projects

  • Adjusting RAW settings at the project level
  • Adjusting RAW settings at the clip level
  • Color correcting with RAW through Resolve color management
  • Setting up a render cache for RAW media projects

Delivering Projects

  • Using Lightbox to check timeline prior to delivery
  • Understanding the render workflow and presets
  • Creating custom renders and saving presets
  • Configuring a timeline for digital cinema
  • Rendering a DCP using commercial workflow to export versions
  • Exploring advanced render settings

Interface Review

  • Color page layout
  • Primaries wheels
  • Viewer Paletter panel
Premiere Pro: Introduction

Intro to Premiere Pro Course

Learn high-end editing with Adobe Premiere Pro CC‎. With its new revolutionary features, Premiere is better than ever. Come see what the buzz is about! You'll learn:

  • Overview of the Premiere Interface
  • Inputting and outputting video to and from a variety of formats
  • Editing techniques and tools
  • Workflow with other Adobe software such as Photoshop and After Effects
  • Comprehensive overview of practical features, such as FCP project import, tapeless format input, metadata and searchable speech

PLEASE NOTE: this Bay Area Adobe Premiere Pro Training is now taught ONLINE using zoom and accessible everywhere!

Audio Post Production: Intermediate


Want to delve deeper into audio post-production? Take this class offered online and developed in San Francisco! This course begins to cover more advanced workflow techniques of audio post-production for film and commercial productions. Learn about advanced techniques of audio clean-up and restoration using tools within Adobe Audition CC. This San Francisco course is designed to sharpen skill-sets for increasing the quality of audio in your own projects, as well as prepare you for Advanced Audio Post-Production at BAVC. Learn how to apply complex equalization filters to voice-over and dialogue content and advanced compression / limiting techniques to balance audio levels, and integrate sound design into your projects. Topics include:

  • parametric equalization
  • noise reduction
  • dynamic compression / limiting
  • sound design integration
  • automation and techniques for mixing all audio components
  • together to produce a balanced, final output

San Francisco Training on Audio Post-production

BAVC offers Audio Post Production: Intermediate classes in San Francisco, and many students come to us with an interest in taking an audio post-production class as well as other film and video trainings in San Francisco. Whether you are interested in looking for automation and techniques for mixing all audio components or sound design integration, this class will draw students from San Francisco. Students even attend from Oakland or Marin County.

Premiere Pro: Intermediate


Have you taken BAVC’s Adobe Premiere Introduction training course? Do you already have a basic understanding of Adobe Premiere and its functionality? Are you looking to take your editing and post-production skills to the next level in a comprehensive class? BAVC’s online Intermediate-level training course in Adobe Premiere Pro, the industry-standard editing software, is for you. With expert BAVC instructors from the San Francisco Bay Area, get trained in the advanced features of Premiere as well as its integration with the rest of Adobe Creative Suite. While others might use Avid Mediamaker or Apple’s Final Cut Pro, Northern California knows Premiere Pro is king.

Topics Include:

  • Advanced Editing Techniques
  • Multicamera Editing
  • Transcription
  • Compositing
  • Adjustment Layers
  • Animation
  • Color Correction
  • Integration with Photoshop and After Effects
  • Using Adobe Bridge and Premiere to Manage Media Assets
  • Roundtripping with Audition
  • New Features of the latest software version

Premiere Pro: Intermediate Class in San Francisco

BAVC offers online classes developed in San Francisco on Adobe editing software products, and so many students come to us with an interest in taking an Adobe Premiere Pro CC‎ class.

Audio Postproduction: Introduction


This online course covers basic work-flow techniques of audio post-production for film and commercial productions. Learn the art of audio clean-up and restoration using tools within Adobe Premiere CC and Adobe Audition CC. This course is designed to build skill-sets for increasing the quality of audio in your own projects. Learn how to apply equalization filters to voice-over and dialogue content and compression/limiting techniques to balance audio levels.

Topics include:

  • noise reduction techniques for dialogue
  • equalization and dynamic compression for different contexts
  • working with dialogue
  • music underscoring
  • scene transitions

Audio Post Production Training in San Francisco

BAVC offers Audio Post Production classes in San Francisco; and many students come to us with an interest in taking a San Francisco Audio Post Production, as a critical element of film and videography training. Whether you are interested scene transition, music underscoring and production training, this class will draw students from San Francisco and all over the Bay Area. Students even attend from Oakland or Marin County.

