Category Archives: Class Notes

Class 6 – Editing Video

Screened in class:

  • Maya Deren: Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)
  • Stan Brakhage – Mothlight (1963), Rage Net (1988), Commingled Containers (1997)
  • Joan Jonas: Vertical Roll (1972)
  • Ant Farm: Media Burn  (1975)
  • Matt McCormick: The Subconscious Art of Graffitti Removal (2002)

Importing video:

  • Open iMovie
  • Go to File -> Import from Camera
  • Select the clips you would like to import
  • Click import
  • Save the imported clips to your storage media (flash drive or external hard drive)

*Alternatively, you can try using MPEG Streamclip.

Editing using iMovie:

  • Instructions for using iMovie 9 can be found in online video tutorials
  • Additional iMovie instructions can be found in the back of your Course Reader

Editing with Final Cut Express:

Class 5 – Shooting Video

The Canon FS11 is the Digital Camcorder available for your use. They are available for overnight check out from the AV desk in the Learning Zone on the first floor of 113 McCaul Street (beside entrance at 122 St. Patrick Street). The manual is posted to My Courses and is also available online. When you check out your camera, be sure to check that the bag contains a battery pack, power adapter, video cable, and USB cable.

These camcorders record your footage to flash memory. This means your do not have to worry about purchasing tapes. However, you will need to download your footage onto a computer prior to returning the camera.

In class brainstorms of shot types & sizes:

  • over the shoulder
  • point of view
  • wide angle
  • birds eye view
  • panoramic view
  • panning
  • cowboy
  • establishing shot
  • close up
  • extreme close up
  • medium shot
  • zoom in/out shot
  • full body or long shot
  • extreme long shot
  • worm’s eye view

Shooting tips:

  • Use a tripod.
  • Avoid excessive panning or zooming.
  • Think about the composition of your shot.
  • Don’t use in-camera effects.
  • Consider lighting.
  • If possible, use an external microphone.

40 Minute Movie: In-class exercise

  • Brainstorm
  • Storyboard
  • Shoot (using in-camera editing)
  • Show

Video Project (full description posted on My Courses):

  • 2 minutes or less
  • Topic & format of your choosing
  • Due Thursday October 22nd
  • 2-paragraph proposal is due on the blog by October 15th
  • Worth 20% of your final grade (5% written proposal, 15% project)
  • Must creative, conceptually robust, and well-executed

Screened in class: Rivers & Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time [available at the OCAD library]

For next week:

  • Video/Audio Project proposal due (5% of project grade)
  • Review video camera instruction manual
  • Get a USB stick (4GB recommended)

Week 3: Hello Internet (part 2)

Mark Napier

  • Shredder
  • Landfill

Jonah Brucker-Cohen

  • Crank the Web
  • !Alerting Infrastructure!

Michael Mandiberg

  • The Real Costs

Related Websites

  • Internet Art links


  • HTML Cheatsheet in Course Reader
  • HTML tags:

Embedding Video:

  • For Vimeo, YouTube,, etc:
    Copy embed code and paste into the body section of your HTML
  • For Quicktime movies:
    Copy generic embed code (
    Paste into the body section of your HTML
    CHANGE the file name, size, and controller options

OCAD Web Resources (reading for next week)

  • ACS webspace overview:
  • ACS webspace guidelines:

CSS demo:

Three Ways to Insert CSS

  • External style sheet
  • Internal style sheet
  • Inline style

Week 2: Hello Internet

Video Blogs

Life Logging

Artists’ interpretations of existing technologies:

Stop-Motion Self Portrait


  • Open program
  • Take a series of sequential images
  • Edit if necessary


  • File-> Project Properties -> Timing -> Initial Photo Placement – “fit in frame”
  • Drag & drop photos from Photobooth into your iMovie bin
  • Select a clip and go to Clip Adjustments
  • Alter the duration to 0.2 seconds or whatever you like and make sure “Apply
  • to all stills” is checked
  • Press play to see the results
  • Share -> Export using Quicktime (Use:Broadband High)
  • Hello Web


    • Sign on using these settings

    Username: Your OCAD Username (ie. aa07bb [students] or jdoe [faculty])
    Password: Your OCAD Password
    Protocol: SFTP (Not FTP – Very Important!)

    • Open the “www” folder
    • Drag & drop your files including index.html

    OCAD Web Resources

    HTML (from

    • Hyper Text Markup Language
    • HTML is not a programming language, it is a markup language
    • A markup language is a set of markup tags
    • HTML uses markup tags to describe web pages
    • The purpose of a web browser (like Internet Explorer or Firefox) is to read HTML documents and display them as web pages.

    HTML Tags

    • HTML tags are keywords surrounded by angle brackets like <html>
    • HTML tags normally come in pairs like <b> and </b>
    • The first tag in a pair is the start tag, the second tag is the end tag
    • Start and end tags are also called opening tags and closing tags

    HTML Documents = Web Pages

    1. HTML documents describe web pages
    2. HTML documents contain HTML tags and plain text
  • HTML documents are also called web pages