Videography is hard to learn

Video Production Basics (#VideoMOOC)

What can you expect from the basics of video production?

Anyone can rotate and cut videos - anyone who can find the red record button on their smartphone, digital camera or camcorder and is able to edit the whole thing via app or software or simply post it uncut on the web. In this course, you will learn in a practical way what makes the difference between hobby videos and professionally produced moving images.

Thinking about the cut before filming is crucial. Markus Valley explains thinking in pictures, various turning techniques as well as rules and traps, such as the axis jump. Why are three spotlights necessary to illuminate an interview well? How and when does the sound sound good? What is the color temperature all about? Not only these questions are answered. Through the course you will also get to know your own camera better - regardless of whether it is a camcorder or DSLR - and then you will not only have exposure and sharpness under control, without any automatics.

Markus Valley also gives you a lot of tips and tricks for cutting videos: from 3-point cutting, to working on multiple video and audio tracks, to creating lower bands, color correction and the right export settings.

The course is very practical. Exercises and tasks within the learning units help to apply the new knowledge immediately. There are no minimum technical requirements in terms of camera and editing program. All content is explained in a general way and not on the basis of a specific camera model / type or a specific editing software.

Now read on ours Blog the interview with video journalist and media trainer Markus Valley.

What can you learn in this course?

  • You will be able to explain and apply the basic functions of an editing program.
  • You can do without camera automatics and set up a camera for the shoot manually.
  • You are able to use a camera in a safe, stable and motivated manner.
  • You can plan and organize a shoot using basics of visual composition and shooting techniques, and organizing ideas in scripts and scripts.
  • You are able to evaluate, set up and illuminate locations.
  • You can use the necessary post-production techniques like color grading and inserts.
  • You can rate the quality of video recordings accordingly.

How is the course structured?

  1. Cut (basics)
  2. Camera picture / sound
  3. Camera handling and image composition
  4. Light and shooting planning
  5. Cut (deepening)
  6. Post production

Who is running this course?

Markus Valley

Markus Valley is a video journalist and media trainer. He turns, cuts and produces web and TV contributions as well as complete TV programs (e.g. for Bayerischer Rundfunk), most of them as a self-rotating and self-cutting VJ.

The studied media pedagogue and multimedia music journalist has lectureships at universities and, as a VJ coach, holds seminars and workshops for educational projects and media academies. Markus Valley is the author of the 2014 multimedia guide "Das VideoTrainingsBuch".


Approx. 3 hours per week should be scheduled for all course activities.

certificate of achievement

In this course you can receive badges and a certificate of further education.




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