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Computer Graphics and Video in Multimedia

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ART 263

       Course Name: Computer Graphics and Video in Multimedia

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 6 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

ART 260 or consent of instructor

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course explores methods used in professional video and film production. Content includes storyboard, structure, and production of short video piece; computer-generated material, such as 2D and 3D graphics and animations, in combination with scanned photographs and digitized video production. Focus is on software manipulation of video, including distorting video segments with custom filters, and special effect techniques such as compositing, rotoscoping, and morphing. Practical considerations of graphic format, resolution, color and saturation limitation are explored. Key peripherals explained in context of real world production situations. Adobe Aftereffects used as the main software.

IV.   Learning Objectives

A.    To identify the basic concepts and terms used in computer graphics and video.
B.    To explain how video productions are created.
C.    To design and produce video and graphics.
D.    To explain the limitations of video and multimedia.
E.    To create and render video productions.
F.    To operate the hardware involved in computer graphics and video production and implement hardware in multimedia.
G.    The use post-production techniques on a video.

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A.    Types of Still Images
        1.    Bitmaps
        2.    Vector
        3.    3D drawing and rendering
B.    Color
        1.    Natural light
        2.    Color palettes
C.    Image File Formats
D.    Video Clips
E.    Broadcast Video Standards
        1.    NTSC
        2.    PAL
        3.    SECAM
        4.    HDTV
F.    Computers and Video
        1.    Overlay system
        2.    Digital and analog
        3.    Text and titles
        4.    Peripherals
G.    Recording Formats
        1.    S-VHS
        2.    YUV
        3.    Component Digital and Composite Digital
        4.    Video hardware issues
        5.    Editing
H.    Lighting and Shooting
        1.    Blue screen
        2.    Chroma and composition
I.    Video Compression
        1.    JPEG
        2.    MPEG
        3.    DVI Indeo
        4.    Optimizing for CDROM
J.    Assembling and Creating Movies
        1.    Video terminology
        2.    Clips
        3.    Transitions
        4.    Time units
        5.    Compiling
        6.    Filters
            a.    Tint filters
            b.    Brightness and contrast
            c.    Razor tool
            d.    Changing filters
        7.    Superimposed clips
            a.    White alpha matte
            b.    Green screen type
        8.    Advanced Editing
            a.    Place markers
            b.    Virtual clips
            c.    Trimming
K.    Capturing and Recording
        1.    Recording options
        2.    Batch capturing and device control
        3.    Video tape

VII.  Methods of Instruction

This course will be presented using a combination of lectures, slide presentations and computer work in the lab.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

A.    Attend and participate in all classes and labs.
B.    Attend critiques and quizzes as scheduled in the course calendar.
C.    Complete assigned exercises and print work.
D.    Final Exam.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

A.    Flash drive or portable hard drive
B.    Blank CD-Rs

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

The final grade will be based upon the following elements and their weights:
A.        Quizzes           25%
B.        Critiques          25%
C.        Final Exam       25%
D.        Final Critique    25%

Multiple choice quizzes will be administered at the first three critiques.  Critiques offer the student the opportunity to show work in progress to the instructor and to the class and to obtain feedback on the work presented.  There will be four critiques including the final. 

XI.   Other Course Information



If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.