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Creating a Video From Start to Finish

Lesson 2 of 37

Putting Ideas Into Motion


Creating a Video From Start to Finish

Lesson 2 of 37

Putting Ideas Into Motion


Lesson Info

Putting Ideas Into Motion

Oh, film-making, video-making. Ahh, right? The minute you start talking about motion, the minute you start talking about capturing something, you immediately freeze up, right? 'Cause I remember the first time I stepped into doing something. It was just like, "Oh, I got this camera, it shoots motion, what do I do?" It can be daunting. In a galaxy far, far away, there was an idea. And it can be an idea for anything you guys wanna do. It can be an idea to film your kids. It can be an idea to film your pets. Or your friends. Or your next, ya know, vacation. Whatever it is, think about that idea, okay? And as you think about that idea, this lesson will hopefully help you flush that out. So what we're gonna talk about is how to think about a project. Selecting a project, and then setting yourself up for success once you've dived in to kind of stepping into that project. Okay so, what is a project? Let's kinda start at ground zero here. A lot of times I talk in words that aren't familiar. So ...

a project for me is, it can be anything. It's creative. It involves your creativity, it involves your ability to take what you have in your head, and put it down, and make something compelling out of it. Okay? So, it's kind of like a way for you to take your internal voice, add some creativity to it, and then say something. So when I talk about projects, I mean that. Not just like, "oh, I'm in this project." Ya know, we often times wrap like a, a negative connotation around the word "project." When I say project, I'm like, "hey, what are you workin' on?" Like, what's exciting to you? What drives you, what is it? Ya know, like tell me. Tell me more about it. So that's what I mean by project. So yeah, what drives you? When you think about projects, when you think about doing anything, what drives you? Because if it doesn't drive you, you shouldn't be doing it. Okay? That's the first thing. Especially when you start to dive into film-making in the beginning. Answering that fundamental question is important, because essentially when you start delivering content, people don't buy what you make. Okay? People buy the passion behind what you make. And that passion is why. So.. Getting it down to like, its root level. And there's a wonderful, wonderful writer. He's a speaker called Simon Sinek, okay? His major quote from one of his Ted Talks is: "People don't buy what you make, they buy why you make." And you could apply that simple concept to anything. Anything you do. Whether it's in your personal life, whether it's in business, in sales, in marketing, in content creation, anything. The minute you can answer the question of "why?" You've now separated yourself from everyone else. Because think about it, if you're buying a car, if you're buying anything, why are we buying it? Ya know, they could say, "oh, it's made from the nicest material." "Ya know, it's made in an eco-friendly factory." Ya know, that's the how and the what, right? What is it? Oh, it's a four-door v8, ya know, 225 horsepower car. But so are many other things. But if I step back, and I hear a company saying, "we care about the environment, we care about sustainability, we care about creating products that you can use for your whole lifetime. And ya know what? When that car goes bad, we're gonna take it back, recycle it, and make another car out of it." There's an intrinsic set of values inside of that statement that I can relate to. Which makes me want to go and be a part of that culture, be a part of that idea. So again, it's like, it's not about how or what. It's about the why. And as you do something involving film-making, and as you do something revolving client work, or anything at all whatsoever, you have to answer that why. Because I don't need to know how or what. I need to know why. And if you continually ask why as you talk to your clients, you're gonna get down right into those weeds, and really find out what their story is, because that is what sets them apart. Because as you see competition bloom up across the world for the same type of product, for the same type of service, for the same type of person, the only thing that sets you, and your client, and your story apart from anything else is that why. How's that feel? Make sense? You guys see what I'm saying? What do you guys think? Is it resonating with you? Yeah, cool. (students voicing responses) (laughs) If you guys have any questions, ya know like, what really, I get so passionate about this, ya know and, here, we haven't even opened up a piece of film clip yet. Not even looked at footage, and I'm sitting here talking to you about why. That's the kind of thought that goes into a project before you do it. Okay? So, how do we start a video project? Answer the why. That's the first thing. Don't think about how or what. And find a personal interest in what you're capturing. Those first few projects, be interested in it. Lean on that. Okay? If you have a personal interest in pets, or people, or hockey, or sports, or whatever it is, let that personal interest drive you because it'll be easier for you to find that why. Because it'll be relatable.

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