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Course Outlines

BCST 1260

Professional Video Camera Operations

School School of Business + Media
Program Television and Video Production
Course Credits 3
Minimum Passing Grade 50%
Start Date September 26, 2021
End Date November 21, 2021
Total Hours 36
Total Weeks 8
Hours/Weeks 4.5
Delivery Type Lecture/Lab
CRN 41240

Acknowledgement of Territories

The British Columbia Institute of Technology acknowledges that our campuses are located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish Nations of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam).

Instructor Details

Name Paul Bennett
E-mail Instructor to provide
Location NA
Office Hours Instructor to provide

Course Description

Film captures the attention of audiences and brings stories to life. Having a solid foundation in camera skills is essential in this modern media age. This course is designed for students interested in the basics of video and film camera operation; Students will explore professional camera set up, lighting, sound recording and editing of scenes. The art of sequencing your shots to tell a story both technically and aesthetically is also introduced. The hands-on approach enables students to gain experience and confidence using a professional video camera to shoot popular scenes used in news, corporate, online and film production.

Course Learning Outcomes/Competencies

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the proper procedures for setting up a camera.
  • Shoot a scene using correct white balance and differentiate colour balances.
  • Choose (and execute) the proper exposure of the camera given the lighting for a specific shot or sequence.
  • Explain how to professionally sequence a scene.
  • Use a microphone to capture professional quality audio.
  • Use a professional video camera to shoot a professional scene.
  • Compare and contrast different video camera types, and select the appropriate video camera given a specific scenario.
  • Properly set up a time code in a camera for the appropriate shooting scenario.

Learning Resources


My BCIT E-Mail Address **Configured by Wednesday, Sept 16, 2020**


SD Card - Class 10, 32GB (brand name like Sandisk)


DSLR, HD Camera with all manual features option

The Bare Bones Camera Course For Film & Video – Tom Schroeppel

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria % Comments
Filming Assingment 110
Filming Assingment 220
Final Filming Assignment30
Final Exam30

Attendance Requirements

Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class. Excessive absence is missing more than 10% of the class time. If there is failure to provide acceptable explanation and appropriate documentation for excessive absence, the student will receive zero for all exams, projects and assignments which may result in failure of the course.

Course Schedule and Assignments

8 classes @ 4.5 hrs per class PLUS 30 minutes break each day totals 5hrs each day. 11am-4pm

Location: SE-10, Room 161, aka Studio 1

NO CLASSES - October 10, 2021

    • Week 1 - Shot Sequencing, Framing, Mobile Video Recording Equipment
    • Week 2 - Intro to Canon XA30’s manual features, 180 & 30/30 rules
    • Week 3 - Shutter Speed, Frame Rates, F-Stop, DOF, Lens Options
    • Week 4 - Audio Recording & Interview Techniques
    • NO CLASS Oct 10th
    • Week 5 - Pre-production and Visual Perspective Techniques
    • Week 6 - Video Lighting
    • Week 7 - Multi-camera, Timecode and Camera accessories
    • Week 8 - Exam, Last chance for filming and handing in final assignments

BCIT Policy

Any student who needs special assistance in the event of a medical emergency or building evacuation (either because of a disability or for any other reason) should promptly inform their course instructor(s) and Accessibility Services of their personal circumstances.

Human Rights, Harassment and Discrimination:
The BCIT community is made up of individuals from every ability, background, experience and identity, each contributing uniquely to the richness and diversity of the BCIT community as a whole. In recognition of this, and the intrinsic value of our diversity, BCIT seeks to foster a climate of collaboration, understanding and mutual respect between all members of the community and ensure an inclusive accessible working and learning environment where everyone can succeed.

Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion is a supportive resource for both students and employees of BCIT, to foster a respectful learning and working environment. Any student who feels that they are experiencing discrimination or harassment (personal or human rights-related) can confidentially access this resource for advice and support. Please see Policy 7507 – Harassment and Discrimination and accompanying procedure.

Students should make themselves aware of additional Education, Administration, Safety and other BCIT policies listed at

Guidelines for School of Business + Media

Students must successfully complete a course within a maximum of three (3) attempts at the course. Students with two attempts in a single course will be allowed to repeat the course only upon special written permission from the Associate Dean. Students who have not successfully completed a course within three attempts may not be eligible to graduate from their respective program.

Regular attendance in lectures and labs is seen as integral to student success, therefore, attendance in class is monitored. Unexcused absences in excess of 10% of the time prescribed for this course may result in the assignment of a failing grade. Attendance may be taken at any time during class. A student not present for attendance will be marked absent. A student who leaves class for a period of time deemed excessive by the instructor may be considered absent regardless of whether they are present when attendance is taken.

In case of illness or other unavoidable absence, students must communicate with the instructor, or the appropriate Program Head, as soon as possible (preferably in advance) indicating the reason for the absence. Students who are seeking accommodation for a medical absence must have a BCIT-approved medical certificate ). For other absences, students must be prepared to provide appropriate supporting documentation.

A student who has unexcused absences in excess of 10% of the time prescribed for the course by the Withdrawal Deadline is considered to have ‘Vanished’ and will be assigned a grade of ‘V’. In these cases, no further work will be graded.

These requirements are set out in accordance with BCIT Policy 5101 Student Regulations. More information regarding withdrawals from PTS courses is available at


I verify that the content of this course outline is current.
Paul Bennett, Instructor
September 08, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed.
Mary Kay Thurston, Program Head
September 13, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed and complies with BCIT policy.
Christine German, Acting Associate Dean
September 14, 2021

Note: Should changes be required to the content of this course outline, students will be given reasonable notice.