Video Post Production Workflow


Have you worked tirelessly to shoot or accrue hours of great footage? Are you unsure of how to put it all together and complete your video? From ingesting your footage into a computer to the output of your finished product, BAVC’s Post-Production Workflow training allows you the opportunity to learn from real post-production specialists from San Francisco who can walk you through each individual phase of organizing, editing and completing your film. Get the files onto your computer, name them properly so that you don’t lose them, troubleshoot technical issues along the way and maximize your existing Adobe Premiere skills to be able to finish your project. Post-production training topics covered during this course include:

  • Ingesting footage
  • Organizing your video metadata
  • Troubleshooting incompatible file formats and lost file extensions
  • Tips on proper naming conventions for your media library
  • Output and delivery methods for high quality playback

Students join from all over the country (and beyond!) to dig into some of the best film and video production training from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Portfolio Development Series

The Portfolio Development Series (course links below)

Are you looking to create an online portfolio to help land your next gig? Maybe you want to update an existing portfolio to set you apart from the busy digital crowd. 
It’s getting harder to learn new technologies with so many of us working-from-home, and it’s important to have a presence on the web to get a job. We can help you build one.
Engaging in online classes can help you get ahead, stay ahead and remain connected to your community. Let us help you craft a professional digital portfolio in this BAVC series. 

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Building Your Portfolio

We’ll help you create work samples which are often the focus of successful portfolios, and we’ll review what’s trending. Don’t forget the elevator pitch—what is it that you want to say to land the right job? Plus—we’ll cover the building blocks of site maps and wireframes that will help you visualize what your portfolio can, and should, look like. And we’ll get you started. Get more details and sign up for the next class

Packaging Your Portfolio

Discover your visual style in this class with topics that cover the look and feel of your portfolio. Your instructor will walk you through templates, videos, animations and graphics that will help your portfolio stand out. We’ll also discuss website vendors, hosting, domain names, uploading your files... and what you need to know about Web 2.0 to stay competitive. Get the full details and sign up today.

Promoting Your Portfolio

This class will help you develop a marketing strategy for your online portfolio, and stay competitive in the current work-from-home climate that we find ourselves in today. You’ll learn about the tools you need to promote your digital presence and get noticed: social networking, the ever-important key words for search engine optimization (SEO), Google page ranks, search engines and more... Get the details.

Freelance Essentials

You’ve built your site and it’s now online. Congrats! But there is more to do to ensure your success. Our instructor will guide you through how much to charge, time management and juggling your workload, managing client relationships, how to stay ahead of critical documents like bidding and contracts, and how to keep on top of business requirements. Get the details and sign up.

Premiere Pro: Advanced

If you're a solid video editor but you are looking to work faster, smarter and with a whole lot more WOW in your skillset, enroll in this advanced Adobe Premiere Pro class. 

You'll learn advanced Premiere workflows plus all the tricks and tips you won't find in a book, manual or help pages, including: 

  • Ingesting – Prelude
  • Media Encoder
  • Premiere Live Text template and motion graphic templates between After Effects and Premiere
  • Best practices using dynamic linked projects
  • Animation Building effects
  • Gang syncing
  • Match Frame and Reverse Match Frame
  • Deep preferences 

PLEASE NOTE: this San Francisco Advanced Premiere Pro Training is now taught ONLINE using zoom and accessible everywhere!

DaVinci Resolve: Introduction


BlackMagicDesign is on a bold mission to deliver the industry color correction darling, DaVinci, to serious editors. They've bundled the DaVinci tools with what eerily seems similar to Apple's now defunct Final Cut 7 platform and packaged it at a super affordable price. Enter DaVinci Resolve: Introduction at BAVC. Resolve plays nice with Adobe After Effects, in fact, with the whole Adobe Creative Cloud. In this two-day class you'll be given a tour of the interface and see how Resolve works from beginning to end.

Learn about the following topics in this DaVinci course:

  • Media and database management
  • Editing essentials
  • Roundtrip workflow with Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Archiving and restoring projects
  • Batch syncing audio recorded on separate devices
  • Basic color correction
  • Primaries and secondaries
  • Using a LUT (Look Up Table)