Topic outline

  • Course Outline

    Audacity Pic

    Welcome to Communication Media 10 (CM10)! Some of you may already have prior experience with basic audio and video editing which is great. If not, no worries! You will have a great time! You will find our course outline in a document below. Please take a look at this to get an idea of where we will be going from here. 

  • SFX Story

    Using Audacity, the sound effects folder that I have provided you with (300 SFX), files from "Sound Bible", and any sound effects you may want to download from YouTube; create any story that has a start, middle, and finish that can be told through sounds. There will be no words spoken in this audio piece, the challenge is to tell a story only using sounds. It may be tough to do this but this is your opportunity to be creative and think outside of the box.

    Check out the video below to find out a few key basics in Audacity that you will need to know in order to create this project. The steps that you will go through are just to get you familiar with the program. Once you are done following along, you do not need to continue to work on the sample file that includes the gunshots and motorcycle. You will open up a new Audacity and begin your Sound Effects Story once you are done following along.

    ***Examples/Ideas are available in the files below***

    Here is the criteria that you will need to follow to ensure a quality piece:

    • Example: A person wakes up in the morning, shower, breakfast, leaves the house, drives a car/motorbike, in traffic, gets to work (work sounds), leaves to drive home, enters house, then...... your choice!, a police chase, a day on the farm, a boxing match, etc.
    • This will be 1:30 in length. Each sound effect clip that you use should be no longer than 7 to 10 seconds each. Do not have long clips...the faster moving it is, the easier it is to listen to and focus. Be sure to save this file often as the computers do crash at times.
    • Be as creative with this assignment as you can. I look forward to hearing all of your different ideas and concepts that you create. :).

    • Due date TBD

  • Additional Audacity Information and Exercise

    Get ready to explore audio editing! In this section of the course we will work on a variety of projects ranging from music remixes to podcasts. We will start out with basics to build a foundation and will then progress towards more challenging work. Today we will go through the basics to get you started.

    If you are unsure of the audio terms that are used in this class, ask me for further clarification or refer to the document below labelled "Audio Terms".

    The file below labelled "Beginning Audacity Manual" and this link will guide you through many of the basics in Audacity.

    A) As Audacity is new to many of us, we will begin by looking at its main website for information on the program. Please click this link:

    B) We will then walk through the basics of Audacity. We will first examine what the program has to offer and will explore its setup.

    Click this icon to open up the program

    Audacity Pic

    C) Once we have explored Audacity a little bit, we will work together on applying cuts and effects to a chosen track. I will inform you of what track this will be. If you happen to miss this lesson, here is a video that will help you review the basics of Audacity and will also look at applying audio effects to files.

    How can effects improve your creation?

    D) Now that we have finished our walk through in Audacity together, you will begin to work on your own. In the Word document below labelled "Audacity Effects Lesson", you will find instructions that pertain to your first lab assignment in this class. Open up the document and give it a shot. Be sure to ask for assistance if you have any questions. The file you will need to use for the exercise is below and is labelled "K'Naan - Wavin Flag".

    E) If you happen to finish this lab early, you may begin working with a track of your own choice. You will experiment with the same effects as the lab but also may try out other ones as well. You do not have an requirement in terms of where you place the effects. It is up to you!

  • Legal and Ethical Issues

    1.) What is copyright? How do I copyright my work?

    2.) Canadian Copyright Act

    3.) Canadian Copyright Simplified

    4.) Things to consider:

    The consultation features five key questions (taken from Michael Geists blog--

    1. How do Canada’s copyright laws affect you? How should existing laws be modernized?
    2. Based on Canadian values and interests, how should copyright changes be made in order to withstand the test of time?
    3. What sorts of copyright changes do you believe would best foster innovation and creativity in Canada?
    4. What sorts of copyright changes do you believe would best foster competition and investment in Canada?
    5. What kinds of changes would best position Canada as a leader in the global, digital economy?

    Speakout against Copyright

    5.) Creative Commons- Remember to place a link under the picture to the photographer for proper credit.

    Other free image sites!-- Remember to place a link under the picture to the photographer for proper credit.

    6.) Legal Behaviour vs Ethical Behaviour? Discussion

    7.) Copyright Videos

    Copyright- University of Virginia

    RE: I am going to Jail Because of a Movie?

    Copyright Parody

    8) Copyright Cases we can learn from

  • Music Mash Up

    Music Mash Up- take your favorite audio tracks (8 songs minimum) and make a music mash up with Audacity.

    • We will go over this as a class and decide on criteria
    • 3:30 - 4:00 minutes in length
    • 8 different songs minimum (unless you clear it with me)
    • You are the DJ- mix songs, include a minimum of 5 EFFECTS.
    • Do not have tracks go longer that 15 - 20 seconds for the most part. You may have a song run for up to 30 seconds ONCE. The rest of the songs shouldn't go for more than 15-20 seconds.
    • Quality- the effects must complement the song-- e.g.- fade in the middle of a track would distract the listener
    • Don't forget to access the Audacity Page if you have problems away from class.

