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Creating a Video From Start to Finish

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Class Introduction


Creating a Video From Start to Finish

Lesson 1 of 37

Class Introduction


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Class Introduction

I came to CreativeLive I guess a few years ago at this point, and to this day the overwhelming response that I have received from the material that I've taught is really humbling. I think the last message I got was a couple weeks ago and it was from Vietnam. A user and a student was just like, "How do I do this, "and how do I get involved, "and what sort of pointers and tips could you give me?" It was just really cool, because you never think that when you do something like this that you would reach this many people. I do wanna say thank you, and I do wanna say that I appreciate all of the comments and all of the support. What are we here for today? Yeah you know it's always the, you got to shake it out, but before we start here I just want to say thank you to the manufacturers that support me, they did a huge part in getting me the equipment to show you guys here for this class so I just want to say thank you to them. But let's go on. So who am I. So who is Victor, I was a photographe...

r for about 15 years ago I started when I was in my early teens and moved on through worked in a studio in San Diego and as I gained all this knowledge I became very passionate about teaching because for some reason I could always talk to someone for hours about how to do something, technique and just like my thought process and stuff and so it got me to a point where I just really really enjoyed instilling knowledge that just came from being around great photographers who also taught me a lot of what they do, guys like (mumbles) he's just such a great educator and really inspired me to share that knowledge. So who are you guys? I think many of you I hope are photographers, many of you have probably dabbled in filmmaking, maybe some of you have been asked to create a video and are so afraid to jump into it. I think as photographers we get caught up in this dichotomy of a video or filmmaking or is it motion or is it this conglomeration of a hybrid set of those terms, for me it's the same. You're photographers so you have this innate ability to capture motion to see things and I think whenever you get scared you have to lean on that experience you have to lean on that understanding of the material that you already know to drive you forward. You know before we started this class I was talking casually with a bunch of the students in the room and I said you know what, I would gladly take a team of photographers into a shoot over a team of videographers because I think a team of photographers brings such a competency to just knowledge and just capturing images that I can build on as opposed to sometimes videographers I have to get them to see and talk the same language that I do and sometimes I don't talk that language and there's communication barriers, because they speak a different language than me. So for photographers you guys I would gladly go because it's comfortable for me and I understand how to speak to you guys and I understand how we can get to the same result by speaking the same language. And so I think who are we is a good place to end this introduction, this is that I get the opportunity to pick what I get to teach, I get an opportunity to talk to the people I want to teach it to but I also get the opportunity to learn with you guys and to be a part of this process. So we're on a journey and just as much as I'm teaching and educating everyone here I'm learning from you guys as well because I'm learning what questions you have and I'm learning what things are scaring you and what things are being obstacles so for me I think it's great because we're all on the same boat, we all want to be inspired, we all want to make content and we all want to do it together and I think that's why I'm so excited to be here today because it's given me an opportunity to really get back to my roots a little bit and talk about things that matter like education and creating great content and being here with people of like mindedness you know. So goals for our class are and I like to frame it up a little bit, so I'm going to tell you what we're going to do, I'm going to tell you how we're going to do it, and I'm going to tell you why we're going to do it. So before we even get into that when we went into pre-production for this class it was a really really fun experience because the goal, my goal, was to create a class that brought everyone watching it from start to finish a complete process from pre-production to production to editing and then to delivery and for me that had so much value because I think it gives you guys a look behind the curtain as to what's possible and some of the mistakes that I made, I made a lot of mistakes in this shoot, but at the end of the day I learned from them and we got to deliver what I think is a really really great piece. So as we do this, there's a couple things I want to make sure we pay attention to, this class isn't a replacement for practice, we're going to talk about a lot of great techniques, but if you don't go home and practice them or spend time in Premier or spend time in Davinci or learn how to do things in Audition to get yourself out of the (mumbles) then you're going to get to that point where you have to sit down and go wait wait I'm going to lose hours of my day now. So it's good to practice. This class also as much as I would like to think I am, I am not the knowledge authority, there are content creators and there are educators far more advanced than I am and I continually learn from them. So I would say use my knowledge and the experience you have with me as a springboard into understanding what you want to learn more deeply. Some of it may be editing, some of it may be production some of it may be more about pre-production and you may find a love for certain types of the process that then you can contribute to another team. The cool thing about video and filmmaking and just capturing motion in general is that oftentimes it's more than one person, oftentimes it's a team of people and if you have a skillset in producing and vision casting, if you have an idea of direction, these are skills you can bring to a team that are really valuable. If you're a great eye and you want to be a camera operator these are things that as you go through the process on your own you can then become much more valuable as a member of a team. But then as you learn things and as you become more confident you yourself can start to do much more on your own. Now the last thing here is that oftentimes we approach classes as a magic bullet. I have a problem, if I watch this class, it will solve my problem, and I want us to step back from that. My class this class is just a resource it's one of other resources that you can use to find a solution that fits for you. I have one way of doing things some of you may see it as being weird or strange or not normal but it's the way that I do them and hopefully by showing you how I do and accomplish things and get out of them it informs you and adds the arrow into your quiver of solutions that you're going to approach. Think about the first time you stepped into Photoshop. Think about the first time you cropped an image, the first time I stepped into Photoshop and cropped an image I marquee tool'd went up to Image and hit Crop and then someone taught me the crop tool. Right and so now I had two ways to crop an image and then I jumped into Lightroom and cropping changed completely. And then all of a sudden proportions became a thing and then I started learning about proportions, so as you learn things you begin to build off that base and that foundation of knowledge. You don't become an amazing videographer or an amazing filmmaker the minute you step into it, you're going to make a lot of mistakes and you're going to make a lot of really bad films. Okay and that's okay you just got to have the patience to get through it. Okay so here's our lesson plan. Initially we're going to start with putting ideas into motion, we're going to jump into pre-production, talk about interview, the importance of B-roll and then we're going to go to footage review, conceptual editing, building a rough cut and then finishing it off. So amidst all of this as you look into the details, I'll talk a little bit about Premier, I'll talk a little bit about syncing on audio inside of Premier, dual system sound, I'll talk a little bit about just Davinci Resolve and jumping in and using a color target to match footage across different cameras. That's later on in the class. I think up front I'm going to talk a lot about how you get over that mental hurdle of just I have an idea how do I put it into motion getting thoughts down onto paper or thoughts down into notes and then you can start to formulate and get yourself into the idea of creating a project, okay.

