This course provides students with foundational knowledge that will enable them to use technology in the production of visual stories throughout the program. Students will learn the basics of electricity, magnetism, light and sound, and how to apply these principles to broadcast and media technology. Students will also examine various components and signals from the perspective of a novice industry technician, including monitoring, measuring and processing of signals. As they progress through the course, students will discuss the impact of technical considerations on production values, and will be introduced to the history of electronic moving pictures.
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Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:
Explain what sound is and how it behaves.
Describe human perception of sound.
Explain how sound is captured, converted to audio signals, monitored, measured, processed, and converted back to sound.
Describe various types of microphone and select the most appropriate microphones for given tasks.
Identify the wires, cables, and connectors used in broadcasting and related computing.
Explain the use of controls on broadcast equipment to perform adjustments to signals and recordings.
Troubleshoot technical problems related to sound and lighting to improve production values.
Describe the basic physical properties of light and colour.
Identify various lamps (bulbs) and fixtures used in video and stage productions.
Apply Ohm’s law and power equations to correctly calculate the load of lighting fixtures so as to not overload circuits.
Describe the history of moving images and television, including how these founding technologies relate to modern acquisition, recording, and displays.
Communicate technical needs and problems related to video production.
Observe rules of safety and professional conduct in a broadcast production facility.
Effective as of Fall 2014
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