Introduction to Digital Video

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    £135 (full price), £122 (early booking discount), £105 (concessions)

This Introduction to Digital Video short course is a fun hands-on introduction to using digital video cameras and editing for beginners. Participants taking this course will get a better understanding of how to give a polish to their family films or to take the first steps into a new career. Areas covered include a basic introduction to the digital camera, automatic and manual settings, basic shot types and using a tripod and microphone. The participants will do practice shoots as a group before transferring the video to a computer for a basic introduction to editing with Adobe Premiere. (11 Hours teaching)

This is a taster course, no experience required! All Equipment is provided for this course. Filmmaking is a group activity.

Film Oxford also runs other introductory production courses: Shooting Video (33 hours teaching) & 3 Day Video Production Course. (15 Hours teaching)

Tutor – Iona Fabian

Iona Fabian has 19 years experience working in the media industry. After three years working on all stages of production for a Corporate Video Company, she decided to go freelance and has worked on a wide range of projects, Producing, Directing, Camera Operating, Sound Recording, Editing, Animating and Creating Motion Graphics and Special Effects. She has experience of Lo-Budget through to Broadcast production, and of working with professionals and beginners. She is currently enjoying working with DSLR cameras, and developing ‘filmic’ looks in Post Production. Clients include ITV, Ugandan Television, The Royal College of Surgeons, Butterworth-Heinemann, Mercruiser, and she has worked with Tom Hollander, Griff Rhys-Jones and Newton Faulkner.

Iona has also been involved in training and education throughout this time, training professionals and beginners in many different contexts. She was very involved with the Creative Partnership Scheme working in schools, has been involved with several Firstlight Projects and teaches at Film Oxford, as well as individual professional training.

What is covered in Introduction to digital video course:

  • Introductions
  • Introduction to the camera and tripod
  • Camera controls, automatic versus manual
  • Shot types and camera movements
  • Shoot exercise (in camera edit)
  • Focus, iris and white balance
  • Getting the most from sound
  • Interview exercise
  • The concept of the storyboard
  • Introduction to the editing software.
  • Capture of video shot the previous day
  • Very basic editing
  • Two-hour shooting exercise; students storyboard shoot and edit a five-shot film
  • Recap and feedback


I didn’t expect to learn so much in such as short space of time! Luciana

This is a very good course for beginners in videography. Manoj

A very hands-on course. Roziah

Overall a nice course, Appreciated! Shelley

Useful as an introductory course which covered a lot of ground and had tangible output. Ruth

Really pleased to have achieved more than expected. Curtis

Who can get Concessions on Introduction to Digital Video?

Discount for NUS students and people on following means-tested benefits, proof required: NUS card; ESA (income related); JSA, Income Support; Working Tax Credit (not child tax credit); Council Tax Benefit (not student/single person/reduction due to disability); Housing Benefit; Pension Credit (guarantee); Unwaged Dependent of these benefits.

All Film Oxford Courses are subsidised by Oxfordshire Adult Learning

This is one of our adult training courses so please note that participants need to be 18 years and above, for information about all of our youth activities see Youth page

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