Class Description


  • Confidently make a movie from start to finish
  • Expand your photography skills to motion pictures
  • Tackle pre-production and post-production essentials
  • Capture video and audio expertly
  • Edit in Adobe Premiere Pro and Audition


Photography and videography have several things in common -- but what about factors like audio and telling a story using video editing? In this filmmaking class designed for photographers, learn how to use the DSLR or mirrorless camera that you already have to capture high-end videos. In this start-to-finish course, you'll master everything from planning to post-production. The goal of the class is to teach anyone how to create a video from start to finish.

Dive into video production from the planning and pre-production phase, where you'll learn how to choose an idea, scope out locations, research the client, and more. Jump into video gear -- and what's really necessary on a low-budget -- and learn the essential filmmaking tips for recording. Discover how to capture excellent audio and tackle those B-Roll shots.

But this filmmaking course doesn't just teach you how to use editing software -- you'll learn the editing process, start to finish, from storyboarding to exporting. Work in Adobe Premiere Pro to perfect your footage and Adobe Audition to fine-tune that audio. Tweak color in DaVinci Resolve. Add soundtracks, titles, and keyframes. Then, finalize and export your project.


  • Photographers eager to add motion pictures to their repertoire
  • Beginner filmmakers
  • Self-taught filmmakers ready for additional insight

SOFTWARE USED: Adobe Audition, Adobe Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve


Previously a photographer, Victor Ha is now a filmmaker. His experience working with both stills and motion pictures helps him guide other photographers through the same process, from photo to video. He's known for his straightforward, practical teaching style that's easy to follow along with.


  1. Class Introduction

    In the first lesson, meet your instructor and learn what to expect during the class. Know what's up ahead by pinpointing the goals for this class at each production stage.

  2. Putting Ideas Into Motion

    Start the filmmaking process with an idea. Learn how to flesh out ideas and turn them into successful projects.

  3. Client Profiles

    Video projects come in many different forms, from cinemagraphs and short films to commercials and features. A client profile is a type of video telling a story about a person or business. Learn what's involved in this simple video type as an easy format to get started with.

  4. Choosing Your Subject

    Video projects start with a subject -- but just how do you choose? In this lesson, Victor discusses how to narrow down your ideas to choose the best one.

  5. Scouting Locations

    Part of the planning process is scouting out different locations, an essential part of pre-production. Learn what to look for when scouting out different locations and how to spot good camera angles. Then, work with that information as you prep for shooting.

  6. Researching the Client

    Understanding the client -- and what they are looking for in a video -- sets the stage for a successful video project. Learn how to research your client and the essential pre-production questions to ask.

  7. Choosing Equipment

    You don't need an elaborate amount of gear to shoot video -- Victor goes through the essentials for video, and how that list may change for different products.

  8. Waveforms and Scopes

    Waveform monitors show a visual of the video's exposure. Using waveforms along with vectorscopes can help you get the best results in camera as you shoot. While confusing at first, these tools offer big advantages on set.

  9. Shooting Strategy

    Build a strategy to organize those thoughts from pre-production and create a shooting schedule for the project. Incorporate these factors into a shooting strategy for success.

  10. Interview: Setting Up for Success

    The interview is an essential style for filmmaking. In this lesson, learn how to set up an interview for the best results, including audio suggestions and pitfalls to avoid.

  11. Prepping for the Interview

    Before you head into the interview, have a list of questions -- and practice asking them. Master the essentials for interview prep, including research.

