EXPECTATIONS: Make a short video that uses footage appropriated from another source.
The piece can do any of the following or a combination:
• produce a critique on some current issue
• educate or inform the public
• operate as a form of liberating speech or advocacy

An effective work will alter the context of the original video gootage.
Think about the public audience it is for; you will be uploading them to Youtube.
Video should have a title.

Many ways to go:
You can record separate audio to detourn an existing picture track. Look up the word “detourn” if you do not know what that means; look up a couple different sources, including one that alludes to the Situationists meaning for this word.
Cut video together from different sources to change their meaning.
Remember you can separate audio and video sources.

Duration: Ideal length is between 3 and 5 minutes. Minimum 1 minute- (BUT a 1 minute piece should have complexity and density in meaning; not just be short).
Maximum should be 10 minutes, unless you argue that the statement needs to be longer. You can collaborate, especially if you are working on a longer piece.

Communication: You need to be able to talk/write about what you are planning.
I will request a short written statement or description with the final.

SCHEDULE: 2 weeks of critiques and presentation: Week 10 and 11
Final projects due in week 13. I will give more instructions for turning them in.
And will also help you as much as you need; other skilled editors in the class can help too.
You will have one other assignment this semester -- an open project- see HERE (LINK)

*** Defining EDITING and defining MONTAGE: Editing video IS THE PROCESS OF PUTTING MOVING and still images together on a timeline. You may also separate the audio and the video and you can add different audio sources. Every second of video and audio can be cut into tiny pieces and put together on the timeline.

MONTAGE: A French word originally; the technique of cutting together (bringing together) moving images in order to a) compress time and /or b) control meaning.

Video Editing resources
Final Cut Pro 7 is the software we will use.
It is more available and there are many tutorials online.
If you prefer working on your own, you may use I-Movie (a user friendly software usually installed on MAC computers), or Final Cut Pro X (a new user friendly editing package) or any open source software.
Video Processing resources
There are many different video extensions and not all of them work well with Final Cut Pro. Ideally you will be using movie clips that have the extension .mov, although some others also work. If a clip is not right for Final Cut Pro, the software will tell you that, and you will have to process it into another form that is usable; a process called encoding.

What follows is a review of processing and encoding software introduced in class For grabbing and downloading from Youtube

Mac the Ripper: cracks DVD’s
For sampling small amounts of video as appropriate for fair use.
Download software, install on your computer and insert DVD.
It is pretty transparent; it will scan your DVD and alert you with a button that it is ready to crack the DVD. Push that “GO” Button, and select a place to save the data. It is a good idea to make a new folder where you have space on your hard drive.

VLC- Another great software allows you to view DVD files.
Search online for “VLC”
Download VLC for Mac.
VLC can be used to watch the super compressed .VOB files that constitute the main content on DVD’s. VOB files need to be converted to the usable movie format .mov for use with Final Cut Pro. VLC is handy because it lets you view your clip after you have cracked the DVD. You will still need to convert—using the next software below→ MPEG Stream Clip

MPEG Stream Clip (for converting .VOB (dvd files) files to .mov files (usable on final cut)
Download MPEG Stream Clip at

Example: The Abolition of Work by Naoki Izumo

Abolition of Work from Naoki Izumo on Vimeo.

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