MMJ 151 Weekly Outline Fall 2019                        

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Course Syllabus        Required Textbook Modules Index

Week 1 (8/26 - 30):     Linked reading: Audio Control Devices, Basics of Sound, Mics 1 Mics 2

Class content:  Overview of sound and audio.    The Electromagnetic Spectrum

LAB:  AUDIO PROJECT 1.  Come in for one hour: Use this Audition training and do the training found within the Audition log-in.

REMINDER:  Each week of this outline links to the reading for the week from the free online textbook. A link to the Index for all the modules is provided at the top of the outline.  In class quizzes are designed to help you identify how well you know the content we have covered--do each week's assigned reading prior to the first class meeting of each week.

Week 2  (9/2 - 9/6):    Reading:  Wireless mics,  Off-camera mics, Five Tips for a Better Podcast, Podcast Planning, Script Writing for Narrative Podcasts, Podcast Audio Production Basics

AUDIO PROJECT 1: Do the provided tutorials for Adobe Audition, come in for training/review sessions with the instructor and/or PA, and come in to certify your basic skills.  Also do basic training for recording an audio interview.  Use our digital audio recorder or use your smart phone.  Close mic the guest in a quiet environment, with no background noise. NOTE: Class meets at the normal time Tuesday in our classroom, but you must sign up for an Adobe Audition training session for one other hour this week, and some of these are available during our Thursday class time, and take place in PAC 117. You must have already done the Audition training as listed above in Week One before coming in for the Week Two training.  You must sign up now at this link for your training time slot.  See other directions on the signup link.

Nine Components of SoundHearing Test .  

Week 3  (9/9 - 9/13):     Stereo & surround soundDigital audioEditing & PlaybackWrapping up Audio.  Producing a Radio Newscast

NOTE: **--> If you did not attend a lab session and submit the edited assignment to the D2L folder, it is still due. You must sign up for a slot this week and come in and do it. The interview script and interview are also due this week, as described below.  Sign up here for one of the slots this week, BUT ONLY if you did not complete the work last week.  You cannot sign up during your class time.

First class meeting this week:  Basics of conducting an audio interview.  Newsgathering interview (script like this) versus a 'program style interview; (script sample like this).  Newsgathering:  Only the guest has to be 'on mic.'  Close mic the guest in a 'proper' environment. Have a planned list of questions (who, what, when, where, why, how, 'so what'--why it's important/of interest). Guest is 'connected' to event. Guest providing in his/her answers: information & evaluation. Interviewer is neutral--has no opinion. Ask how many questions?  Overall--you have to end up with some good 'sound' to include into a production, where you're looking with the interview to learn a about the topic where you can write and produce content about it, and where you will also get good 'sound bites' from the guest to use in your content.

Second class meeting this week:  Continue technical overview of audio--look above-->have you read and studied all modules listed?  Are you ready for Test 1 next week?

Radio Podcast Sample.mp3.  (Back up file source) AUDIO PROJECT 2, one hour this week:  Identify a student (or staff person) on campus who is involved in something other students would be interested in knowing about.  This must be a real person talking about a real event in or around campus (or region, if something A&M-Commerce students would care about). Create a list of 7-10 questions you would ask this student about the event:  think of who, what, when, where, why and how – ask relevant questions built around such ideas, but also ask a ‘so what’ question—which is built around the idea of why would others be interested in this.  Create the script like this newsgathering Interview script sample.doc.  Submit the interview questions by the assigned deadline--NO LATER THAN before the interview is done, but with Wed. 9/11 at 5 pm as the final deadline, then submit the recorded interview (must be an .MP3 file) by the assigned deadline, no later than 10 pm Friday 9/13. Guest must be close-miked, in a quiet environment, when doing the interview.  Be sure to note your audio levels and avoid noise. Script and recorded interview are submitted under the Activities tab in your class D2L page--be sure to read and follow directions found there.

Your interview should generally sound like this. (Back up file source) This one needed the guest's title at the start in addition to her name, and it is only a short sample--your interview should have 8+ questions and answers and generally be about 4-5 minutes long.

More Audition help if needed:  Getting Started in Adobe Audition , Audition for Beginners.

REMINDER: The outline has current content for the current week we're in, plus the following week, BUT upcoming weeks after that may only have basic information, subject to being updated before we get to that week--so check the outline every week for reading and assignment information.


Week 4  (9/17 - 9/21):       Test 1 (first class day of the week).   

First class meeting this week:  Test 1  -- Some Reading and Class Notes Test Review

Second class meeting this week:  podcast / audio newscast content creation.   EQ and audio frequencies.

Creating a Radio Show 1, Radio Show 2, Radio Show 3, Radio Show 4 (mic technique)

Reading: Beginning Computer Music Production Computer Music Production 2. The Language of Sound.

More about amplitude and frequency.

Sample student audio podcasts:  Cyrus, Justice, Murphy,  One person's perspective: making great radio commercials.

AUDIO PROJECT 3, one-hour lab this week:  Use the content from the person you interviewed and determine something related to what he/she talked about that would make a good radio / audio podcast news report.  Make a bullet point ‘fact sheet’ list of 10+ main facts (again based on who, what, when, where, why, how and ‘so what’—then use those facts to write the report.  The report should be 14-18 typed lines on a single page (Times New Roman 12 pt. font and 1-inch margins) that uses the most important facts from your list to tell someone a story—of ‘what happened,’ or ‘what will happen’ related to your story and facts.  Report only facts—not comments or evaluative statements. Type the story IN ALL CAPS (sample script). Combine the Fact Sheet as Page 1 and ‘Audio Story’ as Page 2 and submit the .doc file by the assigned deadline--no later than 5 pm Wednesday 9/18. Use the script you create and record your ‘news story’ – submit the recording by the assigned deadline--no later than 10 pm Friday 9/20. Must be recorded and saved in Audition--you must save both an .ses file AND then an .MP3 file -- upload both to D2L folder.  File name: YourLastName Reader

REMINDER:  Each week of this outline links to the reading for the week from the free online textbook. A link to the Index for all the modules is provided at the top of the outline.  In class and online (D2L) quizzes are designed to help you identify how well you know the content we have covered--do each week's assigned reading prior to the first class meeting of each week. The quiz grade has a minimal impact on your course grade--the test grades and project work have the major impact.