  12. Capturing Audio

    Video and audio go hand-in-hand. Gain tips for capturing the best audio for your video, from dual system sound and setting levels to working with audio gear.

  13. Capturing Room Tone

    By recording the ambient noise in the room, unwanted background noise is easier to edit out. Learn how to capture the room tone and tricks to create better audio by adjusting the room.

  14. Audio Q&A

    Audio is scary stuff -- learn from the most frequently asked questions from students like you.

  15. B-Roll: 3 to 1 ratio

    B-Roll is supporting footage for your video, helping to add interest and fill gaps. In this lesson, learn why B-Roll is important -- and how much you need to shoot.

  16. Planning for B-Roll

    B-Roll should help tell your story -- so what should you capture, especially when the scene doesn't seem so interesting? Find out how to plan for B-Roll and ideas for the most interesting shots.

  17. 5 Rules to Capturing B-roll

    Use these guidelines to capture better B-Roll for your project, from gear tips to determining what's important.

  18. Using B-Roll to Shape an Edit

    B-Roll is secondary footage -- learn how to tackle video editing with B-Roll in mind. Then, jump into editing with Adobe Premiere Pro editing software.

  19. Introduction to Footage Review

    After recording, you may have hours of footage -- how do you decide what goes in and what stays out? Make footage review less daunting by tackling your fears first.

  20. Asset Management

    Organizing footage saves time and helps you get a jump start on that edit -- but the organization doesn't have to be elaborate. Learn how to manage the assets for your film project.

  21. Edit Setup

    Before you edit, preparing helps get the film project off on the right foot. Learn how to prep for editing, from working on audio first to identifying mistakes.

  22. Edit Audio in Adobe Audition

    Victor suggests photographers edit audio first to get the aspect that we're least familiar with out of the way. Build an understanding of audio editing and skills for using Adobe Audition, including eliminating that room noise.

  23. Syncing Your Footage

    Set up for a successful edit by creating "goal posts" and allowing enough time to reach each one. Start working on the edit by laying out the timeline and syncing footage.

  24. Conceptual Storyboarding

    Building a storyboard guides the edit and helps you tell a story, without meandering away from what's important. Create a successful story -- and learn why Victor creates his later in the process -- by working with a storyboard.

  25. Editing Choices

    Video editing is full of choices -- but you can always change your mind. Learn how to get over hurdles and make the best choices for your filmmaking project.

  26. Selecting a Soundtrack

    Soundtracks give your edits a tempo -- but what song should you choose? Victor talks about choosing neutral soundtracks, avoiding songs you already know, understanding copyright, and everything you need to know about soundtracks.

  27. Building the Rough Cut

    Start turning that storyboard into an actual edit by building the rough cut. Learn how to shrink down long footage, decide what to cut and what to trim, and start organizing footage.

  28. Refining the Story

    Take that rough cut and turn it into something less rough. Start moving footage around to match that storyboard. Victor explains the "meat and potatoes of editing" -- going through footage, listening, cutting, and repeating that same process again.

  29. Adding B-Roll

    With the shape of the video in place, work in footage from the second camera and B-Roll footage to fix continuity issues or simply add more interest. Develop not just an understanding of the editing software, but a workflow for editing your film project.

  30. Rough Cut to Final Cut

    Move from that rough cut to the final cut with an overview of the last stretch of the editing process, including mastering transitions, color edits, and polishing that timeline.

  31. Color Grading in DaVinci Resolve

    Create color-graded videos inside DaVinci Resolve. Learn how to use the software, import and export, and color grade your project.

  32. Three-Way Color Corrector in DaVinci Resolve

    A three-way color corrector allows you to fine-tune RGB values. Walk through the basic color correcting process to correct issues like color cast.

  33. Export from DaVinci Resolve to Adobe Premiere Pro

    With the color correction finished, be sure to export your file properly for a seamless transition back into Premiere Pro.

  34. Add a Title in Adobe Premiere Pro

    Adding text and titles in Premiere Pro is simple. Learn how to add text frames to your video project without leaving Premiere Pro.

  35. Export Project from Adobe Premiere Pro

    Once your edit is finished, it's time to deliver. Learn how to export your project from Premiere Pro.

  36. Adding a Keyframe

    Keyframes are simply markers in the video that signify the start and the end of a change. In this lesson, Victor uses keyframes to adjust the audio of only a small portion of the video.

  37. Creating Multiple Projects from Your Edit

    With the main project done, what else can you build from your material? In this lesson, Victor discusses additional options to add to smaller supplemental projects to your main work.


Cheryl Winkles

You're awesome, I learnt a lot from you, this is like a must-have first course for anyone who wants to step into video or filmmaking world. Highly recommended and thank you a million Victor Ha.

a Creativelive Student

Fantastic course, Victor is one of the finest instructors I have encountered. Great stuff, I would highly recommend this for anyone who wants to work in video