Africa Digital Media Academy is a vocational training school in Kigali, Rwanda. We provide students with skills in 3D computer graphics, animation, motion capture and video production and more so they can work in all areas of the digital media industry.

These courses listed below are for the next intake which will be focused on video production commencing in June 2019 and finishing in April 2020. Click HERE to apply for the course.

Introduction to Video Post Production

Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: None
Program Length: 10 Weeks Classes and Assignments

Course outline:

In this introduction course students acquire the basic skills and understanding of concepts related to Video Postproduction. This includes video editing, audio for video, titles, and a complementary introduction to motion graphics, as well as the concepts and terminology that accompany these areas. Students will have to demonstrate the proficiency to use video editing software while understanding the core elements that are utilized in non-fiction video editing. This is designed to equip students with skills that enable them to utilize video editing software while producing broadcast quality content. Emphasis is also given to professionalism at work, time management, taking direction, participating effectively in a post-production team environment as well as the skills needed to play a leadership role in producing non-fiction videos. Creativity is stimulated in this course and problem solving fostered. Postproduction efficiency is a specific outcome in the training.

- Basic Knowledge To Start Editing (importing media, creating events/projects, exporting)
- Exploring The Interface

- Importing Files/folders

- Working In The Event/Project/Library

- Timeline (navigating, selecting clips, blade tool, range selection tool, skimmer, playhead, etc.)

- Performing Different Types Of Edits (insert, overwrite, connected clips, 3 point edit, nudging, soloing)
- Organizing media (events, keywords, rating)

- Rating, Deleting, Transcoding Media

- Keyboard Shortcuts

- Trimming Tools In Storyline
- Basic Audio editing (levels, music, sound effects, etc.)
- Basic Color Correction (white/black levels, color casts, exposure)
- Basic output/publishing to video formats
- Basic motion graphics concepts (i.e. animating and keyframing values/properties)
- Titling, Lower thirds, Transitions, Video Retiming, Filters/Effects, Keying
- adjusting volumes, creating fades, audio synchronizing, using a compressor, applying equalization
- adding foley and effects, using effects
- final mastering and output with soundtrack
- color theory and color wheel, color temperature, color balance
- video scopes, exposure and saturation
- color matching, black levels
- fixing problems with footage (over/under exposure, high/low contrast, etc.)
- creating looks, creating dynamic range, shape masks
- final mastering and output

Introduction to 2D Motion Graphics

Level: Beginner
Program Length: 4 Weeks Classes and Assignments

Course outline:
In this course "Intro To Motion Graphics", students learn the basic concepts and skills related to motion graphics, including an overview of all the basic concepts , such as layers, keyframes, text, manipulating video, filters, masks, shapes, text, etc.  Some of the more powerful tools, including generators, particle systems, painting, and replicators will also be covered at a beginner level. Upon completion of this course, students will have had a solid start on their journey into learning motion graphics.

- Interface, Layers And Objects, Outputting Projects
- Importing Assets, Preferences, and Function Keys
- Customizing Keys, Timing Pane
- Library Content, Blend Modes
- Animating With Behaviours (and creating favourites)
- Keyframes (overview, manipulating, combining with behaviours)
- General Overview (formatting, styles)
- Animating (including along a path)
- Using The Transform Glyph Tool
- Overview, Four Corner Tool
- Match Move, Stabilize, and Retiming
- Filters (combining, timing)
- Shapes, Shape Behaviours
- Masks and Object Masks
- Generators
- Particles, Adjusting Particles, Particle Behaviours
- Replicators

Introduction to Video Production and Documentaries

Level: Beginner
Prerequisite:  Introduction to Video Post Production
Program Length: 5 Weeks Classes and Assignments, 4 Weeks Final Project

Course outline:
In this course students learn the basic skills and concepts of production, including camera work, audio recording, lighting, how to effectively capture footage, and the terminology that accompanies those areas.  Introducing more advanced concepts and best practices will be covered for a variety of cameras and microphones to give a solid foundation for learning.  Understanding areas such as best placement location, optimum recording levels, different microphones for different situations, etc. will all be covered. Students will utilize the wide variety of audio/camera/editing skills gained during the course to allow for doing project works that require a practical project of setting up, shooting, capturing, and editing an interview.  Concepts and best practices of how to shoot "b-roll" (footage other than the talking-head interview subject themselves) are also covered to allow for the delivery of an effective project. A quick intro to legalities (i.e. releases, copyright, etc.) is also used at this point to give students a basic understanding of how to avoid obvious legal troubles.

