General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Rafael Suarez Gómez

Trimester: Second term

Credits: 4

Teaching staff: 

Rafael Suarez Gómez
Adrià Olea Fernández 

Teaching languages

Some of the readings and most of the viewings that will take place during the course are in English.


Specific skills
  • E5_Design and make an audiovisual product (consisting of still or moving images), taking into account both its technical and artistic aspects, in all its components

  • E6_Design, plan and perform with multicamera, live and on set, according to all facets of the product (both in the artistic design and content and in the technique)

  • E10_Apply processes, methods and techniques to develop creativity and innovation in audiovisual production, multimedia development and video game programming

  • E14_Acquire knowledge of the history, aesthetics, evolution and dynamics of cinema, television, radio, press, Internet and video games, how to recognize aesthetics through viewing and analysis

Transversal competences
  • T2_That students have the ability to work as members of an interdisciplinary team either as one more member, or performing management tasks in order to contribute to developing projects with pragmatism and a sense of responsibility, making commitments taking into account the available resources


The subject belongs to the field of image, technique and content creation. The various topics covered in the course are designed to train students for learning and using various cameras and main accessories, and understanding their technology. The skills to be developed are the audiovisual gaze, working in a group, solving problems with initiative, creating content based on an audiovisual narrative and knowing how to work with a professional video camera.

It is necessary to have studied Audiovisual Systems and Lighting.



Contents large group sessions (2 hours per week)

T1. Digital technology: from analog to digital

T2. Camera morphology and basic capture concepts

2.1. Basic concepts
2.2. Camera morphology
2.3. Camera accessories, monitoring and exposure tools

T3. Digital parameters and creation of the signal

3.1. Parameters of the digital image
3.2. Digital image formation
3.3. Gamma curves and LUT's

T4. Digital cameras
4.1. Types of current cameras: home, smartphone, prosumer, professionals, cinematography

Contents small group sessions (2 hours per week)

P1. Operation and organization for the assembly of camera equipment

P2. Basic camera settings: Shutter Speed, White Balance, Dynamic Range

P3. signal processing

P4. Workflow on camera equipment

P5. Stabilization and operation of moving camera I: mechanical stabilization

Q6. Stabilization and camera operation in motion II: handheld stabilization and traveling

Q7. Advanced recording with Smartphone

P8. Dialectic of the plane-counterplane 

Q9. Recorder monitors

Evaluation system

The evaluation of the subject is separated between theoretical content and practical exercises.
The theoretical content will be evaluated in two main tests. A final written test and a written work accompanied by an oral presentation. In addition, two tests will be carried out in two theoretical sessions characterized by being short-lived. 
An activity not carried out will be equivalent to a 0 of numerical mark. To be able to average, the mark of the theoretical exam will be at least a 5.
In case of failing the subject, the recovery will consist of a theoretical examination of all the content of the subject that will average with the average note of the practices. The minimum grade to average with practice must be a 5. 
Only those students who have taken the final exam can qualify for recovery. In case of going to recovery, the minimum mark of the exam to average with the practices will have to be of a 5, otherwise the subject will be suspended. The internship grade will not be saved from one course to another.
In case of not obtaining more than 4 in the total of the practices, the asignatura will remain suspended without possibility of recovery.

Delivery Audiovisual project 1: 10% of the grade.
Delivery Audiovisual project 2: 15% of the grade.
Delivery Audiovisual project 3: 25% of the grade.
Classroom tests: 5% (2,5% each)
Oral presentation: 10% of the grade.
Final Theoretical Exam: 35% of the mark.



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