DSLR Video: Post Processing, with Richard Harrington

Join Rich Harrington, motion graphic artist, author, and trainer, as he guides you through the transition from post video capture to preparing for post production.

There’s still plenty of work to do after the cameras are stowed away. Join Rich Harrington, motion graphic artist, author, and trainer, as he guides you through the transition from post video capture to preparing for post production. The steps you take during this phase of the process, from backing up your data to gathering additional source material, are critical to the project’s overall completion and success, and are what separate the amateur from the professional.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Moving Your Data (Duration 11:44)

Rich introduces the concepts covered in the class and then jumps right into discussing how to manage your memory cards and safely move your captured data to your hard drive.

Lesson 2: Managing your Media (Duration 04:39)

You can't be too paranoid when it comes to your captured data. Start with a process that includes the creation of a verified backup of all your digital assets.

Lesson 3: Transcode or Native? (Duration 11:41)

Video captured on a DSLR camera is heavily compressed in order to get all of the data saved onto a camera's memory card. Working with compressed data can be a burden on your computer during editing, and this is where you need to decide if you want to work native or transcode. Rich explains the pros and cons of each.

Lesson 4: Getting Organized (Duration 15:34)

Before you get to the editing stage it is helpful to get your assets organized. Adobe Bridge is a great tool for helping you get your video files sorted and under control.

Lesson 5: Finding Your Story (Duration 10:49)

The best way to get reacquainted with the footage you captured is to review it. Rich shows you two ways to review footage and get it organized for editing.

Lesson 6: Writing the Story (Duration 04:24)

Starting with the original treatment that was signed off on by the client, it is time to develop the story based on what was actually captured during the shoot.

Lesson 7: Additional Assets (Duration 10:18)

Beyond the video you've already captured there are additional assets that you'll want to have on hand to complete the project. Components such as voice over talent, high resolution logos from the client, supporting graphics, music, and sound effects to name a few.

Lesson 8: Transitioning to Post (Duration 05:32)

You've successfully backed up your media, organized your files, assembled all of the necessary components for the final video, and now you are ready to transition to editing. Join Rich as he provides an overview of where you'll go from here.

Meet Your Instructor: Richard Harrington

Richard Harrington is a certified Project Management Professional, Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop and After Effects, and Apple Certified Trainer in Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Aperture. His visual communications…


  1. Extraordinarily clear and concise. I wish I could speak in such an organized, non-halting way. I wanted to see more how the captured material was assembled and edited. Side note on the app: Promoting a classroom based training tool as a quick reference resource for in-the-field shooting...Really?

  2. Rich Harrington's video course is exceptional, however I am looking for a course from Scott on using CS6 to edit video. I think that I saw a clip from Scott on this. I just want to be able to edit short clips (20 seconds or so) to fit into slide shows. You certainly can use my feedback. -Dave-

  3. Hi Richard. I have a question. In this class, when it comes to transcoding, you say that there is nothing to change as to the frame rates, whereas in another class (the one on Final Cut and iMovie, you tell us to change from 30 fps to 29.9ish, or from 24 to 23.9ish. So, do we need to convert the frame rate when using DSLR videos or not? Thank you!

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