- Set up a tripod, tension, camera plate, extensions, adjustments
- Manipulate the camera menu to set required file formats for video and audio
- Exposure, color balance, sharp focus, clean sound
- Filming techniques, sequences, composition of shots, line of action and screen direction
- Labeling and storage of media post recording
- Preparation of a complete list of key equipment
- Power usage (battery release, battery percentage, etc.)
- Putting together EOS Lens and Adapter onto camera body
- Manual white balance, gain, iris, and shutter speed
- Using peaking to assist focus
 -Shoot different types of shot: Close-up, Medium Shot, Long Shot.
- Film action in sequences
- Record broadcast quality audio
- Properly label media storage devices
- Core concepts of audio recording and best audio practices
- recording devices and optimum recording levels
- different microphones for different situations (dynamic vs condenser, lavalier vs handheld, shotgun, boom, etc.)
- using microphones (on camera, handheld, and lavalier)
- best placement location of microphones
- properly light a subject using a three point light setup principle (key light, back light, and fill lights)
- project budgeting, putting together a field equipment kit
- shooting schedules, location scouting
- effective problem solving

Introduction to Studio Post Production

Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: Introduction to Video Production and Documentaries
Program Length: 2 Weeks Classes and Assignments, 2 Weeks Final Project

Course outline:

In this course, students will learn the practical skills to become knowledgeable, competent, and confident in specific areas such as lighting, audio/video recording, and subject/set blocking as it relates to a studio space. Students will demonstrate their understanding in each of these above disciplines which includes effective and proper handling, settings, usage, and safety. Students will also learn how to do a multi-camera setup that uses all of these skills together into one entire full studio setup. Finally, students will be given the necessary skills and knowledge on how to sett up a proper greenscreen shoot, which includes  demonstrating their understanding of video scopes, spill, background/foreground separation, color space, and light setup, camera settings, and record settings to effectively capture sample footage that is suitable for chroma keying.

- conduct appropriate subject blocking within a multi-camera setup
- properly light a subject using a three point light setup principle (key light, back light, and fill lights)
- correctly light the green-screen to achieve professional background keying in in post production (video scopes, spill, background/foreground separation, color space, camera settings, and record settings to effectively capture sample footage that is suitable for keying)
- Mount a three camera recording set-up
- Microphone multiple subjects on set
- Control audio for different subject using an audio mixer

Introduction to Live Switching

Level: Beginner
Program Length: 2 Weeks Classes and Assignments, 2 Weeks Final Project

Course outline:
Introduction to liveswitching presents all the different facets needed for success to the students, including how to prepare a short pre-production cycle to create graphics (i.e. lower thirds and titles screens) for event, proper handling and setup of equipment, onsite etiquette and protocol, how to run full crew rehearsals to ensure success, and supporting the skillset needed to operate all livestream specific gear such as comms, cables, and switchers. Liveswitching skills/concepts include operation of screens, presentation playback, basic audio, and of course the HD camera switching, recording with backups for safety, and usage of various livestreaming platforms including YouTube, Facebook, etc.

- Setup and operation of switching/recording/playback table (recorder, comms, switcher, audio gear, playback, screens, lower thirds)
- Rolling cables and laying cables (neatly stacked without crossover, right angles, away from walkways, tacked down, taped down, etc.)
- Onsite communications (i.e. usage and basic commands)
- Understanding role of cameraman supporting switcher (not needing to be told all the time what to be doing)
- Setting up multiple camera models and lenses
- Following a moving subject (i.e. walking back and forth) properly
- Fast find of subjects and fast focus (manual zoom/focus on better lenses)
- Not moving while “hot” (the camera in the switch being recorded)
- Setup and operation of livestream workflow (i.e. Facebook, YouTube, etc.)