    Here is an example of some excellent editing skills to create a different kind of mash up:

    Audacity Basics

    Tips on how to create a music mash up

    Here are some different mash examples that you can listen to:

  • How Audio Impacts a Film

    View the link below to see an example of how music affects our moods:

    Sound can be very powerful. Try this out with headphones:

    The videos below show a variety of examples of how audio affects video. Please check them out...

    Your Task

    1. Using Free Music Archive and YouTube, you are to find INSTRUMENTAL music that represents the following moods: Joyful, Anger, Suspense, Romantic, Relaxing, Anxious, Annoyed, Sad, Guilty, and Discomfort. Six of these tracks must be found on Free Music Archive while four may be found on YouTube (Your choice as to which ones you choose).

    2. Cut out 10 to 15 seconds from each of the songs that you have found that you feel best represents the respective mood. You will cut these tracks down in Audacity and will export them as MP3 files so that they can be used in Windows Movie Maker.

    3. Find an image that matches each of the 10 moods using Google Images. Save the images to your documents.

    4. Put it all together:

    Once you have completed the steps above, you will then be instructed on how to open them in Windows Movie Maker and edit accordingly. While working in Windows Movie Maker, you will be expected to include the following in your presentation:
    • A title for your project
    • The audio file with a written description (using "insert title/caption") explaining which mood the audio is representing and an image to accompany it.
    • Proper audio fades. Ie: Fade in and out of each sound.
    • A different image animation for each of your images.
    • A caption on each image labeling the emotion.
    • A different entrance effect for each of your captions.

    Follow the video below to learn how to complete this task in Windows Movie Maker:

    Here is a sample of what I am looking for in the end:

    Basics in Movie Maker:

    Exporting/Finalizing your video in Movie Maker:

  • Audio Final Assessment

    Sometimes it is easy to forget that audio production is not only recording and editing music tracks, but also includes editing spoken word. This type of skill is used to create audio books, recording voice-overs for commercials and movies, and especially to produce radio broadcasts and advertisements.

    In this assessment, you will edit a raw voice recording to match a script. Your client is Billy Bob's Auto Warehouse. You have his original recording (as you will see, Mr. Billy Bob is not so good at recording a commercial) and the written script of what the radio commercial should say exactly.  Please download the file below labelled "Billy Bob Raw Audio" and take a listen. This will be the file that you work with.

    As you have learned how to cut and splice clips in Audacity this year, you will now apply many of those skills by arranging Billy Bob's recording in the correct order according to the script. When you have matched the script, add sound effects and background music to make the production appealing and persuasive. Remember to match the script exactly!

    When you have finished your project, export it as an MP3 file and name it "yournamebillybob.mp3 Submit your exported project to me via sharing in Google Drive to

  • Careers in Multimedia

    1. Introduction: Your Assignment

    You will be conducting research on a chosen career in the field of media and putting the research into the form of a formal presentation. You will learn to properly use PowerPoint to create an automated presentation that will include the use of images, videos, transitions, animations, recorded timings and a narration. This will be exported into video format. Here is an example of a presentation that was put together by students in a previous class...theirs does not include narration.

    Check out the example below:

    2. What kind of jobs are out there in the field of media?
    What are some careers in media?

    Click here for some ideas

    More ideas

    Careers in Television Production

    In the studio with a musician/music producer

    3. Research: You on your own or with a partner (if you decide to work with someone) will develop and present on a selected career in the field of media.
    Before beginning to look at how to put together a successful presentation, please choose the career that you will be researching and gather the following information.

    1.) Description of job - Describe the day to day life of someone in this position.
    2.) Equipment used - What equipment do they use? Be specific. If the equipment varies, please explain how.
    3.) Qualifications - What type of schooling or experience do you need? What skills do you need to work in this industry?
    4) Salary - How much can they get paid?
    5.) Employment - What type of companies can your work for in this industry? Do you need to live in a larger city to have a job in this field?
    6.) Examples of work created by people in this industry. These examples can be pictures and short video samples that you save.
    7.) Highlight a famous person or people in your chosen industry.
    8.) Any other interesting facts that you have found out about this specific career.

    *You must include a video at some point in your presentation.
    *You must use transitions, timings, and animations in your presentation.
    *You will be exporting your project out as a video file once it is completed. If you finish early, you will be including a voice narration to your presentation using the microphones and laptops in the back room.

    4. What makes a good/bad presentation?

    What Makes a Bad Presentation:

    Take a look at the file below labelled "Worst Presentation Ever" to see what not to do when using PowerPoint to present content.

    What makes a good presentation:

    5. How do I use PowerPoint?

    This tutorial video is quite long but it includes everything that you will need to know about the program. If you know a certain concept already, feel free to jump ahead to a different section.

    6. Put your presentation together
    Using your research information, begin to put your presentation together. You will need to find images and a video or two to include in your presentation as well. Be sure to download and insert any videos that you use rather than using an internet link. This will ensure that there will be no buffering issues. Once your presentation is put together and includes effective animations, transitions, images, and a minimum of one video to showcase the career; please record your timings and narrate your presentation. The video below will show you how to record timings and narrations. It will also show your how to export as an MP4.

