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Masterclass in Adobe CC: Postproduction and Editing for Oral Histories


Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 10:00 to Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 04:00
Philip Lichti

The extended workshop proposed is an in-depth tutorial teaching the Adobe CC software suite for advanced editing techniques and media management. The course will provide a general training to the Adobe CC toolset but will concentrate on workflows relevant to oral history projects of varying scales.

The course will be structured to allow participants to learn terminology and methods in class and then explore the concepts for themselves through a series of hands-on exercises. The guided in-class tutorials will take place in the Blue room followed by break out sessions in the lab where participants will work in pairs through exercises prepared to progressively apply the learned techniques using provided media assets.

The classroom component of this course will take place over the course of 4 days, split into two 2.5 hour sessions, for a total of 20 hours of classroom and lab time.

The proposed tuition for the workshop would be on a sliding scale of $250 - $400, according to participants self-identified income level. As an approximate guide:

Under $20 000 - $250

Under $30 000 - $325

Over $30 000 - $400

These prices are significantly less than an equivalent course offered by other training providers in Montréal. On certain conditions, a negotiated fee and partial attendance (by modules or sessions) can be arranged directly with the facilitator.

Registration will only be confirmed upon reception of payment. Please bring a proof of income and payment (cash only) to the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (LB-1042, 1400 de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montréal, QC) during our opening hours before January 30.


Day one will begin with an introduction to best practices for organizing and labeling media files. Participants are invited to bring in their hard drives containing their own media archives in order to begin to organize these assets according to best practices introduced during the course. We will explore several applications in the Adobe CC suite that support asset management outside of Premiere, including Adobe Bridge & Prelude. We will then look at setting up and configuring a new project, importing media and organizing the a project within Premiere. Through exercises, we will get to know the functionality of various panels and workspaces.

Day Two will provide an in-depth exploration of the essential workflows for editing in Premiere Pro, introducing standard vocabulary and concepts for describing the different phases of production. We will explore a variety of approaches relevant to different types of editing projects including three-point editing, subclipping and multi-camera editing. Exercises will reinforce essential concepts for working with complex timelines including track targeting and track syncing.

Day Three will focus on audio, introducing students to the tools available for professional audio mixing within Premiere as well as the complimentary audio application Adobe Audition. We will learn about workflows to seamlessly transition between the two programs.

Day Four will provide brief introductions to a number of more advanced features within Premiere including nested sequences, advanced trimming, key framing, animated titles and colour correction. Finally, we will explore ways to exporting completed projects for different distribution channels.

Workshop dates are as follows:

  • Tuesday, January 30th
  • Saturday, February 3rd
  • Tuesday, February 6th
  • Saturday, February 10th

Phil Lichti is a sound and media artist. His projects attempt to create engaging experiences that permeate the virtual and material worlds to connect the past with the present and imagine the possible. His artistic practice mixes sound composition, visual storytelling and interactive design.

LB-1042.03, 1400 de Maisonneuve West, Montreal, QC

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