The University of Surrey

EE2.LabB: S6 Media Production Project

Two teams: ~3 members per group
Software: ProLogic, FinalCutPro, Maya, 3DSMax, Max/MSP, Audacity, etc.
Timetable: Three weeks plus assessment in week 11.

Aim of the experiment


Wiki page requirements:

  1. No copyright audio or visual material should be used on the wiki page.
  2. The page should be factually accurate about the Media Lab equipment, and should be suitable for presentation to an external audience.
  3. The page should provide existing students with information about the task, why it is useful (what does it enable you to do), and how you found answers to questions you had (e.g., sources of reference, relevant searches and forums, interviews with our technicians).
  4. The page should include text, images, and links (internal and external), with suitable formatting and in a widely accessible style.
  5. The page should include video content.

Video requirements:

  1. No copyright audio or visual material should be used in any of the video material produced.
  2. The total amount of video content on the page should not exceed 60s duration, although you can choose to chop it up and present it as you wish.
  3. Videos should show at least two different types of activity (e.g., a demonstration of someone performing the task, someone talking about good practice, documentary footage or an interview).
  4. Videos should be titled and include a list of contributors and sources of material, including performing artists.
  5. Video material should be delivered in two formats: a web-version <10MB and a high-definition version for presentation. Both versions should be playable using standard video codecs on MAC, Windows and Linux.

Production work is to be completed over a period of 3 weeks (weeks 4, 10 and 11). Laboratory sessions during this period should be used for production and editing. Final video and wiki page to be submitted by email to by 5:00pm on Wednesday 29 April. The presentations and assessment will take place at 1:30pm on Friday 1 May upstairs in the CVSSP seminar room (40bAB05).

Students are to work in pairs, but can recruit the help of any other willing participant. As well as your peers, first-year media engineers may be happy to get involved, and the lab technicians may be prepared for you to point a camera at them while they carry out their usual duties, within reason. Always ensure that participants give consent for their recordings to be used — a signed note in your log book is best.

Each team should identify who is responsible for the following roles:

Other roles could include sound engineer, software designer, 3D graphics producer, graphic designer, etc. You could split responsibility for production of studio and external film shoots.

As the teams are small, both members of each team will be expected to contribute to all activities in some way.

Audio and visual media content should be produced by each team from a variety of sources such as studio recording, lab/lecture/outside recording and computer generated sound and imagery. Varied content can be included such as interviews with current students, practical lab work, extra-curricular music performance and examples of related activities at Surrey. This applies for both video and wiki page content.

Initially each team should outline their wiki page and storyboard their video to identify recording requirements. Media Engineering studio facilities should be used for studio recording. Audio-visual editing should be performed using FinalCutPro and other tools available in the Media Engineering Labs.

Stages of content production could include:

  1. Story-boarding/wiki page planning
  2. Staged shoot (task performance or demonstration)
  3. Informal shoot (video diary or interview)
  4. Video Editing
  5. Audio Editing
  6. Production for web-delivery
Other sources of content could include 3D graphics produced using Maya or 3DSMax. FinalCutPro provides 2D graphics for titling and transitions.


Each team will be expected to deliver the following:

  1. Wiki page on their selected topic of relevance to media engineers, including the video clip(s)
  2. 60-second video in two versions (web and HD formats)
  3. A short presentation of the website and video, in which you may describe your objectives, the process of producing your content, and the final results.
Presentations of up to 8 minutes per team, followed by the final videos, will be held in week 10. If you wish, you may prepare slides for this presentation, but it is not a requirement as you may use the wiki page to provide the information.

These deliverables will be assessed against criteria:

  1. Wiki page presentation quality, accuracy, clarity and engagement
  2. Meeting the specified technical requirements
  3. Originality and creativity in use of different media (audio, video, graphics) and styles of source
  4. Presentation clarity, quality and information content
Each category will be awarded 25% of the overall mark. Individual performance and contribution to the production will also be taken into account.

Further info

Blender: video content manipulation tool, available online.

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