    7. Export your presentation as an MP4, upload the MP4 version to Google Drive and share with me to

  • Basic Video Editing Introduction

    Using, download this video clip... and save it into your documents folder.
    • Before you begin working with the video, you will view the sample of what you are to recreate. This will be shown on the projector or you can view the before and after videos that are at the very bottom of this page.
    • You will open the file in Windows Movie Maker and place it in the timeline
    • Once the video is in the timeline, you will mute the video volume.
    • You will then use the split tool to split the video every 10 seconds.
    • You will then place a title in front of your video with a name of your choice
    • You will then select the first 10 second section and apply a visual effect on the section. You will then use the caption tool to write what type of visual effect you used on the frame. Use a different color and type of text for each frame. Place appropriately on the clip.
    • Continue placing visual effects and captions on each frame.
    • Once you have used all of the available visual effects, place different transitions between slides. Use all of the available transitions in your video.
    • Your final step will be to place an audio track of your own choice over the video.
    • Students that finish early may experiment with slow motion, fast motion, rotating images, etc.
    • Once you are finished, call me over for evaluation or email me the exported version.

    We will go through the basics of Windows Movie Maker in class but just in case you missed that day, here is a small look at some of the things that the program can do:

    How to Export a video in Movie Maker

    Final Product
    On the left side is what the original video looks like. The right side shows a file that has been put into movie maker and has had effects, transitions, different audio, captions and titles applied. You will want your video to look similar to the video on the right side below when you are finished (it shouldn't be the exact same...try out different effects and transitions to explore).

    • A Foundation in Film Making

      How has film evolved into what it is today?

      Click here to view a decade-by-decade breakdown of how the industry has grown.

      How can we learn from movies?

      How can we get lost in film? Check this video out to see how filmmakers and their staff can fool viewers through thought and creativity.

      Discussion Points

      3 stages of production...
      View the information on this link to examine the 3 stages of production.
      What are the first stages involved in movie production?

      What is a Script Treatment?

      Home Alone Plot Summary and Synopsis
      Home Alone Script


      • Camera Shot Types and Movements

        View this video before looking at any of the information below. This video will show you a variety of film techniques in the span of a 1 minute commercial. Think about why Toyota would use each of these camera angles and movements in this commercial.

        The Art Behind Film Making

        Before we dive into the theory behind some of the most popular techniques used in film, we must first look at how camera work impacts a film.

        The Fundamental Camera Shot Types and Movements

        In Communication Media 10, you will explore 12 fundamental shot types and movements. We will explore each of these as a class. I will demonstrate them to you and well explain why each is used in a film. We will fill in the document below as we go through the demonstration. Please download and save a copy of the Word document below labelled "Camera Shot Types and Movements Student Copy" into your documents folder.

        Your Task

        Using the video below as a reference, you will create your own camera shot types and movements video that displays the 12 fundamental shot types and movements that we have discussed. You will use the school cameras, stabilizers, and tripods that are provided. I will show you some examples that have been done by students in the past. Due to privacy laws, I can't upload the samples so you will have to use the one below as an exemplar. Your video will be edited in Windows Movie Maker and will need to include the following:

        • A title slide the displays the title "Camera Shot Types and Movements By: Your Name"
        • You must capture and display the shot types and movements provided in the word document below.
        • You have these movements in the order that they are in on the list below.
        • Using text in Windows Movie Maker, you must label the shot type or movement so the viewer knows what they are watching.
        • You will select your own music to put over top of your video.
        • You must place credits at the end of your film that tell who was featured in the video, who filmed the video, who edited the video and what music your used.

        Here is a sample to check out:

        • Public Service Announcement (PSA)

          This assignment will look at using film/audio to send a message. We have already looked at audio and effective film techniques. Now it is your time to put this knowledge into action.

          You will develop a treatment, script, and a storyboard (if it is a video) that will prepare you for creating a public service announcement (PSA) that deals with a topic that you feel is important. This PSA must be about 45 to 60 seconds in length with the correct use of different camera angles/movements to share your message. Once you have planned out your PSA, you will record it in and around the school (stay on school property) and then edit it in Windows Movie Maker. Think of topics that could be recorded in and around our school (bullying, stereotyping, depression, studying, addictions, etc).

          PSA's generally deal with serious issues that people are trying to create awareness about.

          Use the document below labelled "PSA Critique Questions" as a guide when examining each PSA. The questions will encourage you to think a bit deeper about each of the advertisements.

          Here are a few examples of what public service announcements look and sound like:


          - Film Treatment (Please fill out a treatment that will explain what your PSA will be about.)

          - Storyboard (Storyboards are available by my desk or you may print off the template that is available below.)

          - Script (This component of the final project can be completed in Celtx. We have briefly went through this program as a class. We will once again go over it to ensure that you are comfortable with it.)