Week 5  (9/23-27): 

News Feature SampleDallas Radio Stations List, How a Radio DJ runs a showChris Sifuentes Voice Tracking.

Class meets only for the first classroom meeting time this week--do lab work time instead of second meeting.

AUDIO PROJECT 4:  Select two different short pieces of answers from your interview to include as ‘sound bites’ (actualities) in a revised radio / audio podcast news report (sample script).  You are looking for each of these to be about :07 - :10 long and each one be clear ‘opinion’ or ‘comment’ your interview guest has said. Start by taking your original story and removing a bit of the least relevant content.  Find a place about 3-4 lines into the story where your ‘actuality 1’ will fit within the content.  Submit a script that reports about the event you discussed (about 12-14 lines), plus two 'sound bites' you select.  What you upload must be the script plus the two sound bite audio files as .MP3 files that fit within the script.  SCRIPT NAME: YourLastName Voicer Script.  If you're ready this week to record this 'voicer' / 'voice report', see below.

Reminder:  Any time you find a dead link, please immediately email Dr. DeMars to report. Do not expect a reply nights or weekends, but the problem is likely to be fixed promptly.

Week 6 (9/30-10/4):    

Further Adobe Audition and/or GarageBand training.  

AUDIO PROJECT 5a:  Record your Actuality Story ('Voicer') and save it both as an .ses file and then as an .MP3 file. Must be recorded and saved in Audition--you must save both the .ses file AND then the .MP3 file -- upload both to D2L folder.  File name: YourLastName Voicer

AUDIO PROJECT 5b:  Come in for Garage Band Training (sign up link will be here). Then, using Garage Band: Create a :20+ long music bed for use in your podcast.  Make other transitional pieces as desired. 

Week 7  (10/7-11):         Read:

Audio as applied to video and film.  About ADR Foley demo Scoring demo Wall-E sound design.

Mid Term AUDIO PROJECT:  Provided with scripts and content, record a mock newscast at your scheduled time. 

Video Camera Training: You must bring an SDHC or SDXC Class 10 SD card, 16 GB minimum. LOOK CLOSELY: Class 6 required for JVC camera, for Canon, Class 10 required. It's a 10 inside a circle marked on the SD card.  If it's a lower number it won't work.   

Opening and first segment of podcast demonstration--listen here.  
Audio Review PPT for Test 2.

Week 8 (10/14-18):        Test 2 in 2nd class meeting this week.      How to use the JVC 150 (click link)

Sign up here (link pending) Adobe Premiere training, that takes place next week.  Watch this series of videos prior to coming in for training and turn in the notes at your training time.

Week 9  (10/21-25):       Read Chap. 6   Digital Television & Video and modules linked below.

SCRIPT DUE:  Rough Draft Script due (format sample)  

Reading:  TV Process, Camera Basics 1, Camera Basics 2 
Short video:  TBC/frame sync

Training and familiarization with Adobe Premiere and JVC cameras.

JVC 150 tutorial Format an SD card (use an SDXC or SDHC Class 10);  Set-Up JVC 150; JVC 150 Manual Mode.    Adobe Premiere Pro tutorial 10 Premiere Pro tips .

Check: (format sample)

Week 10  (10/28 – 11/1):  TV reading modules:  Lenses: The Basics  Perspectives  Lenses / F-stops 

Come in on your own for further training and familiarization with Adobe Premiere and cameras.   Watch this video about sequencing.  

We will do Canon camera training this week for those who want to have a chance to check out Canon cameras.  You must sign up here  and do the training / certification to use Canon cameras,  NOTE:  This is optional--only if you want to have access to checking out Canon cameras for shooting.  If you do this training, you must also watch this video before coming in and take notes, notes are due at training time.

Week 11 (11/4-8):     TV modules Reading:  Video Color  Video Quality 1, Video Quality 2 

Further shooting, Premier and creative cloud training.  

Week 12 (11/11-15):         Video effects tips, like whip pan.   Cuts and transitions demo

Week 13  (11/18-22):     Test 3 first class day of the week.

Online reading:   Lighting 1, Lighting 2, Lighting 3, Lighting 4Lighting 5, Lighting 6,

Week 14  (11/26-28):     Reading:  Lighting 7, Lighting 8, Lighting 9, Lighting 10

Sarrafan, Goheen 1, Goheen 2, Posers Short Film, TX Tech Promotional Video,
Diet Coke, Doritos, SF State student,

IoT Smart Home.    Integrating Smart Home With Google Assistant.

Week 15 (12/2-6):  Read Chap. 15 Virtual & Augmented Reality. 

Tuesday:  Review audio as applied to video and film.  About ADRFoley demoScoring demoWall-E sound design.

More about movie sound:    Foley 1, Foley 2, Foley 3, 'Home Foley',  Ben Burtt 2

Continuity editing demo.    2015 Gear VR Demo.    Oculus Go Review.    


Video ReviewPPTLighting review PPT.